It’s a real first world problem to be willing to spend a 6-figure sum on a supercar like the Ford GT, but to be denied on the way by the manufacturer.
Similar news have taken the internet by storm over the last couple of days, and if you are frustrated over the Blue Oval and its decision to deny you the privilege of owning its exotic machine, then you’d probably want to check out RM Sothebys Monterey auction on August 19, because there’s a particular supercar you will be interested in.
Produced in 1966, this is the 16th of the 31 road-specification Mark 1 examples in total. When it left the factory, the car was painted Warwick Green, with the original owner using it as his daily driver for almost two years. Ron Stafford purchased the car in 1969 and continued to drive it until 1971, when it spun into a ditch and suffered minor damage. After the incident, the classic car was kept in storage for five years until it changed hands two more times, only to end up in the possession of a respected GT40 restorer who saw it as the perfect pet project, thanks to its “unseen state of originality”.
The restoration lasted around three years, during which the car received many new components, fresh wheels and a red color. In 1991, the restored GT40 was bought by its current owner, who has had it ever since. In 2015, the car underwent more work, which was focused mostly on the engine and wheels.
The vehicle is estimated to go from $3,250,000 to $3,750,000 once it will hit the auction block next month. If it sounds steep, remember that this is the original GT40 we are talking about: the car that beat Ferrari at its own game, and the real thing at that, not a successor, a continuation or a replica.