Remember that silver 2017 Ford GT that was auctioned for an eye-watering $1.8 million back in May? Back then we were told that Ford tried to block the auction, the court however denied the company’s temporary restraining order, allowing the auction to proceed.
Both Ford and Mecum didn’t gave away further details on the matter at the time, but now we get to learn that Ford is still seeking damages from both the auction house and the supercar’s previous (but not original) owner, Michael J. Flynn of Florida-based Hollywood Wheels.
According to Fox News, Flynn bought the car from the original owner, John W. Miller, for $1.1 million on May 11. Flynn then assigned Mecum to auction the silver 2017 GT, with the auction house advertising on their site on May 15 that it would go under the hammer on May 19.
Ford filed a motion for a temporary restraining order on May 17, seeking to remove the car from the auction and arguing that selling it might cause “irreparable harm” to the company’s reputation and the integrity of the GT application process.
On May 18, the court rejected Ford’s motion, with Judge Heather Welch in Indiana saying that “Ford’s claim rests entirely on its theory that Mecum tortuously interfered with the contract between Miller and Ford” but it has not presented any evidence that Miller is still the current legal owner. “Mecum, on the other hand, presented evidence that Mike Flynn purchased the 2017 Ford GT from Miller.”
Since Flynn was the true legal owner of the car, “Ford will not reasonably be able to show that Mecum tortuously interfered with a contract between Miller and Ford based on the current designations.”
The litigation will continue on August 17 with the initial attorney conference.