Do you want a truly unique hardcore sports car that you’ll rarely, if ever, see another example on the road? Then this 2005 Noble M12 GTO-3R could be just the thing for you.
Nobles are very rare vehicles – and rarer than hen’s teeth in the United States. The car’s Bring A Trailer listing asserts that it was sold new by Rossion Cars in Florida back in December 2004 and its current owner acquired it in 2010.
The British sports car has undergone a series of modifications under its current ownership, including the fitment of a baffled oil pan, front-mounted thermostatically-controlled oil cooler, Blitz blow-off valve, intercooler and wiring harness upgrades, and a 3-inch exhaust system. While it is almost 15 years old, it only has a touch over 14,000 miles (22,530 km) under its belt.
Power for the M12 GTO-3R comes from a twin-turbocharged Ford Duratec 3.0-liter V6 with 360 hp that’s mated to the six-speed manual transmission from the Euro-spec Ford Mondeo of the time. It can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.3 seconds, a figure still very impressive even by today’s standards, while it also has a Quaife limited-slip differential.
As the Noble is a driver-focused sports car first and foremost, its cabin is free of virtually any creature comforts. Sure, there’s air conditioning, but apart from that, there are only some simple dials and a three-spoke steering wheel from Momo – and that’s all.
The highest bid at the time of writing was sitting at $30,000 with three days left in the auction. Considering its rarity and performance, not a bad deal at all, if you ask us.