2005 Noble M12 GTO-3R Is For The Hardcore Driving Enthusiast

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.

Also Read: New Noble M500 Premieres At Goodwood With Ford GT Engine

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.

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  • Bash

    I’ve always loved the Noble.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Barebone, as it should be.

  • Mr. EP9

    No nonsense sports car with the bare minimum and a manual. We rarely get cars like that these days.

  • Six_Tymes

    I love it. I sure wish I was wealthy, I would buy it if I was.

  • Alpina

    Cool car.

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