Black and gold: rare Ford GTX1 heading to Monterey
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With the current Ford GT reinstating the original GT40's racing pedigree with a comprehensive racing programme (resulting in Le Mans glory and more), the last generation model has been cast into the shadows.
When it debuted in 2004, the outgoing GT scooped big praise all over the world — including from Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson, who loved it so much he bought one. But, with almost no motorsport presence, some now consider the '04 GT the chubby poser of the group.
Nonetheless, they're still a guaranteed supercar classic thanks to the unique badge and retro backstory. And few variants of Ford GT are more sought after than the GTX1.
Introduced to the world in 2005, the GTX1 is a factory-supported T-topped conversion ... of which only 30 were ever made. With the same supercharged 410kW 5.4-litre V8 providing propulsion, it's still a potent beast as well.
One of the 30 GTX1s is coming up for sale at the upcoming Monterey Auction — classic and rare motoring Nirvana for hungry car-collecting bidders.
This one (specifically the 24th car in the sequence) comes with the added blue-oval goodness of being dressed in a 'Hertz' livery; black paint, with gold stripes. It's complimented by added golden garnishes inside, and black tinted headlights and tail-lights.
The icing on the cake are a range of signatures from various big names in American motorsport; from Carroll Shelby and Roger Penske, to Edsell Ford and Mario Andretti.
The unique paint-scheme might draw questions of taste from certain people, but the low production number means that taste simply doesn't matter when it comes to an eventual price. These don't come up for sale often, and that's reflected in current pricing estimates suggesting US$500,000 is a solid starting point.
And hey, if the buyer doesn't like the colour scheme, I hear full-body vinyl wraps are pretty cheap.