Ardent followers of Ford’s EcoBoost-powered supercar know it’s not an easy car to acquire. Only 1,000 examples are being constructed, and you have to submit an application to Ford and await approval even if you have the money to own one of these elite machines. However, you can own one of the most rare examples — the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition — without passing this test. All you have to do is top all the other bidders vying for it.
The 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition instantly became one of the most anticipated cars in the world with its famous paint scheme. — Joe Hinrichs, Ford
That’s because Ford is auctioning off the first example of this limited edition supercar at the Barrett-Jackson auction in January. All the proceeds from the sale of VIN 001 will benefit the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
“Ford Motor Company has been a long-standing supporter of United Way’s work throughout our 100-year history,” Darienne Driver, president and CEO, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, said. “This incredible donation will allow us to enhance our efforts toward ensuring more families in underserved communities across southeast Michigan have access to the resources they need to thrive.”
What makes this GT special is that it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans-winning GT40 that wore the iconic Gulf Oil paint scheme. These cars also feature a number of unique touches (see sidebar) that really set them apart.
2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition Features
• 20-inch one-piece forged high-gloss dark stainless aluminum wheels in with black lug nuts
• Clear and polished anodized paddle shifters
• Contrasting blue and orange stitching on the seats and steering wheel
• Ebony Alcantara treatment on the seats, instrument panel, pillars, headline, and steering wheel
• Exposed carbon fiber A-pillars
• Exposed matte carbon fiber door sills, air register pods, and center console
• Ghosted No. 9 on the interior door panels
• High-gloss dark stainless appliqués accent the instrument panel, door register bezels and x-brace
• No. 9 hood and door graphics
• Orange calipers
• Seat embossment inspired by the original Le Mans-winning car
• Serialized identification plate
• Silver rearview mirror caps
If you want to bid on this special supercar, the auction will take place at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 19, 2019. Of course, this car is sure to garner more than the $500,000 you might pay for buying one through the standard process, but anything above MSRP is likely a tax write-off since it benefits charity.