Still, the bid was enough to bring this Ford GT into the auction company’s top ten list of highest purchases for the event, with the ‘67 Heritage Edition comfortably sitting in the seventh position in between a 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C Bizzarrini (sold for $1,182,500) and a 1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible ($962,500).
This particular example, chassis number 174, is part of the special edition that was created as an homage to the 1967 Le Mans victory of the first all-American team consisting of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt, driving a Shelby-American Ford GT40 Mk IV.
It got away with just 775 miles (1,255 km) on the odometer, which equates to very little work being asked of the mid-mounted 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost. By the way, the V6 shells out the fire from 647 horsepower through the optional Akrapovič titanium exhaust (a $10k option at the time of purchase).
With active aerodynamics and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the GT would easily reach 60 mph (96 kph) in 2.8 seconds and then gladly thunder away towards its top speed of 218 mph (351 kph) if anyone allowed it to.
Still, that neat glossy Race Red with white stripes and Frozen White No. 1 hood and door graphics exterior - a cool nod to the Gurney-Foyt original – will probably condemn this carbon fiber special to a life behind closed (and air-conditioned) doors, silently waiting for its value to soar...