RM Auctions is already selling off a number of interesting Fords this weekend in Monterey, California, but if you're looking for something a little more unique, Russo & Steele may have you covered -- they're auctioning off a pre-production Ford GT prototype owned by the legendary Steve Saleen.
Patterned after the original GT40 racer from the 1960s, Ford's modern GT ruled the roads (and our dreams) from 2005-2006. Although final assembly occurred in a Ford-owned facility in Wixom, Michigan, Saleen's Special Vehicles operations in Troy, Michigan, was largely responsible for partial assembly and painting. It's not too surprising, then, that Saleen himself would own one, but this example is quite rare -- although Ford built 4038 GTs over the span of two years, Saleen's car is the fifth of nine pre-production prototypes built before full-scale production began.
As such, Saleen's own machine -- which was originally yellow -- has never been titled, and has fewer than 4000 miles on the odometer. The car also features a hand-built twin-screw supercharger -- all production GTs featured such a blower, but Saleen's car is reportedly the only pre-production car to sport the supercharger. After its life as a demonstration vehicle for PR purposes, Saleen's car later became a film star, briefly appearing in the likes of Rocky Balboa, and Fast and the Furious.
When new, the GT had a sticker price of roughly $150,000, although cars frequently fetched well above that sum. Steve Saleen will be on hand for the auction on Saturday, and has also seen fit to autograph the car. Will a pre-production GT bring in anywhere close to the $557,500 paid for the first production car? Stay tuned...
Source: Russo and Steele