One of the most famous of the first-gen Ford GT cars of the modern era is known as “The Nardo Car,” and it is heading to auction with Mecum Auctions at Monterey 2019. This was the car from the first-gen of the modern Ford GT that was used for testing in Italy. The yellow Ford GT is a special ride and is technically Plant Build Phase1 Car 1. It is the car that made good on the top speed promise for the entire modern Ford GT line at the Nardo Ring in Germany.
Ford built the modern Ford GT with a goal of running at a sustained 205 mph. The car proved to be capable of running 209.1 mph in sustained runs. The Nardo Car Ford GT has special cooling aerofoil to prevent overheating on high speed sustained runs. It also has Sparco racing harnesses to hold the driver in place and a full roll cage for safety.
The GT has all four available options for the line including the stripes, lightweight BBS wheels, McIntosh stereo, and red brake calipers. After the top speed testing was done, the Nardo Car Ford GT went on a tour of Europe including running hot laps at The Ring. Later the car was put on display until the 3rd Ford GT Rally in 2008.
At that event, the car was auctioned off for Charity and has had the same owner ever since that auction. That will change when the Mecum Monterey Auction rolls around. One interesting tidbit about the car is that the winning bidder has to sign an agreement with Ford concerning the car’s use, the car is also being sold on a bill of sale only. A 2017 Ford GT Heritage Edition is heading to auction soon.
Source: DuPont Registry