In addition to rare, historically significant, or just plain old enthusiast vehicles cross the auction block on a regular basis, we’ve also started seeing more and more engines from those same vehicles pop up for sale in this type of format over the past few months. That list includes a supercharged Ford 5.4L V8 powerplant from both an S197-gen Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and a first-generation Ford GT, to name just a couple. Now, yet another first-gen Ford GT engine has surfaced for sale over at Bring a Trailer, too.
This particular Ford GT powerplant has never been installed in any vehicle, nor has it ever even run, but it is in fact the very same supercharged 5.4L V8 used the first-gen Ford GT. The seller has done some work to it since acquiring the engine in 2022, however, including removing the spark plugs, spraying fogging oil into each cylinder, and manually turning it over to facilitate lubrication.
The display piece is fittingly resting on a rolling stand that features a plexiglass top and side panels, giving bystanders a good look at it without having to worry about things like dust and fingerprints. However, this is a real-deal engine that was hand-assembled at the Romeo Engine plant, and it’s equipped with all the requisite goodies including an Eaton supercharger, dry-sump lubrication system, a water-to-air intercooler, throttle body, oil tank, alternator, flywheel, and clutch assembly.
With a factory output of 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque – not to mention the fact that it was destined for a production Ford GT – we wouldn’t blame someone for buying this engine and installing it in some sort of cool project, but then again, we can also see it being used as a cool display piece, too. Thus, we’ll just have to wait and see what the new owner has in store once the auction ends in three days.