The Don Davis Collection

27 April 2013

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Lot 110

2005 Ford GT

  • Chassis no. 1FAFP90S85Y400530

Sold for $231,000


550 bhp, 5.4-liter 32-valve DOHC V-8 engine, six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 106.7 in.

  • The iconic modern American supercar
  • Less than 900 actual miles
  • Zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and 212 mph top end


The idea of a popular, evocative concept car reaching production undiluted from its original form is an idea that largely went out with Harley Earl and three-martini lunches. Nonetheless, Ford’s GT40 concept car of 2002 must have proved as tempting to Blue Oval executives as it was to auto show crowds. Its concept was simple: take the Le Mans-winning design of the Ford GT40 of the 1960s and translate its styling and engineering into a modern supercar.



The resulting production GT40 was unlike anything Detroit had ever produced, capable of sprints to 60 mph in well under four seconds, bearing a top speed that surpassed the Porsche Carrera GT and Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR and setting new track records at the Nürburgring. That power was courtesy of a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 and six-speed gearbox, sending to the rear axles 550 brake horsepower and producing a throaty, muscular exhaust note that was as American as “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Assembled entirely in the United States, utilizing space-age construction technologies, the GT proved that Ford was still capable of holding its own against the best Europe could offer, just as the original GT40 had.



During the three years of production—2004, 2005, and 2006—4,038 GTs were built, with demand far outstripping supply and early cars selling for substantial premiums over the original MSRP.



It was natural that a Ford dealer as successful as Don Davis acquired one of those cars for his private collection. That car is number 1FAFP90S85Y400530, offered here in Centennial White with Blue stripes and with “all the options,” which in the world of Ford GTs means $5,000 painted body stripes, $4,000 McIntosh CD stereo system, $3,500 lightweight BBS forged aluminum wheels, and $750 red Brembo brake calipers. The Ford shows less than 900 miles since new and has always been very well-maintained, both prior to and during Mr. Davis’ ownership. It is presented with a clear CARFAX report verifying all of the same information.



Sadly, one cannot buy a new GT from a Ford dealer any longer. The next best thing is to acquire a nearly new car from the private collection of a Ford dealer. The opportunity to acquire Don Davis’ car, with its extraordinarily low mileage and all option boxes ticked, provides the prospective buyer with a fork in the road: it can be preserved as a fresh-out-of-the-box example of a landmark automobile in Blue Oval history, or it can be broken in at the speeds for which it was built. Regardless, in the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Addendum

Please note that this vehicle does not contain the optional brake package.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more