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POWER AND PERFORMANCE: Join The Exclusive World of Ford GT Ownership at Barrett-Jackson

Written by Nicole Ellan James

LOT #1399 – 2019 FORD GT – NO RESERVE

Upon revealing that the Ford GT would make a comeback at the 2016 Le Mans 24-hour race, and a street version for the 2017 model year, Ford aimed to entrust ownership of its flagship car to individuals deemed fitting by the company. In pursuit of this goal, Ford established a comprehensive application procedure and established specific criteria for those seeking ownership of this high-performance supercar.

Upon the initiation of the application process for the latest generation Ford GT, over 6,500 individuals sought ownership. The overwhelming demand prompted Ford to increase its production quota from 1,000 to 1,350 cars. The application form delved into details such as the applicant’s social media presence, the extent of their Ford vehicle collection, and their engagement in driving and event attendance. Evidently, Ford aimed to select buyers who would proudly showcase the GT, rather than keeping it stowed away with minimal mileage. Those who successfully advanced through the purchasing process were then subject to specific ownership guidelines set forth by Ford.

Once approved for a new Ford GT, the prospective owner, with a valid driver’s license, worked with the Ford GT Concierge Service to select the options they wanted and where it should be delivered. After receiving the new Ford GT, for a non-negotiable price, owners were expected to hold onto the car for at least 24 months. The GT couldn’t be traded in for something else, and owners were expected to attend as many events as possible and drive the car as much as possible. The application and approval process remained unchanged in 2018, when Ford announced it was extending production with an additional 350 vehicles produced through December 2022.

That said, Barrett-Jackson is offering a 2019 Ford GT – selling with No Reserve during the 2024 Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28 at WestWorld – with only 35 actual miles. Apart from registering to bid, there isn’t an application process or ownership terms. While inspired by the Ford GT40 that achieved historic victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1960s, the 2019 GT is more than just a nostalgic tribute, however; it’s a cutting-edge marvel that pushes the boundaries of automotive technology.

At its core, the 2019 Ford GT is a mid-engine sports car, featuring a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque chassis that contributes to its exceptional power-to-weight ratio. Under the rear hatch lies a potent 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, twin-turbocharged to deliver an astonishing 647 horsepower and 550 ft/lbs of torque. This powerplant is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch Getrag automatic transmission, providing lightning-fast gear changes and optimal power delivery. The Ford GT offered has been optioned with a weight-saving titanium exhaust.

The aerodynamic design of the GT is not just for show; it’s a carefully crafted form that enhances performance. Active aerodynamics, including a deployable rear wing and an adjustable front splitter, automatically adapt to driving conditions, optimizing downforce and minimizing drag. The result is a Shadow Black car with matte carbon-fiber exterior trim that stays glued to the road, effortlessly slicing through the air at high speeds, riding on a set of carbon-fiber wheels.

Inside the “Re-Entry” themed cabin, the 2019 Ford GT is a blend of racing-inspired functionality with a touch of comfort. The cockpit is driver-centric, with a digital instrument cluster and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. The use of high-quality materials, 6-point harness anchors and the inclusion of modern amenities demonstrate Ford’s commitment to delivering a high-end driving experience.

With its limited production numbers, the 2019 Ford GT is not just a vehicle; it’s a collector’s item and a testament to Ford’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of performance engineering. Register to bid today for your chance to drive it home.

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Final Encore—Bizzarrini P538

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Photo: Casey Annis
Photo: Casey AnnisThe 1950s and 1960s were a time of rapid change in both the road and racecar world. Technology was advancing quickly and with this advancement, it became increasingly harder and harder for a lone individual—either engineer or visionary—to be solely responsible for a complete automobile. Yet, some amazing vehicles were given birth during this time by some of the last of these automotive prodigies. One such automotive savant was Italian Giotto Bizzarrini. A tenacious and talented engineer and development driver, Bizzarrini either created or played a major role in some of the most iconic cars of the 1960s, including several built under his own name. Any true understanding of Bizzarrini’s cars, however, first requires an understanding of the man, as the two are virtually inseparable.

The author unleashes a healthy dose of the “Anniversario” Bizzarrini’s prodigious horsepower.
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Born Survivor

Giotto Bizzarrini was born in June 6, 1926, in Quercianella, near Livorno, Italy. Born into a long line of engineers, it is perhaps not surprising that Bizzarrini would gravitate toward things mechanical. However, his early childhood years were more dominated by soccer and hunting, at least until World War II intervened. When the war broke out, Giotto’s father took up arms against the Germans, leaving young Giotto behind to fend for his family. During the war years, times were tough and much of what the Bizzarrini family had to eat ended up coming from Giotto’s hunting prowess. Bizzarrini would look back on these years of deprivation and state, “That period really influenced me for the rest of my life. It made me into a survivor, somewhat of a maverick.”

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Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine

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Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Although Bike EXIF is dedicated to art on two wheels, our automotive interests are wide-ranging. Our publisher has an enviable car collection, our workshop editor, Dean, is a vintage snowmobile fiend, and I’ve been in love with the Morgan Super 3 ever since I test-drove it at the Malle Mile. So today we’re bending the rules, and bringing you a stunning three-wheeler that’s only really thirty percent motorcycle.

Dubbed the ‘MAC 2,’ it’s the second handmade three-wheeler from Indonesian engineer and vintage bike enthusiast, Cosmas Lili Sudrajat. Cosmas has a major crush on Morgan’s V-twin-powered three-wheelers—but they’re expensive and hard to come by in Indonesia. Luckily, he knows his way around a workshop.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts

The V-twin powerplant bolted to the front of the MAC 2 isn’t a motorcycle engine though. It’s out of a Mazda B600—a pint-sized, Japanese-made station wagon that was a hit in Indonesia in the 1960s. “The Mazda’s air-cooled 600 cc V-twin engine is the perfect size for a three-wheeler,” says Cosmas.

Once the Mazda B600 had been torn down to just its chassis and motor, Cosmas chopped off the rear half of the frame and installed a repurposed Honda swingarm. Repurposed 18” laced motorcycle wheels do duty up front, modified with cast aluminum MAC-branded hubcaps.

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Ferrari Challenge UK commences

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The 2024 Ferrari UK Challenge race series commences its sixth season this weekend at iconic English racing circuit Brands Hatch. Ferrari North Europe has confirmed another packed grid of experienced and new drivers in both the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell classes.

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The 2024 season welcomes the return of numerous racing favorites, including Andrew Morrow, who readies himself for a step up to the EU Challenge in 2024, and Tom Fleming, the EU Challenge rookie who went on to win the World Championship at Finali Mondiali in Mugello last October. With both drivers showing great talent, the stage is set for a hotly contested season opener.

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Several exciting newcomers also make their debut in the series this year, hoping to seize the initiative and pilot their Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo race cars to victory in the final solus year for the 488 model, before the introduction of the new 296 Challenge in 2025.

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