Jenson Button's Ford GT to sell at Silverstone Auctions
A Ford GT owned by Formula One racing champion Jenson Button MBE will be up for grabs at Silverstone Auctions next week.
The iconic American sports car with celebrity provenance is amongst the highlights of the company's Race Retro Classic Car sale.
The ultra-high performance Ford GT was originally designed as a concept car, inspired by the multiple Le Mans-winning GT40s of the 1960s. Having made its debut at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show, it was then released in 2004 as part of Ford's centenary celebrations.
The car had a limited production run of around 4,000 cars, making it immediately sought-after by collectors, and just 101 of those were supplied to the European market.
Five of those cars were marked ‘VIP’ by the Ford National Sales Company and set aside for important clients, including Formula One driver Button, who took delivery of the car through Swiss Ford GT dealer Grimm in Geneva in August 2005.
Having been acquired by its current owner back in 2011, and offered with just 8,350 miles on the clock, the GT will now hit the Race retro auction block with an estimate of £250,000 - £300,000 ($311,400 - $373,700).
"The Ford GT is part of a rare class of modern cars that instantly become collectable, and have become more and more sought after," said Will Smith, sales manager, Silverstone Auctions.
"Given its inimitable heritage, prolific performance, stunning design, and thrilling driving experience, the Ford GT is a very special creation that will undoubtedly be revered for many years to come. In addition, it was once Jenson Button’s very own, adding even more exciting provenance and collectability to this particular example."
Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro Classic Car Sale takes place as part of the Race Retro International Historic Motorsport Show 2017 at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, on February 25-26.