The modern Ford GT is sold through a special application process that requires buyers to promise not to sell their cars for at least two years so that speculators don’t make out like bandits, but as time passes on we’re starting to see more and more of the cars wind up for sale.
The latest is a never-titled 2018 Ford GT with just 34 miles, which Mecum has listed for its Indy 2020 auction running July 10-18.
The car is sold on MSO (Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin) from a Ford dealership, so the winning bidder will be the GT’s first registered owner, Mecum noted.
2018 Ford GT (Photo credit: Mecum Auctions)
Like all current-generation Ford GTs, this one is powered by a mid-mounted 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 that sends power to the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Because this is one of the earlier cars, output is pegged at 647 horsepower. Ford bumped the 2020 GT up to 660 hp, and gave it a broader torque curve.
The GT was famously built to give Ford a class win at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, on the 50th anniversary of the Blue Oval’s triumph over Ferrari at the same race. The GT was never able to repeat that success, and Ford retired the race cars at the end of the 2019 season. However, Ford is still building customer cars, even introducing a track-only GT Mk II model with 700 hp and more aggressive aerodynamic aids.
Mecum did not list a pre-auction estimate, but if you want to get a new GT directly from Ford, expect to pay at least $500,000. With at least half of the 1,350 build slots already spoken for, buyers may need to start looking for closely at auctions if they want to get their hands on the Ford supercar.
A redesigned Genesis G80 boasting a new platform, new powertrains, and a very alluring design is headed to showrooms soon. Prices have risen but the G80 still undercuts its German alternatives.
2021 BMW 5-Series facelift spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
One of those German alternatives is BMW’s 5-Series, the current version of which is about to be updated. A prototype was just spotted ahead of the reveal next week.
2021 BMW Alpina XB7
Another BMW in the headlines this week was Alpina’s new XB7. The semi-official BMW tuner has developed a 612-horsepower version of the X7 full-size SUV, and it’s starting deliveries in the United States this fall.
2020 Honda Civic Type R
One of the cars we tested this week was the Honda Civic Type R. The potent hot hatch has just been updated, with one of the key tweaks being a more-compliant suspension for highway slogs.
2020 Lexus LS500
Another car we tested was the Lexus LS 500. It makes a great alternative to the German full-size sedans, though for now the performance isn’t enough to raise the neck hairs.
Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign
The production version of the $1.1 million Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign was revealed this week. Just 50 of the 710-horsepower special editions are being built and a few build slots are still up for grabs.
Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept
Mazda unveiled a racing version of its stunning RX-Vision concept from 2015, but this one is for the virtual world only. The new race car is currently available for download in “Gran Turismo Sport” for the Sony PlayStation 4.
Bullitt’ chase recreated in Silverstone
And finally, film critic Dann Gire and movie historian Raymond Benson sat down to pick their top car chase scenes and explain what makes them great. We’re sure you’ll recognize most of them, though some may be new to readers.
We drove the 2020 Honda Civic Type R; the 2021 BMW 5-Series was spotted; and we took a look at the greatest car chase scenes of all time. It’s the Week in Reverse, right here at Motor Authority.
The 2020 Honda Civic Type R—Motor Authority’s Best Car To Buy 2018—is refreshed for the new decade and we took it for a spin. Current Type R owners shouldn’t fret because Honda doesn’t dial back the performance. The new Civic Type R has a more-compliant suspension for highway slogs and adds the ability to record performance driving.
Bosch’s electronic stability control system turned 25 years old this week. What might be the most important automotive safety innovation in the last three decades, the tech has saved thousands of lives and prevented half a million crashes.
The refreshed 2021 BMW 5-Series will make its debut on May 27, but the facelifted luxury sedan was spotted on public roads undergoing testing with minimal camouflage. With updated front and rear ends and the latest tech inside, the new 5-Series should provide a lovely place to spend some time.
The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign has entered production. With 710 horsepower, a design like a sculpture, and a $1.1 million price tag, the production car is nearly identical to the prototype version, which debuted in 2018 at the Tazio Nuvolari Circuit in Italy.
The movie chase scene is an art form and a visceral experience. From introducing an element of danger to simply adding a cool factor, the chase scene can make or break a movie. We took a look at the top five car chase scenes of all time.