2006 Ford GT brings $310,000 to lead at Mecum Auctions

A rare 2006 Ford GT has seen the highest bids at Mecum Auctions' December 11-12 sale in Austin, Texas.

Ford GT 2006
The Ford GT is based on the GT40, the classic 1960s race car that won the Le Mans four consecutive times

The 5.4 litre 550 HP sports car, styled after the legendary 1960s GT40, made $310,000. It saw strong interest from collectors due to its low mileage of just 267, thanks to just one owner since new.

The Ford GT was born as a concept car designed for Ford's centennial year, with other "heritage" names such as Mustang and Thunderbird revived by the company. It was designed by Camilo Pardo, head of Ford's Living Legends studio, under the guidance of J Mays and Carroll Shelby.

A 2005 Ford GT made $255,000.

Second highest bids of the sale went to a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, one of just seven black Hemi cars known to exist. A matching numbers example, it is remarkably well documented, hailing from a prominent east coast collection. It made $275,000.

With American muscle the order of the day, a 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro - the company's answer to the famed Yenko Super Camaro - sold for $170,000.

The suped-up Yenko Camaro featured a 427ci L-72 engine rated a 450H, but as they were not made for Chevrolet the cars were not allowed to race. Chevrolet then created the COPO (Central Office Production Order) Camaro with the same engine, with this model allowed to race.

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