For sale: the only Ford GT90 ever made

A one-its-kind mid-1990s concept car by Ford will be among the unique and rare automobiles at RM's highly anticipated Arizona sale, in January 2010.

For Ford, its classic GT40 racer has always been a tough act to follow. Eventually, between 2003 and 2006, an updated GT took pride of place on the Le Mans circuit.

However, 15 years earlier in the early-1990s, another successor to the GT40 was mooted, of which only one concept version was ever built.

The 1995 Ford GT90 concept car

The GT90 was first announced in 1994, and debuted at the Detroit Auto Show before an amazed audience.

Sixteen years later, the car has emerged on the private collectors' market. It will sell at no reserve, but is likely to bring millions of dollars.

Ford reportedly spent around $3m on the GT90 and just six months developing the car, which promised 720hp and 660 lb ft of torque via a 48 valve quad-turbocharged V12, and a top speed of 250mph.

The only example of its kind, the car will auction with no reserve

Most striking was the cars angular shape - the first instance of Ford's "Edge" design philosophy which would later appear in the Mk1 Focus, and other subsequent autos.

Beneath the car's aerodynamic, carbon-fibre bodywork was double wishbone suspension, an FFD-Ricardo 5-speed gearbox taken from a Jaguar XJ220, and an engine made from two welded-together Lincoln V8s.

Since the mid-'90s, the car has continued to wow onlookers around the globe.

It will go under the hammer on January 22 at RM Auctions.


Images: RM Auctions

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