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A 2005 Ford GT supercar with a famous owner will head to auction later this month.
This early first-generation Ford GT has been owned from new by Robert James Ritchie, better known as the musician Kid Rock.
Although never far from controversy himself, Kid Rock’s choice of vehicle is likely to generate plenty of interest when it crosses the RM Sotheby’s auction block in Fort Lauderdale.
Launched as a concept at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show, the first-generation Ford GT caused a stir with its retro-inspired styling.
Although it resembled the original Ford GT40 on the outside, the GT packed thoroughly modern performance. The production car used a mid-mounted 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine, offering up 550 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque.
With a six-speed manual transmission as the only option, the GT could accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds.
A top speed of 205 mph placed it in true supercar territory.
Only 4,038 examples were made between 2004 and 2006, with records suggesting Kid Rock’s GT was one of the earliest.
Built in August 2004, Kid Rock’s car was finished in Mark IV Red with full body stripes. It represents one of 669 examples wearing the same color scheme for the 2005 model-year.
All four available options were specified by Kid Rock. This means the GT comes with BBS alloy wheels, red-painted brake calipers, a McIntosh sound system and the exterior stripes.
A poster signed by Camilo Pardo, the Ford GT’s designer, will be part of the sale.
Kid Rock will include a personally autographed guitar, too.
Despite the impressive performance of the GT, Kid Rock has added just 3,100 miles to its odometer.
First-generation Ford GTs have become an auction staple, with retro looks and strong performance drawing in collectors. Adding a celebrity owner to the mix is likely to further the interest in this particular car.
Kid Rock’s GT will be sold as part of the RM Sotheby’s sale in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Taking place between 25 and 26 March 2022, other highlights will include a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT and a 1985 Ferrari 512 BBi.
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