Careful first owner, never raced or rallied…it’s a Ford GT that used to belong to Jenson Button, and it’s up for grabs at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro classic car sale on February 24th.
FEB 07th 2017
£300,000 could buy you Jenson Button's old Ford GT
There are supercars… and there are supercars with the name of a Formula 1 world champion driver in the logbook. And the white-with-blue-stripes Ford is very much in the latter category.
The car was one of five “VIP” GTs that Ford allocated to movers and shakers in 2005, with Jenson taking delivery of his in Geneva in May that year while he was driving for the Honda BAR F1 team.
The 2009 world champion registered the car in the UK in 2006 and in the following years drove it for 3500 miles. It was put up for sale in 2011 with a sticker price of £130,000. Today Silverstone Auctions estimates it will make between £250-300,000.
The 205mph, 550bhp supercar – of which just over 4000 were made between 2004-06 – was intended as a Ford centenary homage to its Le Mans-winning GT40s of the 1960s. Unlike the new 2017 Ford GT now going on sale, it was purely a road car and never raced at Le Mans.
The car now shows 8,350 miles on the odo’, and has three stamps in the service book: by Mountune and model specialists GT101. The car comes with a history file that includes copies of the order form signed by Jenson.
Like many racing drivers, Jenson Button has a bit of the Blue Oval in him. His first taste of car racing success came with his 1998 win in the British Formula Ford Championship. Nice, that seven years later with his career in Formula 1 firmly established, Ford had such a nice present for him…
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