Jenson Button's Ford GT up for grabs | Car Talk - Car News Feb 2017

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16:27 Thursday 09 Feb 2017

Motorsport fans have the opportunity to drive home a unique piece of F1 memorabilia – provided they have around £250,000 to £300,000 to spare.

That’s the estimate placed on a Ford GT first owned by former F1 World Champion Jenson Button MBE, which goes under the hammer at the Race Retro event in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, later this month. The 2005 Ford GT, supplied new to Button by Geneva-based Ford dealer Grimm, is in the sale to be conducted by Silverstone Auctions on the 25 & 26 February.

Finished in white with blue racing stripes, with a lightweight aluminium chassis, superplastic-formed lightweight composite and aluminium body, 550bhp V8 engine, and six-speed manual gearbox, the Ford GT can do 0-60mph in around 3.5 seconds, and has a limited top speed of 205 mph. It has been in the hands of its current owner since 2011, has just 8,350 miles on the clock, and comes with service paperwork, invoices, and copies of the original sales order signed by Jenson Button.

“The Ford GT is part of a rare class of modern cars that instantly become collectable, and have become more and more sought after,” explains Will Smith, sales manager, Silverstone Auctions. “Given its inimitable heritage, prolific performance, stunning design, and thrilling driving experience, the Ford GT is a very special creation that will undoubtedly be revered for many years to come. In addition, it was once Jenson Button’s very own, adding even more exciting provenance and collectability to this particular example.”

 

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