NASCAR champ Brad Keselowski was clearly excited to take delivery of his ultra-rare 2017 Ford GT Heritage Edition, showing in a November 2017 tweet video of the factory-fresh car rolling off the transporter and his first stint behind the wheel. After that exciting first day of ownership, it seems he chose not to drive the car much. In fact, over two years later, the car shows just 18 miles on its odometer. And Keselowski’s ultra-low-mile GT is now up for sale, though the asking price is anyone’s guess.
Here is what potential buyers can look forward to: In 2017, Ford announced that selected buyers for its $450,000 limited-edition Ford GT supercar could choose to add the Heritage Edition package for an extra cost. The black and silver paint scheme with #2 graphics are a throwback to the first 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 MkII from 1966, with drivers Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon at the wheel. Even though Ford never publicized the 2017 Ford GT Heritage Edition package’s cost, speculation has priced it in the $50,000 range.
Other 2017 Ford GT Heritage Edition highlights include carbon-fiber seats covered in black leather and the number “2” on each interior door panel. An individually numbered plaque, gold-painted wheels, and lots of naked carbon fiber complete the touches. Keselowski’s car also has several other factory options including titanium lug nuts, an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system, and six-point harnesses for both seats. The twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine produces 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque and is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, a combination which we found enjoyable enough in our own testing ahead of naming the Ford GT one of our 2018 Automobile All-Stars.
Keselowski’s Ford GT is claimed to be the 32nd 2017 Ford GT Heritage Edition built, but Ford hasn’t released total production figures for Heritage Edition cars, so we don’t know with certainty how many were ordered in that configuration. (Catching a theme here? Heritage Edition models might as well be named “Mystery Editions. “) The consigned dealership selling the racer’s GT, RK Motors, says the car is one of 138 Ford GTs total built for the 2017 model year, the first year the current GT sports car came available.
Ford is still producing the second-generation GT, of course, and plans to build 1,350 in total. We’re seeing a glut of 2017 cars come to market this year and last, as Ford’s contractual two-year waiting period for resale of new GTs comes to an end on the earliest examples. While Ford took great measures through its application process to ensure its GTs were being sold to end users who would actively enjoy their cars, and not flip them immediately for a quick buck, it seems many buyers, possibly including Keselowski, opted to keep mileage accumulation low instead to boost profits from a distant resale.
While RK Motors asks you to contact them for this 2017 Ford GT Heritage Edition’s price, we can guesstimate what sort of money they might be looking for. A similar Heritage Edition car with 30 miles on the odometer sold for $1.54 million at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction, while non-Heritage Edition cars have been running between roughly $900,000 and $1.2 million in various auction transactions. As more of Ford’s no-sale agreements expire and more cars supply the market, we expect prices to soften a little. That said, Ford has produced three different Heritage Edition trims, each one honoring a different historic Ford GT40 Le Mans winner, so values for these even more exclusive cars may hold stronger than standard Ford GTs will. If you’re in the market, contact RK Motors here.