It’s one of the rarest examples of the Ford GT so expect bidding to go into overdrive

A rare example of the Ford GTX1 Roadster is going to be auctioned off at the Mecum auction in Monterey, California next month. The GTX1 in question is the 24th of 30 units produced by the Gennadi Design Group in Green Bay, Wisconsin. More importantly, it’s the only GTX1 in the world that’s dressed in a black and gold color scheme and has signatures of some of the most important and significant people in the auto industry, including Carroll Shelby, Roger Penske, Henry Ford III, and Edsel Ford.

2005 Ford GTX1 Roadster Will Be Auctioned in August at Monterey
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It traces its roots from the Ford GT40, arguably the finest American-made race car in history.

If you’re looking to spend on an American supercar with top-shelf provenance, you’re going to need to take a good look at this Ford GTX1 Roadster. It’s rare, unique, and expensive. In other words, it comes with the perfect cocktail of exclusivity that very few cars in this world have.

The GTX1 isn’t your typical supercar, either. It traces its roots from the Ford GT40, arguably the finest American-made race car in history. As history shows, the GTX1 came to life after Ford commissioned the Gennadi Design Group to build an exclusive run of the supercar sporting a T-top roof.

The Wisconsin-based convertible conversation specialist agreed on the project, developing a supercar that as mechanically identical to the car it was based on, the 2005 Ford GT. That includes a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine that produced 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, all of which were sent to the two rear wheels courtesy of a six-speed manual transmission.

Ultimately, the Gennadi Design Group built 30 units of the GTX1, one of which is the beauty that’s going to be up for auction next month in Monterey, California. If the exclusivity that’s attached to being just one of 30 models isn’t cool enough, this particular GTX1, the 24th of 30 units, is the only one in the entire production run to wear a black and gold livery that’s reminiscent to the cars that were being offered by Hertz in its “Rent-A-Racer” program from the 1960s.

2005 Ford GTX1 Roadster Will Be Auctioned in August at Monterey
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Ultimately, the Gennadi Design Group built 30 units of the GTX1, one of which is the beauty that’s going to be up for auction next month in Monterey, California.

On top of its one-off status, this black-and-gold GTX1 is also one of three models to have a larger luggage compartment, a perk that should appeal to those who want bigger spaces to stow their everyday items. And to give it more provenance than it already has, this unit comes with the signatures of some of the most prominent figures in the American auto industry, including Carroll Shelby, Roger Penske, Henry Ford III, Edsel Ford, Dan Gurney, Tony Kanaan, and both Mario and Michael Andretti.

It’s unclear how much this particular Ford GTX1 is going to cost, but you better believe that it’s not going to come cheap. RM Sotheby’s auctioned off a similar model from the same production three years ago and that one sold for $330,000. More recently, another model surfaced in the sales market with an asking price of around $500,000. Considering the car’s status as a literal one-off in a field of 30 units, the sky’s the limit on how much this GTX1 is going to sell for when the hammer drops at the Mecum auction next month.

Further reading

2006 Ford GTX1 Roadster
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Source: Mecum

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