The world’s first 2019 Ford GT “Gulf” Heritage Edition (VIN 001) will be sold on Saturday, January 19, during the 48th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, which is being held January 12-20, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more auction information, visit the Barrett-Jackson website or Facebook.
The Story Behind the Gulf Oil Livery Design The 2019 Ford GT “Gulf” celebrates 50th anniversary of the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans-winning GT40 that took down Ferrari to make racing history. Following this, GT 40 became one of the most recognizable racecars of all time. Its famous baby-blue-and-orange paint theme is called Gulf Oil: initially it was named after a racing sponsor and later the name stuck and become a visiting card for GT40 and one of the most often-duplicated livery designs. The 2019 Heritage Edition The 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition optional package marks those wins with the famous paint scheme, along with exposed carbon fiber accents for both the interior and exterior. The exterior features exposed carbon fiber A-pillars and sports unique 20-inch one-piece forged aluminum wheels in high-gloss dark stainless with black lug nuts. Orange calipers and silver rearview mirror caps complete the look.
For 2019 only, the package features the No. 9 graphics on the hood and doors as well as a ghosted image on the interior door panels. Inside, Ebony Alcantara wraps the seats, instrument panel, pillars, headliner and steering wheel. Contrasting blue and orange stitching accentuates the seats and steering wheel, with a new seat embossment inspired by the original Le Mans-winning car, as well as clear and polished anodized paddle shifters. High-gloss dark stainless appliqués accent the instrument panel, door register bezels and x-brace to round out the interior. The car also features a unique serialized identification plate, plus exposed matte carbon fiber door sills, air register pods and center console.
The Donation Ford is donating proceeds from the sale of the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition with limited-edition Gulf Oil racing livery to United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “The 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition instantly became one of the most anticipated cars in the world with its famous paint scheme,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president, Global Operations. “This car’s amazing history should help the United Way for Southeastern Michigan raise a lot of money to advance their mission of helping make lives better in our communities.” United Way for Southeastern Michigan improves lives and empowers families to succeed by uniting around education, economic prosperity and health — the cornerstones of a strong, equitable community. For more information, visit https://unitedwaysem.org/