2017 Ford GT, Corvette collection highlight RM’s Auburn docket

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After 2 years of ownership, original 2017 Ford GT buyers can start selling their cars | RM Auctions photos

A 2017 Ford GT and five cars from the Jim Mangione Corvette Collection will headline RM Auctions” annual Auburn Fall Sale at Auburn Auction Park in northeast Indiana. 

The sale, scheduled for August 29 to September 1, takes place during the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. This year, RM says more than 700 collector cars will cross the block, and at a wide selection of automobilia also will be offered at the sale. 

Also taking place at the auction park are a swap meet, car corral and other activitie,s including a DirtFish rally experience, stunt bike shows and a Kids Zone.

Ford GT going to auction has exposed carbon fiber around engine

The 2017 Ford GT going to auction is No. H040 and reportedly is the only road-spec example delivered without factory noise, vibration and harshness padding on the rear bulkhead, thus exposing the carbon fiber of the monocoque tub behind the seats, just as it is on the racing versions of the supercar.

RM Auctions also notes that this is believed to be the only 2017 Ford GT finished in Riviera Blue paint. The 20-inch wheels have exposed gloss carbon fiber with titanium lug nuts and silver Brembo brake calipers. The car has been driven less than 3,000 miles.

The interior is done in a shade called Dark Energy. RM Auctions expects the car to sell for $1.2 million to $1.5 million.

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“As unencumbered examples of the new Ford GT begin to come to auction, we continue to discover bespoke options and features that set each car apart,” Gord Duff, global head of auctions for RM Sotheby’s Group, is quoted in the news release. “This particular car offers unique options.”

COPO Corvette coming out of the Jim Mangione Collection

Also being offered at Auburn is the Jim Mangione Collection of five Chevrolet Corvettes, led by a 1967 Sting Ray COPO convertible custom-ordered by GM designer Bill Mitchell with a big block tri-power 427 V8, finished in special Ermine White with red accents, and with a “stinger” graphic that extends past the passenger compartment, over the trunk lid and into the rear valance. 

RM expects the car to sell for $650,000 to $850,000.

L88 in British Green

From the same collection comes a pair of L88 convertibles, a 1968 in British Green over saddle leather interior and a 1969 in Tuxedo Black over saddle with a tan convertible top. Each of the L88s has a pre-sale estimated value of $475,000 to $575,000.

The collection consignment also includes a 1957 “Big Brake & Airbox” Corvette in Venetian Red and a 1959 done in “gasser” style and in Damson Plum Firemist over a burgundy cloth interior. Also from the same consignment is a 1958 Pontiac Bonneville custom convertible, powered by a 370cid Tempest V8 and in Patina Ivory with Redwood Copper accents and white-and-copper leather interior.

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L88 in Tuxedo Black

Meanwhile, in addition to the 2017 Ford GT, a 313-mile 2005 Ford GT in Quick Silver will cross the block, as will a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 and a Ford-powered 1970 DeTomaso Mangusta.

The full Auburn auction catalog can be viewed at the RM Auctions website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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