Ford's sting in the GT-F donation tail
THERE is a silver lining to the end of Ford's manufacture of the famed GT models.
More than $400,000 has been raised for the National Breast Cancer Foundation after two FPV GT-F vehicles were auctioned online for the charity.
The two vehicles, build number 001 and 500, mark the bookends of the GT's final production run.
GT-F number 001 was sold to West Australian businessman Ian Terriaca for $157,600 - more than double its original $77,900 sticker price.
Ford enthusiast Steven Clarke secured the final GT, yet to be built, for $236,100.
It was a nervous final minute for Mr Clarke, who was prepared to pay up to $250,000 for the sought-after performance sedan.
"I watched the countdown on the last 40 seconds with my finger on the mouse button," he said.
"It was exciting and nervous - that is a lot of money to purchase a vehicle that you haven't seen."
Early this week, Mr Terriaca met Ford Australia president, Bob Graziano, Ford racing legend Allan Moffat along with lead engineers and designers responsible for the iconic FPV GT-F at a special showing of his vehicle this week before he gets his hands on the car later this month.
There, the Modern Glass owner made a further $10,000 donation to the breast cancer foundation charity.
Adele, Mr Terriaca's daughter who did the bidding for him, outbid almost 100 other interested parties to secure car 001 with a final bid of $175,755 for her father.
"That week of the auction I was overseas so the pressure was on. It was a great feeling that moment on Sunday knowing that I had actually secured the car," he said.
"I'm very proud to make this extra donation of $10,000 because I feel very strongly about cancer in general and donating to the National Breast Cancer Foundation is one way in which I can show my support."
Developed to pay homage to the 351-cubic-inch, 5.8-litre V8 Falcon GTs of the early 1970s, which made the model so iconic on the race tracks and streets of Australia, the GT-F sedan is the most powerful Falcon GT ever produced in Australia by Ford.
Model: FPV GT-F.
Details: Four-door large rear-wheel drive performance sedan.
Engine: Boss 5.0-litre supercharged DOHC V8 generating maximum power of 351kW @ 6000rpm and peak torque of 570Nm @ 2500-5500rpm.
Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
Consumption: 13.5 litres/100km (combined average).