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Ford GT Corner

The  Latest  News That’s 44-inches High

We’re on the Legendary Motorcar

Company’s email list, so when we re-

ceived a notice advising us that they

had a low mileage (2.7 miles) Ford GT

for sale, it got us thinking: is this the

lowest mileage of any Ford GT? Who

better to ask than our in-house Ford

GT guru, Jeff Burgy. We were wonder-

ing how many miles a GT could be ex-

pected to have if it was “never driven.”

Cars get driven off the assembly line

(or rolled around); does each one get

test-driven? Are they driven onto and

off of a transporter? Our question was,

is it possible for a GT to legitimately

have 2.7 miles–if there was no specific

attempt to keep the mileage low, such

as disconnecting the odometer at the

end of the assembly line?

My database on this car shows:

1FAFP90S26Y400783. Painted Her-

itage Blue with Epic Orange roof

stripes. Offered for sale on e-Bay 12/14

for $600,000 with 2.7 miles on it and

advertised as brand new/never titled/

never driven. Sold at Auctions Amer-

ica at Ft. Lauderdale, FL 3/15 with 2.7

miles on it for $451,000. Offered for

sale by Legendary Motorcar Company

9/15 for $495,000 with 2.7 miles on it.

Although this car shows very low

mileage, it is not the lowest mileage

GT I have in my database. I have two

others with 2.7 miles; one with 1.8; one

with 1.6 and, the winner is: one with

1.3 miles. That doesn’t really cover the

bases, though, because it is not always

customary to advertise the mileage on

a “new” car, especially when they are

brand-new. Mileage probably only

comes in to play once the cars have

gotten old enough to be deemed col-



super low mileage be-

comes a desirable feature and a

bargaining tool.

The cars were driven through the

plant, driven through a water spray

booth (to check for leaks), driven over

a cobblestone test bed (to test for

squeaks) and onto the car hauler. I

would guess that the 2.7 mile number

is probably the “typical” mileage for a

new GT that did not get any addi-

tional testing at the plant or the deal-


There used to be a process at Ford

Assembly Plants called an “M-10 Re-

view” – it was a management review

where a new vehicle was selected from

production and driven by an executive

from the assembly Plant. The car

might be driven around the area, on

the test track, or even driven home

overnight. The executive who drove

the car was to evaluate the vehicle for

any kind of problems or potential cus-

tomer concerns.

Usually, this was done for special

high-value customers. It was, however,

possible for employees to request an

M-10 evaluation for a new car that

they had ordered. A typical M-10 eval-

At the end of the assembly process cars were through the water test where they were

hit with high pressure blasts of water to check for leaks.

uation might add ten or twenty miles

to the odometer of a new car, and I’m

pretty sure that Ford sent a letter to

the new owner explaining why their

new car had that many miles on it.

With the right connections, even a low-

level new hire like me was able to get

an M-10 evaluation scheduled for my

very first new car order – a ‘78 T-Roof

Thunderbird. As I recall, there was no

specific mention of the items tested,

only a form letter saying the car had

been evaluated, how many miles it

was driven, and that it “passed inspec-

tion” (it must not have rained during

the test, as my T-Roof T’Bird leaked

like a sieve in the rain – and when I

took it back to the dealer for repair

they didn’t really fix it properly).

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