Actually this is one technically is not the first one on the open market. If you recall Ron Pratt’s was the first at BJ last year. True it was for charity and had special approval from Ford to sell it but facts are facts. Ron’s hammered for $2.5M but this sale is an outlier and not indicative of true market value as typically charity cars carry no preclusion to the actual value of the car… many business owners who are also car collectors win two-fold on charity cars… getting the car they want as well as the tax write-off they need for “donating” to the charity.
With that… I think it’s safer to say this silver one was the first on the market with nothing extra to induce a higher sale price. The $1.65M hammer price seems fair to me given what the car is and how it compares with other hyper exotics from other manufacturers as well as being the 2nd one for public sale amidst a still heighten sense of hype and mystique around the car.
I also think it’s safe to assume that we’ll see a few more GT’s hit the auction scene with enterprising owners cashing in looking for 3 times their original investment… not a bad way to make a small fortune.