Is a Heritage worth it?


GTdrummer

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I go back and forth about trading 1 of my GTs for a Heritage. Oddly, my wife likes the Heritage better than my blue GT but not my white.

Is a Heritage worth the extra $$$ for a tightwad like me? Thanks
 
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Blue Moose

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Great story, Loved hearing it from you the first time and it never gets old. Thanks for sharing.
OH NO!! It's happening - John is turning into his DAD!! His Dad (at almost 80) loves to tell the same ol' stories over and over again - if there's even a hint of someone who may not have heard one, we're doomed! So - for all you newcomers, enjoy the stories.

And - of course we need to give credit where credit is due - thank you SHELBY for the lead on the 2nd brand new Heritage.
Lady Moose
 

skyrex

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Depends on why you want it. If you are buying to collect than heritage is the best on that front......minus maybe sonic blue. If you are buying to drive I would stick with the color that makes you happy......and you can always wrap it on occasion to change the color for a change of pace. :biggrin :cheers
 

RALPHIE

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...And - of course we need to give credit where credit is due...Lady Moose
Credit goes to Michelle for making John buy 2 GT's because he sold the 1st one!! - way to go, gal - :thumbsup
 

Waxer

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IMHO, no.
 

Lorenzo

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Although my car is red I have always liked the Heritage. I think they really personify the whole aspect of the GT40. If your wanting opinions that help you justify pulling the trigger on one then I would say do it !! If i'm ever in the market for a second Ford GT I would go looking for a Heritage for sure.
 

Mullet

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They are too flashy for my taste (hard to believe I know).
 

Blue Moose

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:thumbsup
that's a 10-4!
Lady Moose
 

tony h

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Jun 16, 2010
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I have a really simple view on this - a Heritage is the same car but a different colour scheme?

Why therefore are they so much more than the cost of a professional colour change?

My car is red but with a few thousand $ could easily transform to a Heritage......

I said that my view was simple - and thats not an invitation for a character assasination haha..

Tony h
 

jaxgt

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High quality professional paint jobs are quite pricey in the US. I suspect more than a few thousand. GT Guys did a few cars I believe in a similar pattern, but different color scheme.

I have a really simple view on this - a Heritage is the same car but a different colour scheme?

Why therefore are they so much more than the cost of a professional colour change?

My car is red but with a few thousand $ could easily transform to a Heritage......

I said that my view was simple - and thats not an invitation for a character assasination haha..

Tony h
 
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jaxgt

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I still remember when looking for my first GT back in late 2006. An area dealer had a new Heritage they couldn't unload at the end of 2006, that they would have sold for $5k less than sticker. At that time, I thought a bit too flashy for my taste and ultimately bought a Tungsten for sticker price. I never would have thought that the Heritages would have gone up so much.

Ironically, I wouldn't mind having one now, but after passing on that deal from way back when, don't see myself paying the premium.
 
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RALPHIE

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I think it just depends on the era of the GT40 which one wants to emulate - if that's what you're after. The Heritage signifies the era after Ford left the racing program, and John Wyer got approval to carry on privately. He got the Gulf sponsorship and raced the cars for 2 more years, winning Le Mans both years with GT40/P1075 - a remarkable feat. If you want to emulate the original 1964 GT40's, you would prefer a Centennial White car with Blue Stripes. Or, if you wish to look like the original Le Mans winning car of Bruce McLaren in 1966, you'll want a Mark II Black with White Stripes (or were they silver?). Then again, the Le Mans winning 1967 Mark IV GT40 of Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt was, of course, Mark IV Red with White stripes. I think Andretti's car at Sebring was Speed Yellow with Black Stripes.

So - pick the color of your favorite winner and have fun with it!! - Me, I knew Dan a long time ago for a little while, and still wish I could drive half as well as he did.

:cheers
 

The Grey Ghost

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I still remember when looking for my first GT back in late 2006. An area dealer had a new Heritage they couldn't unload at the end of 2006, that they would have sold for $5k less than sticker. At that time, I thought a bit too flashy for my taste and ultimately bought a Tungsten for sticker price. I never would have thought that the Heritages would have gone up so much.

Ironically, I wouldn't mind having one now, but after passing on that deal from way back when, don't see myself paying the premium.
I don't know Mitchell, if you'd bought that Heritage, where would I be now?:eek

Jeff
 

jaxgt

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Jeff - I can't think of a nicer guy (and your lovely wife Gina) for it to have gone to.
 

gzl

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I say go with the best available car you have an opportunity to buy. I looked at a white with blue stripes GT that I fell in love with but it had too many miles. I then searched high and low for a yellow one but was unable to find one that met my criteria. I happened to see a Heritage and fell in love. Wife saw it and she did as well. Ostentatious? Yes. Over the top? Yes. But a beautiful car. But they all are so really you can't go wrong.
 
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HHGT

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When your inside the car you can't see the color anyways so you could argue you're picking a color for everyone else to appreciate. Heritage is the Top Shelf of the liquor cabinet.
 

DBK

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If I didn't have the emotional attachment of watching the white car get built, I would have sold it for a Heritage car. If you like it, why not? The opportunities for owning a supercar with an OEM paint job like that are few and far between. At the time, my wife thought it was a silly looking car. Now she loves it. As for why it costs so much, why does matching Ferrari luggage for a 458 cost $11,000?
 

KJD

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I agree with those who are or intend to be collectors - major values downstream for a multiple build GT will likely continue to be on the OEM Heritages. I thought the upcharge for the paint scheme was a bit pricey in 2005 but accurately forecast (doesn't happen often, believe me) that the ROI would be very good.

Like Dave, however, I'm locked onto my black stripe delete which I was also fortunate enough to witness its build. Unlike Dave, I've never considered trading or selling it for any other color GT (or love or money).

Re: Heritages, I remember seeing on the board here when Camilo got his, I thought what a perfect fit that was. And when Floridaho Chris modded his w/ the color-matched wheels, etc. how the entire car looked even better than factory-built.
 

Infantryman

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If I were going to own multiple GTs, my second one would definitely be a Heritage. I didn't realize that until seeing one "in the flesh" (IMHO, more than any of the other colors, pictures don't come close to doing the Heritage justice; I think it's beautiful paint scheme really comes across more powerfully when you're right there looking at it). I'm still not convinced about the ROI in pure dollars, but when you add style and satisfaction to your "return on investment" criterion, they all have it in spades!
 

427Aggie

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They are too flashy for my taste (hard to believe I know).
Wait wait wait...TOO FLASHY????? I thought all your other cars were painted in that speckly bass boat gold :biggrin

Its funny a friend and member here gave me no end of crap for the first 4 months I owned mine. He even went to the first Rally with me...low and behold if he doesn't have a big blue and orange car in the garage with a 9 on it...now we can't park next to each other or the jokes fly..something about 69 :willy