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The Newport Car Museum will be unveiling its limited edition 2018 Ford GT on Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m. Buyers of the $450,000 supercar are handpicked by the automaker, and only 1,000 are set to be built through 2020.
The Ford GT, of which there are 138 so far (this is #109), is a hard-to-come-by masterpiece of minimalism introduced by Ford in 2016 after secret development. Meant to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original GT40’s 1966 triumph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the car was entered by Ford in the 2016 Le Mans race and won, making it all that much more of a coveted acquisition.
According to Newport Car Museum Founder Gunther Buerman, who recently added 14 other new cars to the museum’s now 70+ car exhibit, there will be no letting up on keeping the Museum fresh and interesting.
“The Newport Car Museum is like an English Garden, where around every corner there is another delight,” said Buerman.
To enjoy the full experience of the museum, visitors should allow from 90 minutes to a full afternoon or morning. That includes time to enjoy the collection’s six galleries (Ford/Shelby, Fin Cars, World Cars, Corvettes, Mopars, and the new “American Muscle: “Then & Now”); the specially commissioned videos and artwork in each; and free driving time on one of eight Playseat driving simulators powered by Forza Motorsport. The simulators have become a wildly popular “surprise ending” to the Newport Car Museum experience, allowing one to test his or her driving skills in just about any car imaginable on just about any road course in the world. The museum also has a collection of Mid-Century modern furniture interspersed throughout the 70,000 square feet of exhibit area and a large gift shop.
Tickets for the museum are $18 / adults, $15 / Seniors, Military, Students, and $8 / Ages 5-15 (with an adult). Children 4 and under are free with an adult.
Newport Car Museum is handicap accessible and hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Sunday. Address: 1947 West Main Rd. (Enter at Light), Portsmouth, R.I. 02871, 401-848-2277.
For more information, visit www.newportcarmuseum.org.
PHOTO: The 2018 Ford GT is under wraps at Newport Car Museum. (photo courtesy Newport Car Museum)