One-of-four Ford GT race car is an awesome eBay find

2017 will be the year of the new Ford GT. The American manufacturer took 6,506 applications for its new supercar, but with only 250 being built initially, there will be a lot of disappointed people.

The solution? Spend the hefty wad of cash you've just saved on a classic Ford GT instead, and we've found the perfect one.

One-of-250 sounds pretty exclusive, but it's got nothing on this GT, of which only four were made. It's a fully restored GT1, which were made exclusively for racing in the FIA GT1 World Championship series.

Just two teams were given two cars each, and the car now up for sale was run by the Matech Competition crew. The cars were assembled alongside GT3 racers at the company's Germany factory, a stone's throw from the famous Nurburgring circuit.

Although the team started with factory-spec cars, the finished products only retained the chassis and rear lights.

One-of-four Ford GT race car is an awesome eBay find

One-of-four Ford GT race car is an awesome eBay find

Changes included new brakes that were designed to last for 24 hours of racing, while the engine was tilted forwards by 2.5 degrees in order to relocate the gearbox and improve the angle of the driveshaft.

The engine bay was also coated in gold foil and the upgraded exhaust system alone cost the same as the original road car.

The cars made their competition debut on April 17, 2010 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi in the GT1 championship. The Matech Ford won the first race, with Romain Grosjean and Thomas Mutsch at the wheel.

All of this racing pedigree and exclusivity come at a price. The car is available for $915,000 (£695,000).