With the flurry of automotive innovation that 2016 brought, it might easy to forget about the roots of our favorite modern vehicles - but fortunately, to kick off 2017, Russo and Steele has brought back a piece of history in the form of the first functional Ford GT prototype.

The car's body and engine compartment feature an array of non-standard components and many other details exclusive to the prototype, including the air bags, and the steering column that was sourced from a Ford Windstar van. Other details, such as the silver trim rings on the seats were also prototype-only, adding to the exclusivity of the model. Finally, the model's sleek black exterior is finished with the autographs of 13 members of the original Ford GT design and development team, including Bill Ford's.

Check out all the images of the prototype in the gallery above, and let us know in the comments below if you'd consider bidding on this piece of history.

Russo and Steele Scottsdale Car Week Auction Event - Jan. 18-22, 2017 7555 N. Pima Road Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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