Most car buff’s know the legend of the mighty Ford GT. The original GT40 was a world beater on international race tracks across the world. It won the 24hrs. of Le Mans four consecutive times, from ’66-’69!
When word got out that Ford was going to bring back the Ford GT, speculation was at a fever pitch! The new GT began life as a concept car designed in anticipation of the automaker’s centennial year and as part of its drive to showcase and revive its “heritage” names like Mustang and Thunderbird. It was unveiled at the ’02 Detroit Auto Show. Camilo Pardo, the then head of Ford’s “Living Legends” studio, is credited as the chief designer of the GT and worked under the guidance of j. Mays and Carroll Shelby, the original designer of the Shelby GT 500, was brought in by Ford to help develop the GT; which included performance testing of the prototype car. While under development, the project was called Petunia.
The GT is similar in outward appearance to the original GT40, but is bigger, wider, and most importantly 3 in (76 mm) taller than the original’s 40 in (100 cm) overall height; as a result, a potential name for the car was the GT43. Although the cars are visually related, structurally, there is no similarity between the modern GT and the 1960s GT40 that inspired it. Three pre-production cars were shown to the public in 2003 as part of Ford’s centenary celebrations, and delivery of the production version called simply the Ford GT began in the fall of 2004.
The GT was built for only two short years, but boy did it make a great first impression! And the years have been nothing but kind to the car’s legacy.
This one owner example is an ’06 of which only 1,919 units were built that year. It’s in showroom condition having traveled only 1,800 since new and is equipped with all four of the most desirable options; Stripes, Red brake caliper, 10-spoke wheels and Macintosh audio system!