Open Roads, October | Lot 190
2006 Ford GT
$341,000 USD | Sold
| Austin, Texas
6 - 13 October 2021
- One of 541 produced in Tungsten for 2006
- Odometer shows less than 5,200 miles as of cataloguing time
- Desirable four-option example
Ford Motor Company created the Ford GT to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. It emerged during a wave of both fresh thinking and retro-inspired design that saw several nameplates reappear in their product line. Dubbed “the pace car for an entire company,” the GT40 concept was shown at the North American International Auto Show in 2002. It debuted with a look and a name that paid tribute to the company’s legendary Le Mans-winning GT40 of four decades prior.
By the end of 2004, production had begun on this mid-engine, low-slung supercar, which was simply called the GT. The manufacturing process involved multiple facilities, with each car starting life in Ohio and completed at Ford’s SVT facility in Michigan. At its heart was an all-aluminum 5.4-liter V-8 equipped with a Lysholm twin-screw supercharger, capable of producing 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. A top speed of 205 mph and a 0–60 sprint of 3.3 seconds elevated the GT into the same echelon as other period supercars, such as the Porsche Carrera GT and the Mercedes-McLaren SLR. Just over 4,000 cars were built from 2004 to 2006, with 2,022 being completed for the 2005 model year.
This 2006 Ford GT has covered less than 5,200 miles from new. It left the factory finished in Tungsten Clearcoat Metallic and with four options: silver racing stripes, red brake calipers, forged alloy BBS wheels, and the McIntosh stereo system with CD player. It has since been fitted with an aftermarket Kenwood head unit; the original McIntosh unit and speakers are included.
Ford produced only 2,011 examples of the Ford GT for the 2006 model year, and of those, only 541 were delivered in Tungsten. This GT is accompanied by manuals, air compressor, car cover, and bag. Some 16 years after its introduction, the Ford GT remains an exciting, high-performance homage to Ford’s legendary motorsport history, and a car that many claim to be one of the last great analog supercars.