- One of 2,022 built for 2005
- Desirable four-option example
- Finished in Mark IV Red with white racing stripes
- Two-owner example from new with just 2,511 miles at time of cataloguing
Immensely proud of its legendary history, Ford Motor Company created the Ford GT to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. It appeared 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, actual production had begun on this mid-engined, 43-inch-tall supercar, which was now called simply the GT. Production of each Ford GT involved multiple facilities, with each car starting life in Ohio and being completed at Ford’s own SVT facility in Michigan. At its heart was Ford’s 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.
Assembled on 9 December 2004, this Ford GT left the factory finished in the stunning shade of Mark IV Red with full white stripes, one of 669 examples produced as such for the 2005 model year. It was desirably equipped as a four option example, featuring full racing stripes, a McIntosh radio, lightweight BBS wheels, and red painted brake calipers. The GT was sold to Shults Ford in Wexford, Pennsylvania.
Today, this two-owner 2005 Ford GT has covered just 2,511 miles from new at time of cataloguing. The car's optional lightweight BBS wheels now feature Bridgestone Potenza tires. The GT is accompanied by its original window sticker, original buyer’s order sheet, Shults Auto Group delivery worksheet, select delivery tags, manuals with pouch, sales brochure, and an air compressor.
Some 17 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.