Motor City

The Inn at St. John's
25 July 2015
Lot 131

2005 Ford GT


$319,000 USD | Sold

United States | Plymouth, Michigan



Chassis No.
  • Fewer than 370 actual miles
  • Finished in Mk IV Red with all four factory options
  • Complete with dealer invoice, books, car cover, and extra keys
  • The “Pace Car for an Entire Company”

550 bhp, 5.4-liter DOHC 32-valve V-8 engine with a supercharger, six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 106.7 in.

The turn of the 21st century was a perfect time to recreate and produce a modernized version of the GT40, with designers and engineers inspired by the Le Mans-winning GT40 of the 1960s and the company’s top brass looking to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ford Motor Company. Ford wanted to show that, at 100 years old and 40 years after the GT40 program began, it was still capable of producing a world-class supercar. They even released a commercial during Super Bowl XXXVIII that proclaimed the new Ford GT to be the “Pace Car for an Entire Company,” which was a bold statement coming from a car manufacturer that at the time owned both Jaguar and Aston Martin!

Visually, the GT was the spitting image of its forefathers and was immediately identifiable as a modern GT40 to any petrol head. Its silhouette perfectly mimics that of the Mk I GT40, although it is just a tad larger in order to accommodate for taller passengers, measuring in at 44.3 inches, as opposed to the original car’s 40 inches in overall height. Also like the original, the car’s performance was world beating. The Ford GT was aimed squarely at the Ferrari 360 Modena, and it all but obliterated its closest competitor from Maranello. It could sprint from 0–60 in 3.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of nearly 200 mph, putting it in the league of Porsche’s Carrera GT and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.

Not only that, but it was available at a fraction of the cost of its competitors. With a list price of $139,995, the Ford GT was a relative bargain, especially when considering other cars that provided the same level of performance. Only 4,038 GTs were produced after three years of production, and customer demand far outstripped supply, leaving many examples to be sold new with substantial premiums over the original MSRP.

The GT offered here was ordered in Mark IV Red with a Black GT leather interior and has all four available factory options: painted Le Mans-style white body stripes, a McIntosh CD stereo system, lightweight BBS forged alloy wheels, and color-matched Brembo calipers for the four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. It is offered with all of the correct books, a car cover, additional keys, and even the original dealer invoice. It is virtually “as new” in every regard, as would be expected of a GT with such incredibly low mileage (368.3 at the time of cataloguing).

This is the most incredible of modern American supercars, offered right here in Michigan, where it was born and bred!