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Ford GT 2005 - World Of Classic Cars -

Ford GT 2005

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 a century 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!
Ford GT 2005

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 Mark 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 also 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.
Ford GT 2005

The GT shown here is finished in Quick Silver Clearcoat Metallic, which is one of the lowest-production 2005 colors, used on only 154 of the 2,022 GTs built that year. It is complemented by an Ebony leather interior and all four original options: painted Le Mans-style body stripes, a McIntosh CD stereo system, BBS lightweight forged aluminum wheels, and color-matched Brembo brake calipers with four-wheel ventilated disc brakes.