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First shown at the 2002 North American International Auto Show, the new Ford GT paid homage to the original 1960s-era GT40, one of the most accomplished American race cars of all time. The new GT was designed by Camilo Pardo, who worked under Ford’s Chief Creative Officer J Mays. They also received input from Carroll Shelby, whose involvement had been crucial to the success of the original GT40 program. The GT offered pure, refined performance with little in the way of complex driving aids.
Reinterpreting the sleek silhouette of the original, the GT was underpinned by an aluminum space-frame chassis and clad in lightweight composite and aluminum body panels. Driven by a hand-built 5.4-liter supercharged engine developing 550 hp, and mated to a six-speed manual transaxle, the GT could achieve 0–60 in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph. Motor sports-derived suspension and braking systems ensured the GT could both handle and stop in similarly impressive fashion. Built in limited numbers for the 2005 and 2006 model years, demand outstripped supply, with early cars often selling for substantial premiums over the MSRP.
Commemorating the 1968–1969 Le Mans-winning JW Automotive/Gulf Oil racing GT40, this Ford GT is one of just 343 examples appointed with the Heritage Paint Livery Package. Offered for 2006, each car thus equipped was painted in Heritage Blue and Epic Orange and included four white roundels like the competition cars used, with owner-selected numerals. Having had just two private owners, this GT also boasts all five factory options: Heritage appearance package, forged BBS aluminum wheels, a McIntosh audiophile sound system, painted racing stripes, and Gun Metal Grey-painted Brembo brake calipers.
Autographed by Carroll Shelby on the dashboard with a thank-you letter from his philanthropic foundation accompanying the sale, this Ford GT registered just 5,474 miles at the time of cataloguing. Presenting in outstanding condition throughout, the original factory protective liner on the doorsills is still present, while all outside surfaces have been wrapped in paint protection film since original delivery. This GT had its air bags replaced under a recall campaign in May 2017, while in August 2019 – less than 40 miles ago – a service including a fluid change, new brakes, and fresh tires was performed by specialist Fluid MotorUnion in Naperville, Illinois.
In many ways, the Ford GT was one of the last mechanical gasps before technology truly took over. Accompanied by its original books, tools, keys, window sticker, car cover, tire inflator, and battery charger, this 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition with all five options and signed by Carroll Shelby may be considered one of the best of the modern American supercars.