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Original Owner (acquired new circa 2006)Chip Foose, Huntington Beach, California (acquired from the above circa 2013)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
SEMA, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 2014
Ford created the GT40 as a statement car after a failed takeover attempt of Enzo Ferrari’s eponymous company. The Ford GT40 went on to became one of the most successful American race cars of all time, dominating the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a 1-2-3 finish in 1966, and subsequent victories in 1967, 1968, and 1969. In 2002, to celebrate the company’s centennial, Ford introduced a GT supercar concept that paid homage to its illustrious predecessor.
Designed by Camilo Pardo, who worked under Ford’s Chief Creative Officer, J. Mays, and with input from Carroll Shelby, whose involvement was essential to the success of the original GT40 program, the production GT would take cues from the car that came before it. Although the GT outwardly appeared similar to the GT40, the supercar concept would be a study in some of the most advanced technologies available to Ford at the time.
Underpinned by an aluminum space-frame chassis, the GT was clad in lightweight composite and aluminum body panels. Driven by a hand-built 5.4-liter supercharged engine producing 550 hp, and mated to a six-speed transaxle, the GT could race from 0–60 in 3.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 205 mph. Motorsport-derived suspension and braking systems ensured the GT could handle and stop in similarly impressive fashion. Produced in limited numbers for the 2005 and 2006 model years, demand far outstripped supply, with early cars often selling for substantial premiums over the MSRP.
The immaculate 2006 Ford GT offered here is finished in Tungsten Gray Metallic, one of the lowest-production colors offered, complemented by an Ebony leather interior. A three-owner car, it boasts all four factory options that could be ordered: BBS lightweight forged aluminum wheels, a McIntosh CD stereo system, color-matched Brembo brake calipers, and painted Le Mans-style body stripes.
In 2013, the car was given to Chip Foose by his wife as a birthday present, and the custom automobile designer wasted little time in tastefully personalizing the GT. Foose focused his efforts on subtle enhancements such as orange stripe accents, lowered suspension, one-off aluminum wheels of his own design, a custom MagnaFlow performance exhaust system, and a revised rear bumper. The results are stunning and the GT was displayed by MagnaFlow at their SEMA booth in 2014. All replaced components were retained and will accompany the GT at auction, so a buyer who covets originality can restore the vehicle to as-delivered condition.
The Ford GT of 2005–2006 was in many ways one of the last mechanical gasps before technology truly took over. Having covered less than 1,450 miles from new, this GT with all four options remains in virtually new condition, and may be considered one of the best of the modern collectible supercars.