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The Ford GT began life as a concept car designed in anticipation of the carmaker's centennial year and as part of its drive to showcase and revive its heritage models such as the Mustang and Thunderbird. At the 2002 North American International Auto Show, Ford unveiled a new GT40 concept car. Camilo Pardo, the then head of Ford's Living Legends studio, is credited as the chief designer of the GT and worked under the guidance of J Mays and Carroll Shelby, the original designer of the Shelby GT500, was brought in by Ford to help develop the GT including performance testing of the prototype.
The GT is similar in outward appearance to the original GT40 but is bigger, wider, and most importantly four in (100 mm) taller than the original's 40 in (100 cm) overall height; as a result, a potential name for the car was the GT44. Although the cars are visually related, structurally, there is no similarity between the modern GT and the 1960's GT40 that inspired it. Three pre-production cars were shown to the public in 2003 as part of Ford's centenary celebrations, and delivery of the production version, simply called the Ford GT, began in the Autumn of 2004.
The ultra-high performance Ford GT showcases the finest in advanced technologies, constructed on a lightweight aluminium chassis clothed in superplastic-formed lightweight composite and aluminium body panels. Powered by a mid-mounted, hand-built, supercharged quad-cam 550bhp V8 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transaxle and featuring racing-derived suspension and braking systems, the GT is hugely powerful and delivers astounding performance. It can accelerate from 0-60 in about 3.5 seconds, hurtling on to some 205mph before the speed limiter kicks in. When production ceased in 2006, with just over 4,000 Ford GTs produced, 101 were delivered new to Europe and only a handful to other markets, this epic Ford had made its mark on automotive history once again - and became an instant collector's car.
From its VIN number, we can tell that the car on offer today was assembled in Wixom, Michigan during January 2006. Fitted with active safety belts and driver and passenger airbags and was powered by a 5.4-litre, dual overhead camshaft, electronic fuel injection, supercharged, V8. It left the factory finished in Mk IV Red Clearcoat with a Centennial White stripe and an Ebony interior. The car was supplied new in the USA but is now registered in the KSA and has only covered 2,316 miles with one documented service. In simply stunning condition, this rare GT is worthy of a place in any collectors stable and should not be missed.
Given its inimitable heritage, prolific performance, stunning design, and the thrilling driving experience, the Ford GT is a very special creation that will undoubtedly be revered for many years to come.