CHASSIS NO: 1FAFP90S46Y400901
• Purchased new by, and still titled to, Ferrari North America
• Shipped new to Italy, most likely for evaluation purposes
• Just 1,270 miles from new; sole ownership since 2008
• Awesome Tungsten Gray exterior and all four factory options
• Incredible performer and true “modern icon” status
• Accompanied by factory-issued books and manuals
5.4-liter DOHC, 32-valve supercharged V-8 engine, six-speed manual gearbox, rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, Brembo four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 106.7”
First shown in 2002 to celebrate Ford Motor Company's upcoming centennial, the Ford GT40 concept car was designed by Camilo Pardo, the head of Ford’s “Living Legends” studio under the direction of Ford Design Chief, J. Mays. Clearly inspired by the all-conquering GT40s that conclusively beat Ferrari at Le Mans in 1966 and dominated there through 1969, the Ford GT was prepared, refined, and tested for production. While echoing the GT40's layout and iconic design cues, the new Ford GT utilized modern, state-of-the-art engineering, materials, and construction to deliver greater performance than its legendary forebear. Powering the new GT was a mid-mounted supercharged, 32-valve 5.4-liter V-8 engine with competition-type dry sump lubrication producing 550 HP. Power was delivered by a six-speed gearbox/rear transaxle from Ricardo, the supplier of racing transmissions for international racing. All-independent suspension and huge vented Brembo four-wheel disc brakes rounded out the mechanical package.
Built using space-age materials and construction techniques, each GT was built in five stages with initial assembly performed by Norwalk, Ohio's Mayflower Vehicle Systems, paint by Saleen Special Vehicles in Troy, Michigan, engine assembly at Ford's Romeo, Michigan engine plant, and finally engine and transmission installation and interior finishing at Ford's Wixom, Michigan plant. Notably, the Ford GT was the last vehicle project completed at Wixom. According to published sources, only 4,033 examples were produced in all, including 2,022 and 2,011 built during 2005 and 2006 respectively. Demand far outstripped supply, with early cars selling for substantial premiums over the basic Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and prospective buyers vying for vehicle-production slots.
While capable of truly blistering performance, including a 209.1-mph speed hit by one of the test cars at Nardo, Italy, these cars are also renowned for their deceptive practicality and ease of operation in everyday traffic, including a light clutch feel. The interior, which pays homage to the original GT40, is complete with leather-trimmed carbon fiber seats, electric power windows, and air-conditioning. Unlike its 1960s predecessor, however, the GT interior is remarkably comfortable with ample space for taller drivers. All these attributes came about from the now-legendary development and testing program applied to the GT by Ford's SVT Special Vehicle Team before it was deemed ready for series-production and sale to the public. Of course, the GT’s raison d’être was extreme performance, with the car’s capabilities honed to perfection under the watchful eye of none other than Carroll Shelby who, in conjunction with Ken Miles, whipped the original 1960s GT40 into a Ferrari-beater in international competition. Given the intense 1960s “Ford vs Ferrari” rivalry, it comes as no surprise that the engineers at Maranello closely eyed the Ford GT with great interest.
This 2006 Ford GT carries truly exceptional history. Listed in the definitive reference book, "Ford GT 2005-2006: The Complete Owners Experience" published by the SVT Owners Association, assembly of this GT was completed on March 13, 2006. Finished in stunning Tungsten Gray, it is equipped with all four factory-available options – racing stripes, painted brake calipers, lightweight BBS™ forged wheels and the audiophile-quality McIntosh stereo system. Interestingly, it was purchased new by Ferrari of North America, Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, with New Jersey title issued January 1, 2007. The title document accompanying the vehicle contains an export stamp to Italy, lending credence to the accepted theory that Ferrari sought a late-production Ford GT to examine and evaluate. Subsequently, the GT returned Stateside and was purchased in 2008 with only an approximate 800 miles. Just 1,270 miles are accumulated at time of writing. Accompanied by factory-issued books and manuals, this Ford GT is quite likely the most interesting production example in existence and currently available.