2005 was an exciting year in the United States. The Hubble telescope discovered two new moons, George W. Bush was sworn in for his second term, Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France for the seventh time, the Patriots won a second Super Bowl and, most importantly, Ford revived the GT.
The 2005 and 2006 Ford GT were released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Ford’s first victory with the GT40 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. The only American car to ever win overall at the event, the GT40 won four consecutive years. It was nicknamed the “Ferrari killer,” and swept the European circuits in a way that hasn’t been replicated.
As an homage to that impressive feat, Ford unveiled approximately 4,033 Ford GTs that were available for purchase, with a select few receiving the heritage paint option. In their road test of the Ford GT, uploaded to YouTube Aug. 21 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frr6PDLLDyU), Vehicle Virgins runs through some of the key pieces of information that make this car not just powerful, but phenomenal.
“The handbuilt 5.4L supercharged V8 produces a gargantuan 550 hp and 500 ft-lbs of torque. Thanks to bits of magnesium and plenty of aluminum the GT weighs a svelte 3,350 lbs,” their video review describes. “You can hit 60 mph in first gear in a face ripping 3.4 seconds. With mind blowing acceleration and a top speed of 205 mph, this is the fastest car Vehicle Virgins has ever reviewed.”
The original MSRP when the GT was introduced was $139,995, but as the Wikipedia page for the car describes, “a few other early cars sold for as much as US$100,000 premium over the suggested retail price.” From its first introduction, the GT was in high demand, and that demand has only increased since.
There are currently three 2006 Ford GTs(http://www.dupontregistry.com/autos/results/ford/gt) listed on duPontREGISTRY.com, each featuring the rare Heritage Blue paint option.
Each has had a rather limited traveling experience, but each mile on the odometer makes a huge difference in asking price. Crave Luxury Auto’s listing only has 555 miles, putting its asking price at $549,995 (http://www.dupontregistry.com/autos/listing/2006/ford/gt/856940), where CnC Motors’ listing with 5,584 miles is set at a price of $499,999(http://www.dupontregistry.com/autos/listing/2006/ford/gt/859583).
When those extra 5,000 miles on the odometer mean a $50,000 price difference, you don’t even have to guess at how high the demand for a pristine GT has become.
With rumors circulating that Ford may be returning to Le Mans in 2016 and releasing a successor to the GT at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, as Road & Track reported Oct. 1(http://www.roadandtrack.com/racing/racing-news/more-signs-point-to-ford-le-mans-program-and-ford-gt-revival), the status of the 2005 and 2006 GTs as collectors’ cars will only increase. Of course, this means that if you are interested in finding a 2005 or 2006 GT for yourself boasting the rare Heritage paint, you may want to act now. As they are already fetching prices that rival Ferrari and Lamborghini, there may not be any of this American muscle available for less than $1 million in the near future.
– by Caitlin Duffy
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