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2006 Ford GT
– 600 bhp, 5.4-liter supercharged V8
– 0-60 in less than 3.6 seconds
– Two owners and just over 3,600 actual miles
– One of only 1,870 examples built in 2006
– One of 459 40th Anniversary cars in Tungsten Grey
600 bhp, 5.4L 32-valve DOHC supercharged modular V8 engine, Ford Racing pulley, dry sump, Ricardo six-speed manual gearbox, four-piston aluminum Brembo calipers with cross-drilled and vented rotors, all four factory options.
Revealed at the 2002 North American Auto Show, Henry Ford II was proud to show off a modern-day version of Ford’s most successful endurance racer. A month after the release, Ford announced the Ford GT would be put into production and with a price ‘around six figures’.
Inspired by the GT40s that beat Ferrari at Le Mans and won the famed 24-hour race four years in a row, the new GT was more than a mere design throwback. It was a supercar the likes of which Detroit had never before produced, capable of lightning-fast sprints to 60 mph in well under four seconds yet also tremendously competent in every other discipline, cornering and braking included. On top speed alone, it surpassed even the Porsche Carrera GT and Mercedes McLaren SLR. It was even setting new lap records on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife, faster even than some of the best cars from Porsche.
Power came from a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 with a six-speed gearbox, producing 550 hp and a throaty, uniquely American muscle exhaust note. Only 3,913 examples were built during the two-year production run, and – just as Henry Ford II would have wanted – each one is more than capable of blowing the doors off its competition from Maranello.
The Ford GT supercar’s design instantly stirs up images of the glorious Ford GT race cars from the 1960s. Yet new presentation features all-new dimensions and a contemporary, striking interior – as well as epic engineering stories of how high-tech methods helped preserve a classic form. ‘As a race car, the original Ford GT didn’t have an interior design to speak of,’ says Pardo, Ford GT Chief Designer. ‘They featured two seats, a steering wheel, a few toggle switches and lot of bare metal. That’s it.’ As such, the interior of the Ford GT is the biggest deviation from the vintage cars.
The centerpiece of the interior is a brushed-magnesium tunnel, which contains the center-mounted fuel tank. A pair of deep bucket seats featuring carbon-fiber shells and leather seating surfaces flanks the tunnel. To provide ventilation, the leather seat cushions are dotted with aluminum grommets similar to those used in the vintage endurance racers.
The instrument panel features a comprehensive array of analog gauges, including a center-mounted, oversized tachometer wrapped in aluminum bezels. In homage to vintage Ford GT race cars, stylized toggle switches line the panel, controlling the headlights, fog lights, dimmer switch, windshield wipers and rear defroster.
The matte-black instrument panel, door panels and lower portions of the tunnel are crafted in Azdel SuperLite Composite. This is the industry’s first application of Azdel throughout the interior. Azdel is roughly 30 percent lighter than standard injection-molded substrates, offers better wear resistance and is recyclable.
The 1966 LeMans win for Ford in the Mk II GT40s was an incredible success for any car manufacturer, but in this case especially so for the Americans. Sponsored by Ford Motor Company/Shelby American; Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon came in first, followed by Ken Miles and Denis Hulme in second, and the third-place car driven by Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson, who finished in close formation behind their winning teammates.
For 2006 Ford’s supercar gets a no-extra-cost 40th anniversary special edition to commemorate the company’s 1-2-3 finish at LeMans in 1966. The limited-edition 40th anniversary model comes only in Tungsten Grey.
Delivered new to the Don Davis Ford dealership in Arlington, Texas on August 23rd, 2006, this 40th Anniversary, fully optioned Ford GT was sold to its first owner from Mansfield, Texas. On September 15th, 2006 the first owner traded this Ford GT back to Don Davis Ford in Arlington, Texas with the odometer showing just 1,319 miles. The GT was then purchased next by its second and last owner, a Canadian enthusiast, from Don Davis Ford in October 2009.
This example is just one of 459 cars finished in 40th Anniversary tungsten grey with silver racing stripes and a black leather interior. Rarer still are the complete set of options, including the McIntosh sound system, silver racing stripes, forged alloy wheels, and painted calipers, which cost an additional $13,500 over MSRP. In 2010 the Canadian owner had Brown Bros. Ford in Vancouver, BC install the Ford Racing Pulley, which included a re-tuning. This car has not been tested on a dyno, but this high performance upgrade is known to add 40-60 bhp, bringing the total power to an astonishing 600 bhp. Maintained to the highest standards, and showing just 3,600 actual miles since new, this Ford GT remains one of the very few limited production supercars destined to become a true classic and collector car.