Instant collector car. Never were these words more apropos than when applied to the Ford GT, the Dearborn automaker’s effort to relive a gloried past with a terrific mid-engine homage to the GT40 race cars that beat Ferrari at Le Mans.
Immediately, the GT was recognized as something special, especially for those who had the opportunity to drive one, because under its evocative body was a performance car that, once again, competed with the best of the Europeans. And with the low maintenance and high reliability of a Ford passenger car.
Ford GTs are frequently offered at collector car auctions, and often lead the results as top sellers. The recently updated third-generation GT has only added to the luster of the original.
The Pick of the Day is a 2005 Ford GT, a first-generation example with the kind of ultra-low mileage typically seen on these cars, which more often than not were purchased as investments and socked away, basically undriven, to rise in value, which they most-certainly did.
“This well-cared-for and collector-owned car still looks and feels new with only a little over 5,600 miles from new,” according to the Halton Hills, Ontario, dealer advertising the GT on ClassicCars.com.
“This example is finished in the highly desirable Centennial White with Blue stripes. This supercar is powered by the 5.4L all-aluminum supercharged V8 with dry-sump lubrication system which produces 550hp allowing it to hit the 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
“The Ricardo 6-speed manual transmission solidifies the feeling that you are in one of the greatest sports cars ever built.”
The Ford GT is also loaded with creature comforts, the seller adds.
“The interior is all leather trimmed with carbon-fiber structure seats and optional McIntosh stereo, which adds an eight-inch subwoofer and one-inch A-pillar speakers.”
The GT is priced at $295,000, which is about what they’re going for these days and a bit more than twice the original MSRP in 2005.
“The rarity and collectability of these cars is ever increasing due to the extremely limited production numbers and the third generation being recently released,” the seller notes. “This GT is a beautiful example of the pinnacle of Ford performance.”
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.