The first generation Ford GT was born to celebrate Ford's centennial and simultaneously resurrect its legendary performance racing history. Conceived in 2002, the development of this iconic sports car was spearheaded by Ford's then-Vice President of Design, J Mays. The design took inspiration from the historic Ford GT40, the legendary race car that achieved an impressive four consecutive wins at Le Mans from 1966 to 1969, defying Ferrari's dominance. The team aimed not just to echo the GT40's aesthetic appeal but to craft a modern supercar that could stir the souls of car enthusiasts and honor the original's legacy. By mid-2003, a concept version had been unveiled, stunning the public with its faithful yet fresh reinterpretation of the GT40's timeless design.
Manufacture of the first generation Ford GT commenced in 2004, with the first deliveries taking place the same year. The car was engineered to be a high-performance machine and a road-legal sports car, a dual character that required an exquisite balance of power, handling, and aerodynamics. It featured a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine, which produced an impressive 550 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. Crafted with an aluminum body and equipped with a sophisticated suspension system, the GT was a showcase of Ford's advanced technology and commitment to driving excellence. Its production, however, was limited; over two years, only around 4,000 units were built, making it an instant classic. The GT's blend of performance and exclusivity solidified its place in the pantheon of great American sports cars.
The 2006 Ford GT offered here shows just over 3,700 miles on the clock and has remained with one owner since new; its exceptional condition is a testament to the owner's meticulous care. It is finished in Centennial White with optional blue racing stripes over an Ebony leather interior, perhaps the most iconic and well-known GT combination. Outside, the optional lightweight forged aluminum wheels are complemented by gray-painted brake calipers mounted over the massive ventilated and cross-drilled rotors. Inside the sleek, rocket ship interior, bolstered sport seats trimmed in Ebony leather ensure the occupants stay firmly put even at breakneck speeds while the optional McIntosh sound system provides entertainment. Rarely does a first-generation example of this caliber present itself, and this example checks every box for the discerning collector. The car is now offered with a clean Carfax report, a third-party inspection report, and a clean Florida title. Buyer will pay Seller directly at the close of the auction in the event the vehicle sells. Buyer will pay a 5% buyer's premium (capped at $25,000) directly to Sotheby's Motorsport. The Seller will handle transferring the vehicle title directly to the Buyer in the event the vehicle sells.
- McIntosh AM/FM W/Single CD - $2,100
- Light Weight Forged Alum Whls - $3,500
- Grey Painted Brake Caliper - $750
- Painted Racing Stripes - $5,350
- Carfax report confirming consistent mileage increases, dealer services, and no damage history
- Third-party inspection report
- Factory literature (i.e. an owner's manual)
- Window sticker
- Car cover