Smashed up 2006 Ford GT could be a nice place to sit and ponder
Is this the ideal restoration project for someone with deep pockets?
The Ford GT remains one of the iconic supercars of the modern era, thanks to its unquestionably seasoned bloodline in the form of the all-conquering racing car, the GT40. Currently, Ford are making the second-generation of the GT - its predecessor being produced between 2005 and 2006, with a total count of 4,038 examples rolling off the assembly line.
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The first generation boasts a significantly bloated armada in comparison to its successor. The modern day V6 EcoBoost leviathan, coursing with 660bhp through its veins, is limited to just 250 cars every year - with curtains set to be called on the project, to make way for a potential third generation, within the next two years.
Regardless of its obvious oomph, the noughties sibling carries a certain aura about it which has an eternally enchanting feel to it. It has a 110bhp deficit to its modern day interpretation, with all of its 550bhp being sent to its rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The fact that it was one of the last truly great analogue cars is perhaps what surrounds the old girl with such a magical presence.
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So it feels justified that the first generation Ford GT currently holds a value of well over $300,000. It would be a pity for such a creation to end up on the receiving end of some rough treatment, but sadly, that has been the case with one such car.
As a petrolhead, nothing makes you feel more depressed than seeing such an exotic vehicle getting thrown into the gutter. In a perfect world, you wish that some noble, well-off car collector comes along and gives it a new lease of life. Currently up for sale at Copart, and with no registered bids at the time of writing, this Ford GT is just begging to be restored, but it won't come cheap.
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A closer look at some of the evidence suggests that the major point of impact was the rear end, with drips and drabs of damage located around the remainder of the car. My guess is that it's been wrapped around a stationary object, such as a pole or a tree, and the driver was obviously incapable of being behind the wheel of such a rampant American supercar.
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The interior of the car doesn't actually look too bad (I say that loosely, of course), with the gauges and sections of the dashboard in a saveable condition. Of course, a lot of money will have to go into buying replacement parts, and that's before you even take into account the manual labour costs. The most significant replacement will be the engine, considering it would've been right in the middle of the firing line at the moment the crash happened.
So, with seemingly next to no competition for the purchase of this car, which I'm estimating will cost around $100,000 at most, a wonderful opportunity is presented for one lucky person to occupy their evenings and Sundays by bringing this once majestic beast back from the dead. Perhaps Jeremy Clarkson should give his old flame another chance?