The New (old) Ford GT
Reviews of Ford’s new GT dropped today, but if you want a chunk of extra retro for your £400k here’s a last-gen car with only 16 miles
According to Jethro Bovingdon’s video review the new Ford GT is a bit special (scroll to the bottom to watch the vid).
But since it was designed to win Le Mans (which it did last June) and costs £420,000/$450,000, you’d expect nothing less.
Trouble is, Ford is only making 1000 of them, and you’re chance of getting one is almost zero. In a month-long ordering window last spring, Ford received 6506 applications for the first 500 cars, before deciding to double the build run.
So here’s your Ford GT: plan B. Effectively a brand new example of the previous GT, it's been stored since it rolled off the production line, has just 15.9 miles on the clock, and is up for £395,000.
Wearing the rare optional Gulf livery-inspired Heritage paint treatment that’s not available on the new GT, or at least not yet, it’s as close to a portal to 2005 as it’s possible to get.
202 Ford GT concept
Conceived at the height of Ford’s obsession with retro-styling the GT started off as a 2002 concept that shamelessly pinched the styling of the original Ford supercar that had won Le Mans back in 1966.
But it didn't use the GT40 name because Ford couldn't agree a deal with the rights holder. It was bigger than the original anyway, and GT44.3 didn't have quite the same ring to it.
Built around an aluminium spaceframe chassis, the GT was powered by a supercharged 5.4-litre V8 that sent 550bhp to the rear wheels though a transmission that seemed to be geared for intergalactic space travel.
Now that even hot hatches come with almost 400bhp, 550bhp doesn’t seem that crazy, but the GT was pretty quick for it’s day: 205mph all out and 3.8sec to 62mph (the new one chops a whole second off that).
It was also comparatively cheap, or at least no more expensive than a Ferrari F430, at £120,000. Which might help explain why the cool retro interior wasn't quite as nice up close as it looked in pictures.
But despite Ford pumping out over 4000 of them, prices for used examples are routinely double the new price. According to GT101 only 343 were built in Gulf colours, and it’s that, plus the almost zero mileage that potentially makes this car worth so much more.
This car is for sale at www.GT101.co.uk, a company owned and run by David Jones, who led the engineering team to prepare the 101 US-built GTs officially offered for sale in Europe. The same company also has a couple of non-Heritage-spec cars up for £295,000 if you fancy something a little cheaper...
Old or new (or even very old) - which would you rather meet when your garage door lifts up?
Common sense says that the Ford GT will be pretty damn wonderful. It’s based on a race car that was conceived to celebrate the 50th annivers