In 1962, Henry Ford II, keen to add some racing luster to his company, started negotiations to buy Ferrari. The deal never happened, so Ford decided to build his own race-bred car. That car was the incomparable icon GT40, created in England in 1964 and capable of over 200 mph. Victory followed four times in a row at Le Mans between 1966 and 1969, and the GT40 also became the first car to cover 3,000 miles in this famous race.
Fast-forward 40 years and the legend is reborn as the Ford GT. Similar in outward appearance to the original GT40, the Ford GT is a bigger, wider, and taller mid-engine supercar. A total of 4,038 production cars were built from 2005 to 2006. Powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 with a 6-speed transmission, the top speed is limited to 205 mph, with a 0-60 mph time of under 3.5 seconds.
Initially there was some reluctance to accept the car, but that was quickly overcome by the Ford GT’s looks, incredible performance, and drivability. Perhaps it could never replace the GT40, but it could and did become a marvelous car in its own right, revered by the public and critics alike, including Jeremy Clarkson, the controversial host of “Top Gear,” who owned one.
This example of the supercharged Ford GT was built in 2005 and comes in the striking color combination of white with blue racing stripes. This vehicle, number 348 of 1,890 built that model year, is in as-new condition with a full dossier of paperwork including importation and service history, and has traveled just 5,000 miles.