Ford GT: America's First Supercar
With perhaps the most storied racing past in all of motorsports history, the high-performance Ford GT40 produced from 1964 to 1969 is widely recognized as one of the most successful sports cars of all time. After winning Le Mans for four consecutive years and proudly earning the title of the “Ferrari Slayer,” the GT40 had achieved legendary status and secured its place in automotive racing history.
Even after production ceased, enthusiasts were continuing to modify and race GT40s well into the beginning of the 21st century. Whether it was their iconic styling or snarling V8 growl, there was something about the GT40 that simply couldn’t be replicated.
Ford recognized the growing popularity of road course and endurance racing and decided to throw its hat into the ring once more in 2005 with the reintroduction of its iconic mid-engine two-seater.
Though its name may have been shortened, the all-new Ford GT had the styling and performance that lived up to the lofty expectations left behind by its predecessor. Sure, the carbureted 427 cubic-inch V8 was long gone, but there weren’t many complaining when enthusiasts heard what was taking its place.
A 5.4-liter dual-overhead cam Modular V8 would power the new Ford GT with the help of a Lysholm twin-screw supercharger to make things just a little more interesting. Located only inches behind the driver’s headrest, the Lysholm’s snout produces a raucous whine so loud you'll think a rabid hyena was set lose in the cabin beside you.
Rated at an astonishing 550 horsepower and 500 pound feet of torque, it packs a much larger punch than the original GT40. A zero to sixty sprint can be completed in under four seconds, while the quarter-mile whirls by in the mid 11-second territory.
Its gaudy straight-line acceleration numbers aside, the GT is even more impressive on the open-road with its tuned suspension purposefully designed for the race track. The GT’s ridged aluminum construction and aggressive Dynamic Suspensions coil-over shocks allow you to accelerate through corners at speeds you would never imagine possible. The brakes are up to the task too, as four-piston Brembo calipers on the front and rear work to combat fade during long track sessions. After all, this is an endurance racer we’re talking about.
With only 7,775 miles, this Tungsten Grey Metallic 2006 Ford GT is immaculate and without question one of the nicest we’ve ever come across at Fast Lane. All of the boxes were checked when the car was ordered, as it's fully optioned with the McIntosh sound system, racing stripes, light weight forged aluminum wheels and grey painted brake calipers for an additional $13,500 added to the MSRP.
As you can imagine, the desirability of 2005 and 2006 GTs will only continue to increase with a new generation set to debut in 2017. Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, much to the dismay of traditional purists, will power the new model and effectively end its V8 ancestry.
Ford’s low production total of only 4038 cars over the two-year period and sacred V8 lineage ensure that prices will only continue to climb. Without a doubt, the Ford GT is one of the most collectible late model American cars to date and one of the safest investments moving forward. With collectors pouncing on the nicest remaining examples in the industry, don’t wait before it’s too late! The time to purchase is now. Come to Fast Lane Classic Cars and experience Ford’s iconic supercar for yourself!