In 2004 Ford released the all-new Ford GT to commemorate their 100th year in the automobile business. What better way to launch a centennial celebration, than recreating arguably of one of the most iconic and historically successful automobiles in motorsport history. There is not a more well-known or compelling story than that of the Ford GT40. The new GT was to be Ford’s first production super car, and as such, they of course wanted to unveil a truly magnificent automobile. In development of the new Ford GT, designer Camilo Pardo worked tirelessly with Ford engineers to maintain critical design elements from the Mk.1 GT40, most importantly, the iconic and easily recognizable silhouette. Although Ford did not release the new GT with intentions of winning at Le Mans, they did manage to unveil what was an overwhelming success of a super car. Like its predecessor it would again do battle with Ferrari, this time competing on the road against the 360 Modena. The Ford GT was met with high demand during its three-year production run, selling 4038 GT’s through 2004, 2005, and 2006.
In 2006 Ford made the Heritage Edition paint available as a $13,000 option, and by the end of production only 343 of these special cars would roll out of Michigan. The iconic Gulf livery pays tribute to the John Wyer Racing Le Mans winning Mk.1 Ford GT40’s. Wyer’s GT40’s won Le Mans back-to-back in 1968 and in 1969, the year Jackie Ickx would saunter to his GT40 in protest of the traditional Le Mans start. The 1st generation Ford GT was all about tipping its cap to its predecessor, and it accomplished this in the way it looks and drives, the sounds it makes and experience it conveys to whoever is lucky enough to captain the driver’s seat. The entire experience and look of the Ford GT depended on the company’s ability to simultaneously modernize and honor their greatest accomplishment. Ford absolutely nailed that monumental task with the 1st generation GT, and the Heritage Edition paint option is the piéce de résistance.
This 2006 Ford GT was optioned with the Heritage Edition paint, forged aluminum wheels, and the Macintosh sound system. The car has had one meticulous owner since new, who has kept every piece of paper, brochure, car cover, original window sticker, sales receipt, and every accessory you could think of. At the time of writing this, there are only 722miles on the odometer. This GT was always well maintained and cared for, and never driven in anger or irresponsibly.