Sold Ride: Brand-Spanking New 2006 Ford GT
Today's Sold Ride was originally going to be about a Mercedes CLK 63 AMG Black Series, a car high up on our bucket list. Then I saw this Ford GT with just 151 miles on it and had to share. I mean, wouldn't you? Besides compared to this factory fresh unmolested Ford GT , the Black Series CLK63's are a dime a dozen. This car is fresh, and by fresh we mean it probably still has the new car smell it left Ford's Wixom plant with. It still has the delivery stickers, protective wrappers, and tags, which means someone down in Florida is more than proficient in exercising self restraint. Ford only made 4,038 of the GT's all of which were sold, a fair amount of which were modded to death, a few were crashed, and only one (as far as we know) was returned. Something about the owner being old and unable to press the small buttons on the key-less entry with accuracy. This is not one of those cars. Did we mention it's fresh?
There's a lot to like about the Ford GT, all of which is typified in this essentially brand new car. With the exception of the wheels and some design details that have lost a bit of their razor-sharp edge, this car could be sold in 2012 and still look cooler than 99% of the super cars available right now. Especially when you look at the interior, it's simple.
A steering wheel, huge gauges, a couple toggle switches, a leaver to work out your right arm, a heavy clutch to make up for the squats you haven't been doing and some aluminum. There's no flashy carbon fiber trim, touch screen distracto-tainment system, or soon to be out-dated flappy paddle gearbox.
Performance is a different story entirely. The GT was no slouch in its day, but the supercar game has moved on by leaps and bounds in the time since. What remains so appealing about this car is its simplicity. Ford basically said: "Here's our standard supercharged V8 mounted mid-ship and strapped to a light body. We also fiddled with the brakes and massaged the suspension. Go enjoy yourselves." It's that straightforward, and it's timeless.
However, there's a lot hat can be said about an owner who takes a 550 horsepower supercar and immediately places it in storage with delivery wrappers and stickers still in place. You could say he's intelligent having enough foresight to see the tuning potential of the Ford GT's supercharged V8, and realizing that a bone stock no mileage car would guarantee him at least a 50% return on investment. You could even go so far to say that he's one of the good guys, choosing to sacrifice his own pleasure for the preservation of an American supercar. We personally would could have never let a 550 ponies rest for so long.
We'll let the lucky buyer decide the fate of this Ford GT. The price of said privileged? $229,900.
See official listing at Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderale
See more pictures of the legendary Ford GT here.
Photo credit: Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale