A Rare ’04 Ford GT Prototype Comes up For Sale
Just as the all-new 2017 Ford GT supercar is set to roll out to 250 of its most loyal fans, a number of first-generation Ford GT prototypes have recently come to market. One particular example, known as Workhorse One, is being offered by none other than Shelby American. The latest GT prototype however comes courtesy of auction house Russo and Steele, known as PB2-1. This is it, and according to the Arizona firm, PB2-1 was used as a development and pre-production test vehicle in the run-up to official Ford GT production. Today, it looks about as fresh as it did when it rolled off the assembly lines on May 5th, 2004. Need it in your life? The prototype crosses the auction block on August 18th in Monterey, California. RELATED: See More Photos of '04 Ford GT Prototype PB2-1
Perhaps “prototype” is the wrong word, “pre-production” might be a fairer label. According to Russo and Steele, chassis PB2-1 was the first built of the PB2 pre-production series and upon completion it was used as a test bed for mileage accumulation, manufacturing testing, and electrical prove-out. Given the wave of praise that has followed the first-generation Ford GT… it’s fair to say PB2-1 passed its tests.
After its tenure as a durability test vehicle, it was then handed off to Ford’s Production Development team within the go-fast SVT department. There it was used briefly as a development car for various Ford GT improvements, including a smaller supercharger pulley, which allowed the 5.4-liter V8 to generate more boost and horsepower.
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Its more recent escapades include residence in a private collection. In August 2008, PB2-1 was sold by Ford SVT at a Shelby American auction in Las Vegas, showing a rather impressive 47,524 test miles on its odometer. As per the original sale agreements, sadly it can’t be registered for use on public roads. Pity.
The pre-production ’04 Ford GT looks stunning in blue and white, along with a set of optional BBS wheels and sporting the optional McIntosh audio system. Peek inside and you’ll find signatures from many of the folks who brought the first-generation Ford GT to life, including the signature of Carroll Shelby himself.
Seeing as how there aren’t too many Ford GTs out there—Ford only built just over 4,000—and even fewer prototypes, one can expect fierce bidding for this example when it crosses the block.
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