Lot 208 - 2005 Ford GT

Lot 208 - 2005 Ford GT

Lot 208 - 2005 Ford GT

Lot Number 208
Registration RJ54 HFF
Chassis Number 1FAFP90545Y400198
Engine Number 1FAFP90545Y400198
Odometer reading 6,507 miles
Result Sold - £312,950
  • Only 6,500 miles from new
  • Imported new by current owner
  • First Ford GT to be registered in the UK
  • Regularly serviced
  • Supplied new without stripes and decals

The 'new generation' GT was developed by Ford's Special Vehicle Team Engineering department under the direction of John Coletti and Fred Goodnow. The prototype was released in 2002 in anticipations of Ford's 100th anniversary celebrations, with production commencing in late 2004. The composite body panels are unstressed, as on the original GT40 of the 1960's, but instead of the monocoque chassis construction used in the 1960s, SVT Engineering developed an all-new lightweight aluminium spaceframe combining extruded sections and panels. Doubling as fuel reservoirs, a pair of massive sills contributed much to the original's chassis stiffness, whereas the new 'GT40' relies on a centre-tunnel 'backbone' that greatly improves ease of entry and exit. The suspension design is an advance on the original's, consisting of unequal-length control arms and a pushrod/bell-crank system acting on horizontally mounted coil spring/damper units. Braking is handled by six-piston Alcon calipers with cross-drilled and ventilated discs all round.

In defeating Ferrari's more highly stressed V12s, Ford proved that the traditional American V8 possessed all that was necessary to compete at the cutting edge of international endurance racing. A far cry from the simple pushrod units of the 1960s, the Ford GT's supercharged MOD 5.4 litre V8 produces 550bhp at 6,500rpm and 500lb/ft of torque at 3,750 revs; figures on a par with those of the 7.0 litre engine that won at Le Mans in 1966 and 1967. The six-speed all-synchromesh manual gearbox/transaxle uses ZF internals and was sourced from RBT Transmissions. The interior features leather upholstered Recaro bucket seats with aluminium ventilation grommets embedded into the panels. The instrument layout follows the original's, comprising analogue gauges and a large tachometer complemented by modern versions of the traditional toggle switches.

Back in 1966, the Ford GT40 endurance racer became the first car to exceed 200mph along the Mulsanne straight at Le Mans. Matching that would be some achievement for the production road car, even allowing for nearly 40 years of technological progress... Tested for Motor Trend magazine by Indycar racing legend Bryan Herta, the Ford GT duly topped 200mph at Ford's Kingman test facility in Arizona, emphatically demonstrating that it was indeed worthy of that famous name. The GT also has stunning acceleration, sprinting from 0-60mph in approximately 3.8 seconds.

This stunning Ford GT was purchased and imported by the current owner from the USA at the end of 2004. It is the first Ford GT to be registered in the UK which was completed in January 2005. Since 2005, this excellent example has only covered 6,500 miles from new and has had twelve services, the last was carried out in May 2023. It has also been MoT’d every year since 2008 with the exception of 2021 when the MoT stations were closed. Finished in black with black interior, this is one of the few Ford GT’s which was supplied without stripes and decals which in our opinion makes the car look even more striking and powerful. This GT is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2024 and a file contain invoices from Mountune, GT101 and RJB Autokraft for the services carried out. This Ford GT is a legendary supercar that pays homage to the iconic Ford GT40, which dominated endurance racing in the 1960s. With its breath-taking design and blistering performance, the Ford GT has captured the hearts of automotive enthusiasts worldwide.

 

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