The Ford GT was designed from day one to be a special car. The car was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ford Motor Company. It was a showcase of the company’s design and engineering muscle, a “halo car” showing what the brand was truly capable of. The mid-engine, supercharged car with a six-figure price tag joined a very short list of “American supercars.” Suffice to say, every one of the 4,038 Ford GTs produced between 2005 and 2006 is a special car. But within that group are some cars that I would say are “extra special.” In this post, I am going to highlight some of these special edition Ford GT cars.
2005 Ford GT VIN 003
This 2005 Ford GT is the third car completed by VIN (suffix 00003) and the lowest-production VIN ever offered to the public for sale. It was was consigned to auction at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale 2020 event. The car sold for $440,000 USD (including auction fees).
From the auction listing:
Car #00003 was equipped with three of the four factory-available options, including BBS lightweight forged aluminum wheels, painted brake calipers and the audiophile-quality McIntosh stereo system; only the painted upper racing stripes were omitted. The car remained in Ford’s ownership until this very special Ford GT was acquired by renowned collector Ron Pratte prior to joining the Scott Thomas Collection in 2015.
It was sold in January 2020, with just 5,603 actual miles on the odometer. View the auction listing: https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/2005-FORD-GT-VIN-003-235968
2006 Ford GT Heritage Livery
The Heritage package was available only on model year 2006 Ford GTs. According to RM Sotheby’s:
In 2006, Ford added a special limited-edition Heritage paint scheme to the exclusive GT that recalled that famous JW Automotive/Gulf Oil livery of the Le Mans-winning GT40. Officially known as Heritage Paint Livery Package (68G), the new option finished your car in Heritage Blue Clearcoat with Epic Orange racing stripes on the hood, roof, and decklid, and white vinyl roundels on the doors, hood, and decklid.
RM Sotheby’s says that of the 2,011 vehicles produced in 2006, only 343 cars left the factory with the Heritage Livery installed. The cost of this special paint option was a staggering $13,000!
Ford GTX1 Roadster
Did Ford ever make a roadster version of the 2005-06 GT? Well, sort of. According to Wikipedia, a roadster version of the car was displayed at the 2005 SEMA Show. It says that 100 units of the roadster were converted by Genaddi Design Group of Green Bay, Wisconsin – with Ford’s approval. The auction listing says that fewer than 100 units were actually ordered, but an exact number is not provided.
One of these cars came up for sale at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in January 2019. According to the description, the car has a modified engine cover, modified doors, and a central removal roof bar. It also says the headrests were inspired by the Porsche Carrera GT. Lot #1378 was a 2005 Ford GTX1 which sold for $319,000 USD (including auction fees).
Camilo Pardo Signature Series: Ford GT “Black Tip 1”
“Black Tip 1” is one of six “Signature Series” cars that were done as a partnership between Camilo Pardo (the lead designer of the car for Ford) and The GT Guys. Black Tip 1 was Mr. Pardo’s personal car. It features a T&A lowering kit, GTG pulley and tune, and a GTG X-pipe exhaust. These performance enhancements bring the car’s power to 650 HP (up from 550 HP stock). Cosmetically, the car has a GTG vintage bumper delete, and a black and white livery designed by Camilo Pardo to be an evolution of the very first GT40s.
Camilo Pardo Signature Series: 2005 Ford GT “Solar 7”
Solar 7 is one of six “Signature Series” cars designed by Camilo Pardo and built by The GT Guys.
Galpin Ford GTR1
Galpin Ford in California’s San Fernando Valley was founded in 1946 by Frank Galpin. It has grown to be one of the largest Ford dealerships in the world. The dealership began customizing, or “Galpinizing” vehicles starting in 1952. The company went on to launch a custom shop, Galpin Auto Sports, in 2006. Just a few years later, they debuted this Ford GTR1 at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The GTR1 features a completely reworked body, made out of hand-formed aluminum. Under the hood, the car retains its 5.4L V8 engine. However, it sports a new twin-turbocharger system which boosts the car’s power output to 1,024 HP and 739 lb-ft of torque. Galpin had planned to produce up to 24 units, each one costing approximately $1 million dollars. It is unknown if any units besides this initial prototype were sold. I saw the prototype car on display at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
I hope you enjoyed this post about Special Editions of the 2005-06 Ford GT. Are there any other special editions that I am missing? Please let me know in the comments below.