In homage to its four-time Le Mans-winning GT40, Ford used the 2002 Detroit auto show to unveil a new concept car dubbed the Ford GT. The show car was a faithful likeness to the original race car, translated through the lens of 21st century aesthetics. Once again, Ford’s supercar was centered upon a large-displacement rear-mounted engine, in this case a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 that developed 550 hp and 500 lbs./ft. of torque, good for blasting to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and reaching a top speed exceeding 200 mph.
With customer interest skyrocketing, Ford consulted with Steve Saleen, the Southern California tuner who had forged a reputation building some of the market’s most desirably customized Mustangs in addition to his own rear-engine supercar, the S7. Saleen’s foreman Neil Hannemann was deputized to lead the Ford GT build project, which completed several prototypes in time for the manufacturer’s 100th anniversary in June 2003, and then began standard production in 2004.
This well-maintained example of Ford’s commemorative supercar benefits from just one owner and a life of careful use, resulting in a pristine car that should strike the fancy of any marque enthusiast. An accompanying Ford Certificate of Origin is dated June 3, 2005, and this car is one of 2,009 examples built that year, accounting for just under half the total GT production.James K. Dobbs III and two friends ordered this Ford GT new from Dobbs Ford in Memphis, Tennessee. Later, sole ownership of the GT was transferred to Dobbs Motorsports. The car has been serviced regularly, and also received new air bags in August 2018 as part of a factory recall.
Finished in beautiful white with blue stripes, evocative of Ford’s factory racing colors from the GT40, the GT has been used occasionally for pleasurable jaunts, including participation in the Copperstate 1000. The car is accompanied by owner’s manuals and a dealer brochure, and is documented with the Ford Certificate of Origin, a dealer invoice, and service invoices.
Displaying 3,676 miles at the time of cataloguing, this superb Ford GT benefits from low mileage and long-term care by a single-enthusiast owner. Inspired by Le Mans, this supercar would beautifully complement any sporting collection.