The number of European customers expressing interest in buying the Ford GT is twenty times greater than the number of cars that will be brought to Europe by Ford. As a result the number of Ford GTs that will come to Europe through official Ford channels has been increased to 101 from the 80 proposed originally.
This number is the same as the original volume of 101 Ford GTs that was produced by Ford in Europe. The increase also recognises the extraordinary interest generated by the car in Europe, the Ford GT having been a highlight of Ford Motor Company’s 100th anniversary celebrations in 2003.
Potential customers have been eager to register their interest although European
prices have yet to be announced. In the US, a price of under $150,000 has been
indicated, but there will be a premium in Europe to cover additional shipment
and homologation costs. Deliveries in Europe are expected during the fourth
quarter of 2004.
Over 2,000 customers for 101 cars
European customers wanting to register their interest in purchasing one of
the limited edition of Ford GTs have been able to do so via a dedicated website,
www.FordTeamRS.com. So far there has been a total of 1,900 website registrations
and a further 250 customers have approached Ford directly to express interest in
buying the Ford GT.
Unfortunately, only a proportion of those European customers applying to buy a Ford GT will be able to take the ultimate step towards purchase. The lucky few will be selected according to a set of criteria intended to match the most deserving and appropriate buyers with this iconic car. The President and COO of Ford of Europe, Lewis Booth, and his most senior executives will approve the final selection.
Production Ford GT comes to Europe
Earlier this year, one of the three non-saleable Ford GT production
prototypes made specifically for Ford Motor Company’s 100th anniversary was
brought to the UK. This red Ford GT, chassis number 002, took part in the tenth
annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it appeared alongside a line-up of
Ford's most famous racing cars from around the world, including the three
winning GT40s from the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour race. A highlight of the Festival is
always the central display outside Goodwood House. This year Ford created the
tallest structure ever seen there, a massive work of art depicting one of the
proudest moments in Ford’s motorsport history, the 1966 GT40 Le Mans 1-2-3
victory. The Ford GT40 went on to further Le Mans victories in 1967, 1968 and
1969, and the Ford GT is a modern reincarnation of that fabulous racing car.
First car sold at Pebble Beach Auction
The first GT offered for public sale in the US, car number 10, was auctioned
by Christies at the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 17. The
successful bid of $557,500 exceeded expectations, with the proceeds going to
charity. For 53 years the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California has
been the place to see the most beautiful, unusual and rare automobiles. It is
also an event at which a great deal of money is raised annually for charity.
Ford Motor Company supported both of these Concours staples by making a Ford GT
available for sale.
Ford Motor Company will certify that this is the first Ford GT sold, and the car will be produced to the successful bidder’s specification, including colour and options, for delivery through a Ford dealership after production begins in spring 2004.