A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has come up in Syosset, New York: the very first fully-functional Ford GT prototype, CP-1 (Confirmation Prototype 1), is listed for sale by Exotic Classics.
Ford GT CP-1 is the fourth prototype of the 2005-’06 Ford GT supercar ever built, but the first with a working drivetrain and fully-outfitted interior. It has a collection of features not seen in the production version of the car, like an all-aluminum headliner, a carbon fiber rear clamshell, and a set of experimental exhaust pipes. The engine’s supercharger and valve covers are both finished in black, unlike the production version, which featured a silver blower with Ford Blue valve covers. Additionally, Ford GT CP-1 wears the signatures of 13 members of the design team, including Carroll Shelby, Bill Ford, and Chief Designer Camillo Pardo.
The significance of this car truly can’t be overstated. While the three preceding, non-functioning Ford GT prototypes have been retired to the Ford Museum, Ford GT CP-1 passed into private ownership in 2008. Unfortunately, prior to its sale, Ford fitted the engine with a chip to restrict vehicle speed to just 5 mph. That puts a significant restriction on your level of attainable fun.
But you weren’t thinking of actually driving it anyway, were you?
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