While many vehicles – like the Ford GT – are special enough to garner plenty of interest at auction as-is, celebrity-owned vehicles are typically always a bit more coveted and more valuable. We’ve seen this recently in the form of a Lincoln Continental convertible once owned by former President Lyndon B. Johnson, a 1991 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe previously owned by NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, a 1957 Ford Thunderbird that belonged to actress and singer Annette Funicello, a 2018 Ford GT owned by two-time Formula Drift champion and the founder of RTR Vehicles, Vaughn Gittin Jr., and a Shelby 427 Cobra that used to belong to Ford CEO Jim Farley. Now, that trend continues, as this 2005 Ford GT – purchased new by Barry Meguiar, President of Meguiar’s Inc. and former host of Car Crazy – is up for grabs at Bring a Trailer.
With just 4,800 miles on the clock and as one of only 2,022 built in that particular model year, this 2005 Ford GT is obviously quite the catch on its own, but attaching a famous name from the car world to it will undoubtedly help the sales price creep at least a little higher before the hammer falls on this auction. It’s also one of a mere 238 2005 GTs finished in Mark II Black, and there are no racing stripes, which is quite uncommon, too.
Other notable options here include a set of optional BBS forged lightweight aluminum wheels that measure 18 inches up front and 19 inches in the rear, red-painted Brembo four-piston monoblock calipers with cross-drilled and ventilated rotors, and an Ebony leather interior.
Power comes from the venerable supercharged Ford 5.4L V8, which was factory-rated to produce 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, which flows to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential. Already a valuable, red-hot collectible as-is, this first-gen 2005 Ford GT seems destined to rake in big money at auction – even if bidders aren’t concerned with who has owned it before.