The turn of the 21st century was a perfect time to recreate and produce a modern rendition of Ford’s iconic GT. Designers and engineers were directly inspired by the Le Mans-winning GT40 of the 1960s, and the company’s top brass sought to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ford Motor Company. The company also wanted to show that, at a century old and 40 years after the GT40 program began, it was still capable of producing a world-class supercar. They even released a commercial during Super Bowl XXXVIII that proclaimed the new Ford GT to be the “Pace Car for an Entire Company.”
Visually, the GT was the spitting image of its forefathers and was immediately identifiable as a modern GT40. Its silhouette mimics that of the Mark I GT40, although it is just a tad larger in order to comfortably accommodate taller passengers, measuring in at 44.3 inches as opposed to the original car’s 40 inches in overall height. Also like the original, the car’s performance was world beating. The Ford GT was aimed squarely at the Ferrari 360 Modena, and it all but obliterated its closest competitor from Maranello. It could sprint from 0–60 in 3.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of nearly 200 mph, putting it in the league of Porsche’s Carrera GT, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and even the Ferrari Enzo. Not only that, but it was also available at a fraction of the cost of its competitors. With a list price of $139,995, the GT was a relative bargain, especially considering other supercars with comparable performance. Only 4,038 GTs were produced, and customer demand far outstripped supply, leaving many examples to be sold with substantial premiums over the original MSRP.