In May of 2009 my Ford GT attended the Pacific Palisades car show, along with my 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE. That month I also used a then-new 2009 Ford Flex as a Ford GT parts runner to haul two GT seats, a headlight, a steering wheel and a rear tire about 50 miles. The Flex had room to spare and drove easily with the extra parts in the cargo area.

2005 Ford GT Long Term Pacific Palisades Car Show

Two classic American shapes teamed up at the Pacific Palisades Car Show

May 2009: Ford GT attends Pacific Palisades Car Show

May 17, 2009 at 18,209 miles

On May 17, 2009 I displayed my car at the Pacific Palisades Car Show next to my 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE. It was a cool, cloudy day in Southern California, but show turnout was large with plenty of spectators circling the Ford GT and Challenger all day long.

2005 Ford GT Long Term Challenger

The Ford GT offers an excellent rearview when a Dodge Challenger is following it

The drive down to the show was fun, with my wife piloting the Challenger and providing an excellent photo opportunity to capture the old Mopar muscle car framed by the GT’s supercharger puller in my rearview mirror. The double takes caused by both cars driving together were too frequent to count.

2005 Ford GT Long Term Parts Seats

A spare set of Ford GT seats was hauled home in a Ford Flex

May 2009: “There’s a Little Ford GT in Every Flex We Build”

By Karl Brauer, May 26, 2009 at 17,601 miles

Ford never tried to use that marketing line on its Flex, probably because the cars are separated by 3 model years, a couple dozen feet of cargo space and over $100,000.

But it still occurred to me as I hauled a load of spare Ford GT parts home in it recently.¬†Yup, I’m stockpiling Ford GT parts because A) I might need them someday and B) even if I don’t, I’m thinking they’re better than money in the bank as far as future value goes. And I felt this way even before A) the government added a third shift to every mint in the country and B) the U.S. automotive supplier base appeared destined for its own carpocalypse (supplier-ocalypse?).

Regardless, I needed to haul two Ford GT seats, a steering wheel, a right headlight and a rear tire home. The Flex makes a great cargo-hauler, with up to 83 cubic feet of cargo space. It proved easily capable of swallowing said parts, even with one second-row seat still positioned for passenger duty.

If you’re looking for a minivan but want to avoid the “box-on-wheels” styling and telltale sliding doors, the Ford Flex makes an excellent alternative.