It’s safe to say my identity, both personally and professionally, has been closely tied to my 2005 Ford GT for more than a decade. The car was featured on a long-term blog for 3 years after I bought it, and it’s had plenty of additional updates since. You can read the entirely of this ownership blog on this site (use the “Ford GT Ownership” link to scroll through them all). My Ford GT also made several high-profile appearances in media stories over the years, including this interview on Autoline After Hours, this color correction story on Forbes and this comparison of all three generations of Ford GT on Kelley Blue Book.
As you can imagine, having that kind of shared history with a car is hard to give up, and the reaction I’ve gotten since announcing my Ford GT sale doesn’t really surprise me. “What?! How could you???” is the theme of most responses.
The reality is, with more than 31,000 miles behind the wheel of a 2005 Ford GT, I’ve already experienced the best the car has to offer — on multiple occasions. The long-distance trips are probably my favorite memories, as the car really was a “GT” in how it could cover lots of miles in minimal time while providing relatively high levels of comfort. But the Ford GT was also a willing partner at race tracks, offering superb steering feel, confident brakes and progressive breakaway at its limit of lateral traction.
While going through the car’s documents before the sale I found an old issue of the Motor Press Guild newsletter. The newsletter would regularly feature individual members with their cars, and this one I saved because it had a photo and self-authored description of my Ford GT. If you can’t read the text in the image I’ll reprint part of it:
“My Ford GT will go up for sale as soon as another car comes along with a richer race history, better performance, more compelling looks, a superior combination of comfort, refinement and build quality, greater reliability and a lower MSRP.”
I wrote that statement because I thought it perfectly pointed out the amazing combination of traits the 2005-2006 Ford GTs offered. A combination no other car offered in the mid-2000s (I wrote this story in December of 2007) and one I figured would never be topped. The new Ford GT certainly doesn’t cost less than a 2005 version…though the market price on low-miles 2006 heritage models isn’t far off.
Still, the new Ford GT does offer a richer race history (it’s already won Le Mans), better performance, more striking (if not more compelling…) looks, and a superior combination of comfort, refinement and build quality (the new Ford GT is crafted like a Swiss watch). I’m hoping it will be at least as reliable as my 2005 Ford GT, because that car was amazingly durable.
Overall, 11 years after the fact, my prediction regarding when I’d sell my 2005 Ford GT was pretty close.