Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #40

I figured we ought to run a numerical car pic today.


Ford GT. We've covered the GT-40 previously, so here's the re-boot retro-car from about 10 years ago. It never really took, but boy howdy they got the retro thing down pat.With only about 4,000 models produced, it might be a good candidate to pick up and store for down the road.

Except, of course, that if you bought one, you'd have to drive it. And if you drove it, you'd have to have a heart of stone not to want to keep driving it. So I suppose if you had enough cash, you could buy 2 and put one away. But then again, two is one, right?

Ford's batting about .250 on their retro vehicles. The T-bird and the GT never caught on, and I have to deduct points from the Mustang because, well, it's the Mustang. Unless they decided to go all "Mustang II" with it, it's going to sell well. With that said, though, I'll give mad props for the 2005 redesign - they did a great job providing a modern look with plenty of retro cues.

Now, when's that retro-Bronco coming out?

That is all.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Know a guy who bought one to drive and one to store. But, he's a collector with a bunch of impressive vehicles, selling them at a profit keeps his collection self-financing

Angus McThag said...

The GT would have caught if they'd managed to price it like a Corvette instead of a Ferrari.

Clearly there was demand judging by the auctions for the first few.

Kermit said...

Ain't nothing wrong with a Mustang. Better power/fuel efficiency than a Chevy, better handling than a Dodge (Sorry, Jay, I know you're a Mopar guy, but in my experience, Dodges can NOT do corners well), and more reliable than either (again, sorry to the Mopar guys, although no apologies to Chevy fans; Chevys suck these days, majorly).

Jim said...

The Ford GT was never meant to "catch on". I know, I was a Ford Master Certified Sales Rep at the time.

Went to the dealer schools n' seminars on them, and the dealer I then worked for bought one for himself.

In that said dealer was a very close friend of Carrol Shelby, he managed to get C.S. to sign the dashboard on his. It is now one of only TWO GTs in the world, so inscribed.

I digress. Ford developed the GT to be a technology demonstrator, and deliberately kept the production limited, so as to keep the notoriety and collector values high. It was a planned, two year run, from the very start. More production would have begun to turn it into a "consumer" product, and they were vehemently against that happening.

Still, much of it's engine tech lives on in newer Shelby Mustangs, and those have far surpassed the GT's listed 550 hp.

The T-bird WAS intended to "catch on", but for many reasons, never did. It was a nice idea, poorly executed.

If you want some good online entertainment, research how the frame welds on the GT were done with "stir welding", and the body panels vacuum formed from "near-melted" aluminum sheets. It had a metric f**kton of similar tech woven all through the car. Good use of carbon-fiber, too. Not just for things ornamental, either.

Oh, and the dry-sump oil system is a thing of engineering beauty, to see in the flesh/metal, if you get the chance.

That car was truly put together with Swiss Watch precision. Not at all an assembly line effort.

Ford did it just to show the world that Ford *COULD* do it.

I think they succeeded.



Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Evyl Robot Michael said...

I suspect one of those was the cause for the dealership where I worked to go out of business. Ask me about that sometime when we bump into each other.

Jay G said...

Kermit,

I put it poorly. What I meant was that the Mustang redesign that was so retro in 2005 would have done well regardless of the design, because the Mustang is such a strong name. While the retro redesign was good, no matter what Ford did with it the car would have sold well.

Crap. That's not much better, is it?

I really like the redesign. They managed to evoke the late 1960s fastbacks while at the same time giving it a new look. Take the Camaro or the Challenger - they're basically the original design with a few rounded edges; not a lot of thought went into the design.

Scott_S said...

The GT would do well if they offered it again with the Shelby GT 500 850hp motor.