You Can Buy the First Driveable 2003 Ford GT Prototype

An incredibly rare piece of Ford history.

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Sure. You could spend around $300,000 on a series production Ford GT, or you could have this, the first Ford GT prototype to move under its own power. Exotic Classics, a high-end car dealer on Long Island, is selling what it claims is the .

VIN number? 004. Price? Considering the of regular production GTs, this is likely of the "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" variety.

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This GT is called Confirmation Prototype-1, or CP-1. The Red, White and Blue GT prototypes that made their debut in 2003 were non-runners, only intended for auto show display. This car is the first to be fitted with a working interior and drivetrain.

While CP-1 looks very much like a production GT, there are a few key details that set this prototype apart. Most notable is a carbon-fiber engine cover, which at a cost of nearly $45,000, was deemed too expensive for series production.  

The airbags are from a Mustang, as indicated by the airbag cover on the steering wheel, and hilariously, the steering column is from a Windstar minivan. Interestingly, there are quick release valves for the fuel tank so engineers could quickly change fuel grade during testing.

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Even though this GT has a supercharged V8 like the production GT, Ford installed an engine chip that limits CP-1 to 5 mph prior to its 2008 sale. Otherwise, the car is fully functional and it has a 17-digit VIN.

CP-1 also wears some very important signatures, notably those of Caroll Shelby, Bill Ford and GT designer Camillo Pardo.

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For a GT collector or fan, this might very well be the ultimate car. It's an incredible piece of the GT's history. 

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