So, you're a collector looking to add a Ford GT to your collection. It's an appreciating, rare collector car that would go perfect between your Enzo and Carrera GT. You don't expect to drive it much, as you have literally dozens of other cars to choose from. Well, this factory prototype might just be the perfect car for you.
Dubbed the CP-1, this black Ford GT was the first running, driving example to come from the factory. It was largely production-ready, and featured a full interior, the supercharged V8 drivetrain, and even a carbon-fiber engine cover—a piece deemed too expensive to include on the final product.
Because CP-1 was a prototype, it borrowed parts from other production cars to get on the road for testing. In addition to all of its engineering equipment, it has airbags from a Mustang, and the steering rack, strangely, from a Windstar minivan.
The GT has signatures from notable engineers and executives littered throughout its cabin and exterior, including those of Carroll Shelby (is there anything Shelby hasn't signed?), Bill Ford, and the car's designer, Camillo Pardo.
And in case you're thinking about driving CP-1 to your nearest concours, you're out of luck. Before it was sold in 2008, engineers fitted a 5 mph speed limiter on the car for show and display purposes. Make sure to have a trailer handy.
Interestingly, CP-1 has actually been on sale for awhile now. It popped up for sale in Long Island at the beginning of the year, but now, it's coming up for auction at Russo and Steele's Arizona event on January 19th-22nd.
If you're willing to deal with that pesky 5 mph limiter, this should make a perfect addition to your dream garage.