Just read and you'll get why.
We're about to get an all-new Ford GT, with the production version expected to be unveiled next month at Detroit. But back in 2004, its predecessor was just hitting the road and it's been a favorite for many ever since. So how would you feel about owning the 2004 Ford GT prototype? Oh yes, please! Now it's for sale, courtesy of Exotic Classics in New York. The Ford GT Prototype CP-1 (for Confirmation Prototype 1), is the first fully-functional GT built back in 2003.
It was part of the final development phase before Ford signed off on the final production-spec version. This particular unit, VIN 004, was the first prototype fitted with a full drivetrain and interior; the rest of them were merely body shells. CP-1, which was autographed by thirteen members of the original GT design team including Carroll Shelby and Bill Ford, features a number of components that didn't make production. For example, the airbags are from the-then Mustang and its steering column is from a Windstar minivan. The silver trim rings on the seats also didn't make production, nor did the all-aluminum headliner that was replaced by a more traditional sound-padded roof.
There's even a hand-written note scrawled in magic marker on the center console instructing test drivers to "push red button to start." For the exterior, notice the set of experimental exhaust pipes connected by a "sniffer pipe," used for assisting engineers in determining emissions. But perhaps this is the best part: a carbon fiber rear clamshell engine cover. That didn't make production because each unit would cost $45,000 to produce. Production cars received an aluminum unit instead. Mileage and pricing weren't listed but if you have to ask for the latter then don't even inquire.