The First Functional Ford GT Prototype Can Be Yours

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This a chance to own a piece of Ford history.

The Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona is coming up in January and there are some amazing vehicles that will cross the auction block. We have seen some incredible cars sell at these auctions before, including a rare Heritage Edition Ford GT. This year, one of the rarest GTs in the world will be looking for a new home as well. This GT is known as the CP-1 (Confirmation Prototype 1) and is the first fully-functioning GT prototype that was built in 2003 as part of the developmental phase. That makes this thing quite special.

This car is VIN number 004, and the other red, white, and blue prototypes currently reside in the Ford museum. Those cars were made for display only, meaning that this was the first running and driving Ford GT ever built. The car comes with the factory build sheet and the equipment used for emissions and road testing. According to the Barrett-Jackson listing, the car is signed by the "13 members of the original GT design team, including Carroll Shelby, Bill Ford, GT Chief Designer Camillo Pardo and GT Chief Design Engineer Fred Goodnow." We previously saw this car up for sale about a year ago at a dealership in New York, but the price was not listed and it probably never sold, hence the upcoming auction.

This car has many unique features like a hand-written note on the dash that instructs test pilots to "push red button to start." There is also a carbon fiber rear clamshell hood that's extremely light, but would have added $45,000 to the price of the production car. Even though this car was fully running and driving, Ford installed a chip which limits the car to 5 MPH. The auction listing notes that the car is being sold "For display only; Sold on bill of sale only; Not street legal; Buyer is required to sign equipment sale acknowledgement (Or similar agreement) with Ford Motor Company, which may restrict future transfer of vehicle."

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