The First-Ever Ford GT Prototype Can Now Be Yours

This rare opportunity is a car nut's dream come true...
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This rare opportunity is a car nut's dream come true...
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While we're waiting for Ford's breathtaking 2017 GT to finally hit the streets, auctioneers Russo and Steele are presenting the chance to own the very last, most production-representative prototype of the amazing 2004-'06 GT.

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This machine, labeled "CP-1" was cobbled together using off-the shelf parts, but you can't tell that the car's steering rack came from a Windstar minivan. The Mustang airbag is a little more obvious, however.

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Everything is in place, from the supercharged 550-horsepower V8 to the correct upholstery. There's even a lightweight carbon fiber engine cover that was deemed too costly for production cars.

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CP-1's provenance is confirmed by the signatures in its engine bay from the likes of automotive legend Carroll Shelby, designer Camillo Pardo and the top engineers on the project.

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Typically, prototypes have to be destroyed to prevent them being driven on public roads. Ford was able to overcome that requirement by installing a 5-mph speed limiter. The idea is that this is a prototype, for show and display only.

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However, production GTs, then as now, are hand built cars whose construction doesn't really vary from that of this prototype. It wouldn't be surprising if its buyer found a way to circumvent the speed limiter and enjoyed this beautiful beast as it was meant to be driven. 

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