The first drivable Ford GT prototype is auctioned


  • Bring a Trailer is auctioning the 2004 Ford GT Continuation Prototype 1, the first roadworthy GT to be used for emissions tests.
  • The GT still packs a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 but is limited to a top speed of 5 (yes, five) mph by a chip installed by Ford.
  • The CP-1 was autographed by Carroll Shelby and Bill Ford, among others, and has only covered a total of 1212 miles.

    The first driving and driving prototype of the first generation Ford GT is up for sale the Bring a Trailer auction sitethat gives a person (or a museum) the opportunity to own a unique piece of automotive history. The vehicle, known as Confirmation Prototype 1 (CP-1), is black with white graphics and has been used by Ford for emissions testing and to ensure the vehicle meets road legal requirements.

    Ford GT continuation prototype 1

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    The 2004 Ford GT CP-1 gets its power from the same turbocharged 5.4-liter V-8 as other Ford GTs, but the top speed of this prototype is limited to just 8 km / h due to a chip installed by Ford. In addition, the prototype is unfortunately not street legal. While this effectively turns the CP-1 into a slowly rolling sculpture, protecting this GT is advisable because of its historical value and because it bears the handwriting of those who helped develop it: Carroll Shelby, Executive Chairman Bill Ford, GT Designer Camilo Pardo and Chief Engineer Fred Goodnow.

    Aside from the autogrhs of the development team, there are a few key differences between the CP-1 and a production GT. The CP-1 has serial number 00004 and features a carbon fiber tailgate, aluminum headliner and an exposed rear bumper. The exhaust pipes were developed for emission experiments and there are nozzles on the passenger side for testing different types of fuel. The number 5406 is painted on the front bumper. The CP-1 has 18-inch BBS wheels at the front and 19-inch wheels with 235/45 and 315/40 Goodyear Eagle F1 tires at the rear.

    Ford GT continuation prototype 1

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    The interior is screwed together a bit. The leather steering wheel houses an airbag from the Mustang at the time and is attached to a steering column of the Ford Windstar minivan. There’s a CD player installed so you can slow down as you drive up and down your driveway at 5 mph, and you’ll find handwritten instructions and details from the time the vehicle was tested. Another small point: According to the BaT list, the front spoiler is currently “secured with cable ties”.

    The CP-1 was bought direct from Ford by a collector in 2008 before going to the selling dealer about five years ago, which supposedly replaced the battery and air mass meter. The odometer shows 1212 miles and an hour meter shows only 217 hours of engine operation.

    We are currently bidding on the 2004 Ford GT CP-1 is $ 200,000, but the auction is still a few days, ending June 30th. If you want a GT you can actually drive on the road, there is one too 3600 miles 2005 Ford GT for sale on Bring a Trailer right now, but you’ll also need a deep wallet to snap up this example, with bids as high as $ 315,000 on an auction ending June 27th.

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