Rare 2004 Ford GT Prototype to Cross the Barrett-Jackson Block
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – June 2016 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, announced today that the extremely rare 2004 Ford GT Prototype CP-1, VIN #004, will cross the block during the inaugural Northeast Auction June 23-25, 2016, at Mohegan Sun. CP-1 (Lot#654) is the first fully functional Ford GT prototype built in 2003 as part of the development phase. It is offered with factory Build Sheet documentation, and remains fitted with test connections and monitoring equipment used in road and Emissions Certification testing.
“The Ford GT has commanded incredible attention from collectors in recent years,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Several with great provenances have crossed our block, but a prototype like CP-1 is an ultra-rare and enviable piece of automotive history. The fact that the car was even sold for display use makes this a very rare purchase opportunity for a collector.”
Lot #654 is the first Ford GT prototype built in 2003 to be fitted with a full drive train and interior. The three preceding prototypes were non-runners built for exhibition only and currently reside in the Ford Museum. CP-1’s body and engine compartment feature an array of non-standard components and many design features that are exclusive to this prototype, such as the airbags, which are Mustang components, and the steering column from a Ford Windstar.
“The announcement of this extremely rare Ford GT prototype crossing our block in June is exciting news for Ford and supercar fans alike,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “It is especially relevant with the anticipation of the Ford GT returning to Le Mans in 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of the GT40 win in 1966 as well as the soon-to-be-released street version.”
As a prototype, CP-1 includes several components that did not make it to production, including silver trim rings on the seats and the Camillo Pardo-designed all-aluminum headliner, which was replaced with a more traditional sound-padded roof. It also features a set of experimental exhaust pipes connected by a “sniffer pipe” to determine accurate emissions output during the test phase.
CP-1 is autographed by 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. In 2008, a respected GT collector and author of the definitive book on the reborn Ford GT purchased CP-1 from Ford.
While CP-1 has a fully functional powertrain and the car has a 17-digit VIN, prior to the sale in 2008 Ford engineers installed a chip in the engine to limit top speed to 5 mph. The new owner will also be required to sign an equipment sale acknowledgment with Ford Motor Company.
The inaugural Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun, June 23-25, will be broadcast live on Velocity and The Discovery Channel. For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Bidder/Home.
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Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and Las Vegas, Nevada. With broadcast partners, Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature live television coverage in 2016, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com, or call 480-421-6694.