2017 Ford GT Order Books Open in February, but You’re Not Eligible to Buy One

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What if someone were to tell you that you can’t buy a Ford even though you have the money? According to previous reports sourced from Reddit, that’s what’ll happen once order books for the all-new 2017 Ford GT open this month. Thanks to a more recent report, we found out that the rumors were true - the application process for the Blue Oval’s crown jewel challenges that used by Ferrari.
As per Michael Martinez of the The Detroit News, the Dearborn-based manufacturer is going to implement a vetting procedure for the first 250 units of the 2017 Ford GT. The online application website will go live in a few weeks’ time, and the selection process boggles the mind of anyone willing to get in line for the twin-turbo supercar.

First of all, the application form will include a question that goes like “How many Ford vehicles have you owned?” Of course, previous-gen Ford GT owners have an edge on previous Pinto or LTD Country Squire owners. Fair enough, we get that condition. But FoMoCo is also interested in how often you’re willing to drive a supercar and how popular you are on social media. Yes, you have to be a popular figure on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to convince the company to let you put a deposit down on the 600 horsepower-plus 2017 Ford GT.

According to the report, Ford is interested in customers that will actually drive the car, rather than locking it in a garage to protect its resale value. As a petrolhead, I agree with the way Ford is thinking. But this is the United States of America, the land of the free and the land of opportunity.

If I had the $400,000 or so to pay up for the car, I would take the opportunity to buy the Ford GT. I would also expect the Ford Motor Company to take my hard-earned green dollar bills instead of gratuitously conditioning me with social media popularity this and previous owner that. I’m not famous and I haven't ever owned a Ford, but I'm paying $400,000+, for goodness’ sake!

As if these conditions weren’t enough whitewash, FoMoCo also has the nerve to force you into signing a contract in which you, the owner of the $400,000+ 2017 Ford GT, agree not to sell your car for a certain period of time.

This will keep speculators from flipping the GT on the used market for a markup. But still, the owner should be the only person to choose whether he or she wants to sell it immediately after purchase or if they’ll keep the 2017 Ford GT in their family for generations.

By the looks of things, the all-new GT will get in the hands of rich celebrities with lots of followers on social media networks. Jeremy Clarkson is one of those celebs, more so if you consider that he used to own a fault-ridden Ford GT... until he sold it to make way for a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. Jay Leno, Lewis Hamilton, and young Hollywood socialites are other examples that meet the criteria.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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