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Put On a Respirator To Watch a Disgusting Ford GT Pulled Out of a 15-Year Georgia Slumber

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Photo: YouTube/VINWiki
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In 2005, Ford recreated one of the most iconic automobiles of its entire heritage—the GT, a bow to the original GT40 that absolutely buried Ferrari in 1966 at Le Mans. The Blue Oval sales prophets foretold that about 1,000 units a year would be the correct production figures, but they were 100% wrong. Literally, in its two-year run, the third-millennium GT scored over 2,000 examples in 2005 and 2006. In total, 4,033 were assembled.
Have you ever wondered how classic car hunters stumble across classics that have been sitting in the same place, collecting dust and mold, and serving as condominiums for generations of rodents without ever being touched by the owners? So have I, but I can’t find a clear answer. However, that’s not just something that happens to old cars.

A Ford GT sat in a Georgia garage for around 15 years - just because. It would have probably ended up in a similar condition as other fabulously putrid garage finds on YouTube had it not been for a couple of piston heads. The duo teamed up, geared up, suited up, and pulled the car out of its misery. Technically, they drove it out—more on this a bit later—but the main idea is that the car was rescued.

Traditionally, Georgia is not a great climate for storing cars in a state of abandonment or neglect – the humidity is the perfect catalyst for bacteria to flourish, together with the lack of ultraviolet light (or, in plain talk, darkness). This GT was placed in the middle of the perfect storm – a dark, moist garage in the vicinity of Atlanta.

2006 Ford GT sat in a garage in Georgia since 2009
Photo: YouTube/VINWiki
Luckily, it only spent around 15 years in this solitary confinement prison, and it’s not that decayed. After all, the 2000s’ car-building technology was far superior to what was used in the fifties, sixties, and seventies, so the GT is not a rust bucket with a rotted-out interior. It’s a perfect car—minus the cosmetic fallout—that needs absolutely nothing to start and drive.

This may not have been the greatest idea for the two YouTubers, given that the supercharged V8 is not happy to suck-squeeze-bang-blow out of the blue (oval) – listen to its not-eight-cylinder rumble. Now, you very well know that an ancient motor from the classic age needs some fiddling before it gets cranked – at least some lube down the sparkplug holes to get the pistons a heads-up.

The YouTubers instead retorted by simply turning the key, shifting the manual six-speed into first, then driving the car out on the driveway. Frankly, it would have taken much less to simply push it slightly, but that’s a personal opinion. And, except for that foot-in-clutch decision, there’s nothing scary about the car.

2006 Ford GT sat in a garage in Georgia since 2009
Photo: YouTube/VINWiki
The vloggers took it to a mechanic to have its 5.4-liter engine sorted out properly before the car gets a serious detailing job to eliminate the infectious layers of microorganisms in its interior. The hand-built, mid-mounted aluminum 32-valve modular V8 in the Ford GT was factory-rated at 550 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque (558 PS, 678 Nm), with backing from an Eaton screw-type blower that squeezed intercooled air at 12 PSI before letting it inside the combustion chambers.

The bespoke Ricardo six-speed manual transaxle was geared for high speed, with first gear getting the car to 60 mph (97 kph) in 3.4 seconds. Flat-out in third, the Ford GT was already doing jail-time speeds (135 mph / 217 kph). Sadly, we don’t know the entire story behind this rescued 2006 example - how it ended up it this state, and why hasn't anyone attended to it until now.

Still, the good news is that it’s no longer agonizing in oblivion. The YouTubers didn’t reveal the mileage, but in today’s market, a 2006 Ford GT ranges between $400k and $600k - quite a bump from the initial base price of $150,000.

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About the author: Razvan Calin
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After nearly two decades in news television, Răzvan turned to a different medium. He’s been a field journalist, a TV producer, and a seafarer but found that he feels right at home among petrolheads.
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