Of course it had already dabbled with idea of reviving its most famous side project. The GT90 - another secret project built from British underpinnings - was shown in 1995 and rather anticipated the current hypercar fad for forced induction with its quad-turbo V12. But Ford never properly grasped the production nettle, and the model slid sideways onto the ever-growing pile of concept what-ifs. The GT might very well have gone the same way. The car was conceived as part of the Blue Oval's centenary celebrations, although by the time it was shown at Detroit, the production variant had been delayed indefinitely. Or it had until people actually saw it, and went potty.
It helped that Ford did it right. The 140-strong team that turned the car into a production reality in about 15 months was peppered with been-there-done-it old hands, in possession of just enough Ford seniority heft to ensure that they mostly got their own way. Thus the GT was built on an aluminium space frame with aluminium body panels atop. The suspension was aluminium, too, and double-wishbone all round. Deference to history was not forgotten even during development: Ford benchmarked the contemporary Ferrari 360 Modena - and proclaimed their equivalent architecture 'way stiffer'.
The result was drama - lashings of it. Ford slung you low in the driver's seat, and hemmed you in with brushed metal trim and oversized toggle switches. The gear lever was a billiard ball of aluminium. The speedo was mounted half an acre away from the driver's face, and, like the original, opening the door takes a great swathe of roof with it. Ford's decision to not bother with converting the model to right-hand-drive hardly helped with the visibility, but nor did it stunt the appeal one jot either: the 27 destined for the UK represented a tiny fraction of the volume its dealers could have sold even at its six-figure asking price.
Consequently, the GT remains both ultra rare - and crushingly expensive. Predictably, there are actually a couple on sale in the classifieds, but first prize goes to this Mark IV Red example with just 907 miles on the clock. One of the official UK supplied cars, it is said to be in immaculate condition (as you might expect) and has been serviced by Roush/Revolve themselves. Its asking price - £339,950 - is striking, although it's worth noting that its replacement is £80k more costly right off the bat. Considered in that light, Ford's superlative legend-chaser - and our first Showpiece of the Week - almost seems like a bargain.
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