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LOS ANGELES — Chalk up another Ford Motor Co. victory over Ferrari.

When Ford’s 500-hp GT supercar arrives in dealer showrooms next summer, its base sticker price will be $139,995 — about $14,000 less than the Ferrari 360 Modena against which the Ford two-seater was benchmarked.

The automaker’s 3,850 dealers are waiting — many with orders in hand — to see who will get one of the 3,500 units Ford plans to build before the GT goes out of production in 2005.

Ford will decide which dealers will be allowed to sell the car by the end of the first quarter, said Martin Collins, Ford division general marketing manager.

“We have dealers who have taken deposits of more than $10,000 from customers, and they don’t know if they’re going to get one,” Collins said.

There are three ways a dealer can acquire a GT, Collins said: recording high overall sales volumes, qualifying for a “president’s award” for superior customer service and winning a lottery.

About 700 prospective buyers have bypassed Ford dealers and appealed directly to company executives, including Chairman and CEO Bill Ford Jr.

The Ford GT is a road-ready remake of the Ford GT40 race cars that conquered Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France in 1960s.

Ford will build the GT at its plant in Wixom, where the Ford Thunderbird and Lincoln LS and Town Car are produced.


SOURCE: DetNews
 

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A fat $140,000 pricetag on a Ford. That is amazing.
The car is sweet, though, and I betcha they will sell.
 

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Amazing? That's crazy. Who in their right mind would pay that much money for a Ford? The car is nice, don't get me wrong, but geeesh. :blink:
 

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I imagine that the Corvette will come out with a model that will blow this car out of the water- in both price and performance. The price of the car isn't really a big deal to Ford. They will sell because there will be few made, and it will serve as a halo for the company. However pathetic one may see the car, it will serve it's purpose.
 

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You can't say Ford doesn't have an international racing heritage. Ford has a big following especially in Europe because of Ford's European sport compacts and rally and touring cars. $140k is for a piece of Ford's racing history... it isn't like buying a $140k Ford Aerostar or anything like that.
 

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But a piece of GM's racing history only costs $50k... and this isn't Europe... and the GT is far from a sport compact or rally racer. Something tells me that a piece of Ford's racing history is far overpriced. ;)
 

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the Vette will not outhandle this GT though. In blue devil guise, it may outrun it in a straight, but the Ford GT has Modena beating, Lotuslike handling. unless the Vette blue devil is a middie, it wont handle nearly as well.
 
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