Another shot of a different Ford GTX1
This is a factory-engineered and factory-authorized open top custom limited production version of the Ford GT that Ford built from 2005 to 2006. It’s story is pretty cool… I recommend the Car and Driver article, the first few paragraphs of which are here below:
There aren’t many high-school dropouts who get calls from giant automakers asking for help. But Mark Gerish of Manitoc, Wisconsin, who 20-some years ago quit high school to learn the craft of auto bodywork, is just that.
Recently, we ran into him — you should pardon the expression — as he was driving north out of L.A. on the coast, a blonde beside him in a handcrafted prototype he built at the behest of the Ford Motor Company. Life is good. Today he’s an entrepreneur of the first order. No doubt he’s thinking of a reality show he could star in. Call it “Cars I Build That Automakers Should Have.” Because that’s what he does. He pounds metal, but way above the realm of body-shop welder or custom-car builder. Gerish comes in where the automaker goes out.
He’s turned out a convertible version of a Ferrari 250GTO, quite a feat seeing as how no such thing ever existed. He handmade a 427 Cobra for Jay Leno. Jay can pay. Of the Rolls-Royce Phantom, which has been selling like cold cakes, Gerish says: “It’s too small to be chauffeur-driven but too big to be owner-driven.” His solution? Stretch them. And he got orders. When the Ford GT came along, Gerish said, “Nice car, but what can I do?”
At first Ford didn’t need his help. The House of Henry was doing so well with the Ford GT, originally priced at $139,995, that for a while it was selling at 40 grand over sticker. Ford will have built 3500 to 4000 of them by the end of the run on August 31.
Then fate struck. Ford decided to pop eyeballs at the aftermarket SEMA show in Las Vegas last fall with a GT show car …
High school drop out turned master coachbuilder… that is just freaking awesome.