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Spring 2016 14


There aren’t many of us who are

in a position to buy a 2017 Ford GT.

But that doesn’t necessarily keep us

from buying Powerball tickets and

thinking about

it. SAAC member

Glenn Brueckmann asked Jeff Burgy,

the club’s New Ford GT Registrar, his

opinion about waiting for a 2017 or

2018 GT or getting a 2005 or 2006

model instead.

As a long time SAAC member, I

am seeking your guidance. I have con-

sidered searching for a near new 2006

Ford GT.With the soon-to-be-available

2017 GT, I decided to hold off. How-

ever, as details begin to leak regarding

the application process coupled with a

production of 250 units, my applica-

tion success seems dubious.

I am definitely a Ford enthusiast;

I have owned many Fords and cur-

rently have very long term ownership

(15-26 years) of a 1965 Shelby GT350-

R model, 1965 Shelby GT350 (early 2-

digit Venice car) and a 9,000-mile to-

tally correct 1969 Boss 429. I even own

Ford Motor Co stock and have no in-

tention of purchasing a GT for resale.

However, I am not the king of social

media and I do not drive the snot out

of my cars. Thus, it seems my chances

for success in obtaining a ‘17 GT may

be quite limited.

Is the new GT being built for more

than one year? Will production in-

crease and provide me with a possibil-

ity in the second year? You probably do

not know, but I am pondering. Bottom

line: am I dreaming about the new GT

and should I get serious about pur-

chasing a 2006 GT? Are there certain

2006 VIN's to avoid, under 100, mid or

late production? Do you know of any

available 2006 GTs, black or blue

w/stripe, 4 options, under 500 miles?

Or should I hang on for the 2017 or

2018 GT?

I appreciate any insight you may

be able to offer. Thank you.


Glenn Brueckmann

Glenn -

What to do with regard to the

“new GT” is certainly a tough decision

to make. The new 2017 GT is an in-

credible automobile – definitely noth-

ing “retro” about it. It is just about as

“high-tech” as a car could be. I guess if

it were my money, I would opt for the

“old” 2005-2006 GT. The naysayers

said that they built too many of them

to be “collectable.” I was pretty sure

they were wrong about that, and the

market has certainly proven it.

My rationale for sticking with the

“old” car would be this: the values of

the ‘05-‘06 cars have shot up dramati-

cally and will probably continue to

climb. The limited numbers of the

2017 model will likely cause those who

were unable to get one to look for an

‘05-‘06 model in the future (which will

help to keep their prices up). The

2005-2006 model shares a profile with

the original, iconic GT40; everybody

knows immediately what it is. With

the 2017 model, I have to look at the

pictures closely to confirm that it is


a Ferrari, Lambo, or some other

European exotic. The prices of replace-

ment parts for the 2005-2006 models



expensive but fortunately,

they have been obtainable with the ex-

ception of cluster gauges. I would ex-

pect prices for any service or

replacement parts for the 2017 model

to be


expensive, since I

expect overall production volume to be

quite low.

I am unsure of what the produc-

tion numbers will be for the 2016/2017

model. I have heard 400-500 a year for

two or three model years. Personally,

I don’t think there are 1500 “Ford

guys” out there with a half-million

bucks to spend on a car that doesn’t

have a prancing horse on it’s flanks. I

could be wrong, and I hope I am, but I

would expect a total of around 1,000

units or less to be built. However, if

they sweep GTLM at LeMans...well,

that’s a different story. If that happens

I guess I could see demand for 1500-

2000 of them.

I am disappointed that the new

car is not a V8. I understand Ford’s ra-

tionale; I just don’t agree with it. Al-

though the car’s looks (



performance) are stunning, the V6 is a

turn-off for a lot of guys (including a

fairly significant number of current

GT owners) who all seem to expect an

American Supercar to be V8 powered.

To be clear, I have to admit that I



done well in the stock

market so don’t take my words as

gospel. Just take them into considera-

tion while you make your own deci-

sion. If I had the wherewithal, I’d buy

an ‘05 or ‘06 GT now, submit an appli-

cation for the 2017 model and, if I was

lucky enough to be selected, I’d buy it.

I’d drive them both and sell whichever

one didn’t measure up.

I don’t have any leads on GTs for

sale. I’d suggest Shelby Smith in

Arkansas or Marv Rose in Sacramento

– they both have good reputations for

selling nice GTs and standing behind

their deals.

Jeff Burgy