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6972boss

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What is driving a gt40 like?
« on: December 03, 2019, 12:13:03 AM »
Had a interesting event happen recently.  Guy pulled up next to me at the gas station in a red superformance gt40, i was in my 67 gt500. He was probably in his late 60s and kinda struggled getting out. We exchanged greetings and talked for a long time. Really great guy. Beautiful gt40! Long story short, he asked if I would be interested in a trade as he has been thinking about selling. We exchanged info and went on our ways. 
2 things, I have never driven one of these so I don't know if I would like it.  The other is my 67 is my dream car and I am not sure I want to part with it,  however I would seriously consider a gt40!
What are SP cars worth? Are they uncomfortable like panteras? What are the pros and cons?
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Re: What is driving a gt40 like?
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2019, 12:25:36 AM »
Had a interesting event happen recently.  Guy pulled up next to me at the gas station in a red superformance gt40, i was in my 67 gt500. He was probably in his late 60s and kinda struggled getting out. We exchanged greetings and talked for a long time. Really great guy. Beautiful gt40! Long story short, he asked if I would be interested in a trade as he has been thinking about selling. We exchanged info and went on our ways. 
2 things, I have never driven one of these so I don't know if I would like it.  The other is my 67 is my dream car and I am not sure I want to part with it,  however I would seriously consider a gt40!
What are SP cars worth? Are they uncomfortable like panteras? What are the pros and cons?
Just looking for some insight.
A Pantera is much easier to get into compared to a vintage GT40. The doors make you have to be concerned with where you park . You need about half a parking space on ether side given the GT40 door. It is probably as comfortable as a Pantera. You have to beat off lookers with a stick where ever you stop. :) 
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Re: What is driving a gt40 like?
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2019, 03:19:20 AM »
Consider a Ford GT. Much more comfortable,but still have the parking concerns and the onlookers. I sold my dream car for one, and couldnít be happier with it. However, the parts are extremely expensive if something happens, but I guess thatís what insurance is for.
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Re: What is driving a gt40 like?
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2019, 10:26:48 AM »
Consider a Ford GT. Much more comfortable,but still have the parking concerns and the onlookers. I sold my dream car for one, and couldnít be happier with it. However, the parts are extremely expensive if something happens, but I guess thatís what insurance is for.
Not to confuse the OP I think he was asking about a vintage GT40 and not a more modern 05 and up Ford GT version.
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Re: What is driving a gt40 like?
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2019, 11:02:58 AM »
     One of my concerns when driving the Ford GT (or any of the exotic sport machines) on the public roadway with other vehicles is that your GT is shorter than most rear view mirrors, so even if the other driver is only somewhat attentive (versus completely oblivious), they may not be able to see you!  If your provided the opportunity to operate one, you'll notice how truly short they are and how low in comparison to others you seating position is, perhaps to the point of unnerving safety concerns.    :o   This issue is particularly prevalent being that the S.U.V. is so popular on the roads today. 

     And yes, be sure to insure it, as for the 2004-06 Ford GT's if the aluminum-honeycomb-chassis is damaged, your out-of-luck!

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Re: What is driving a gt40 like?
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2019, 02:32:46 PM »
having driven a  gt 40 on the street i will tell you it is the best and most frighting at same time .... you can look under the cars in front of you at the traffic light!
Some where some one is driving their collector car for the last time but they don't know it . Drive your car every time like it could be the last memory of it .

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Re: What is driving a gt40 like?
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2019, 09:28:02 PM »
Sounds like a blast to drive if you are on your toes. Now,  if you had a 67 gt500 would you trade for a "continuation/kit"?
Or am I loosing my mind?
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