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BRED FROM A CHAMPION: 2005 Ford GT Selling With No Reserve at Palm Beach

Written by independent automotive journalist David Neyens

2024 PALM BEACH AUCTION – 2005 FORD GT – NO RESERVE

While clearly paying homage to the all-conquering GT40s that conclusively overtook Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 and ruled that storied race through 1969, the Ford GT of 2005-06 was a totally new design featuring cutting-edge engineering, materials and construction.

However, it is people who bring such magnificent machines to life, and credit for the modern Ford GT goes to chief designer Camilo Pardo, a dyed-in-the-wool car enthusiast who moved with his family from New York to Detroit at the impressionable age of 10 as the glorious original American high-performance car movement unfolded at ground zero.

Pardo’s design experience is vast and his influence on the automotive industry remains profound today, thanks in no small part to his deep appreciation of the legendary cars that achieved stardom throughout his formative years. His entry into automotive design came at a particularly challenging time in the automotive industry, with domestic manufacturers grappling with massive numbers of competing imports while adapting to the growing volumes of emissions, fuel economy and safety legislation.

After graduating from Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies in 1985, Camilo was hired by the Ford Design Center in Dearborn, Michigan, and his assignments were far-ranging, including work in the Dearborn Advanced Studios; the Ford of Europe Studio at Turin, Italy; and Ford’s Design Studios in Cologne, Germany. In 1999, he was selected by his director, Tom Scott, to undertake his crowning assignment at Ford ‒ the creation of a totally new, state-of-the-art reinterpretation of the classic Ford GT race car. Compounding the difficulty of the task, the original Ford GT was in fact a constant evolution of Eric Broadley’s original Lola GT of the early 1960s – one that gained a myriad of scoops, spoilers, cooling ducts, and several open and closed body styles created for the demanding requirements of specific races and tracks.

A key influence on this new Ford GT was the “New Edge” design language advanced by Jack Telnack during the 1990s, which begat the stunning Ford GT90 concept car of 1995 and redesigned Mustang for 1999. Early brainstorming sessions and initial sketches by Camilo and his fellow designers quickly progressed to 3D computer models that were then translated into full-size representations. Ensuring secrecy worthy of a covert operation, this work was conducted at a satellite studio in a hidden location under the unlikely codename “Petunia.”

The resulting GT40 concept car was unveiled to acclaim at the 2002 North American Auto Show in Detroit. A rolling showcase of the design mastery of Pardo and his team, combined with Ford Motor Company’s engineering capabilities, the GT40 was greenlit during the spring of 2002 for full development to production-ready status. Legalities soon forced a name change to “Ford GT,” but the point was clear – the new GT would electrify Ford enthusiasts as part of the company’s centennial celebrations and even put Ford’s old archrival Ferrari once again on the defensive with its excellence. Selling with No Reserve at the April 18-20 Palm Beach Auction, this 2005 Ford GT handsomely celebrates the design and development process that began with Camilo Pardo and his team.

Powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine paired with a Ricardo 6-speed rear transaxle, this 2005 Ford GT sports a Mark IV Red paint finish with white Le Mans stripes, a combination featured on only 766 of the 2,022 Ford GTs produced for model year 2005 in total. Other highlights include the black leather interior, optional high-end McIntosh stereo system and optional lightweight BBS forged wheels. Having just two owners and 597 actual miles at the time of writing, this 2005 Ford GT exemplifies the inspired design process and victorious competition heritage culminating in the production models.

Get ready to bid on this true piece of living design and engineering history and share in the legend at the upcoming April 18-20 Palm Beach Auction.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: BRED FROM A CHAMPION: 2005 Ford GT Selling With No Reserve at Palm Beach
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/bred-from-a-champion-2005-ford-gt-selling-with-no-reserve-at-palm-beach/
Published Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2024 15:22:50 +0000

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K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer

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Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed
When the Honda Dax was brought back into production a couple of years ago, K-Speed wasted little time getting their grubby paws on it. The Thai powerhouse’s founder, the mysterious Mr Eak, had a 50 cc Dax as a teenager—and the workshop is particularly good at customizing small Hondas. So a K-Speed-customized Dax was inevitable.

Two years on, and K-Speed is still finding interesting ways to cram massive levels of badassery into Honda’s bite-sized mini-bike. This time, they’ve turned the Dax into an uber-sassy—albeit impossibly compact—café racer.

Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed

Although K-Speed churns out countless custom bikes a year for paying customers, this one was a shop build. Eak wanted to see how far he could push the 2024-model Honda ST125 Dax, visually, without modifying its pressed steel frame (which also houses its fuel tank). Luckily K-Speed has an extensive range of Honda mini-bike parts to draw from, manufactured under their ‘Diabolus’ brand.

Dubbed ‘Puppy Racer,’ K-Speed’s custom Honda Dax benefits most from a radical stance adjustment. The crew started with a new Diabolus front end, comprising upside-down forks and a more modern-looking top yoke. It sits lower than the stock setup, as do the twin Diabolus shocks that now prop up the rear.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-dax-cafe-racer
Published Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 16:11:01 +0000

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
2024 Shelby Super Snake unveiled at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction.

As thousands of car enthusiasts streamed through the gates of The World’s Greatest Collection Car Auctions on Thursday, they were met with sunshine, blue skies and over 600 collector cars on display at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction.

The auction site at the South Florida Fairgrounds offered something for everyone on the first day of the event. Guests were able to see all the collector cars before they had their turn on the famous auction block, check out interactive displays and demonstrations from more than 100 exhibitors and sponsors, and grab a bite to eat from a wide variety of offerings.

The day’s activities included the demonstration of a 1976 Leopard 1 A5 Battle Tank (Lot #696), which will cross the block with No Reserve on Saturday, April 20, highlighted by the unmistakable rumble of its 37.4-liter turbocharged diesel engine and the turning of the turret. Additional demonstrations are scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. near the South Showcase.

Another must-experience highlight of the day was an exhilarating ride around the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track with a professional driver at the Dodge Thrill Rides and Ford Hot Laps. In addition, the Volvo Driving Experience gave guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a new Volvo for a cruise along the streets of Palm Beach.

Of course, the real not-to-be-missed element of the event was watching all the exciting bidding action in the arena itself.

The morning’s activity began with nearly 200 examples of collectible cool up on the block during the Automobilia Auction, where Lot #6299.2, a large Kenny Rogers Roasters light-up sign and Lot #6298.4, a Chevrolet OK Used Cars neon sign, proved to be the stars of Thursday’s show. Three gas pumps also took the spotlight: a 1940s-50s Gulf Bennett Model #646 (Lot #6291) and a late-1940s/early-50s Gulf Oil Premium Gasoline Tokheim 39 (Lot #6292). A late-1940s/early-1950s Texaco Bennett Model 756 (Lot #6289.1) rounded out the day’s top five automobilia sales.

Before the collector cars started to cross the block for the day, Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson was joined on the block by President Steve Davis, along with Shelby American President Gary Patterson, Vice President of Operations Vince LaViolette, and Sales and Marketing Manager Kash Singh, as well as Tracy Smith, Executive Vice President of Carroll Shelby International, to debut Shelby’s latest creation: the 2024 Shelby Super Snake. The special car, along with a convertible version, will be on display throughout the Palm Beach event in the Shelby American display.

Over 175 of the more than 600 No Reserve collector cars on this year’s docket took their turn on the block Thursday, with 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible (Lot #106.1), a 1970 Ford Torino custom coupe (Lot #100.1), 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante (Lot #103) and a 1968 Ford Mustang GT convertible (Lot #108) all taking top honors for the day.

The first two cars from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection had their turn in the spotlight today. The first, a 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible (Lot #82), was among the top sales of the day, and it was followed by Lot #82.1, a 1974 Volkswagen Thing convertible. The remaining vehicles in the collection will cross the block on Friday and Saturday with No Reserve.

The Palm Beach Auction runs through Saturday, with tickets and bidder registration available on Barrett-Jackson.com. Join us this weekend and soak in all the excitement the auction has to offer.

Enjoy the video below of Wednesday night’s Opening Night Party, as well as a gallery of activity in the auction arena and around the site today.

Shelby fans in the Auction Arena during the unveil.

LOT #106.1 – 1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE

Barrett-Jackson guests checking out the collector vehicles in the South Showcase.

LOT #82 – 1962 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE

LOT #696 – 1976 LEOPARD 1 A5 BATTLE TANK – NO RESERVE

LOT #100.1 – 1970 FORD TORINO CUSTOM COUPE

Volvo Driving Experience.

LOT #103 – 2007 ASTON MARTIN DB9 VOLANTE

Dodge Thrill Rides.

LOT #108 – 1968 FORD MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLE

Guests waiting to go on a Ford Hot Lap.

2024 Shelby Super Snake convertible in the Shelby American display.

LOT #6298.4 – CHEVROLET OK USED CARS NEON SIGN ON STAND

LOT #6291 – 1940S-50S GULF BENNETT MODEL #646 GAS PUMP and LOT #6292 – LATE-1940S/EARLY-50S GULF OIL PREMIUM GASOLINE TOKHEIM 39 GAS PUMP

LOT #6289.1 – LATE-1940S/EARLY-1950S TEXACO BENNETT MODEL 756 GAS PUMP

LOT #6299.2 –

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2024-palm-beach-auction-highlights-day-1/
Published Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 21:00:23 +0000

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La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven

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Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork
We have a particular affinity for modern Vespa scooters around here. Our founding editor, Chris Hunter, used to commute on one in Sydney, I used to commute on one in Cape Town, and our good friend, Winston Yeh, bops around Taipei on his (a black one, naturally). But we wouldn’t have the first clue on how to customize a modern Vespa.

They’re cute enough as they are, begging to be lightly accessorized rather than heavily modified. It takes a lot of imagination to look past the iconic bodywork and see something radically different. Luckily, Adam Eldridge has imagination in spades.

Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork

Based in Austin, Texas, Adam’s a fabricator who’s spent the last two decades honing his craft. Working under the banner of Python Lair Designs, he’s built custom bicycles, choppers, and hot rods, and has even tackled interior architectural metalwork.

The commission for the Vespa came from Guido DeVita—an enigmatic 70-something-year-old petrolhead with an equal love for cars and bikes, and zero regard for convention. Adam’s done regular work for Guido’s business, ilGaragista, and describes it as “a custom shop with no boundaries other than a checkbook.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven
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Published Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 20:02:02 +0000

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