As true automotive enthusiasts we hate to write stories about the death of an icon but here we have a report that a 2005 Ford GT was recently stolen in San Diego and was recovered but only after the thieves completely dismantled the car at their chop shop and even cut the frame into pieces. Fortunately the police have the suspects in custody but that will do very little to ever put this amazing piece of American history back on the road.
According to the police report this particular car was stolen sometime in June or July while the owner of was out of town. The stolen car was taken to a chop shop where the thieves completely dismantled the car and since the frame was cut there is very little chance this car will ever be on the road again. News reports show that Gabriel Castano, 30, and George Moore, 48, were arrested in early August for the theft. The news reports also say that in the process of finding the stolen GT the detectives also found two stolen Porsches which were being driven by the suspects and were not chopped up. The fact that these two thieves are looking at a 9-13 year sentence provides little solace for those of us who see the Ford GT as an American Icon.
The Ford GT was produced from 2005-2006 as a homage to the great Ford GT40 from the 1960’s that won the 24 Hours of LeMans Race four years in a row from 1966 to 1969. The Ford GT was first shown in 2002 at various auto shows before beginning production in 2004. The car was tuned with the help of legendary tuner Carroll Shelby since he was also involved in the tuning of the original GT40 during the 1960's. The GT was produced for only 2 years with a total of 4038 being built and was sold with the original sticker price of $139,995. The value of these cars has increased over the years and it is expected to continue to do so as current sales of these cars regularly exceed $200,000.
What should happen to the thieves?