By on August 19, 2013


The president of Galpin Auto Sports, the Los Angeles based car dealer and tuner, Beau Boeckmann (whom you may recognize from his role on MTV’s Pimp My Ride), used the Pebble Beach concours festivities to announce that GAS will be putting their Ford GT based GTR1 supercar into limited production next year at a starting price of just over one million dollars. Boeckman says that the venture will be profitable if they sell six GTR1s and that production will be capped at two dozen, limited by the short life prototype tooling used to make it.

Automotive News reports that Galpin’s Boeckman is optimistic about its prospects. “There is a market for a car like this,” said Boeckmann, scion of the family that owns Galpin Motors, one of the largest privately held dealer groups in the United States, including the world’s largest Ford dealership. “It’s amazing how many million-dollar car purchases there are. I know several customers who will be interested in buying one.”

The bodies, whose styling draws on Ford’s Shelby GR-1 concept of a few years ago, will be hand built by Metalcrafters, founded by the esteemed coachbuilding Gaffoglio family. Customers will have the option of either aluminum alloy or carbon fiber composite bodies. Interestingly, Galpin is charging $200,000 more for aluminum. Carbon fiber is expensive, but apparently not as expensive as hand forming sheet metal.


The Ford GT’s 5.4 liter V8’s supercharger has been replaced with twin turbos and output is claimed to be 1,024 HP and 739 lb ft of torque. Top speed is an estimated 225 MPH, 0-60 MPH is said to be 3.1 seconds and 0-100, 6.8. Galpin says that the braking system is derived from brakes used on F-22 fighter jets and in Formula 1 race cars. The interior is full of machined aluminum and hand stitched free-range Bridge of Weir leather.


Boeckmann said production and deliveries of the car will begin in early 2014.

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39 Comments on “Galpin To Manufacture Million Dollar Ford GTR1...”

  • avatar

    From the side view it looks like a mustang & a corvette had a baby. From the rear the rear-end just instantly brings to mind a hammerhead shark for some reason…

    I didn’t know you could make the front of a car look fantastic & the back look like arse…

  • avatar

    This should give Ford a hint about how much demand there still is for its GT super car.

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    They will sell every one of them almost regardless of price.

    Even if I had won a $500 million PowerBall I’d still be more interested in a Corvette, Boss Mustang, or Challenger SRT. But that’s just the way I am.

  • avatar

    So $6 million is enough to completely develop AND certify a new from the ground up car, including a modified powertrain, AND build six examples of that car? Interesting. If that’s true we are going to see a lot of niche cars coming out.

    • 0 avatar

      There’s quite a gulf between the resources needed to develop a garage queen that realistically will never see more than 10,000 miles and may well never break 1,000 vs. one that you want to sell millions of that will be driven until the wheels fall off.

      As for certification, it’s a modified Ford GT with a rebuilt exterior; assuming they aren’t doing anything too crazy it inherits the donor car’s crash testing. Otherwise they’d need to build another six (I think it’s six, do I have the right number?) to be destroyed for NHTSA crash test purposes.

      • 0 avatar

        So the poor thing suffers more than one indignity. First, being given the equivalent of horrific plastic surgery by people who shouldn’t be let near a Gremlin, let alone one of the most classic shapes in all the motoring world. The second is being seen with the sort of people who would pay one million dollars to finance said crime against truth and beauty.

        • 0 avatar

          Bad plastic surgery is the first thing i thought as well.

          These guys want to take a beautiful car and want to bloat, chop and ruin it by turning into a clown face.


      • 0 avatar

        Ok, so they are just pimping old 2004 – 2006 Ford GTs and relying on their certifications and VINs. That makes a lot more sense. I’m surprised they even need to sell six cars to justify putting new body panels on a Ford GT and tuning the engine.

        From the way the Galpin press releases are selling these things I thought they actually developed and built a new from the ground up car.

        I would rather have the original Ford GT.

        • 0 avatar

          If Galpin is find and buying up old Ford GTs, I have but one thing to say; Rot in hell Galpin, melting a Ford GT into this turd is abominable.

          If on the other hand they are commissioning the construction of new parts and building their car, I’m fine with that.

          • 0 avatar

            Each one of these will require a Ford GT donor car, which is apparently included in the $1,024,000 price tag.

            I would also prefer the un-screwed-with Ford GT over this.

          • 0 avatar

            >>> Each one of these will require a Ford GT donor car, which is apparently included in the $1,024,000 price tag.

            Where did you read that? The article clearly says that new bodies are constructed. They’re completely new cars unless you have information to the contrary.

          • 0 avatar

            It was in the Autoweek article:

            and even Galpin’s website says something about “riding on the bones of a Ford GT”. Presumably they don’t like calling attention to the fact that the prospective buyer will be paying a million bucks to the automotive equivalent of Dr. Frankenstein to have them butcher a Ford GT.

            Practically speaking they can’t really do a street-legal production car without either a donor car or a rigorous certification process that they won’t be able to afford.

            Perhaps they’ve managed to pull together enough wrecked Ford GTs to produce a “production run” of six? I don’t think they’d do that, though; it would be pretty funny to spend a million dollars on a car and get one with a salvage title.

          • 0 avatar

            >> It was in the Autoweek article:

            You’re right! Funny how they kinda left that out of the press release!

            I wonder if they’ll give you a discount if you provide a Fiero donor!

  • avatar

    “Galpin says that the braking system is derived from brakes used on F-22 fighter jets and in Formula 1 race cars.”

    Soo… Carbon composite brakes, just like every other high end sports car?

  • avatar

    Why someone would want to ruin a perfectly good Ford GT to create one of these kit cars is beyond me.

  • avatar

    That looks like a home-built kit car. It might perform amazingly, but its not nearly as beautiful as the Ford GT.

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    Is it me or does the styling on this come off as being way too safe and warmed over for a $1 million plus vehicle?

    If I won the lottery I’d run out and buy a lightly used, far better looking Ford GT and keep the change.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Ditto on the Ford GT. I’d take an unmolested one too, since it’s a beautiful car.

      I just don’t get the way these niche cars are designed. Because there’s not a whole lot in the way of aerodynamics, the designers didn’t have to worry about specially-shaped canard flaps and spoilers. And because it’s not a sold-to-the-masses car, they didn’t have to worry about little ten-dollar cost-reductions here and there. They had an opportunity to create something truly breathtaking and special—or at least something attractive—and instead they give us something with worse lines than your average compact runabout. It just doesn’t make sense.

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    Well, it sure looks like they didn’t spend any extra money on styling, which is always the downfall of most kit-car-ish creations. The donor GT is a sexier car. I think this is the hardest hurdle to clear if you’re not a established car brand with deep pockets. Mechanicals, high HP and performance can be developed pretty easily. Make it look good, much harder. Some examples that come to mind:

    Any Mosler product
    Saleen S7
    Bradly GT

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      It doesn’t seem like it would cost extra to make a car that’s actually good-looking, especially when you’re talking about handcrafted body components. I don’t know why these small automakers insist on cliched, derivative styling that wouldn’t make anyone considering a Ferrari, Bentley, or Morgan look twice. In all honestly, these things never look better than what any old hack could fashion in his garage.

      As for this particular train-wreck of a design, better lines can be had on a Corolla. And that’s the truth.

  • avatar

    Butchering a Ford GT to make one of these things is a retarded idea. The GT will probably continue to appreciate whereas these things…well…likely won’t.

  • avatar

    I don’t own a 2004-2006 Ford GT, but I own a wireless mouse that is shaped like one. :) Comparing it to the original Ford GT40; you can see the minor changes that were done to turn a race car into a roadworthy car that meets current regs; but it still remained true to the spirit and overall appearance of the Ford GT40.

    This thing on the other hand does neither. I turned my mouse to the same angles as the pictures in the articles; and nothing they have done improve the appearance any. If anything, they have turned a meaty and agressive looking race car into a blingmobile for the rich and famous to pull up to red carpet in.

    Why anyone would pay that price to have their Ford GT butchered into THIS is beyond me. Stretching the side windows back may reduce the side blind spots a little, but that is the only positive thing I can say about it. For that kind of money, I would pay to have my Ford GT restored if it needed it.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I honestly don’t know why anyone would pay a million dollars for this. For all its exclusivity, it’s quite like something a fourth-grader would churn out. The headlamps look like distorted Jaguar XK units, and things get particularly disproportionate as you move toward the rear of the design. It looks half-baked and amateurish. But more than all of that, there’s nothing worse than a dated concept-car design. And that’s what this is. It just screams 2005 all over the place…

  • avatar
    el scotto

    They shouldn’t use a paper window sticker; they should etch it in the glass. Anyone ignorant to drop a cool million on one of these would thing it was “pure class”.

  • avatar
    George Herbert

    So the answer is, get a stock GT and an engine like that, rather than do that horrible thing to the body…

    Except that’s not new. Plenty of massively over turboed GTs out there. One of my coworkers at the consulting company has a friend with one, and has gotten to drive it a few times. It’s apparently a great Mojave Mile vehicle.

  • avatar

    The Ford GT is IMHO one of the most beautiful cars ever to see the light of day…. this one not so much.

    If I had money burning a hole in my wallet, I’d just buy a Ford GT and not tamper with it’s looks, just too gorgeous to destroy. It’s be like ruining an Alfa Romeo, that’s a no-no!

  • avatar

    Well consider the source… the cars they build on Pimp My Ride are no worse than this monstrosity, and I am sure they get caught up in the hype of the show, thinking that everyone wants a car as over the top as they get paid to build. Not to mention, there are a lot of wealthy people in this country with more money than brains, and even less taste. I am sure Galpin sees their share of those people, and truly believe their own BS, so finding a dozen or so of them probably will not be an issue. At least their will not be that many of them. Hopefully they can find some wrecked GTs to use as the base so they do not ruin any good ones.

    • 0 avatar

      They’ll get sold and put in a garage. 40 years from now they’ll all have 210 miles on the clock and be needing a restoration, and people will wonder why anyone would’ve tried a Bricklin, Probe 16 type idea in 2014.

  • avatar

    Oh puhleeeeeze! Another million dollar supercar built in shed by a bunch of semi-professional backyard mechanics. How many times have we heard that one before? How hard can it be? Bolt on a pair of the biggest turbochargers you can find, lower the suspension, add the brakes from a jet fighter (really?) and you are good to go. Oh yes, tart up the body and interior with the help of your nephew who is in art school.

    No need for any real work like crash testing. Ford already did that. No need for it to be quiet, it is a supercar. No need for wind tunnel testing or finely honed suspension. So what if it is tricky to handle at high speed. You are not supoosed to exceed the speed limit! What do you mean track days? This is a real man’s car and if you are having trouble with the handling you are obviously a wimp. No need for the finished product to be reliable. It is a supercar! It is entirely normal for the engine to blow up after 5000 miles. Blah blah blah……

  • avatar

    Not near as good looking as the Shelby GR-1 which is beautiful. The GR-1 should be built. Possibly as a Lincoln sports car.

  • avatar

    This guy must think rich people are not only stupid, but blind. The design is hideous from all angles. There’s no brand pedigree, as your $1,000,000 car from Ferrari, McLaren, or Porsche has. And you can buy a gorgeous Ford GT for $200,000 and boost it to 800 horses for relative chump change. Or give John Hennessey $100k and you have a 1000hp, 2.8s, 245mph land rocket for a mere $300 large. And it’s beautiful. Give me $1 million and tell me to use it or lose it, I’d place my order for a Porsche 918 faster than Superman can leap a…

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