Photo by Larry Caruso.

Watson acquires rare Ford GT

Bill Stevenson
Wyandotte Warrior

With a pedigree tracing back to the Ford GT40, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four consecutive times from 1966 to 1969, it seems logical that Chuck Watson Sr. would acquire the fastest production car Ford has ever built—the 2019 Ford GT.

At a quiet rendezvous held June 1, 2019 at Southgate Ford, the engineering hypercar was the star of the show.  As it slowly descended the transport vehicle, it seemed more like a scene from the 1985 hit, Back to the Future, rather than 24 Hours of Le Mans, as the small crowd that gathered collectively gasped in excitement, “oh … my … goodness.”  All that was missing was Doc Brown and Marty McFly.

Chuck Watson took possession of a rare 2019 Ford GT. The vehicle was delivered to Southgate Ford on June 1. Ford only built 1,350 lf the vehicles this year. Photo by Larry Caruso.

Ford GT Concierge Delivery Specialist Bernardo Martinez handed the keys to Chuck Watson, and took extra special time and care in explaining the features of the sleek, aerodynamic beauty.

Martinez said, “Ford is only building 1,350 GT’s globally, and this will probably be the only one delivered Downriver ever. When we are at shows, the Porche and Ferrari engineers always come to us, and marvel. The GT always draws a crowd.”

According to Ford Performance engineers, the GT with a lightweight body made of carbon fibre, and aluminum subframes, the GT is the “ultimate expression of technological innovation.”

Yes, it has gullwing doors, too.

Powered by a 650 BHP 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 engine, the street legal beast can do zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds, and hit 220-plus miles per hour.  Besides engine superpower, according to Car and Driver test drivers, the steering and handling is so precise that you can “point this car in any direction, at any moment, at any speed, and it will follow along without drama or incident.”

Photo by Larry Caruso.

And if it’s not enough to have the wherewithal to purchase a GT, with a sticker price of over $550,000, but you have to apply to own one, answering a battery of questions showing your Ford connections and possible Ford collections.

You also have to submit a video explaining how the super model will be used. In addition, the terms of agreement upon delivery states the buyer of the vehicle cannot resell it for a period of two years.

With sparkle in his eyes reflective of the breathtaking liquid silver paint job on his new baby, Chuck Watson Sr. was more than elated.  “This is so special,” he said. “This car is from the Ford Carbon Series with an exposed carbon fiber stripe down the center of the car,” said Watson. “The A-pillars and lower side skirts are also exposed fiber.  It has carbon fiber wheels and titanium lugnuts.  They only built 35 of these.”When asked what his future plans are for his new Ford GT, he eagerly beamed, “We’re gonna put some miles on it.”

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