300th Show & a ’05 Ford GT

While there is great anticipation for the forthcoming Ford GT, the previous generation car, which was produced in model years 2005 and 2006, is still among the best designed vehicles ever. [Not Karl’s car.] On “Autoline After Hours” we’ve interviewed Camilo Pardo, who is credited with that car’s design. (We also interviewed Craig Metros, who worked on the next-gen GT.) The new Ford GT setup for racing On this edition of “After Hours” we have a 2005 Ford GT in the studio along with its one-and-only owner, Karl Brauer, who picked up his car in Santa Monica on August 23, 2005, with seven miles clocked on the odometer.

While there is great anticipation for the forthcoming Ford GT, the previous generation car, which was produced in model years 2005 and 2006, is still among the best designed vehicles ever.

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[Not Karl’s car.]

On “Autoline After Hours” we’ve interviewed Camilo Pardo, who is credited with that car’s design.

(We also interviewed Craig Metros, who worked on the next-gen GT.)

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The new Ford GT setup for racing

On this edition of “After Hours” we have a 2005 Ford GT in the studio along with its one-and-only owner, Karl Brauer, who picked up his car in Santa Monica on August 23, 2005, with seven miles clocked on the odometer. He’s since put real miles on the car.

Brauer shipped his car east not to have it in the studio, but to attend the 9th annual Ford GT owners’ event, which was held, not surprisingly, in Dearborn. There were, Brauer explains, about 110 Ford GT owners who came to participate. (There were a grand total of 4,038 GTs built during the two-year run; the next-gen car is expected to have production of 200+ vehicles per year, but with a price tag in the $400,000 vicinity. . . .)

Oh, one more thing.

Not only is Brauer a GT owner, he is also a senior analyst at Kelly Blue Book, so he knows more than a little about the entire industry.

He joins Michelle Krebs of AutoTrader, host John McElroy and me on the show.

Oh, and it is the 300th “Autoline After Hours.”  (No, I haven’t been on all of them.)

In addition to the GT, we discuss subjects including the outlook for alphanumeric car nomenclature (e.g., Cadillac CT6), the manufacturers’ points in Formula One and IndyCar racing, and the outlook for sales going forward, given rising prices, increasingly age of vehicles on the road, and a whole lot of leases that will find their way back onto lots.

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