When Ford decided to bring back a retro tribute to the original GT-40, it did so knowing that not everyone could afford a $150,000 sports car. Yet Ford went on to sell over 4,000 such cars in 2005 alone, an impressive number for such a pricey car. Even so, as far as production goes, that isn’t a whole lot of cars. Already, nature and attrition have already taken their natural course as a number of cars have been lost for a number of reasons. In other words, the Ford GT is only getting more rare, and more valuable.
It takes some bold thieves to steal a car that rare, but that is what happened in Rancho Santa Fe, a well-to-do area north of San Diego. There, an unnamed victim had his house broken into and burglarized, with the bandits making off in a 2005 Ford GT. But as The Truth About Cars notes, there is something suspicious about the whole thing.
The Ford GT’s owner was not home at the time of the burglary, and the car could have been stolen at any time in the past three weeks. The police are also refusing to release details of the break-in, including the victim’s name. It certainly is a brazen break-in, and you’d think somebody with the money to afford a $150,000 sports car could afford a pretty awesome (and creative) anti-theft system.
Suffice to say, anybody with the ability to make off with such a prize may have the infrastructure in place to get it out of the country in short order. That close to the coast, the car could have been loaded up and on its way to some dictator or drug lord’s collection in a couple of hours. American cars have always been prized by unscrupulous collectors overseas. Either that, or these thieves were really lucky, knew how to avoid detection, or were ninjas with a need for speed.