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Autotrader Find: 2005 Ford GTX1 Convertible For $489,900

The Ford GT was one of the coolest cars to come out of the 2000s, both for its awesome retro styling and for its incredibly satisfying driving experience. Unfortunately, Ford never made a convertible version — officially, anyway. In reality, Ford worked with a Wisconsin-based firm to create an open-roofed SEMA show car called the GTX1, which was then put into limited production by the firm. In the end, just under 40 of these open-roofed GTX1 models were built — and this is one of them.

Offered by RK Motors in Charlotte, this GTX1 is black with a black interior, and it’s absolutely gorgeous, reminding us of the convertible that Ford probably should’ve built. It looks just like a regular Ford GT, except for — of course — the open roof, as well as some changes made to the engine cover in back to allow the styling to work correctly with the targa-roofed car.

Interestingly, the GTX1 can be driven in three forms. One is fully open, as you see in the images of this example; another is with the center bar in place, where it looks like a t-top; the final is with the center bar and roof in place (where it’s closed), in case you’re stuck out in the rain with your GTX1.

That has probably never happened in this GTX1, as this particular car has driven only 3,339 miles, and almost all with one owner in the Chicago area, who had it until last year. It’s now listed for $489,900 — which is a big sum for any car — but when you combine the perfection of the Ford GT’s styling and driving experience with the fun of an open-roof car, this thing is almost certainly worth it.

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  1. Removing the roof support on a 200mph car that famously broke the machine designed to test roof strength……what could go wrong?

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