Originally Posted by 2horseowner
That's just wrong - which dealer was this?
Just about every dealer is experimenting with kit cars. Look in the Mustang magazines - they are even running ads for their fiberglass kits.
What's new is that they are finding morons out there willing to shell out the extra money for the frauds.
Interesting shell game:
1. Ford announces a new line of Mustangs with big, powerful motors and the input of an automotive legend. Nice looking show car makes the rounds. Everyone wants one, and the trade magazines predict the list price at about $35,000, or 10% over the last 04 SVT Cobra.
2. Ford pulls a PR
stunt at a car auction that sees the "#1" GT500 go for hundreds of thousands of dollars more than such a car could possibly be worth - all to a good cause of course.
3. Ford dealers start accepting "pre-orders" for GT500's that they cannot yet order, and for which they are not guaranteeing ANY set price.
4. Actual GT500's start coming off the lines, and the "winners" of silent (emphasis on the "silent") auctions at the dealers start taking delivery. Prices north of $75-100,000 are discussed at the car shows, with confidant sales managers stating that they are able to sell every GT500 they expect to get at about twice the MSRP.
5. Looking at the pent up demand for the GT500 makes some cagey old Ford execs think: Why not create a new Hertz Rent-A-Shelby? No sooner said than done, and the new car creates a new blitz of media ecstacy. Surprising no one, the car is soon followed into the market place by a "GT500" light warmed-over Mustang GT with some graphics and holy Shelby water sprinkled on it, to the tune of about $50,000 each. Adding to the mix, a "California" GT sporting vestigial scoops is soon foisted on the naive public.
6. Having overshot the mark to address the pent up demand with the Shelby GT, enterprising dealers soon start concocting their own solutions, pulling aftermarket fiberglass bits and some trips to their paint booths to create faux-500's and tarted-up V6's with "Boss 302" graphics a foot high down their sides.
Be very afraid.