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Old 04-09-2006, 09:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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worth $350,000???

(From GDT Press Release) The GDT Speedster is an exciting, one-of-a-kind, high performance sports car designed and fabricated by a team of automotive professionals. It has been hand crafted and is intended for sale to a discriminating collector who appreciates beautiful automotive styling, excellent engineering and fine craftsmanship.

The GDT Speedster was designed and built by a team of experienced automotive engineers, stylists and a body-surfacing expert who love cars and who wanted to do a complete vehicle from scratch without the bureaucratic encumbrances of a large corporation. The project was initiated as an exercise in engineering and styling with “no holds barred”. It was also considered to be an engineering challenge because many projects like this one are started and very few are completed. In addition, the project was intended to be completed at a “reasonable” cost when compared to OEM produced one off show cars.

The team selected the vehicle’s name, GDT Speedster. It stands for Gene Dickirson Team Speedster. A speedster is the type of vehicle that typically has no top, no side windows and a raked back windshield intended for fun driving in good weather.



The GDT Speedster features a beautiful body designed by stylists Craig Sandvig and Larry Ronzi. The theme is fresh and it is intended to retain its freshness for many years to come. The eye catching windshield angle is only 19 degrees from the horizontal and utilizes a header less steel support structure. The sculptured side panels are dramatic in the way their surfaces “converge” just behind the upper edges of the doors.
The highlight of the rear view of the vehicle is the fully visible, polished stainless steel/ aluminum exhaust system. Just behind the gleaming tail pipes is the aluminum intensive rear suspension with axel half shafts which are fascinating to watch when the vehicle is in motion. The front of the speedster has a polished aluminum grill “floating” within a handsome opening. The hood is hinged at the front and when opened provides full access to the engine compartment. Similarly, the rear deck is hinged at the rear and when opened provides access to a small storage compartment behind the seats. The rear deck contains a polished aluminum fuel filler door with the team logo laser etched into the surface.
The body is painted Torch Red.


The interior is trimmed in Light Oak leather. The instrument panel is custom styled and fabricated. It is attractive to look at and easy to use. The top of the instrument panel is trimmed in leather. The instrument cluster features custom built gauges with the team logo printed on the faces of the speedometer and the tachometer. A unique PRNDL gauge is used to indicate the transmission gear selected. The PRNDL gauge is located in the central portion of the instrument panel next to the clock. Only four switches are needed on the instrument panel to operate the electrical system. To the left of the steering column is a black rocker switch for ignition ON-OFF with a green LED to indicate ON. To the left of the ignition switch is a red rocker for START. To the right of the column is a black rocker switch for lighting. Next to the light switch is a black rocker for HEATER-OFF-A/C. The three-way heater A/C switch has red and blue LED’s to indicate the mode selected. A foot operated headlamp dimmer switch is used. The brake and accelerator pedals are trimmed with polished stainless steel bezels.
The custom designed gear selector knob has leather covering the tapered portion of the polished aluminum body. The leather covered central console sweeps into the rear deck and the team logo is embroidered into the upper face. The seats are custom built for the GDT Speedster by Cerullo Performance Seating. The steering wheel is custom built by Lecarra and the polished aluminum horn button has the team logo laser etched into the surface.

Frame & Underbody

The GDT Speedster frame is very strong. It is fabricated from rectangular steel tubing with a wall thickness of 3.1 mm (.12 inches). The main side rails are 51 mm wide and 152 mm high (2 inches x 6 inches). The under body and dash panel are fabricated from steel sheet fully welded to the frame rails. All welding was done by aerospace/military certified welders.

Drive Train

The engine, transmission, differential, front and rear suspension, steering and brakes are from a Chevrolet Corvette.

Wheels & Tires

Fikse built the beautiful; three piece forged and polished aluminum wheels especially for the GDT Speedster. The front wheels are 18 inches in diameter and 10.5 inches wide and the rear wheels are 18 inches x 12 inches. The Michelin Pilot Sport tires are size 285/35x18 on the front and 335/30x18 on the rear.


The team that designed and built the GDT Speedster have a combined total of more than 245 years of experience in the OEM automotive industry.

Musa Azzouz- Ford Motor Company, Product Engineering Office, body structures engineer (retired) and instructor at Lawrence Technological University.

Chuck Carlson- Ford Motor Company, Product engineering Office (retired), engineering manager with experience in climate control products and other chassis systems.

Lawrence Conger created the beautiful exterior body surfaces and the instrument panel surface for the GDT Speedster using ICEM/Surf, a powerful CAD tool.

Gene Dickirson- Ford Motor Company, Product Engineering Office (retired), engineering manager with experience in climate control systems and process leadership.

Dave Maran- Visteon Program Management Office. Dave provided numerous suggestions for the vehicle and fabricated several of the wood models/ welding fixtures.

Keith Rogalski- Visteon product engineering. Keith provided assistance with non-contact digital scanning. Keith has a total of 26 years experience in product engineering automotive/aerospace technologies.

Larry Ronzi-Ford Motor Company, Design Center (retired).

Craig Sandvig- Ford Motor Company, Design Center.

James Wilber- Visteon Corporation, Electronics Product Engineering.


Overall length 4110 mm (161.8 inches)
Overall height 1068 mm (42.0 inches)
Overall width 1897 mm (74.6 inches)
Front track 1502 mm (59.1 inches)
Rear track 1550 mm (61.0 inches)
Weight 1471 Kg (3244 lb)
Fuel tank capacity 60 L (16 gal US)
Leg room 1067 mm (42.0 inches)
Shoulder room 1460 mm (57.5 inches)
Engine Chevrolet Corvette LT1
Engine Displacement 5.7 liters (350 cubic inches)
Engine power output 224 Kw (300 HP) @5000 RPM
Engine output/displacement 39.3 Kw/l, 52.6 HP/l (.86 HP/cubic inch)
Engine torque 461 Nm (340 ft lb) @ 3600 RPM

Transmission Hydra-Matic 4L-60 E
Rear axel ratio 2.59:1
Transmission ratios 1st gear 3.06:1, 2nd gear 1.63:1, 3rd gear 1.0: 1, 4th gear 0.70:1

The following performance data is estimated based upon published data for Chevrolet Corvettes equipped with LT 1 engines. The actual performance of the GDT Speedster has not been determined under controlled, normally accepted testing procedures.

Acceleration 5.7 seconds 0 to 96 km/h (0 to 60 mph)
Braking distance 37.4 m from 96 km/h (123 ft from 60 mph)
Fuel Mileage 6.8 km/l (16 mpg)
¼ Mile 14.5 sec, 161 km/h (100 mph)
Top Speed 273 km/h (170 mph)


The GDT Speedster will be auctioned during the second or third quarter of 2006. The minimum bid will be US $350,000
now to me it looks like it was designed by the boys at Hotwheels... for $350,000 minimum it should at LEAST be fast OR good looking, preferably both... and to me it's neither (for the price anyway, it would certain beat my car)

one-of or not... really now.

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Old 04-09-2006, 09:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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with today's technology you can get a great one off with less than $100,000 and it would be fast and good looking.
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Come ON. Who wants drop 350K on a corvette with a body kit??
so much to do, so little time.....at least i aint bored.
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
... a sort of licensed troubleshooter.
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Ugly as sin. I wouldn't drive it for free.
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Old 04-09-2006, 02:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, that's pretty expensive. But I like the gauges.
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Old 04-10-2006, 04:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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$350,000 for that? For that money I'd buy a corvette AND a house to park it at.
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Old 04-10-2006, 05:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm sure they're just trying to recoup funds & get stoopid money if they can. It'll be the car's first auction minimum. With the looks of that thing there won't be more than a bidder or two whatever the price. May as well dream.

I like the gauges too, though the combination with the interior just looks like a kitcar. VDO has a series like that. Classic or something?
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Old 04-10-2006, 08:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If I had Bill Gates kind of money the $350k price tag would mean nothing. You might be able to get mass production cars that can perform better, but if you are going to truely have a "one of a kind" sports car, $350 doesn't seem that much.
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Old 04-10-2006, 09:38 AM   #9 (permalink)
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For $350k I'd at least want the exhaust tips to look they weren't made by the local HS shop class.

For less than 1/3 the cost of that, you could buy a Pontiac Solstice and have a Vette engine dropped it.
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Old 04-10-2006, 09:39 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Would I buy it? Hell no. Then again, no matter how wealthy I become I'm not likely to spend over $100 000 on a car - supercars just don't interest me.

Is it going to sell? Yes, it will and probably for a good deal more than the initial bid. There are plenty of people out there with far more money than sense and you have to consider that the sort of people who could afford this thing would probably be interested in the prestige associated with owning a truly one-of-a-kind vehicle. There is only one GDT Speedster in the world and that's going to count for a lot.
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Old 04-10-2006, 09:53 AM   #11 (permalink)
that car looks like it's still in the prototype stages if that's the final result it's an ugly car for 350k. as mentioned above there are so many other vehicles that you can purchase for less the price. or with that price buy a lot of cars hehehe
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Old 04-10-2006, 02:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
the powertrain definetely seems...lame... for a car of that price... they should have gotten hold of an LS7
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Old 04-11-2006, 01:39 AM   #13 (permalink)
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If someone gave that to me for free, I'd sell it. Luckily for the manufacturers there are plenty of complete morons with wadloads of cash in the world.

The front looks like something out of a children's book - smiling face grill and two happy eye lights. Crap.
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Old 04-11-2006, 05:23 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I see a few successful design details here and there, but IMO, overall the design is a failure because it looks like they totally gave up thinking about the front. So it ends up looking like an ill conceived and poorly executed kit car worth way WAY under the asking price. People who have no design sensibility should not be designing stuff.
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Old 04-11-2006, 10:43 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Who beat that with an ugly stick?? So close but the front end - yuck!! Hot Wheels must have had the final design contract.
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Old 04-11-2006, 10:47 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I'm not paying for it and i certainly wouldn't want to be seen driving it. Give me a Ferrari 430 at half the price and i'll show you a real car.
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Old 04-11-2006, 11:00 PM   #17 (permalink)
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It sure is ugly and has just 300hp with an automatic and lame gearing. It's an 80's Corvette with a body kit.

Funny thing is they are all Ford employees, you'd think they would have taken some cast off GT parts home in their lunch boxes to build this thing.
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Old 04-12-2006, 05:36 AM   #18 (permalink)
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so I can get a rolling pile of crap for $350,000 OR for $190,500 I can get this:

and go 0-60 in 3.1 seconds, with a second gear start.

Gee, tough choice
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Old 04-12-2006, 05:45 AM   #19 (permalink)
I don't think it will bring that kind of money. In my opinion the front end needs to be scrapped. I like what they have done with the interior. Looks like they were after the James Bond look.
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Old 04-12-2006, 03:07 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by BigTruck1956
Come ON. Who wants drop 350K on a corvette with a body kit??
And a C-5 Corvette at that from the sounds of it
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Old 04-20-2006, 01:44 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Wow, it's so ugly it crashed Firefox.

I'll take my non-existant 350k and spend it on a non-existant house.
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Old 04-25-2006, 11:23 AM   #22 (permalink)
A few comments... the back and sides of the car look nice... simple, clean, slick lines... but they let a 5 year old design the front end. And why the LT1? Why not an LS series block? Its not like they're hard to find or anything. Hell I know of S-10s with LS swaps. How could these guys who are supposedly big time designers, not get a hold of one?
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Old 04-26-2006, 01:32 PM   #23 (permalink)
If I were king of the world, and had all the money ever printed, I'd buy one for my collection, and take it out on a sunday once in a while. Wouldn't buy it otherwise, though...
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Old 04-26-2006, 08:04 PM   #24 (permalink)
not for me. waste of time in my humble opinion. I would rather have a tuned 911 Porsche and a downpayment on a beach house. just my .02 though. *a
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Old 04-28-2006, 10:34 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I don't see a radio, nor speakers. For that kind of $$$, I'd expect at least an 8-track.
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Old 04-30-2006, 06:03 PM   #26 (permalink)
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i don't like it. i would drop the cash on a new BMW M5 and a house, myself.
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