Local man gets once-in-a-lifetime ride

One local man is the new owner of one of only 250 Ford GTs

Posted: Feb 27, 2018 5:01 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2018 11:13 AM

DECATUR, Ind. (WFFT) - The 2018 Ford GT is fast. Really fast. A twin turbocharged V-6 engine will get you from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds and will propel you to a top speed of 217 miles per hour.

It’s expensive. Very expensive. To get one of these you’ll need to fork over half a million dollars.

And it’s exclusive. Very exclusive. Only 250 of the cars exist in the entire world and one arrived in northeast Indiana today.

It was delivered to Kelley Ford in Decatur in its own truck alongside a Ford concierge to Leon Habegger. Habegger, a car enthusiast, has been waiting over a year to get his car and is excited for everyone to see it.

He said, “it’s here (at Kelly Ford in Decatur, IN) for display for a couple of weeks for everybody to see. That’s what I like to do, if I get an automobile I like to share it so other people can enjoy it also, besides just me.”

The process to get the Ford GT was long. Applications opened up in 2016 and it included the driver's car purchase history and a list of questions which help determine what you plan to do with the car.

“The Ford GT, the 2018 edition, is a very very exclusive vehicle. Ford actually want to sell it to people who are going to use the vehicle so then it can actually end up promoting the brand. Driving the car, just getting the car shown which means the owners are not liable to sell the car for two years because we want them to be able to get the car, use the car, enjoy the car and not just flip it and make a lot of money. We want people to actually drive them," said Steven Coates, the Ford GT Delivery Specialist assigned to help deliver the car to Habegger.

And with a car this expensive and exclusive, people will say money doesn't buy you happiness, and Leon agrees, but Habegger says a car like this

"this is a big a plus, it adds to happiness!”

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