Of the 7,000 people who applied to buy the new Ford GT, only 500 were selected. That’s roughly seven percent of everyone who filled out the application. Ford’s selections of the winners has rankled a lot of people, but from what I’ve seen so far, Ford hand-selected its customers pretty wisely. Also, no one is entitled to their dream car. A seven percent acceptance rate is extremely low. Many people have compared this process to applying for college, so I will too: seven percent is the same rate of acceptance that you’ll find at Columbia University, according to U.S. News. Which means that there were definitely people who really wanted the car but didn’t get it. That’s exclusivity. Now, of course, a few of the cars went to celebrities and “influencers,” if you’ll forgive my use of that grating term. Exactly how many, I am still in the process of determining. But I suspect that the number is probably quite low. It only seems high because celebrities and “influencers” are the ones that make the most noise. Of course you’re going to be bombarded with news of these people getting a Ford GT. A lot of people talk about them. This is the nature of celebrity. From what I can see, though, the big names that Ford chose also happened to be big car nerds, rather than just random stars and musicians and Instagram gods. It seems to me like these are the types of people who really enjoy cars… [Read full story]
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