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    Lot F212 // 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Pro Stock // Mecum Indy 2016
    Website: https://www.mecum.com Learn About Lot F212: https://www.mecum.com/lot-detail/SC0516-243211/0/1971-Plymouth-Hemi-Cuda-Pro-Stock/4-Speed/ How to Bid: https://www.mecum.com/how-to-bid/ ESTIMATE: $850,000 - $1,100,000 The real thing is the real thing, and nobody could argue that the people involved in the verification of this 1971 Pro Stock Hemi Barracuda were the right ones. Driver Ronnie Sox (who has since passed), team manager Buddy Martin and fabricator Dave Christie all personally inspected the as-found car and agreed that it was indeed their ’71 Plymouth. As its original constructor along with the late Jake King, Mr. Christie was instrumental in making sure the details were correct during its refreshing, and even assisted in applying the proper lettering before its first public showing. This is the very car the legendary Sox & Martin team raced that season. Dave Christie was no stranger to drag racing, having come from the west coast as a well-respected mechanic in the Stock and Super Stock ranks.With Buddy Martin aggressively searching for professional-level associates, he and team partner Joe Fisher (Christie & Fisher) both ended up working for the Sox & Martin business as the organization expanded into a full-fledged racing and racecar construction operation in 1970. As for Sox, how well did he do in 1971? Of the eight final rounds of NHRA Pro Stock that season, Sox was in six of them and won all appearances, meaning he lost just two rounds of racing the entire season! Victories at Pomona, Gainesville, Dallas, Montreal, Indianapolis and Ontario signaled true dominance, one which NHRA determined would never occur again for the Hemi engine when it drastically rewrote the rules for 1972. In fact, Ronnie Sox would never win another NHRA national event following this season, nor would any 426 Hemi win another Pro Stock World Championship. Sox also won five IHRA crowns as well as two open events with the Cuda in 1971. The car being offered here is noted as the same one that Sox campaigned that year. Beginning with an acid-dipped shell, the vehicle had been very carefully created to allow mild forward movement of the wheelbase to create the exact NHRA legal balance of 48-percent front/52-percent rear weight distribution. It utilized 1971 Road Runner rear wheelhouses for tire clearance, and the thin shell was hard-foam-filled to prevent flexing at higher speeds; for structural reasons, the now-mandated full-roll cage as a result was another big advancement and help made the car consistently fast and able to withstand the abuse of 4-speed-pounded Hemi power. Coupled with King’s precise engine construction and Sox’s lightning-fast shifting skill, the final package was literally unbeatable in NHRA Pro Stock, failing just once mechanically and being outdriven just once, at the 1971 NHRA World Finals. The car was located while still being actively raced as a sportsman car in 2003 and was first verified by original Sox & Martin team-fabricator Christie as being a Sox & Martin-constructed car, and evidence based on secondary ownership pointed to it being the 1971 Barracuda that Ronnie drove himself. Before the restoration began, Christie signed a letter of agreement that verified that this car is the original 1971 Sox & Martin team car that was campaigned by Ronnie Sox in 1971. The restoration process was done with great care to maintain as much of the acid-dipped body as possible due to the car’s later racing modifications. Still surprisingly intact, fiberglass from the original supplier was secured for the front clip, and attention soon turned to making sure all the details were faithfully represented on the refurbishment. Noted collector, Mike Guarise, consigned the car to Mecum’s 2007 Belvidere auction where it was acquired by the current owner. Based on research, this car was also the final NHRA-winning machine of Ronnie Sox, from the final year that the Hemi engine dominated the class. Indeed, sans the rules revisions, there was no end in sight to Sox’s capabilities in this car; as Plymouth wryly noted in 1965 advertising when NASCAR took a similar tact against the engine—“If you can’t beat them, outlaw them!” Featured among the standard-bearers in the book “Million-Dollar Muscle Cars,” one determined buyer could continue this amazing legacy with this extremely rare opportunity to own a real Sox & Martin vehicle. HIGHLIGHTS - 1971 Sox & Martin Hemi Cuda Pro Stock - Red, White, & Blue with Black interior - 426 Hemi, high nickel content block, rare aluminum dual plug heads - New process A833 Hemi 4-speed - Autographed by Ronnie Sox - Professionally restored to 1971 race configuration - Dual magnetos - Holley 6214 dominator carbs - Weiand tunnel ram intake manifold - Dana 60 rear end - Keystone Klassic wheels - Race car sold on bill of sale
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    Lot F117 // 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback // Mecum Indy 2016
    Website: https://www.mecum.com Learn About Lot F117: https://www.mecum.com/lot-detail/SC0516-243224/0/1969-Ford-Mustang-Boss-429-Fastback/4-Speed/ How to Bid: https://www.mecum.com/how-to-bid/ ESTIMATE: $250,000 - $300,000 Kar Kraft number 1808, this multiple award-winning 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 was sold new at Herb Tousley Ford in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Showing just 11,458 miles on the odometer, it is a testament to Bunkie Knudsen’s brief stint as president of Ford Motor Company. When Knudsen arrived at Ford from General Motors in February 1968, he brought with him two firm commitments: first, to re-establish Ford’s superiority in the horsepower sweepstakes; and second, to lay waste to his former employer on the track. His first shot across GM’s bow was the pavement-rippling Cobra Jet Mustang, hard on the heels of which came the Mustang Boss 429, a low-production special to homologate the new 429 CI “Semi Hemi” engine for NASCAR. Knudsen assigned the project to Roy Lunn of Mustang 1 and GT40 fame, at the time heading Ford’s Special Vehicles group and the Trans Am racing program. The Boss 429 made no pretensions of being anything other than a blatant street weapon aimed at advancing Ford’s reputation for raw performance. Virtually every feature distinguishing the Boss 429 from the rest of the herd was there in service to the massive powerplant under the hood, which sported a huge fiberglass scoop to feed the 429’s voracious appetite. Like all Boss 429s, this Raven Black example features a 4-speed transmission and 3.91:1 Traction-Lok rear end, Competition Suspension, power front disc brakes, front chin spoiler, chromed Magnum wheels with Goodyear Polyglas tires, Deluxe Décor interior with 8,000 RPM tach and Philco AM radio, color-keyed racing mirrors and trunk-mounted battery. In addition to its matching-numbers engine, the car retains the original sheet metal including front fenders, rear quarters, hood, roof and trunk lid, and the original interior with the exception of new carpeting. One of only 857 produced in 1969 and one of 93 produced in Raven Black, this is one of the most revered machines of the muscle-car era. HIGHLIGHTS - KK no. 1808 - 11,458 actual miles - 1 of 93 produced in Raven Black - Matching numbers 429 CI engine - 4-speed transmission - 3.91 Traction-lok rear end - Power front disc brakes - Chrome Magnum 500 5-spoke wheels - Goodyear Polyglas GT tires - Competition suspension - Philco AM radio - Front chin spoiler - Factory A-Code Raven Black car - Black Deluxe interior and decor group - Original interior except carpet - Original sheet metal including front fenders, rear quarters, hood, roof and trunk lid - 1 of 857 Boss 429s produced in 1969 - Multiple award winner
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    Lot F127 // 1967 Shelby GT350 Fastback Paxton // Mecum Indy 2016
    Website: https://www.mecum.com Learn About Lot F127: https://www.mecum.com/lot-detail/SC0516-243307/10306/1967-Shelby-GT350-Fastback/4-Speed/ How to Bid: https://www.mecum.com/how-to-bid/ From the Joe McMurrey Collection It was January 1965, and the ink was barely dry on Carroll Shelby’s contract with Ford to build the first GT350s when Paxton’s Andy Granatelli called him with the idea of offering a supercharging kit as a Shelby option. Shelby loaned an early GT350 to Granatelli, who demonstrated the prototype in July of that year. It was a straightforward conversion that completely transformed the GT350. Awed by the car’s increased performance, Shelby went on to make the package a special-order option the following year. Eleven 1966 GT350s were equipped with the special-order Paxton supercharger, Autolite 4100 4-barrel carburetor and Carter high-volume fuel pump. With approximately 390 horsepower on tap, these cars were capable of sub-six second 0-60 acceleration and topped out at over 150 MPH, astounding performance for that era. Shelby offered the Paxton supercharger kits again in 1967, eventually installing them in 35 GT350s. Shelby number 2148, this 1967 Shelby GT350 is one of that August group of 35 factory-supercharged cars. Completed May 11, 1967 and shipped to Robie Ford Sales in Dorchester, Massachusetts, it has been in the care of several dedicated Shelby aficionados, including Shelby expert Tony Branda, the nation’s largest supplier of Shelby Mustang parts since 1975. Another noted Shelby authority and one of the best in the business, Curt Vogt of Cobra Automotive in North Haven, Connecticut, completed a comprehensive restoration on the car in 1996. Today it remains one of the brightest lights in the McMurrey Collection of fine Shelby automobiles. The car’s Shelby-modified 289/390 HP HiPo V-8 engine is mated to the factory Borg Warner T-10 4-speed manual transmission and monitored by Paxton manifold and supercharger pressure gauges mounted below the dash. Looking sharp in factory-correct Nightmist Blue with white stripes and a Black Décor interior, the car incorporates power steering and front disc brakes, Sport Deck folding rear seat, rechromed front and rear bumpers, the original wood-rimmed Cobra steering wheel and the desirable center-mounted, inboard driving lights. It is exceptionally well finished throughout, including such details as correct red oxide primer on the floor pan, correct springs, shocks and sway bars and Shelby 10-spoke aluminum wheels with BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires. One of only three Nightmist Blue Paxton-supercharged 1967 GT350s listed in the Shelby Registry, this rare gem is documented with a copy of the original Shelby invoice, Shelby order form, supercharger installation memo and Marti Report. HIGHLIGHTS - Shelby No. 2148 - 1 of 35 with factory-installed Paxton supercharger - Documented with a copy of the original Shelby invoice, Shelby order form, supercharger installation memo and Marti Report - Completed May 11, 1967 and shipped to Robie Ford Sales in Dorchester, Massachusetts - Professional restoration by Curt Vogt of Cobra Automotive in North Haven, Connecticut in 1996 - Paxton-supercharged 289/390 HP V-8 - Factory 4-speed transmission - Center-mounted driving lights - Power steering and front disc brakes - Factory correct Nightmist Blue with Black décor interior - Rechromed front and rear bumpers - The floors were finished in correct red oxide primer - Correct shocks, springs and sway bars - Shelby 10-spoke wheels with BF Goodrich radial tires - Original wood steering wheel - Fold down rear seat - Paxton manifold and supercharger pressure gauges - Formerly owned by Shelby expert Tony Branda - Only 3 Dark Blue Paxton GT350s are listed in the Shelby Registry - Original owner's manual
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    Lot F125 // 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback Serial No. 41 // Mecum Indy 2016
    Website: https://www.mecum.com Learn About Lot F125: https://www.mecum.com/lot-detail/SC0516-243304/10306/1965-Shelby-GT350-Fastback/4-Speed/ How to Bid: https://www.mecum.com/how-to-bid/ From the Joe McMurrey Collection Serial number 41 and one of the first built for the initial SCCA homologation run of approximately 100 cars, this “double digit” 1965 Shelby GT350 is one of the crown jewels of the sterling Joe McMurrey Collection. Originally delivered to Shelby’s Venice, California, facility in December 1964, it was completed on March 17, 1965, soon after the opening of Shelby’s new facility at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), making it one of the first GT350s completed there. Its provenance is well documented in the Shelby Registry, which notes the entire owner history that includes a number of prominent Shelby collectors who recognized the value of the early GT350s, including Roger Saxton of Gilbert, Arizona, who bought the car in March 1989. Saxton commissioned a Concours-quality restoration that was completed by Sports Car Service Center in Tempe, Arizona, with paint by the legendary Squeeg’s Kustoms in nearby Chandler. The completed GT350 was then featured in the February 1992 issue of “Mustang Illustrated” magazine. More than two decades later, it remains in extraordinary condition, a point Joe McMurrey employs to illustrate his preference for older restorations. “There are two reasons for that. First, they are more likely to use NOS rather than reproduction parts; second, it will show off all the flaws the years have brought out. And this car is virtually perfect. Every show it’s been in, it has won first place. The ’65 is the most desirable, the lowest number produced of any year, and the ‘double digit’ cars are the most valued because they come closest to the power and feel of the race cars.” The dedicated Shelby enthusiast will note the features that distinguish the earliest GT350s: the original all-fiberglass hood with round intake hole and mesh screen, springless hinges and prop rod; trunk-mounted battery and 16-inch 9-rivet wood-rimmed steering wheel. Common to all GT350s, of course, were the export brace and Monte Carlo bar, K-code 289/306 HP “Hi-Po” engine with Holley 715 CFM 4-barrel carburetor, Cobra “small letter” aluminum intake manifold, finned aluminum Cobra valve covers and oil pan, Tri-Y headers and side exhaust. The lowered front suspension, override traction bars, Koni shocks, 5-spoke Shelby/Cragar wheels, and aluminum-case Hurst-shifted Borg Warner 4-speed that were standard to the ’65 are also present, as are the original dash-mounted horn button and 3-inch competition lap belts. Especially noteworthy by virtue of its March 1965 completion at the then-new LAX facility, this early-production GT350 was invoiced on March 22, 1965 to Lynch-Davidson Motors in Jacksonville, Florida, and re-invoiced to Downtown Motors in Sacramento, California, where it was sold new to its first owner. Significantly, the Ford Mustang serial number on this GT350 corresponds with Shelby American factory records, and the car will be offered with documentation that includes copies of two Shelby LAX invoices, two shipping invoices, warranty repair invoices and the owner’s manual autographed by Carroll Shelby. To Shelby collectors, the double-digit GT350 represents the model at its purest, and few attain the prize-winning level of finish and authenticity that distinguish this example from the Joe McMurrey Collection. HIGHLIGHTS - SFM5S041 - Early two-digit serial number - 289/306 HP V-8 engine - 4-speed transmission - Early production fiberglass plenum hood - Trunk-mounted battery - 16-inch wood-rimmed steering wheel - Holley 715 CFM carburetor - Tri-Y headers and side exhaust - Wimbledon White with Blue stripes - Black interior - Listed in the Shelby Registry - Owner's manual autographed by Carroll Shelby - Restored to concours-quality by Sports Car Service Center in Tempe, Arizona - Paint by Squeeg's Kustoms in Chandler, Arizona - Featured in the February 1992 issue of Mustang Illustrated Magazine - Copies of two Shelby LAX invoices, two shipping invoices, warranty repair invoices and the owner’s manual autographed by Carroll Shelby - The Ford Mustang serial number on this GT350 corresponds with Shelby American factory records
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    Lot F163 // 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster // Mecum Indy 2016
    Website: https://www.mecum.com Learn About Lot F163: https://www.mecum.com/lot-detail/SC0516-243119/0/1964-Shelby-289-Cobra-Roadster/4-Speed/ How to Bid: https://www.mecum.com/how-to-bid/ ESTIMATE: $800,000 - $1,000,000 Carroll Shelby almost single-handedly redefined “fast” with the amazing 289 Cobra. The car was a lightweight bomb that immediately put Chevrolet’s shiny new Corvette Sting Ray Z06 on the trailer in SCCA national competition and then wrested the FIA World Manufacturer’s Championship from Ferrari in 1965. This handsome Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster, number 271 of 453 street cars delivered with the Hi-Po 289/271 HP V-8, was purchased new in 1964 from Service Motors in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, by Elmer Carl (E.C.) Kiekhaefer, the pioneering founder of the Mercury-Kiekhaefer Outboard Motor Company that would eventually become Mercury Marine. A brilliant innovator whose first employer, Evinrude, fired him for "frequent, disquieting and brazenly insubordinate arguments concerning design and product development," Kiekhaefer revolutionized the recreational boating industry with powerful new engine designs. He was also the first non-automotive sponsor and the first owner of a professional multi-car team in NASCAR history, winning 52 races on the way to securing NASCAR championships in 1955 and 1956. By the time Mr. Kiekhaefer purchased CSX2271, Shelby’s Cobras could be had with a wide selection of accessories; this beauty is fitted with the “Class A” accessory group that included chromed 5.5-inch wire wheels with “AC” knock-offs, a dash-mounted rear-view mirror, radio and antenna, wind wings, chromed bumperettes and a quick-fill fuel cap. The car had traveled only 1,800 miles when Kiekhaefer transferred ownership to Michael Gallagher in April 1966, and was eventually acquired in July 1990 with 54,560 miles by NHRA World Champion Bruce Larson of USA-1 Funny Car fame, for his personal collection. No stranger to the Cobra’s charms, Larson had dominated NHRA SP-class racing in 1964 and 1965 with Jim Costilow’s Dragonsnake racer, setting all-new records in 1965 and winning the NHRA Springnationals, Winternationals and Indy Nationals. In the early 2000s, renowned Shelby and Mustang collector Barry Smith of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, purchased this prized Cobra and turned it over to expert Cobra restorer Dave Wagner of Detroit, Michigan, who returned the car to its original specification and completed it to concours quality in 2003. The stunning all-aluminum Silver Mink coachwork contrasts perfectly with the red leather interior, both in spectacular condition, in perhaps the most striking color combination available. Under the hood, the simple chromed air cleaner announces the single-4-barrel Hi-Po 289/271 HP V-8 engine outfitted with unpolished “Cobra Powered By Ford” valve covers. The rest is simple, functional black, exactly as built. The cockpit is outfitted with the full range of instrumentation available at the time, as well as an optional pushbutton radio and heater. The red carpeting is an excellent match for the leather seats, and the classic AC wood-rimmed steering wheel and short-throw shifter are crowning touches to this beautiful and well-documented 289 Cobra with a truly significant pedigree. HIGHLIGHTS - 1964 Shelby Cobra CSX2271 - 1 of 453 leaf-spring street Cobras built - Restored in its factory-original color combination of Silver with Red interior by Dave Wagner - Purchased new by the founder of Mercury Marine, E.C. Kiekhaefer - Formerly owned by NHRA World Champion, Bruce Larson - HiPo 289 CI V-8 engine - 4-speed transmission - Delivered new with Class A accessories - Chrome knock-off wire wheels - Rear-view mirror, radio and antenna - Wind wings, chrome bumperettes - Quick-fill fuel cap - Collector owned since 1990 - Listed in the Shelby Registry
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    Lot F124 // 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster // Mecum Indy 2016
    Website: https://www.mecum.com Learn About the Car: https://www.mecum.com/lot-detail/SC0516-243306/10306/1967-Shelby-427-Cobra-Roadster/4-Speed/ How to Bid: https://www.mecum.com/how-to-bid/ From the Joe McMurrey Collection Offered with documentation that includes a comprehensive history in the Shelby Registry and the original invoice and owner’s manual, this 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 from the Joe McMurrey Collection is arguably one of the finest of its kind in the world. Serial number CSX3295 was factory finished in white acrylic with a black leather interior and sold new from J.D. Ball Ford in Miami, Florida, to Coconut Grove resident Howard Rothberg. After two years of careful ownership, Rothberg sold the car to New York racer and sports car dealer Bob Grossman, who sold it to Warren Southwell of Harrison, New York. Richard Cohen of Little Rock, Arkansas, then owned it from 1980 to 1985, when he sold the car at 19,000 miles to Gene Chaney of Missouri. Chaney rebuilt the Cobra, adding black side pipes, a roll bar and quick jacks and replacing the original Sunburst wheels with 7.5- and 9.5-inch Halibrands. The car remained in Chaney’s garage for the next 22 years. Still wearing its original paint, the Cobra was offered for sale online in 2007 when Joe McMurrey purchased it for his superb Shelby-themed collection. In 2008, Joe had the car completely dismantled and the body stripped to bare metal by Sanderson’s of Dallas. Close inspection revealed the original numbered parts in place, all stamped with the car’s 3295 serial number. “Practically everything was original on the car,” Joe noted in a recent interview, “so I just had it painted it again in the original Wimbledon White.” For that task, Steve Sanderson recommended the services of renowned Gainesville, Texas, Ferrari expert Bob Smith of Bob Smith Coachworks, who lent his expertise in preparing and painting the aluminum body and finishing the chrome. McMurrey has kept the Cobra immaculately prepared, and it now shows just over 20,000 miles. He enthusiastically describes it as one of the finest of the 427 breed, emphasizing the solid originality that he credits for its excellent overall performance and drivability. High originality, magnificent presentation and ample documentation make this one of the most desirable Cobras offered in recent years, an assessment with which any enthusiast will wholeheartedly agree. HIGHLIGHTS - CSX3295 - 20,165 original miles - Original leather interior - Known ownership history since new - 427 CI big block V-8 engine - 4-speed transmission - Halibrand knock-off wheels - Listed in the Shelby Registry - Owner's manual - The body was stripped to bare aluminum and repainted in its original color in 2008
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