2018 Ford Eagle Squadron Mustang GT
The Ford Eagle Squadron Mustang GT made landfall at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, proving that even American muscle can make a splash at one of the U.K.’s most esteemed auto events. As surprising as it is to see a Mustang get prime placement at the Goodwood House, the one-off Mustang’s debut at the event makes a lot of sense considering the fact that the muscle car was designed to pay tribute to the famed Eagle Squadron and the Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary. Following its debut, the Mustang Eagle Squadron Mustang GT is home stateside where it will be auctioned off at the annual Experimental Aircraft Association fundraiser on July 26.
11 Years and Counting: A History Of All The One-Off Fords That Have Been Auctioned Off By The EAA
Over the past ten years, Ford has been heavily involved in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual EAA AirVenture event in Wisconsin. The Blue Oval is responsible for creating custom aviation-themed vehicles, all of which are auctioned off every year to benefit youth aviation programs. All told, Ford has created 11 custom-themed vehicles, including the new Eagle Squadron Ford Mustang GT that will be auctioned off at this year’s event. In this space, we’re going to look back at a decade’s worth of custom-built Fords that have been created for the EAA.
Ford’s Latest Eagle Squadron One-Off Will Come With Vaughn Gittin Jr’s Input
Ford and professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. are joining forces to create a one-off Ford Mustang that will be auctioned off at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Gathering of Eagles event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 26. The new creation, called the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT, will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 12 where it will be driven by Gittin Jr.
A Mild-Mannered Ford Escort is Expected to Fetch Huge Money at An RM Sotheby’s Auction
A ratty looking 1976 Ford Escort GL sedan is expected to sell for as much as $300,000 at a coming RM Sotheby’s auction, all because it was once owned by St. John Paul the Great, a lot of whom know him more as the late Pope John Paul II. The unassuming Escort isn’t in the best of condition, but its provenance is the biggest reason why it’s predicted to go for that much money.
Huge Donation: Ford GT Sells for $2.5 Million at Barrett-Jackson Auction in Arizona
The first big car auction weekend of the year had some incredible moments, but none could compare to how much the Ford GT fetched when it went under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The first production GT to go up for auction sold for $2.5 million, an incredible amount for a supercar that costs under $500,000 on the market. All the proceeds from the auction will go to the Autism Society of North Carolina’s IGNITE program, an initiative that offers activities, skills training, and educational workshops for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.
First-Production Ford Mustang Bullitt Sells for $300,000
It has only been a week since Ford debuted the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, but a week was all the special edition ‘Stang needed to make a splash. The first-production Mustang Bullitt was a featured item at the Barrett-Jackson auction, where it fetched a top price of $300,000.
New Bullitt Mustang to Be Unveiled Next Week
Rumors of a new Bullitt Mustang based on the sixth-generation pony have flying around for a couple of years now, but Ford has yet to confirm such a model. However, various spy shots confirmed its existence since late December. Now, the folks over at the Mustang6G forums have discovered proof that the brand-new Bullitt Mustang is scheduled to break cover next week. Interestingly enough, the unveiling might not take place at the Detroit Auto Show. Instead, the new Bullitt could be revealed at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction on January 19.
First Corvette ZR1 Heads to Auction Next to the First Ford GT to be Auctioned for Charity
The first-production 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will go up for auction at Barrett Jackson’s 47th Annual Scottsdale Auction on January 20 at WestWorld Arena in Scottsdale, Arizona. Joining at as an auction headliner is a Ford GT that’s the first of its kind to be donated for a charity auction. You don’t need to tell me that bids are going to fly once these two prized exotics hit the stage. The only question is, “how much will each car fetch?”
Trucks & SUVs Are The New High-Dollar Collectables
Antique vehicle prices are a good indicator as to how popular and culturally esteemed a vehicle has become over the decades. While Ferraris, Porsches, and other exotics can pull seven-figure bids at auction, they’re old news. These days, classic pickup trucks and SUVs are exploding in value – especially those with exceptionally low miles and all its factory-supplied parts. A perfect example of this just rolled across the Barrett-Jackson stage in Vegas this past weekend. Check out this 1989 Ford Bronco.
This two-door SUV didn’t need a reserve to push its price skyward; it saw an organic auction end with the winning bid of $40,700. That’s a 146-percent increase over its original MSRP of $16,526! That same money would have bought 2.5 Broncos back in the day.
There are two factors for this Bronco’s high bid: one, yes, SUV and pickup prices are beginning to rise dramatically and two, this Bronco was practically perfect. It only has 1,606 actual miles, still rides on the original Goodyear Wrangler tires, has zero damage, and has tons of factory options. Making it even more special is its listing as a “promotional vehicle.” It was likely used by Ford for marketing purposes, perhaps at auto shows or advertising, and bought by a collected rather than being sold to the general public. We’ve got more information on this true survivor down below.
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An Old Entry To Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book Will Hit The Auction Block In Vegas Next Month
It’s become somewhat of an annual tradition for the auto industry to wait with baited breath to find out which car is making its way into Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book. We’re going to have to wait a little longer to see who makes it on the catalogue this year, but fret not because if you’re itching to own a previous entry in the Christmas Book, a 2016 Ford Mustang Convertible that was featured in the 2015 edition of the Christmas Book is now on the auction block, lined up to hit the hammer at a Barrett-Jackson event in Las Vegas next month.
The Mustang Convertible’s inclusion to the 2015 Christmas Book was a huge deal, in part because it joined a list of other exotics to have had the privilege to be featured in the holiday catalog. Other cars to have graced the pages of Neiman Marcus’ book include a Jaguar XJL Supercharged, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, and an Infiniti Q60. Safe to say that the Mustang Convertible is in good company among that roster of models. As far as this particular model is concerned, Barrett-Jackson describes it as one of only four Mustang Neiman Marcus Edition models in existence. It has, among other things, a Neiman Marcus badging includes #004 badge on the dash, Neiman Marcus illuminated door-sill plates, and a framed Certificate of Authenticity. Oh, and it also has just 73 miles tacked onto it so it’s still as good as new.
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2018 Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor
Ford Performance created a one-off F-150 Raptor styled after the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet for a charity auction benefiting kids’ interest and participation in flying. Called the Gathering of Eagles, the annual event is hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association. This year, the auction raised $300,000 thanks to Ford’s donation of the “F-22 Raptor.” The truck obviously takes its name and styling cues from America’s premier fighter, going so far as to incorporate the jet’s silhouette into its grille and side mirrors. But that just scratches the surface of what Ford did to this 2018 F-150 Raptor Crew Cab.
The Raptor boasts a Whipple intercooler and other performance upgrades on its high-output, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, giving it an impressive 545 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque – a healthy improvement over its stock 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of twist. The bodywork received carbon fiber fender flairs, custom LED lighting, power-deploying running boards, an aggressive wheel and tire package, and that silver-over-black paint job. These, combined with other upgrades, helped the truck garner a $300,000 winning bid, beating out last year’s winning bid of $295,000 for a P-51D Mustang-themed 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 called Ole Yeller. Making the winning bid more special – it was from Gary Ackerman of Gaudin Ford in Las Vegas. Ackerman serves as Honorary Commander and Ambassador for the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
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Ford Builds F-22 Raptor-Themed F-150 Raptor for Charity Auction
Ford has built a one-off, 2017 F-150 Raptor with an aeronautical theme for a charity auction for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual Gathering of Eagles fundraiser. The truck is dubbed the “F-22 Raptor” in an obvious hat-tip to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth tactical fighter jet. The F-150 sports several modifications, including a grille with the F22’s silhouette, off-road lights, a custom graphics package, a larger wheel and tire setup, and modifications to the EcoBoost engine giving it 545 horsepower.
Ford design manager, Melvin Betancourt, headed the build with backing from the Ford Performance Team, meaning this isn’t some aftermarket hack job. “This F-150 Raptor is a new look at Ford’s tradition of building unique vehicles in support of EAA’s youth aviation programs,” Betancourt says. “We know this truck will create an unmatched buzz around this year’s Gathering of Eagles auction.” Last year, Ford built a Shelby GT350 Mustang called Ole Yeller to pay homage to the P-51D Mustang fighter from WWII. That car raised $295,000. This year’s F-150 F-22 Raptor goes under the gavel on Thursday, July 27 at the EAA’s AirVenture aircraft show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. All proceeds will help inspire and educate youth about flying.
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It Wasn’t Neccesarily the First off the Line, but it is the First Hardtop Mustang to Receive a VIN
Back when Ford set out to build the 1965 Mustang, there were around 180 pre-production examples built to help set up production lines and make appearances here and there. Most of those cars have since disappeared into history, but the one you see here has managed to survive. It wears serial No. 00002 and is said to have come after a convertible that wore the serial No. 00001. There’s no way to say for sure if it was actually the first hardtop to roll off the pre-production line, as Ford didn’t necessarily build vehicles in sequential order back then, but it was the first production hardtop Mustang to receive an official VIN: 5F07U100002.
The car started out life in Ford’s Allen Park assembly plant along with the other pre-production examples but was eventually sent off to the Dearborn plant where it was finished and assigned the aforementioned VIN. IT was supposed to end up at Brown Brothers Ford in Canada but ended up at Whitehorse Motors in the Yukon Territory where it was used as a demo car before being sold to a customer in the spring on 1965. The car has had 13 owners since new but was eventually purchased by Mustang historian Bob Fria, who took the time to restore the car to its original condition.
By that, I mean that the car is finished in the original Caspian Blue with a Blue crinkly vinyl interior. It has 13-inch wheels, and a 170 cubic-inch six-cylinder that has the proper date code, and a three-speed manual transmission. The car has since been displayed at Ford World Headquarters during the brand’s 100th-anniversary celebration and has even been photographed with Lee Lacocca. There’s no telling how much this Mustang will actually sell for at auction, and Mecum doesn’t even give an estimate. But, considering its rarity and the story behind it, it could very well go for a hefty sum when everything is said and done.
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The Last 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Raises $207K at Auction
There’s no doubt the second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor is a special pickup truck. It has garnered love and attention from folks around the world, all raving about its high-speed off-road antics and Ford’s new high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with a whopping 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. As the last 2017 model is scheduled to soon roll off the assembly line, executives from Ford planned something special. The truck would be auctioned off and the winnings be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Raptor rolled across the auction block at the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.
And boy did the Raptor sell big.
The last 2017 F-150 Raptor commanded an impressive $157,000 on the auction block, but an anonymous donation of $50,000 took the Raptor’s charitable donation to $207,000. All the money will be given tot eh JDRF, which is the leading global organization responsible for researching Type 1 diabetes.
The winning bidder got an extra bonus – the choosing of a unique body color. Sam Pack, the CEO of Sam Pack Five Star Ford in Carrolton, Texas won the bid and will get to choose what whatever color he wants on his 2017 Ford Raptor. See, technically Ford has yet to build the last 2017 model year F-150 Raptor, so Pack’s truck will get a custom treatment right from the factory as it rolls down the line.
There’s no telling what color his truck might be, but we’re betting it will be interesting. For more info on the Ford F-150 Raptor, check out our full review here and our first ride here.
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First Functional Ford GT Prototype to be Auctioned in January
The Ford GT name may have gained new meaning with the introduction of the second-generation, V-6 powered supercar for the 2017 model year, but enthusiasts will never forget the Le Mans-winning GT40 of the 1960s and the first-gen GT, the car that basically revived the legend between 2004 and 2006. Ford is among those who haven’t forgotten about the previous GT sports car and brings the V-8-powered coupe back into the spotlight by announcing that the first functional prototype, a unique car with exclusive components, will be auctioned in January 2017.
Completed in 2003, a few months before production of the first-gen GT began, the prototype seen here was named CP-1 (for Confirmation Prototype 1) and was the first fully functional GT. Assigned VIN 004, it was also the first GT to be equipped with a drivetrain and full interior, in contrast to the red, white, and blue Ford Centennial prototypes which were non-runners and for exhibition purposes only.
Different from other prototypes, the CP-1 also has a few extra features compared to the production model. It comes with air bags from the fourth-generation Mustang, a steering column from a Ford Windsor van, and various items that were axed before production. Specifically, it includes the silver trim rings on the seats (just like the original GT40), the all-aluminum headliner, and a note on the center console that instructs drivers to "push red button to start" the V-8 engine.
Other goodies include quick-release valves for the fuel tank on the right quarter panel, a set of experimental exhaust pipes, and a carbon-fiber rear clamshell. The later was replaced by an aluminum unit in order to save costs. Unlike the production model, the prototype features a black supercharger and valve cover. However, the V-8 engine features a chip that limits top speed to only five mph for display use only. Finally, the body is adorned by the autographs of 13 members of the original Ford GT development team, including Bill Ford, Camillo Pardo, and Carroll Shelby.
In 2008, CP-1 was purchased from Ford by “GT Joey” Limongelli, a famous GT collector and author of “Ford GT 2005-2006: The Complete Owners Experience,” considered the ultimate Ford GT book. The black-painted supercar will go under the hammer at the 17th annual Scottsdale auction in Arizona, which takes place between January 18 and 22, 2017. There’s no word as to how much it’s expected to fetch, but it should change owners for at least $1 million.
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1962 Ford Falcon Squire Wagon
Mostly known as Australia’s longest-running nameplate (set to be discontinued at the end of 2016), the Ford Falcon also had a North American sibling for a full decade. It was introduced in 1960, alongside the Australian model, but while its cousin from Down Under soldiered on for more than five decades, the U.S.-spec version was discontinued in 1970.
Although short-lived, the Falcon was an influential car and marked the beginning of a new era not just for Ford, but for the entire North American industry too. The compact was conceived in the late 1950s, when Ford realized that larger cars were becoming increasingly expensive and many American families were looking at smaller vehicles, usually imports, for a second car.
Penned under Ford’s then general manager Robert S. McNamara, the Falcon was developed with parts sourced from the company’s existing bin in order to keep costs as low as possible. FoMoCo also focused on reducing ownership costs. Furthermore, it developed several body styles in order to cover as many niches and customer requirements as possible. The lineup included two- and four-door sedans, three- and five-door wagons, and two-door coupe and convertible models.
The first-generation Falcon Squire Wagon, which we’ll be discussing below, arrived in 1962, two years after the Falcon’s initial launch. By that time, the compact had already become a hit, setting record sales with over 500,000 units sold in 1960 and over 1,000,000 examples sold by the end of 1961. The Falcon was redesigned for 1964, getting a more squared-off, more modern look.
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2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview
Mecum Auctions has been involved with collector cars for almost three decades now, growing from a small family business to selling roughly 20,000 lots per year. In addition to top-dollar automobiles, Mecum also offers vintage motorcycles, collectible road art, and believe it or not, tractors. But you and I don’t really care about all that other stuff – we’re in it for the cars, from cutting-edge performance machines to ironclad muscle cars, antique classics to no-frills racers. Thankfully, Mecum has the entire spread on tap. The auction house averages more than one event per month, but one of the biggest is in California for Monterey Car Week. Roughly 600 vehicles are slated to hit the block for 2016, and we’ve got some of the most interesting of them profiled right here.
Highlighting the lineup for Monterey is the Modern Speed Collection, a host of ultra-high-end speed-mobiles from the present day. Mecum calls it “the apex of 21st Century automotive performance,” and picking through the offerings, I’m inclined to agree. Think rare, gorgeous, and absurdly quick.
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Update 08-20-2016 5:00 P.M. PST We’re on the scene at Mecum and have updated this preview with a welcome video. Check it out in the preview below.
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1950 Ford F47 Pickup
It was the 1948 model year that Ford introduced its first F-Series pickup – the same truck line still sold in dealers today. The first-generation truck would last through the 1952 model year, with small changes happening along the way. This 1950 model carries all the trappings of an original F-Series, including a wood-floor bed, three-speed manual transmission, and the iconic 226 cubic-inch flathead V-8. It’s headed under the gavel at Mecum’s upcoming 2016 Monterey Auction in California.
Interestingly enough, this isn’t a typical Ford F1 pickup, though it’s completely stock. It’s actually a Canadian-spec model built in a Canadian factory, one of 16 F-Series factories back in the late 1940s. What’s more, Ford’s Canadian branch used a different nomenclature for the pickups back then. This would-be F1 is actually a F47.
This particular pickup underwent a full, frame-off restoration in 2015. Every nut, bolt, and wooden slat was restored or replaced to factory specifications. A truck of this age in this condition is rare, so the estimated auction price reflects the condition. Mecum suspects the truck will sell between $55,000 and $65,000. For the full, in-dept review, click “continue reading” below.
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1963 Ford Cortina "Green Goddess"
Originally revealed in October of 1962, just a couple weeks away from the London Motor Show, Ford brought the Cortina to the masses as an affordable, cheap-to-produce, and cheap-to-run compact. Ford produced the Cortina for two decades, between 1962 and 1982, putting out five generations in that timespan. Thanks to its easily accessible pricing and promotion in films like Carry on Cabby, the Cortina was immensely popular, becoming England’s best-selling car in the ‘70s. The first generation alone sold over a million units, and the Cortina still enjoys a widespread enthusiast movement in the U.K. Now, there’s an outrageously well-maintained first-gen Cortina going up for auction, and it’s got less than 20,000 miles on the odometer, original everything, and looks like it just rolled out from the factory this morning.
This green old-school four-door comes in the top-spec 1500 GT trim from the 1963 model year, and it’s going under the hammer at the Historics at Brooklands classic car auction, near Weybridge, England, later next month. On average, the “Green Goddess” has traveled just a mile a day in the 53 years it’s been on the road, and should tempt any collector looking to get his hands on a British Ford classic.
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Jim Click’s Ford Performance Collection Headed To Auction
Auto dealership mogul Jim Click is considered as one of the foremost collector of classic Ford race cars in the world. The man’s collection runs deep, but as is often the case of collectors, there comes a point in time where they have to let go of some of their prized babies. That time has come for Click, who is now in the process of auctioning off some prized Ford racers that make up his Ford Performance Collection. The cars will go under the hammer during RM Sotheby’s auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this August.
The most notable of these cars – and the most expensive – is a 1966 Ford GT40, chassis number P/1061, that’s one of only 31 Mk 1 GT40s Ford ever created. It doesn’t have the same racing pedigree as another GT40 dominating the headlines these days, like the Le Mans-winning P/1046, but it does hold the distinction of being just one of seven GT40s Ford held on to for promotional use. That said, Click himself has raced P/1061 a handful of times since taking ownership of the car in 1992. Some 24 years later, Click is ready to part ways with his black and yellow GT40 with the car expected to go for at least $4 million.
A pair of Shelby 289 Cobras are also headed to the RM Sotheby’s auction. One of these Cobras, CSX 2473, has quite a history of its own, having been owned by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) legend Dan Roberts. It also has one of the richest racing careers of any 289 Competition Cobras, a fact not lost on RM Sotheby’s car specialist Alexander Weaver, who described CSX 2473 as “one of the most successful 289 Competition Cobras in history.” Considering it’s status, it’s safe to say that its estimated sale price of $2.6 million is well deserved. The other 289 Cobra, CSX 2326, has been under the ownership of Click on three separate occasions, most recently in 2007. It’s not expected to sell as high as CSX 2473, but with an estimate price of $1.4 million, it’s still tipped to easily eclipse the seven-figure mark.
Other classics from Click’s Ford Performance Collection will join these three jewels in Pebble Beach, including a pair of Kar Kraft Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans Am Race Cars and a 1966 Shelby GT350, chassis number SFM 6S2363.
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Ford GT Heritage Edition To Go Under The Hammer At Barrett-Jackson Auction
The Ford GT Heritage Edition is without question one of the most prized American-made supercars in history. Only 343 units were built by Ford back in 2004. In the decade since, appreciation for the GT Heritage Edition has shot to the sky as the supercar’s limited nature has made it one of the most prized possessions of any auto collector. Fortunately for those in the market for one, Barrett-Jackson will be auctioning not one, but two GT Heritage Edition models, one of which is about as close to brand new as it can get. The auction will take place from April 8 to 10, 2016 in Palm Beach, Florida.
This particular model carries the VIN 1FAFP90S96Y400781 and has just under five miles on its odometer. Yep, five miles. Everything about it remains in factory original delivery condition, right down to the steering wheel and the plastic-covered seats. Even the factory-transport stickers are intact. Same thing with the original documentation from Ford Motor Company, including the Window Sticker and all the books and manuals. It’s rare to find an auction piece that’s this close to being brand new. It’s even rarer when the auction piece is as exclusive as this one.
In terms of performance, this GT Heritage Edition is powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine that spits out 550 horsepower. That output isn’t special by today’s standards, but given everything else about this car is next to brand new, the estimated $500,000 price tag for this über exclusive Ford GT is worth every penny. That’s not to say that the car will fetch that amount. It could be less; it could be more. But it is attached to a piece of history that will likely go down in the annals of American performance cars as one of the most iconic supercars this beautiful country of ours has ever created.
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