1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code
The Thunderbird lived its last days as a two-seater sports car in 1957 which is when Ford introduced the 312 5.1-liter V-8 engine. That’s how the E-Code Thunderbird was born, the beefiest of them all and the closest alternative to the Corvette that Ford ever offered.
Ford debuted the Thunderbird at the Detroit Auto Show in February of 1954 and quickly dubbed it "personal car" so as to suggest it wasn’t a direct answer to GM’s Corvette. What it was, in all fairness, was a luxury sports car tailor-made for the kind of people that were looking for a more refined 2-seater model than the Corvette.
The 1957 Thunderbird was the last which retained the original two-passenger layout before Ford decided that their clientele would much rather go for a 4-seater sports car with added amenities and weight. So, for 1957, Ford made the most powerful T-Bird ever by introducing the 5.1-liter V-8 engine, in a number of guises. The twin quad-barrel carburetor ones were distinguishable by the letter E in the car’s VIN code - the source of the ’E-Bird’ nickname.
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Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird Up for Auction Next Month
A 1956 Ford Thunderbird belonging to the late Marilyn Monroe is going up for auction at Julien’s Auctions’ Icons and Idols Auction on November 16. The iconic American actress owned the Raven Black Thunderbird between 1955 and 1962. The car has an estimated value between $250,000 and $500,000, though, considering the provenance behind it, including the fact that arguably one of the biggest Hollywood celebrities in history owned it, the selling price could go through the roof.
2018 Ford Mustang GT Las Vegas Golden Knights
Ford is no stranger to auctioning one-off Mustangs for charity. The latest ‘Stang to get bestowed with the honor is a 2018 Mustang GT that’s been customized to wear the colors of the Las Vegas’ professional ice hockey team, the NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights. The one-off creation is up for bidding at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Sin City on September 29. All proceeds from the car’s sale will go directly to the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation.
Ford Has A Kona Blue Mustang Bullitt That’s Going To Be Up For Raffle
The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is limited enough as it is, but an even more limited edition version from within its ranks is set to be raffled off this November. The model in question is a Mustang Bullitt that’s dressed up in a Kona Blue paint finish. It’s the only one of its kind in the world, and getting a chance to own one involves more luck than it does having deep pockets.
2005 Ford GTX1 Roadster Will Be Auctioned in August at Monterey
A rare example of the Ford GTX1 Roadster is going to be auctioned off at the Mecum auction in Monterey, California next month. The GTX1 in question is the 24th of 30 units produced by the Gennadi Design Group in Green Bay, Wisconsin. More importantly, it’s the only GTX1 in the world that’s dressed in a black and gold color scheme and has signatures of some of the most important and significant people in the auto industry, including Carroll Shelby, Roger Penske, Henry Ford III, and Edsel Ford.
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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