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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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.
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.
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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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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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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Nobody can accuse Jay Leno of having too few vehicles in his Burbank, California garage. As the retired late-night talk show host takes on more projects, space becomes limited – even in the 17,000-square-foot converted warehouse. Making more room generally means auctioning off vehicles for a worthy cause. Jay’s latest vehicle headed to auction is this one-off, 2000 Ford F-150 that was the first Harley-Davidson Edition to roll off the assembly line.
The truck was officially delivered to Jay during a ceremony in May of 2000 when Ford Division’s then-president Jim O’Connor handed the keys over at the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.
However, the truck was more than just the first F-150 Harley-Davidson – it is a one-off build. Ford had doctored the truck’s powertrain with an extra 100 horsepower by swapping the standard 5.4-liter V-8 for the supercharged version from the F-150 SVT Lightning. This engine later became standard in the 2002 F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition, likely thanks to inspiration from Jay’s truck.
The truck will go under the gavel on January 29, 2016 at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. Coverage of the event is happening on live TV. Best of all, 100 percent of the money will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the country’s leading organization helping people affected by the disease with research, advocacy, and education.
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Auctions for charities is nothing new in the auto industry; it’s happened in the past and it will continue to happen. One car that has been auctioned off numerous times for charity purposes is the Ford Mustang. For good reason, too, since the iconic muscle car remains one of the most popular vehicles in the market. Examples abound of this happening in the past few years, including the first production 2015 Ford Mustang, which was auctioned off in January 2014 for the benefit of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Another example is the Experimental Aircraft Association’s “Gathering of Eagles” event, which auctions off a special-edition Mustang every year with proceeds going to the organization’s Young Eagles program.
The latest example will take place at the Mecum Dallas Auctions when a one-off 2015 Ford Mustang GT goes under the hammer. The fully customized Mustang GT was built by Petty’s Garage and donated by Richard Petty Motorsports with the proceeds of the sale going to Paralyzed Veterans of America, an organization dedicated to “veterans service, medical research and civil rights for people with disabilities.”
As special-edition Mustangs go, the Petty’s Garage Mustang GT ranks right up there as one of the best. It has an attractive two-tone exterior finish, a dressed-up interior, and an impressive engine upgrade. In other words, that’s the aftermarket trifecta right there.
Based on the work put in by Petty’s Garage, I expect this one-off Mustang GT to attract a lot of bids. The fact that proceeds of the auction will go to a worthy charitable organization is even more reason for interested bidders to go high with their bids.
Updated 09/23/2015: Petty’s Garage Mustang GT raised a total of $535,000 for Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) non-profit organization. The car was originally sold for $330,000, then donated back and sold for an additional $205,000.
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While Ferrari needs no introduction, Brabham is a name some of you might not remember so well. Founded by Jack Brabham, who died earlier this year aged 88, and Ron Tauranac, Brabham spend three decades in Formula One, in which it won four drivers’ championships and two constructors’ titles. Its first successful campaigns, and the only ones to bring both the drivers’ and constructors’ championship, came in 1966 and 1967. Although it won two more drivers’ titles, Brabham failed to win the constructors’ championship for the third time. However, the Brits came close on many occasions. 1970 was an important year for Brabham. Although it only managed fourth position at the end of the season, the team lost its number one driver, Jack Brabham. The man that drove the race cars built by his own hands retired from racing following the Mexican Grand Prix. The 1970 Brabham-Cosworth Ford BT33 was the last F1 car he had driven during an official event, making it that much more important to the company, second to only the Repco-powered single-seaters that brought the 1966 and 1967 championships.
In this car, Brabham won one race and scored three more podiums, while teammate Rolf Stommelen added a further third-place finish. Brabham, one of eight teams to use Ford’s DFV engine that year, ended the season behind Lotus, Ferrari and March, but ahead of McLaren, BRM and Matra. What made the BT33 such a competitive racer? Read on to find out.
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Ford will auction a one-of-a-kind prototype of the NHRA competition-ready 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas on September 28, 2013. All the proceeds will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
This one-off Cobra Jet prototype is powered by a 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 engine mated to a T4 racing transmission. For safe racing, it also comes with a safety cage made out of chrome-moly, a three-link rear suspension, lightweight racing brakes, exclusive Cobra Jet-branded Weld wheels, a three-link rear suspension system and a 9-inch rear axle. The interior will also add Cobra-branded Recaro seats.
This special Cobra Jet also features a stunning fiery orange satin finish combined with dark gray reflective stripes and a distinctive license plate with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s logo.
The winner of the bid will not only get the car, but also a training session at Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School where he will be able to drive cars like the Shelby GT500 or the Boss 302 Mustang.
Updated 10/01/2013: This unique Mustang Cobra Jet prototype was auctioned this weekend during Barrett Jackson’s auction in Las Vegas for an impressive amount of $200,000.
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In the early-1960s, Ford had gained an interest in long-distance road racing and decided it was time to invest in a car that could compete in the likes of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. In 1963, Ford and Ferrari struck a deal for production, but Ferrari cut the project off after they couldn’t come to an agreement as to whether Ford could participate in the Indy 500 or not.
Ford then decided if Ferrari wasn’t going to work with them, they were going to beat them. Ford negotiated with both Lotus and Lola before deciding to go with Lola, but the car was a complete mess and retired much more than it finished. After the 1964 Nassau race, Carroll Shelby stepped in to right the ship.
Between 1966 and 1969, the GT40 went on to win the Le Mans an impressive four times in a row, entrenching it in racing history and propelling Carroll Shelby even further into legendary status. Following the 1969 model year, the GT project was shut down and the GT40 production stopped at just 107 cars, ending its impressive run.
Update 05/06/2016: An excellent example of a 1966 Ford GT40 from the Jim Click Collection has been listed for auction with RM Sotheby’s and will go under the hammer on August 19th of this year. Click on the “Photos” link to see the new images from the auction listing.
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Carroll Shelby is and will always remain a legend in the automotive industry. He took skill, dedication, and a little bit of good luck to produce some of the most amazing muscle cars that will ever be produced, from the very first Shelby Mustang produced in 1965. What Shelby did to Ford’s new Mustang was transform it from a less-than-stellar pony car to a limited edition Shelby GT350 R
The Mustangs built for the 1965-1966 model years were powered by a K-Code 271 engine modified to produce 306 HP, but the GT350 was a car not built for comfort or ease of driving, so the right place for it was the race track. This decision lead Ford to Shelby for the development of the Shelby GT350 R for the SCCA races.
Shelby American only built 34 units of these GT350R models, even though the SCCA rules required a total of 100 units to be built and raced. However, during an SCCA race weekend, the GT 350R proved what an amazing car it was as it competed at the highest level.
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Ford is continuing its list of charitable donations by offering up another special edition Mustang to follow the Boss 302 Laguna Seca Alley Edition, the Roush Stage 3 Mustang Special Edition, and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by Melvin Betancourt. The newest charity vehicle is a one-off, unique Candy Red Boss 302 which will be auctioned during the Cattle Baron’s Ball to benefit the American Cancer Society.
This special edition features a one-of-a-kind paint scheme created for the event. The goal in customizing the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca is to create a vehicle that will attract the highest bids from car collectors. If anyone is interested in this unique opportunity, the auction will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
"Like many people, my family has been personally affected by the challenges of cancer and I am proud to chair Cattle Baron’s Ball in Detroit," said Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company group vice president for Global Marketing, Sales and Service. "As a fan of the powerful, historic Mustang, I am especially pleased to provide this American icon for auction."
The annual EAA AirVenture event has been, at least for the past few years, a showcase of sorts for the Ford Mustang.
That’s because every year, a special edition, aviation-themed Mustang is always in attendance, ready to be auctioned off for the benefit of the EAA’s Young Eagles Program. Last, year the "Blue Angels" Mustang was sold for a whopping $400,000 and before that the "SR-71" Mustang fetched $375,000 in 2010 and the "Dearborn Doll" Mustang went for $250,000 back in 2009.
For this year’s event, Ford and tuning shop Creations N’ Chrome are teaming up to present the latest auction-ready, aviation-themed Mustang: the Red Tails.
The “Red Tails” Mustang was designed as a tribute vehicle to the first African American aviators in the United States Army Air Corps, in particular to the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. As a way to pay homage to them, Ford specifically chose the Mustang model that carried the VIN #00051 in honor of the P-51 Mustangs the airmen flew in their time.
The Red Tails Mustang will on display from July 23rd to 26th, 2012. On July 26th, the car will head out to the auction block where it will be sold for charity.
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In the past two months, we have had two specially developed Ford Mustangs developed for charity auctions. The first was the 2013 Roush Stage 3 Mustang Special Edition and the second was a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by Melvin Betancourt. Now, it’s time to add a third model to this very special line of one-off vehicles created specially for charity.
This time, it’s a one-off model based on a 2013 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca that will raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This one-off Mustang is basically a Laguna Seca model painted in a very cool combination of Sterling Gray Metallic with Gloss Black on the striping, rear pedestal spoiler, and mirror caps. Special badging will remind everyone around it that this is indeed a special edition. The interior has also received changes in the form of a Charcoal Cloth with custom embroidered Recaro Seating and Sterling Gray X-brace. The car sits on a new set of 19" wheels painted in aluminum.
The Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Alley Edition will be auctioned off in August 2012 at the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. In order to get a chance to place your bid, you’ll have to buy a ticket to the Cruise: $10 each or three tickets for $20.
At the beginning of May 2012, a one-off Roush Stage 3 Ford Mustang Special Edition raised a total of $100,000 for the SAE Foundation’s STEM. Now, another one-off Mustang will be auctioned off for charity: a special 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 designed by Melvin Betancourt. The auction will be held on September 22, 2012 at the "Get Your Heart Racing" fundraiser at Ford’s Dearborn test track. All the proceeds will go to Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute at Henry Ford Health System.
This one-off Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will feature a very cool exterior white paint finish combined with white graphics and a new set of 20" wheels. The interior will continue the white theme with white-leather Recaro seats contrasted by black stitching. Under the hood, everything remains unchanged, but with a 662 HP V8 engine, who needs more?
At the same event last year, a Mustang Boss 302 was sold for an impressive $300,000, so let’s hope this year will reach or surpass those results.
The Hagerty Fantasy Bid has catapulted since its inception in 2005, with bids coming in at 10 times the amount of the original game, and its latest offering illustrates this popularity. At the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Scottsdale Auction, Speed TV will be on hand to give away a special edition Ford Racing Champions Shelby GT500. All you have to do is make a bid during the Hagerty Fantasy Bid Game and you will be automatically entered into the drawing. The winner will be chosen by random drawing from the Fantasy Bid players.
But let’s get back to the actual car that’s up for grabs. The Ford Racing Champions Shelby GT500 Special Edition Mustang was given a few exterior aerodynamic and stylish upgrades, but it still features the standard 5.4-liter V8 engine. The engine, however, has been souped up with a Ford Racing Supercharger kit to take the standard 550 HP all the way up to 750 HP. This engine is then combined with a six-speed manual transmission that succeeds in sending the power to the rear wheels and a new, intense-environment C&R Racing cooling system and a 3.5-inch aluminum drive shaft.
The handling of power is achieved through a high-performance handling pack with Dynamic Suspension’s front-and-rear adjustable shocks, lowering springs, and stabilizer bars in the front and rear. Additionbally, stopping power will be acquired through the use of an upgraded Wilwood brakes package featuring 14-inch drilled, slotted rotors and six-piston forged billet calipers on the front, and 12-inch rotors and four-piston forged billet calipers at the rear.
Details on how to enter your bid during the Hagerty Fantasy Bid Game can be found after the jump.
Fans of the Ford Mustang itching to get their hands on the latest special edition version of the muscle car will be delighted to know that Galpin Auto Sports, together with SPX Corporation, is building one exclusively for the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in January.
The proceeds of the sale will benefit the St. Jude Children’s Hospital so at the very least, your bids will go to a very worthy cause. But what should really get you going about this special edition Mustang is the number of improvements Galpin did to turn it into an even more powerful piece of muscle.
Inspired by the legendary Mustang Boss 429, this particular Mustang will carry a 5.0-liter V8 engine that has been taken to a whole new level thanks to upgrades that include a Ford Racing supercharger, Comp Cams camshafts, and a Bassani exhaust system. All that has taken the output of the Galpin Mustang to a staggering 700 horsepower.
On top of the massive engine upgrade, the Galpin Mustang will also carry aesthetic improvements, including a Candy Apple Red Pearl PPG paint scheme, a Roush billet aluminum grille, the original 1969 Boss 429 hood, a Boss 302 Laguna Seca rear spoiler, and a set of 21" and 22" Forgiato wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires.
The car is interesting enough on its own merit to have active bidders when it goes under the hammer at Barrett-Jackson, but if you add that all your bids will end up being for a good cause, then you should have no problem shooting for the moon when bidding.
UPDATE 10/20/11: We’ve just learned that the 700-horsepower Mustang by Galpin Auto Sports will be making its world debut at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show ahead of its auction date at Barrett-Jackson next January. Be sure to check out this completely modded Mustang before a lucky bidder drives home with it next year.
UPDATE 12/29/11: After being announced as a prototype back in August, the Mustang SPX is finally ready and waiting for its new customer. For those interested, this car will be available at the Barrett-Jackson auction in January 2011. All proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: "Cancer affects so many families across America and we’re very excited at the opportunity to utilize our talents to help raise money to fight this terrible disease," said GAS President Beau Boeckmann. "We’re honored SPX chose us as the shop to build this vehicle. Once completed, this car has tremendous potential to raise a lot of money for an organization that benefits a great cause."
Electronic Arts is in a giving mood these days, isn’t it?
Days after we found out that the publisher of Need For Speed: The Run was giving away a brand spankin’ new Porsche 911 Carrera S, it has now been brought to our attention that they’ll be giving away another car, albeit in a slightly different manner.
EA, in collaboration with Shelby America, will be auctioning off a special edition 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake "Need For Speed" Edition. The car is the same one that will be gracing the cover of the highly-anticipated NFS: The Run video game and even better, it’s going to be a playable car in the game.
Just in case you need a brush-up on the car, the 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 that can produce upwards of 800 horsepower. As far as the special edition muscle car is concerned, the word is that it’s going to come with an output that’s in the 750-horsepower area with a special Wimbledon White paint finish and custom gray stripes. The model will be equipped with a Ford Racing handling pack, including dynamic adjustable dampers, lowering springs, tuned stabilizer bars, and front strut tower brace. These features will be combined with a unique fiberglass hood, "Shelby" lettering across the rear deck lid, official "Super Snake" vehicle badges, and a customized two tone Black interior.
As for the auction, the event is still a long ways from today - late 2012 was the date we heard - but nevertheless, expect it to garner a truckload’s worth of attention from Mustang aficionados everywhere. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Carroll Shelby Foundation, an organization that helps kids and young adults with serious illnesses to gain higher education.
Save up your money, folks. You have a year to replenish your ’bidding funds’ and we suggest you start putting in some of those greenbacks in your piggy banks now.
The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca has had plenty of visits to various auction houses in the past year, including one that was sold in January at Barrett Jackson for $450,000.
Ten months later and another special edition Boss 302 appears to be headed under the hammer, this time at the Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan on October 15, 2011. This particular model, nicknamed ’School Bus Yellow’, is a complete one-off edition of the Boss 302 and will be signed by no less than legendary race car driver, Parnelli Jones.
The word is that this particular model could very well be a preview of the 2013 Boss 302, complete with the ’School Bus Yellow’ color scheme and all the corresponding graphics that are similar to that of the 1970 model. Under the hood, this Boss 302 will carry a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 444 horsepower and 380 lb/ft of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
Other features of this special edition Mustang Boss 302 include six-way adjustable Recaro racing seats with "Boss 302" stitched on them and a new gauge pack that measures 0-60 mph times, lateral Gs, and braking performance.
Proceeds from the sale of this one-off Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca ’School Bus Yellow’ will benefit the Henry Ford Health Systems so if you’re willing to shell out serious wad for a good cause - and a great prize, at that - you’re going to need to make serious bids for the opportunity.
UPDATE 10/31/2011: The one-off Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca ’School Bus Yellow’ Edition has been auctioned off this past weekend for an impressive $300,000. The car was bought by Sam Pack, president of Pack Automotive Group in Dallas/Fort Worth, and will be displayed at the Pack Automotive Museum next to other very rare Mustangs.
Every year, Ford rolls out a special edition one-piece Mustang for the very purpose of auctioning it off at the EAA AirVenture in July for the benefit of the EAA Young Eagles program. These babies - as with all one-off edition cars - are exceedingly rare for the very simple reason that there’s only one of them being made.
This year, the one-off, aviation-themed Mustang GT was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of naval aviation. It comes with a specific blue-and-yellow color scheme that takes itself from the colors of the ’Blue Angels’ fighter group with a yellow "Blue Angels" script and crest on the doors. Likewise, the crest can also be found on the interior of the car, where they are stitched into the leather Recaro seats.
On top of that, Ford also upgraded the Mustang’s powertrain, improving the output of the car’s 5.0-liter V8 engine from 412 horsepower to 500 horsepower. There’s also a Ford Racing handling package, a new performance exhaust, and race-track capable brakes.
Last year, Ford was able to auction off the Mustang SR-71 "Blackbird" for $375,000. Judging by the enthusiastic turn out for these events, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Mustang GT "Blue Angels" Edition hits that mark again, maybe even exceeding it.
UPDATE 08/01/2011: When the hammer fell last week, the Blue Angels tribute Mustang had been bid up to $400,000, purchased by an anonymous California bidder. In addition to the unique Mustang, the winning bidder will also receive a Blue Angels flight helmet, signed by pilots and crew of the Blue Angels precision flying team.
1965 Ford GT40 Roadster
Ford was becoming frustrated with the continuing success of Enzo Ferrari’s racing machines. It came to a point that Henry Ford II was given an offer by Enzo to buy the company for an unheard of $18 million dollars. The buyout ended up falling through and Ford was left on its own to develop a racing team that could compete on the European circuits. Due to the non-compete pact between American automakers, Ford knew it would have to look outside of its Dearborn, Michigan team for talent.
To make a long story short, Ford took over a GT racing project from Lola, hired a prominent racing manager in John Wyer, and then designed the original GT40s to be raced in 1964. The story is much more complex than that, but the legend that would come from this humble beginning is much more important. The initial GT/101 chassis was essentially a uncompetitive and Ferrari continued to run away with victories. By 1965, Carroll Shelby was taken away from his Cobra projects and started developing the next generation of GT40 for Ford. This car gave Ford a win at Daytona in the first race of the very next year.
Ford developed several very special prototype cars including four roadster versions. Until more modern times, the GT/111 chassis was thought to have been destroyed, but a chance find in London several years back led to its discovery. Extensive restoration and consequential historic racing had finally brought it to the auction block at RM’s Villa d’Este with a value estimated between $3,900,000-4,700,000.
Let’s have a look at this important Ford GT, serial number GT/108, down below.
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