Driven: 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch diesel

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty diesel with King Ranch trim package | Larry Edsall photos
2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty diesel with King Ranch trim package | Larry Edsall photos

I’m in love. Head-over-heels in love. With a truck.

But this isn’t just any truck. It’s a 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab, trimmed out with the King Ranch package and empowered by a whopping and turbocharged 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel-fueled V8.

Oh, and it’s a 4×4, so not only can it pull an RV or boat or horse trailer or, for that matter, a small village (or anything else weighing up to 15,000 pounds), it can go pretty much anywhere you can fit a vehicle that’s nearly 21 feet in length, almost 9 feet wide with its big and lighted power-folding mirrors extended, and is almost as tall as an NBA center. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 Ford Mustang ‘Bullitt’ custom

The Ford Mustang has been restored to look and perform like the one Steve McQueen drove in 'Bullitt'
The Ford Mustang has been restored to look and perform like the one Steve McQueen drove in ‘Bullitt’

How many times have you watched Steve McQueen romping over the hills of San Francisco in the movie Bullitt and said to yourself, “I gotta get a Mustang just like that”? Plenty of times, I’d bet.

The best-known car chase in movie history – some might say the weirdest, what with the chased Dodge Charger losing about seven hubcaps and the cars roaring through the same intersection a number of times – focused lovingly on the sharp-looking Mustang, which roused longing and lust for the pony car in an entire generation of gearheads. Continue reading

Mustang most popular search, ClassicCars.com data reveals

Map shows most popular searches in each state for 2016 | ClassicCars.com graphic
Map shows most popular searches in each state for 2016 | ClassicCars.com graphic

There are several ways to check the pulse of the collector car marketplace. There are auction results, buyer’s guides, and expert analysis. But another is to see what cars people are searching for the most on ClassicCars.com. With more than 30,000 vehicles for sale by private sellers, classic car dealers and auction houses, the website is the world’s largest collector car marketplace.

For the 2016 calendar year, the Ford Mustang was the most searched-for car. It also led in state-by-state statistics as the most searched-for collector vehicle in 13 of the 50 states. Continue reading

Automotive milestones, ’40 Fords, and roads for Hot Wheels

Mitsubishi putting 1917 Model A on modern hybrid platform | Mitsubishi MMA photo
Mitsubishi putting 1917 Model A on modern hybrid platform | Mitsubishi MMA photo

You may not recognize the automobile in the photograph, but that’s likely because only about 20 of them were produced, and it happened a century ago, and most likely they all remained in Japan. The 1917 Model A, largely based on the Fiat Tipo 3 though using all Japanese-produced parts, including a four-cylinder engine, was the first motorcar by the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1960 Ford Thunderbird

Pick of the Day
Pick of the Day, 1960 Ford Thunderbird

The first-generation two-seat Ford Thunderbird is always a favorite among classic and collector car owners, which sometimes leaves the second generation largely overlooked. I’ve recently taken notice of them and can’t get over the funky futuristic styling, most notably the taillights.

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Pick of the Day: 1956 Ford F-100

Brightly colored 1956 Ford F-100 is our Pick of the Day
Brightly colored 1956 Ford F-100 is our Pick of the Day

The yellow-and-maroon paint scheme may not be to everyone’s liking (of course, that can be changed), but the seller of the Pick of the Day, a 1956 Ford F-100, notes that the pickup is a “very original” fat-fender example with a completely overhauled 272 cid Y block V8 and four-speed manual gearbox. Continue reading

Collector car market shifts toward affordability, experts say

The compact Ford Bronco has risen in value and popularity | Barrett-Jackson
The compact Ford Bronco has risen in value and popularity | Barrett-Jackson

Affordability seems to be key in the current collector car market, with buyer interest shifting down market while values of high-end classics and exotics stagnate or even decline slightly, according to the latest findings from Hagerty, the classic car insurance and valuation company. Continue reading

Keels and Wheels, Cannonball Run headline concours news

Keels and Wheels combines classic and exotic cars with vintage wooden boats | Keels and Wheels Concours
Keels and Wheels combines classic and exotic cars with vintage wooden boats | Keels and Wheels Concours

The 22nd annual Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance, a weekend celebration of classic cars and wooden boats, takes place May 6 and 7 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. About 200 cars and 100 boats are expected for the show, which this year features classes for the automobiles of the Stutz Motor Company, American ’50s classics, and Hot Rods, and boats by Utilities. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra

Ford built a pair of these 1970 Torino King Cobras as part of a proposed NASCAR project
Ford built a pair of these 1970 Torino King Cobras as part of a proposed NASCAR project

Crank the way-back machine to 1969 and the “aero wars” taking place in American stock car racing between Chrysler and Ford. Chrysler had its Dodge Charger 500 and Ford responded with the Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II with Boss 429 powerplants. So Chrysler upped the ante with the high-winged, pointed-nose Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird. Continue reading

Ford performance leads Mecum’s $21.7 million sale in Houston

A 1969 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible rolls off the block after its   $250,000 sale | Mecum Auctions
A 1969 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible rolls off the block after its $250,000 sale | Mecum Auctions

Led by a quartet of Ford performance cars, Mecum Auctions sold $21.7 worth of collector vehicles, not including auction fees, during its three-day Houston sale last weekend, up from last year’s $20 million Houston auction. The sell-through rate was a solid 70 percent with 554 cars sold out of 793 offered. Continue reading