Rewind: The unexpected 1964 Ford Mustang, coming April 17


(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

In 1964, Ford debuted the Mustang, a car for those who “want stick-shift action and room for four,” that was “designed to be designed by you.”

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Pick of the Day: 1928 Ford Model A Rootlieb Speedster

This 1928 Ford Model A may be the first to wear the Rootlieb Speedster bodywork
This 1928 Ford Model A may be the first to wear the Rootlieb Speedster bodywork

Founded in 1973, Rootlieb Manufacturing produces metal hoods and other panels for the collector car restoration industry. The Pick of the Day is a 1928 Ford Model A Rootlieb Speedster that is believed to be the first Rootlieb-bodied example.

Being offered through an advertisement on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Leesburg, Florida, the car’s previous owner was Henry Rootlieb and the car could indeed be the one used in Rootlieb sales brochures for its roadster kit. Continue reading

George W. Bush’s pickup in another Barrett-Jackson charity sale

The F-150 crew cab was used by George and Laura BUsh to travel around their ranch and entertain guests | Barrett-Jackson photos
The F-150 crew cab was used by George and Laura Bush to travel around their ranch and entertain guests | Barrett-Jackson photos

The 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch Super Crew pickup truck that former President George W. Bush purchased after leaving the White House makes its third trip to a Barrett-Jackson auction this week. Once again, it will be sold to benefit a charitable cause.

The big white-and-tan pickup, which Bush drove on his ranch in Crawford, Texas, will cross the block during Barrett-Jackson’s sale in Palm Beach, Florida, which takes place today through Saturday. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Community Foundation of Cleveland and Bradley County, Tennessee. Continue reading

‘Top-down fun’ offered by Barrett-Jackson at Palm Beach sale

A featured car is the 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR originally owned by actor Lee Marvin | Barrett-Jackson photos
A featured car is the 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR originally owned by actor Lee Marvin | Barrett-Jackson photos

Barrett-Jackson holds four auctions every year and each one has its own character, with certain types of collector cars hitting the spot among bidders and spectators depending on the venue.

At the Palm Beach, Florida, auction, the focus is on convertibles, popular in the relaxed atmosphere for cruising along the coastline. The upcoming sale in West Palm Beach, which takes place April 6-8, has stocked a boatload of open-air pleasure craft among about 500 collector cars that will cross the block, all of them at no reserve. Continue reading

Bullitt casing: Lost movie ‘jump’ car found in Baja Mexico

Mustang expert Kevin Marti (right) used VIN and data plate to confirm this was stunt car from movie, Bullitt. Car's co-owner Ralph Garcia Jr. (car shirt) stands next to his car | Photos courtesy Kevin Marti | Marti Report
Mustang expert Kevin Marti (right) used VIN and data plate to confirm this was the stunt car from movie, Bullitt. The car’s co-owner, Ralph Garcia Jr. (wearing car shirt), stands next to refurbished vehicle | Photos courtesy Kevin Marti | Marti Report

The shell of a 1968 Ford Mustang fastback found recently near the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is indeed the “jump” car used in the movie Bullitt. That much has been verified by Mustang expert Kevin Marti of the Marti Report. Continue reading

Iconic California customs set for HVA displays in Washington

The McGee Roadster is the embodiment of early hot rod design | Historic Vehicle Association photos
The McGee Roadster is the pure embodiment of early hot rod design | Historic Vehicle Association photos

Three iconic pieces of California custom-car culture take center stage next month on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as the Historic Vehicle Association displays the latest vehicles to be commemorated and recorded in the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register and archived in the U.S. Library of Congress.

The privately owned cars will be shown at separate times during the month in the HVA glass case on the walkway between the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art for passersby to see and admire. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible

The Ford Falcon Sprint convertible is said to still wear original paint
The Ford Falcon Sprint convertible is said to still wear original paint

Spring has sprung, so it’s time to dust off the ragtop and go cruising. What, still covered in snow? Be patient because the warm weather will come. It always does.

The Pick of the Day is an homage to spring and rebirth, a baby-blue 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible that’s about certain to make you feel young again. And this car’s youthful appearance is genuine; it is a 53-year-old survivor still wearing its original glossy paint and with just 51,500 miles on its odometer. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1946 Ford Custom

1946 Ford Custom listed on ClassicCars.com

Goodguys Rod and Custom Association made a visit to Scottsdale, Arizona, last weekend for the eighth annual Spring Nationals car show. The event attracts hundreds of classic cars from Arizona and surrounding states. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1984 Ford Mustang GT convertible

He bought this Mustang twice for his wife
He bought this Mustang twice for his wife

Ask the experts about still-affordable cars that are moving at a pretty good clip toward becoming more expensive collectible cars, and a consistent response is Fox-bodied Mustangs.

Pick of the Day is just such a car, a 1984 Ford Mustang GT convertible, and it is still quite affordable, advertised on ClassicCars.com for $9,500 or best offer. Continue reading