Pick of the Day: 1927 Ford Model T Speedster

The Model T has been fitted with a sporty Speedster body
The Model T has been fitted with a sporty Speedster body

Buying a classic car is really not the most logical decision, and there are a lot of people out there who should think twice when considering buying one. Those people would be happier in a modern sporty car, such as a Dodge Challenger or Porsche Boxster.

Then there are those of us who live and breath classic cars, where every difficulty is merely a challenge to be overcome, and the higher the level of difficulty a collector car presents, the more we enjoy it. It is as if we welcome the potential for adversity, or actually look for it in the cars we buy. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351

The Mustang Boss 351 is said to be thoroughly and correctly restored
The Mustang Boss 351 is said to be thoroughly and correctly restored

Now that we know Mustangs are the most-searched-for collector cars in the U.S., here’s a roaring example of the Ford pony car as pure muscle.

The Pick of the Day is a 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 coupe, the beneficiary of a ground-up restoration and powered by its correct Cleveland 351cid, four-valve V8 with Toploader four-speed manual transmission. All the ingredients needed for a hot trip down the quarter mile, on a straight-ahead back road or, if unlucky, to traffic court. Continue reading

Ford becomes new sponsor for Woodward Dream Cruise

Street rods on parade in the Woodward Dream Cruise | Kevin A. Wilson
Street rods on parade in the Woodward Dream Cruise | Kevin A. Wilson

Ford picks up where Chevy left off as the new presenting sponsor of the 2017 Woodward Dream Cruise, the largest annual celebration of the automotive lifestyle in the U.S. Chevrolet had sponsored the Woodward Dream Cruise since 2011 but recently withdrew as presenting sponsor for undisclosed reasons.

The 19th annual Woodward Dream Cruise, set for August 19, is expected to attract more than a million people to a massive American Graffiti-style feast of vintage cars, muscle cars, exotics and what have you, as families pull up lawn chairs to the curb to watch the parade rumble past. Continue reading

British racer’s collection headed to Bonhams auction

Jack Sears drove his Ford Galaxie to British touring car title in 1963 | Bonhams photos
Jack Sears drove his Ford Galaxie to British touring car title in 1963 | Bonhams photos

Eight vehicles formerly owned by “Gentleman Jack” Sears, the first champion of the British Touring Car racing series, will be offered for sale September 9 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction.

Sears not only won the inaugural British “saloon” car championship in 1958, but repeated that title in 1963. He made his racing debut at Goodwood in the 1950s in an MG TC and later raced in Formula 2 and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he won the GT class in one of Shelby American’s Daytona Coupes. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 Shelby GT350

The Shelby looks nicely finished in correct Sunlit Gold
The Shelby looks nicely finished in correct Sunlit Gold

There are Mustangs and then there are Mustangs. Ford built a lot of pony cars, and while many are just standard Mustangs, there are a number of them that are a lot more interesting and valuable than others.

The top of the heap for street cars is the 1965 Shelby GT350. Sadly, the cost for one of these is north of $300,000. But there are a number of other special Mustangs out there that are a lot more affordable and still very special, which leads me to the Pick of the Day, a 1968 Shelby GT350 located in Springfield, Ohio. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1951 Ford Custom Deluxe

The Ford Custom Deluxe has been restored to stock condition
The Ford Custom Deluxe has been restored to stock condition

Always a favorite, the “shoebox” Ford that appeared in 1949 and lasted through 1951 ushered in the modern era of automaking with its fully enveloping body that did away with separate fenders. These were some of my favorite hot rods back in the day, when I’d see the older guys in the neighborhood driving them around.

The Pick of the Day is a 1951 Ford Custom Deluxe in rare stock condition, complete with fender skirts, chrome rocket side trim and front bumperettes that looked like torpedoes about to be fired. This beauty has a flathead V8 that looks like it’s made of gold, and a three-speed with a column shifter. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1973 Ford Maverick Shelby tribute

1973 Ford Maverick redone as a Carroll Shelby tribute vehicle
1973 Ford Maverick redone as a Carroll Shelby tribute vehicle

‘Shelby never did a Maverick in the U.S.,” the seller notes in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com for the Pick of the Day, a 1973 Ford Maverick Shelby tribute.

However, the collector car dealership in Orlando, Florida, continues, “Carroll Shelby partnered up with a businessman in Mexico by the name of Eduardo Velasquez (who was a) Shelby parts dealer…

“You could buy parts for Mustangs, Galaxies and, yes, Mavericks.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1956 Ford Thunderbird

The Thunderbird looks sharp in Raven Black
The Thunderbird looks sharp in Raven Black

Less than a year after the death of Frank Sinatra in 1998, Barrett-Jackson auctioned off in Scottsdale the impeccable silver-gray 1956 Ford Thunderbird that the legendary crooner drove around Palm Springs, California, when he was not off with the rest of the Rat Pack.

Two-seater Thunderbirds, made for just three years in 1955-57, were just beginning to fade after many years as popular staples of the collector car world. But this one was special enough that it sold for more than $160,000, probably more-than four times what a non-celeb T’bird would have sold for at the time. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1966 Ford Thunderbird

Landau roof adds air of elegance to this 1966 Ford Thunderbird
Landau roof adds air of elegance to this 1966 Ford Thunderbird

Strikingly elegant was the thought that popped to mind when this triple black 1966 Ford Thunderbird appeared as I clicked through candidates for Pick of the Day. OK, so your typical ’66 T’bird may not be all that special, but with its Town Landau roofline, this Raven-black beauty is striking.

Vinyl roofs, let alone with faux Landau bars, have gone out of style, but just far enough out of style in terms of time that they once again are sort of cool, the kind of thing that draws attention whether you’re parked in a cruise-in or at your favorite fancy restaurant. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson’s second Northeast Auction ready to roll

The 1970 Mustang Boss 429 is said to have gone just 10 miles since a full restoration | Barrett-Jackson photos
The 1970 Mustang Boss 429 is said to have gone just 10 miles since a full restoration | Barrett-Jackson photos

Barrett-Jackson returns to Uncasville, Connecticut, next week for another collector car auction at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino on July 21-24. The second Northeast Auction has spawned a weeklong series of events that starts Saturday with the inaugural New England Concours d’Elegance, for which Barrett-Jackson is the title sponsor.

Following Saturday’s concours, also held at the Mohegan Sun, there will be the inaugural New England Concours d’Elegance Summer Tour that will take participants on a drive around the scenic countryside. Continue reading