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

Ford Bronco ascends to top spot in classic car valuation gains

This restored 1970 Ford Bronco sold at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale for $44,000 | Barrett-Jackson
This restored 1970 Ford Bronco sold at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale for $44,000 | Barrett-Jackson

Trucks and SUVs dominate the top ranks of the Hagerty Vehicle Rating, taking the top five spots with the 1966-77 Ford Bronco dethroning the 1976-86 Jeep CJ-7 from the No.1 spot, according to the latest report from the Hagerty classic vehicle insurance and valuation company.

Bronco was up four points in the latest HVR,  to 99 points out of 100, while the Jeep declined three points to 96. Continue reading

Family’s pet pony turned into pony car collection

Gilbert Speed decided to exchange the family pet for a 1965 Mustang | Ford Photos
Gilbert Speed decided to exchange the family pet for a 1965 Mustang | Ford Photos

Daniel Speed remembers the moment his dad, the late Gilbert Speed, traded the family’s real-life pony for a 1965 Ford Mustang: “One Saturday, Dad said, ‘If you guys won’t ride him, I know what I’ll do with him,’ then he came back with that car.” Continue reading