Inaugural Mecum auction at Pomona scores $9.3 million

A 2006 Ford GT was the high seller, hammered at $305,000 | Mecum Auctions
A 2006 Ford GT was the high seller, hammered at $305,000 | Mecum Auctions

A trio of modern classics from the U.S. and Italy led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural Los Angeles collector car sale, where 283 vehicles sold for more than $9.3 million, a strong result for a first-time event and despite the rainy weather.

The two-day auction held at the Fairplex in Pomona, an iconic location for Southern California hot rodders and customizers, also included the sale of 116 pieces of Road Art automobilia. Continue reading

No-reserve Mustang trio on Leake’s OKC auction docket

1966 Shelby GT350H was San Francisco rental fleet car | Leake Auction photos
1966 Shelby GT350H was San Francisco rental fleet car | Leake Auction photos

Not only are they sought-after collector cars, but a trio of 1960s Ford Mustangs will be offered without reserve this week when Leake Auction Company stages its annual Oklahoma City sale, starting Friday.

The cars are a 1966 Shelby GT350H, a 1968 Shelby GT500KR and a 1969 Ford Boss 429. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Ford Escape SE

2017 Ford Escape is company's second-best seller | Ford photos
2017 Ford Escape is company’s second-best seller | Ford photos

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling automotive apparatus in the United States for going on 3 1/2 decades. That comes as no surprise. However, I was surprised to learn that Ford’s second-best seller is its compact crossover utility, the Escape.

I might have thought it would be the Mustang, or even the Focus. Turns out, it’s the Escape. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: Ferrari-powered ’32 Ford custom

Twin-turbocharged, Ferrari-powered '32 Ford custom hot rod
Twin-turbocharged, Ferrari-powered ’32 Ford custom hot rod

If your first thought is “why?” then this Ferrari-powered 1932 Ford hot rod is not for you. But for the rest of us, it presents a fascinating juxtaposition that would be sure to attract attention everywhere it goes.

Offered by a classic car dealer in West Hollywood, California, the Pick of the Day is a 1932 Ford custom that’s powered by a turbocharged Ferrari V8 engine. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 Ford Mustang California Special

The Mustang California Special is a rare, highly optioned model
The Mustang California Special is a rare, highly optioned model

A few days ago, I got a message from a friend about a car he was looking for. It was a car that I had not thought about for quite awhile, the 1968 Ford Mustang California Special. Somehow these often overlooked pony cars are still affordable, having not experienced the run up in price that has happened to every other classic Mustang.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 Ford Mustang California Special in Seafood Green with a Gold Ivory interior. Located in Miami, its options include GT Cyclone Wheels, Shelby style hood with hood locks, fiberglass Shelby-style side scoops, Shelby-style trunk lid with spoiler, blacked out grille with fog lamps, and racing-style fuel cap. Continue reading

Ford leader Fields talks of Broncos, Mustangs and much more

Ford president and chief executive Mark Fields at recent Consumer Electronics Show | Ford photos
Ford president and chief executive Mark Fields at recent Consumer Electronics Show | Ford photos

They come to Barrett-Jackson from all walks of celebrity. There are the entertainers; this year it was Justin Bieber, selling his Ferrari 458 Italia F1, and Steven Tyler his Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, with proceeds from later going to charity. And sports stars, too: Floyd Mayweather offering up his Bugatti Veyron and Dale Earnhardt Jr. selling his NASCAR Chevrolet, like Tyler also for charity. Why, even ol’ Burt Reynolds got into the act, with yet another of his 1978 Pontiac Firebird Bandits.

Also up on the block last week at Scottsdale was the perhaps lesser-known Mark Fields. While he may not be a star of the stage or screen or sports arena, Fields is president and chief executive of the Ford Motor Company and he helped sell a uniquely outfitted 2017 F-150 Raptor pickup that raised $207,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Continue reading

A Shelby Bronco? There was one, and a Boss Bronco as well

Carroll Shelby had his crew do engine swap when he got the first Ford Bronco prototype in 1966 | Gateway Bronco photos
Carroll Shelby had his crew do engine swap when he got the first Ford Bronco prototype in 1966 | Gateway Bronco photos

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised: The very first Ford Bronco produced ended up in Carroll Shelby’s hands, and he immediately replaced the six-cylinder engine with a 289-cubic-inch V8.

Not only that first Bronco’s story but the truck itself were shared last week at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction, where the first Bronco, the prototype for the 1969 Boss Bronco and several resto-modded Broncos were on display in the Gateway Bronco booth. Continue reading

Bumps, bruises and teamwork deliver The Drive Home II

Mike Garland of Carlisle Events drove the Nomad when The Drive Home stopped in Pennsylvania | William Hall photos
Mike Garland of Carlisle Events drove the Nomad when The Drive Home stopped in Pennsylvania | William Hall photos

The Drive Home II, the second-annual promotional winter road trip cooked up by LeMay-America’s Car Museum and The North American International Auto Show, rolled into Detroit’s Cobo Hall Saturday evening after a 2,100-mile journey fraught with challenges.

Three classic cars – a 1957 Chevy Nomad, a 1961 Chrysler 300G and a 1966 Ford Mustang – began the trip from Boston on December 28. Trailered behind the support vehicle was a fourth car, a 1917 Crane-Simplex Model 5, formerly the property of J.D. Rockefeller. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Deborah’s 1934 Ford 3-window coupe

Found on ClassicCars.com and brought home from Florida  to Ontario
Found on ClassicCars.com and brought home from Florida to Ontario

In the summer of 2014, and very new to the computer, I came across the most beautiful thing I ever laid eyes on —a 1934 Ford Coupe, and I found her on this site, ClassicCars.com.

When reading more about her, she was residing in Florida. Now, it seemed a pipe dream to ever see her for real. But I showed my husband, never thinking he’d like her, too. Continue reading

First running prototype of Ford GT at Russo and Steele auction

The prototype Ford GT retains its original unique features | Russo and Steele photos
The prototype Ford GT retains its original unique features | Russo and Steele photos

If there ever was a car that deserved the title of “instant collectible,” it’s the Ford GT. Modeled after Ford’s all-conquering GT40 endurance racers of the 1960s, the cars that beat Ferrari at Le Mans and dominated the classic 24-hour race, the mid-engine Ford GT was produced for just two model years, 2005-2006.

Today, it is a star entry at collector car auctions, often selling for twice or more than its original retail price. Continue reading