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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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