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

Pick of the Day: 1971 Ford Mustang

1971 Ford Mustang looks good for $21,995
1971 Ford Mustang looks good for $21,995

Back in the early 1970s, a man ran a stop sign and slammed into the left-rear quarter panel of my beloved 1969 Ford Mustang fastback as we were driving to dinner on a four-lane country road.

The man told the investigating police officer that his grandson was standing on the front seat and he realized that if he slammed on the brakes after seeing the stop sign, his grandson would have been flung into the windshield — which he was anyway during the resulting impact, fortunately suffering only a minor cut and some bruises. Continue reading

Muscle cars, Corvettes take Chicago by storm

A colorful  circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos
A colorful circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos

‘We rolled out the cold weather for you,” I said to Bobby Unser. “You sure did,” replied the three-time Indy 500 Champion, who was making an appearance in Chicago for the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. Two days earlier, it was 70 degrees, but on this day, the thermometer read 28.

Fortunately, this annual gathering of iconic American automobiles takes place inside the toasty, modern Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare Airport, away from the brisk winds outside. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Ford Mustang GT

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1965 Ford Mustang GT

Classic Car News asked readers which car they are most thankful for and its “game-changing” contribution to automotive culture. Capturing the hearts of millions, the Ford Mustang received 28.94 percent of votes and was in good company with other nominees including the Model T, Honda Civic, Jeeps and Minivans. Continue reading

An amazing Carroll Shelby relic, a 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 used in his driving school, for sale with a seven-figure price tag

The GT350 fastback is one of three used at Carroll Shelby's driving school in the 1960s | Dynamic Motorsports photos
The GT350 fastback is one of three used at Carroll Shelby’s driving school in the 1960s | Dynamic Motorsports photos

The remarkable legacy of Carroll Shelby has many twists and turns, many deviations from his history as a successful racecar driver and Le Mans team leader to the visionary who combined a British roadster with a Ford V8 to create one of the greatest sports cars of all time, the Shelby Cobra.

One of Shelby’s sidelines after heart issues ended his racing career in 1961 was operation of the Carroll Shelby School of High Performance Driving, considered to be America’s first competition-driving school. Shelby ran the innovative school at Riverside International Raceway in California, where his students included racing stars, movie stars, fashion models and an assortment of the rich and famous. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H Hertz coupe

The Shelby GT350H has had a color change from black with gold stripes to white with gold stripes
The Shelby GT350H has had a color change from black with gold stripes to white with gold stripes

Since it is election week, I decided to make the Pick of the Week something that was uniquely American in concept.

In 1966, Shelby and Hertz put together an amazing partnership. They made available for rent 1,000 special Shelby GT350 cars, calling them the GT350H. These are an amazing part of the Shelby legend, and there are many stories of renters picking up these cars and racing them in professional events and then returning them to Hertz. Hopefully, they opted for the full insurance package on their rental agreements. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Jose’s 1966 Ford Mustang

Joe and his Mustang
Joe and his Mustang

Since I was kid, my dream was to drive a classic Mustang. Three years ago, my dream was done.

This car, I made some things to be almost perfecto. I converted to disc brakes in rear, put in a new performance clutch, rebuilt the 289 engine to produce 550 horsepower, rebuilt the transmission, new radiator, etc.
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Barrett-Jackson raises the stakes at Las Vegas auction

Bidders and spectators crowd in for the top-selling car, a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Barrett-Jackson photos
Bidders and spectators crowd in for the top-selling car, a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Barrett-Jackson photos

Barrett-Jackson capped off its auction year with a strong sale this past weekend in Las Vegas. Sales totaled $32.5 million, including automobilia sales of $770,000 and $850,000 raised in charity sales. The sell-through rate was 99.2 percent in the overwhelmingly no-reserve auction format, with about 750 collector vehicles offered. Results include auction fees except for charity sales. Continue reading

Grabber Blue Mustang Boss 429 leads Mecum’s Chicago auction

The Ford Mustang Boss 429 hammered for $225,000 | Mecum Auctions photos
The Ford Mustang Boss 429 hammered for $245,000 | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions sold 435 collector cars in three days during its annual Chicagoland sale in Schaumburg, Illinois, with total sales reaching $10.5 million (not including auction buyer fees).

The auction presented a diverse selection of vehicles, and the list of 10 highest sellers reflects some of that wide range, although dominated by American classics from the ’50s and ’60s. A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback in Grabber Blue topped the auction at $245,000 (plus buyer fee). Continue reading