Mustang Junior perks up Ponies at the Pike

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Roger Nitti in his 1966 Mustang Junior | Nicole James photos

With over 400 Mustangs covering the hills and pathways of the Pike, a 100-year-old historical district near downtown Long Beach, California, a very unique 1966 Mustang caught spectators’ attention during the annual Ponies at the Pike show hosted by Beach Cities Mustang Club. Continue reading

Mecum hits $13.4 million in sales at first Louisville auction

A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 after selling for $255,000 | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 after selling for $255,000 | Mecum Auctions photos

American muscle cars, Corvettes and Shelbys led the bidding at Mecum Auctions’ inaugural collector car auction in Louisville, Kentucky, which scored $13.4 million in total sales for 440 vehicles plus “Road Art” automobilia. About 730 vehicles crossed the block. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1983 Ford Mustang convertible

The red paint on the Ford Mustang convertible is believed to be largely original
The red paint on the Ford Mustang convertible is believed to be largely original

One of the least-expected rising stars in the collector car firmament is that of the Fox-body 1978-93 Ford Mustang, most likely spurred on by Xers and millennials who remember them fondly.

The arrival of the all-new Mustang in 1978, which came after the truly awful Pinto-based Mustang II, heralded something of a resurgence for automobiles everywhere after some dour years. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Over the past weekend, I was beyond thrilled to cover vintage racing at the Rolex Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during Monterey Car Week. I quickly became infatuated with the cars racing in the 1966-1972 historic Trans-AM class, and one in particular – a Grabber Green 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1966 Ford ‘High Country’ Mustang

One of 333 'High Country' special edition Ford Mustangs for 1966 |
One of 333 ‘High Country’ special edition Ford Mustangs for 1966 |

The Ford Mustang’s almost immediate million-unit sales stampede was amazing in the annals of the American automobile, but there were pockets in which sales fell off more quickly than dealers might have anticipated. Some 100 Colorado dealers found a solution, the High Country special edition of the pony car.

The High Country cars were available only in Colorado, and only in three colors — Columbine Blue, Timberline Green and Aspen Gold — though with any of the car’s body styles and powertrain offerings. Continue reading

Mecum heads for Harrisburg for third annual collector car auction

A 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback headlines the Harrisburg sale | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback headlines the Harrisburg sale | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions rolls into central Pennsylvania for its third annual Harrisburg sale July 21-23 featuring an estimated 1,000 vehicles on the docket.

Mecum sold about $21 million worth of collector cars during its inaugural Harrisburg auction in 2014, and $20.6 million at last year’s sale (Mecum results do not include buyer fees). Continue reading

Chazland: Where imagination defies explanation

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2005 Ford GT “photo car” alongside 1967 Shelby Mustang and other cars | Photography by James Sasser

Welcome to Chazland: a world made of pure imagination housing creations that defy explanation. This is an escape to a personal paradise.

From the outside, this oasis looks like a normal garage in Arizona. But for Chaz Lightner, it’s where he finds his soul revived after being bogged down by everyday, mundane tasks, a place where his creative abilities are set free. Continue reading

Hertz’ Shelby GT350-H ‘Rent-A-Racer’ program returns

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Once again, Hertz is adding a Shelby Mustang to its rental car fleets | Carlisle Events photo

Fifty years ago, if you were 25 years of age or older and joined the Hertz Sports Car Club, you could rent a Shelby GT350-H for $17 a day and 17 cents a mile. A lot of those miles were accumulated on race tracks.

“Hertz found those cars on race tracks and customers had welded in roll bars, swapped engines, did all kinds of creative things,” said Gary Patterson, vice president of international and strategic sales for Shelby American. “They Hertz cars were part of the whole Shelby mystic.” Continue reading

Roush celebrates 40 years of performance at Carlisle

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1969 Gapp and Roush Super Stock Mustang convertible | Nicole James photos

After five years and multiple championships in partnership with Wayne Gapp, Jack Roush in 1976 launched his own company, Jack Roush Performance Engineering to build engine and to work with a variety of racing teams. Last weekend at the Ford Nationals at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the 40th anniversary of Roush’s company was celebrated with a display of significant Roush cars.

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Fused Mustangs showcased at Inventors Hall of Fame Museum

Split personality: 2015 and 1965 Ford Mustangs combined to showcase technology | Ford photos
Split personality: 2015 and 1965 Ford Mustangs  showcase technology | Ford photos

Fifty years of Ford Mustang history will be displayed in a unique side-by-side show car that on permanent display at the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum, which is located on the campus of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.

The display fuses the driver’s side of a 1965 Mustang with what appears to be the passenger’s side of a 2015 model but is actually the driver’s side of a right-hand-drive Mustang as sold in the UK, Australia and several other markets. Continue reading