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

Muscle cars lead Mecum’s first Portland auction

The top selling 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback cross the block at Mecum in Portland | Mecum Auctions
The top selling 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback crosses the block at Mecum in Portland | Mecum Auctions

Mecum Auction’s inaugural sale in Portland, Oregon, was dominated by American muscle (including a Ford-V8-powered exotic) that filled the top 10 list of highest sellers among the 300 cars that sold for a total of $9.3 million, with a 67 percent sell through rate. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Shelby Daytona replica

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1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe replica

Marking the 50th anniversary of Ford GT40’s 1-2-3 sweep over Ferrari in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford returned to the iconic race this year with the new Ford GT, which won the GTE Pro racing class after earning the pole position during qualifying. It’s hard not to feel some kind of nostalgia as we recognize this significant moment, and in my case, sparking an interest in the past.

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Mecum ‘closing in’ on $50 million result for Indianapolis auction

The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra sold for $1 million | Mecum Auctions photos
The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra sold for $1 million | Mecum Auctions photos

“The Bid Goes On…” says Mecum Auctions following bidding on  vehicles that did not sell on the auction block but are still offered after the fact. This takes on special significance this year after the Original Spring Classic sale in Indianapolis as the total results creep toward the $50 million threshold for the first time.

As of Tuesday, the Indianapolis auction totaled $48,873,590 in sales (not including auction fees) with 1,094 collector cars out of 1,567 offered going to new owners, for a 70 percent sell-through rate. That is tantalizingly close to the big five-oh, according to Mecum, which contends that it is “closing in” on the illusive mark as post-block sales add up after the 29th annual sale held May 17-21. Continue reading

Six prized Ford, Shelby race cars from Jim Click collection slated for RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction

One of motorsport's winningest Shelby 289 Cobras will cross the block in Monterey | RM Sotheby's
One of motorsport’s winningest Shelby 289 Cobras will cross the block in Monterey | RM Sotheby’s photos

A spectacular group of six competition Fords and Shelbys from the famed Jim Click Ford Performance Collection has been announced by RM Sotheby’s for its annual Monterey, California, auction in August during Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance week. Continue reading

Unknown Shelby GT350 ‘barn find’ headed to Bonhams auction

The 1966 Shelby GT350 remains as found after 40 years of secretive storage | Bonhams
The 1966 Shelby GT350 remains as found after 40 years of secretive storage | Bonhams

A secret “barn-find” 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, hidden away for 40 years by its original owner and unknown even to the Shelby American Registry, goes to auction June 5 during Bonhams’ sale in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The Shelby will be offered “as-found” and without reserve by Bonhams, which values the fastback coupe at $80,000 to $120,000, which seems like a modest goal considering the rising values of GT350s in even the most-ratty condition. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1967 Shelby “Red Rocker” Mustang GT500

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1967 Shelby Mustang GT500

When you think of Sammy Hagar, you might remember his early days playing in a hard-rock band named Montrose, or else his song “I can’t drive 55” released during his solo career. The “Red Rocker” was also the former front man of Van Halen, and he founded the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, among other things.

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Low-mileage 427 Cobra headlines Mecum Indy auction

A 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra roadster with just over 20,000 miles is a headliner at the Mecum auction | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra roadster with just over 20,000 miles is a headliner at the Mecum auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Among Shelby enthusiasts, Joe McMurrey of Longview, Texas, is in a class of his own with an impressive collection of performance cars imprinted with the special touch of the man himself, Carroll Shelby, whose birthplace is just an hour away.

McMurrey has consigned 17 of his cars, and not just Shelbys but exciting examples from GM and Mopar as well, for Mecum’s 29th annual Original Spring Classic auction held May 17-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016: 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR convertible

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1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editor’s note: This is the first in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold April 8-10 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Palm Beach Auction.

Shortly after Ford launched the Mustang in April of 1964, Carroll Shelby, legendary race car driver and car builder, was tasked with transforming the pony car into a high-performance car. The result of his efforts became to be known as the 1965 Shelby GT350.

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