2015 F35 Inspired Mustang Auctioned

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The engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Company led the development of the one-off 2015 F-35 Lightning II Edition Ford Mustang, which was donated by Ford and sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity event. The event was held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 – the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.

All proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the EAA Young Eagles program, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.8 million young people since 1992, helping inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders, aviators and innovators.

“The idea to model one of our specialty builds after the F-35 was four years in the making, under discussion even as we created the SR-71 Blackbird Mustang for auction in 2010. Just as the F35 was designed with unprecedented capabilities and versatility in mind, we felt it would be a natural fit to pair with the all-new 2015 Mustang,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford Board of Directors. “Lockheed Martin supported our requests on both vehicle builds and is bringing their F-35 Lightning II Cockpit Demonstration System, plus several test pilots, to the Ford Hangar. Visitors to the Ford Hangar are sure to be wowed by both the beauty of the F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang and the opportunity to get the fighter jet experience first hand.”

The unique 2015 F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang draws design cues from the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft, the new joint forces strike fighter. The aircraft is the world’s most advanced multi-role fighter jet, providing unmatched capabilities to the military forces of the United States and its allies.

imageThis one-of-a-kind sports car is one of the first 2015 Ford Mustangs to be sold. The design of the modified Mustang GT fastback exudes a creative connection to the F-35 Lightning, while highlighting the new design features of the 2015 Mustang. Ford design manager Melvin Betancourt and Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak led the design and engineering teams that developed this unique car.

The exterior showcases a customized glossy and matte titanium paint scheme with distinctive accents inspired by the blue and yellow lightning tail livery applied to the early production examples of the F-35. The bubble canopy of the stealthy F-35 features a distinctive gold tint designed to help minimize its radar signature – an appearance that is replicated on the windows of this Mustang.

The springs of the Mustang GT performance pack have been replaced with Eibach units for a lower ride height and the exhaust system gets larger, ceramic-coated outlets. This Mustang rolls on a set of Forgiato-created custom 21-inch wheels to further differentiate it from anything else on the road. Additional elements include a carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser and rocker moldings, unique mirror skull caps and a vertically-enhanced rear spoiler.

Exclusive interior details include a modified instrument cluster, Recaro® seats, custom audio system and floor mats embroidered with F-35 Lightning II elements and unique sill plates.

The Young Eagles auction is part of the EAA Gathering of Eagles gala. The Gathering of Eagles annually draws more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts in support of Young Eagles and other EAA programs that inspire young people to become engineers, aviators, astronauts, scientists and innovators – the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.

“Ford has been a committed sponsor of EAA and AirVenture for 15 years, bringing incredible value to those who make Oshkosh the highlight of their aviation year,” said Jack Pelton, EAA chairman of the board. “With its seventh Mustang donation, Ford continues to excite with its specialty vehicles, which reflects the depth of Ford’s commitment and allows EAA to provide support to its valuable programs and dedicated members in helping us grow the next generation of aviators.”

The F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang joins six other one-of-a-kind Mustangs created by the Ford design and engineering teams for the EAA Young Eagles auction. Ford vehicles donated at EAA AirVenture events have collectively raised more than $2.5 million to support the EAA Young Eagles.

The unique vehicles produced by Ford in support of EAA Young Eagles, include:

· 2008 – Mustang AV8R, with cues from the F-22 “Raptor,” which helped introduce the glass-roof canopy and delivered a record auction contribution of $500,000

· 2009 – The AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll” Mustang was crafted in honor of World War II aircraft

· 2010 – Two automotive icons – the late Carroll Shelby, a former U.S. Air Force flight instructor, and Jack Roush, longtime P-51 pilot – collaborated for the first time to create the SR-71 Blackbird Mustang inspired by the legendary reconnaissance jet

· 2011 – The Blue Angels Mustang celebrated 100 years of United States naval aviation

· 2012 – The Red Tails Mustang paid homage to the Tuskegee Airmen, the courageous squadron of P-51 Mustang pilots who were the United States’ first African American military airmen

· 2013 – The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Mustang celebrated the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team

 

 

The F-35 Lighting II Edition Mustang was modified by MAD Industries. Additional contributors to the project: AUNDE Corporation, Eibach Springs, 3D Carbon Fiber, BASF Automotive Refinish, Gibson Performance Exhaust, PIRELLI Tires, Forgiato Wheels, Rigid Industries LED Lighting, sPOD, MGP Caliper Covers, LGE-Paint, Madico, PIAA Corporation, APR Performance, FOCAL, The Source AV, Raceskinz, ODYSSEY Battery and Specialized Ceramic & Powder Coating.

 

 

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Mustang Raffle

Mustang 50th Convertible

Ford continues its longstanding support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by offering a one-of-a-kind 2015 Mustang 50 Years convertible to be raffled off this summer. The winner of this exclusive convertible featuring select content from the 50 Year Limited Edition fastback will be announced in Mustang Alley in Ferndale, Mich., on Aug. 16, 2014 during the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

“We’re thrilled to be able to work with and help The National MS Society again,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development. “As pleased as we are to be able to help financially with the Society’s No Opportunity Wasted research project, we also feel it’s important to help raise greater awareness of this terrific program. That we’re creating one – and only one – Mustang GT 50 Years convertible for the Society shows how much we respect and support their efforts.”

The car will be among the first regular production 2015 Mustang GT convertibles built this fall. Power comes from a 5.0-liter V8 generating more than 420 horsepower and more than 390 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a six-speed manual transmission. This will be the only 2015 Mustang convertible built with a special performance pack that includes 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero summer tires, Brembo six-piston painted front brake calipers and a limited-slip differential.

Like the recently announced 50 Year Limited Edition fastback, the convertible features a number of unique elements that distinguish it from other 2015 Mustangs:

  • Wimbledon White exterior paint
  • Chrome-accented grille with corralled pony emblem
  • Chrome accents around the tri-bar taillamp lenses
  • Axle spin-finish aluminum instrument panel trim
  • Rear decklid badge with “GT 50 Years” identification
  • Two-tone cashmere and black leather seats
  • Contrasting cashmere stitching on instrument panel, steering wheel, shift boot, door inserts and seats
  • Loop-carpet floor mats with cashmere stitching and suede binding
  • 19-inch Y-spoke wheels inspired by the chrome steel wheels offered on original Mustang
  • Owner’s guide in a leather portfolio with “50 Years” badge on the outside

This special Mustang also includes a badge on the instrument panel, engraved with the signature of Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford, and serial number 0001 of 0001.

A limited number of raffle tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through National MS Society, Michigan Chapter and Ford Motor Company, while supplies last. Tickets are $20 each. Ticket requests can be placed online anytime at www.ford4ms.com. Raffle tickets can also be reserved by phone at 800.243.5767 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

The winner does not need to be present when the lucky ticket is drawn at the Woodward Dream Cruise. The winner is responsible for title, taxes and registration.

 

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Fields Named Ford President And CEO

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Ford Motor Company announced today that Alan Mulally has decided to retire from the company July 1, and Mark Fields will be named Ford president and chief executive officer and elected as a member of the company’s board of directors.

“From the first day we discussed Ford’s transformation eight years ago, Alan and I agreed that developing the next generation of leaders and ensuring an orderly CEO succession were among our highest priorities,” Executive Chairman Bill Ford said. “Mark has transformed several of our operations around the world into much stronger businesses during his 25 years at Ford. Now, Mark is ready to lead our company into the future as CEO.”

Mulally, 68, is retiring after nearly eight years leading Ford and capping a remarkable 45-year career. Mulally has led Ford’s transformation and strengthened its position as one of the world’s leading global automakers. Under Mulally and the company’s One Ford plan for profitable growth, Ford has achieved 19 consecutive quarters of profitability, developed the strongest product lineup in Ford’s history and embarked upon the company’s most ambitious global expansion in the past half century.

“Alan deservedly will be long remembered for engineering one of the most successful business turnarounds in history,” Bill Ford said. “Under Alan’s leadership, Ford not only survived the global economic crisis, it emerged as one of the world’s strongest auto companies. We always will be grateful to Alan for his leadership, compelling vision and for fostering a culture of working together that will serve our company for decades to come.”

The transition in July is approximately six months earlier than previously anticipated, following Mulally’s recommendation to accelerate the timetable based on the readiness of Ford’s leadership team.

“Alan and I feel strongly that Mark and the entire leadership team are absolutely ready to lead Ford forward, and now is the time to begin the transition,” said Bill Ford, who recruited Mulally from Boeing in 2006.

Fields, 53, was named Ford’s chief operating officer in December 2012. He has been leading all of Ford’s global business operations and most skill teams, including product development, manufacturing, purchasing, and marketing, sales and service.

Fields’ role as COO has included leading the company’s weekly Business Plan Review meeting, which Mulally established to track the progress of the One Ford plan and to monitor the global business and competitive environment. The Thursday meetings are credited with driving a reliable and transparent process for running Ford’s global operations and enabling Ford’s senior leadership to work closely together and act decisively on its plan.

Before serving as COO, Fields served as executive vice president and president – The Americas since October 2005. There, he led the transformation of Ford’s North American business – turning it from record losses several years ago to record profits in each of the last four years. Earlier, Fields guided the product-led transformation of Ford’s European operations and formerly held European luxury brands, as well as the relaunch of Ford’s independent operations in Argentina and a major restructuring and product renaissance at Mazda.

Mulally thanked the Ford team for their many contributions and accomplishments.

“It has been an honor to serve and contribute to creating a viable, profitably growing company for the good of everyone associated with the Ford Motor Company,” Mulally said. “By working together with all of our stakeholders around the world, we now are accelerating Henry Ford’s original vision to open the highways to all mankind.

“Ford’s future is so bright, and Mark – supported by an experienced and dedicated senior leadership team – is absolutely the right leader to continue to deliver on our compelling vision,” Mulally added.

Fields underscored his commitment to the One Ford plan, including building on the company’s unprecedented global introduction of new products, innovations and excellence.

“It is a true honor to lead this great company and this talented team into the future,” Fields said. “Under Alan’s leadership, we have seen the power of One Ford and what a culture of positive leadership and working together can accomplish. My commitment is to build on that success by accelerating our pace of progress. All of us at Ford are committed to delivering even more of the great products and innovations that will deliver growth and define our company going forward.”

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Cal Pony Tribute Wheels

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The Ford Mustang made its mark of history by hitting the big 50, and with those 50 years has come styles and trends left by the Mustang.

The big talk of the town are these 20” SS tribute wheels that debuted at the 50th anniversary. The folks at Cal Pony Cars have served that sweet taste of “50” on a platter with the 20” SS Style wheel designed after the classic “Styled Steel’ wheels used on vintage Mustangs for those seeking the real vintage look on their 2005-2014 Mustang.

These premium quality chrome plated one- piece cast aluminum wheels are available in 20×9 and 20×10 for a staggered or a non-staggered fitment, come with a chrome plated finish with painted cove area and feature a set of stylized lug nuts.

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Included with these wheels are offered with a special set of official ford licensed center caps which were originally included on 1965-1966 Mustangs with styled steel wheels.

These wheels are a must have for any mustang enthusiast and are available in very limited quantities.
Get more info from the manufacturer:
California Pony Cars
1-888-225-7669
www.calponycars.com

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Restomods – Like Hipsters?

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I was watching Velocity the other day and saw a 60s era VW Beetle outfitted with an electric powerplant take on a modded dual carb VW that was tuned for the track and the electric car won. The guy that commissioned the build was a hipster looking dude and it reminded me of this infographic comparing hipsters to Restomod Mustangs.

A restomod Mustang melds the classic looks of first-generation models from the 1960s with modern engines, brakes, steering and suspension for reliable everyday driving and all-around performance most old muscle cars can’t even approach. You can buy or build what is essentially a brand-new 1965 to 1970 Mustang with any engine you want–including the 5.0-liter ‘Coyote’ V8 found in the 2014 Mustang GT.

Gavin Knapp is senior manager, market research, Specialty Equipment Market Association, a trade group that represents manufacturers of automotive specialty products such as the parts used for restorations and restomods.

“The street rod and custom segment, which includes restomods has continued to grow at a steady pace, totaling $1.19 billion in 2012, up from $954 million in 2005,” said Knapp.. “For comparison, the traditional restoration market has been relatively flat over the last several years.”

Restomods can be built to fit a wide range of budget and performance needs and it’s a trend that is becoming more popular with options from basic upgrades to brand-new vintage cars. Unlike some of the hipsters serving up your coffee, a Ford Mustang is never aloof or pretentious either.

Tell us about your experience incorporating modern touches on your classic Mustang.

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Need For Speed Pony Goes Fast

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A custom 2013 Ford Mustang GT that starred in the blockbuster movie “Need for Speed” was sold by Ford Motor Company for $300,000 on Saturday at Barrett-Jackson Auction Company’s West Palm Beach event.

John Felice, vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service, drove the spectacular Mustang onto the big stage. After spirited bidding that electrified the block, Dave Flynn of Columbiana, Ohio, won the factory-special Mustang. Auctioned at no reserve, proceeds will benefit Henry Ford Health System, the nonprofit founded by Henry Ford to support the Edith and Benson Ford Heart and Vascular Institute.

“Everyone has a Mustang story, and the new owner of this movie car now has one that is particularly special,” says Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “Snagging such a high-profile car right now – 50 years after the birth of America’s first pony car – is something to be cherished. And helping such an important cause makes the sale even more memorable.”

Founded in 1915, Henry Ford Health System is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems. It provides health insurance and healthcare delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive-care services, backed by excellence in research and education. Additional information is available at http://www.henryford.com.

“Watching the car cross the block in support of Henry Ford Health System was very rewarding,” says Sandy Hudson, chief development officer for the organization. “Dave Flynn did much more than just purchase a new car. His purchase will help so many people get access to healthcare.”

The “Need for Speed” Mustang was used in filming and was displayed at all promotional stops for the movie. It boasts a custom-designed, wide body rolling on unique, Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels. Other design elements include an enlarged lower grille with new air intakes, extended rocker panels, a twin-snorkel hood and low-profile mirrors. With a powerful V8 engine, the Mustang is finished in silver paint with Kona Blue racing stripes.

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Topless Mustang is On Top

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As the world honors 50 years of Ford Mustang, what better way to celebrate one of the most iconic car brands than putting one back on top of one of the most iconic buildings? When Ford and the Empire State Building decided to display a new 2015 Mustang convertible on the 86th floor observation deck, Ford turned to a longtime supplier for the unique expertise required to make this happen.

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Shelby Heritage Grand Opening

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Join our friends at Shelby American and Team Shelby as they celebrate their annual Shelby Vegas Bash, the first at the new Shelby American factory location. They will have our official Grand Opening celebration on April 15th. This event will lead directly into the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Ford Mustang also being held in Las Vegas beginning on April 17th. Tickets for the Shelby Vegas Bash are available at the Shelby online store and more information is available at TeamShelby.com.

For those with a heart for all things Shelby, there is an extended agenda:

April 13th Palm Springs CA  4:00PM – Event registration and hotel check in Spa Resort Casino 401 East Amado Rd, Palm Springs CA

April 13th Rancho Mirage CA 5:30PM – 2014 Shelby Bash Kick Off reception and car show Caddy Shack 72680 Dinah Shore Dr, Palm Desert, CA

April 14th Palm Springs CA 8:00AM – 2014 Shelby Run Driver’s meeting Spa Resort Casino 401 East Amado Rd, Palm Springs CA

April 14th Palm Springs CA 8:30AM – 2014 Shelby Run to Las Vegas with lunch stop – arrive South Point Hotel by 3:00PM

April14th Las Vegas NV – Evening event to be announced

April 15th Las Vegas NV 8:30AM – 2014 Shelby Bash scenic tour and Poker Run – driver’s meeting 8:30AM South Point Hotel Shelby parking area – Tour with lunch stop, returning to South Point by 4:00PM

April 15th Las Vegas NV – Grand Opening Event

April 16th Las Vegas NV 9:00AM – Noon – 2014 Shelby Bash Car Show at Shelby American

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Winner, Winner

Bernie Loomis

Bernie Loomis, winner of Motorcraft and Quick Lane’s 2013 Mustang 5.0 Fever Sweepstakes, now has his new, black 2014 Ford Mustang GT with charcoal black interior safely parked in the three-car garage of his Henderson, Nev., home.

Loomis, the lucky winner out of 196,284 entries in the annual sweepstakes hosted by Motorcraft and Quick Lane, took delivery of his new Mustang from Colorado River Ford Lincoln in Kingman, Ariz., on March 21, four days following his 70th birthday.

“I ordered the car from the factory instead of taking something off the lot,” said Loomis, explaining the delay between learning he won on Jan. 13 and delivery of his prize. “The dealership suggested I do that. You want to make sure it’s exactly what you want.”

To ensure that the winner gets a Mustang exactly to his or her liking, part of the sweepstakes prize is $5,000 in Ford Racing Performance Parts and Ford Custom Accessories. Loomis chose 19-inch wheels and Brembo racing brakes, high-performance Recaro seats, rear quarter window louvers, remote start and a side-mounted Boss 302 exhaust system.

“I’ll tell you it sounds so good,” said the retired union electrician. “I left the restrictor plates off and it is awesome sounding.”

Since picking up his Mustang, he had the side windows tinted, added a UV light/heat-deflecting film to the windshield, installed hood struts and added a cold-air box on the air induction system that when coupled with the 302 Boss exhaust system brings the horsepower up to about 450. He also plans to move his fog lights down low and install smoked fog lights up high.

“Once you get a Mustang, you customize it to your taste and you’ll never see two of them alike,” said Loomis who entered the Mustang 5.0 Fever Sweepstakes at an enthusiast event at the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction on Sept. 29, 2013 in Las Vegas.

Loomis has been a fan of the Mustang since he owned a 1984 model when he was in his 30s. He had a Ford GT from 2005-2007 then replaced that with a Mustang Shelby GT 500 and had it converted into a 725-hp Mustang Shelby GT 500 Super Snake, which he still has.

“I don’t drive the Shelby GT 500 Super Snake much at all,” Loomis explains. “I drive it to shows and out to breakfast every Wednesday. I drive it to Cars and Coffee every Saturday, but it only has 12,000 miles. I will probably drive the new one a whole lot more, but it won’t get a lot of miles on it because I don’t drive that far.”

In 2009, he and six friends founded the Vegas Valley Mustangs, a club for pony car owners that now boasts 70 members. Each year, the club sponsors two car shows and donates “every nickel that we make,” $15,000 so far, to Catholic Charities.

How did his fellow Vegas Valley Mustangs react to his good fortune? “When I first told them I was a finalist, they thought it was probably a scam of some kind,” Loomis said with a chuckle. “Now they’re pretty excited.”

This year’s sixth annual Mustang 5.0 Fever Sweepstakes is underway. Another lucky winner will drive away with a 2015 Ford Mustang GT plus $5,000 in Ford Racing Performance Parts and Ford Accessories.

Contestants 18 years or older can enter online for a chance to win at www.Mustang50Fever.com now through 11:59 a.m. ET on Dec. 1, 2014, or at Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing’s midway display at select NHRA Mello Yello Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup and Ford enthusiast events. Entries at www.Mustang50Fever.com are limited to one per person.

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Mustang 50th Anniversary Events

MUSTANG 50TH ANNIVERSARY

April 17, 2014 marks 50 years since the world was introduced to Ford Mustang. Its legions of fans will be celebrating at events across the United States throughout that week.

April 10-16 – Mustangs Across America 50th Anniversary Drive
Mustangs Across America is organizing a caravan from Los Angeles to Concord, N.C. More than 500 Ford Mustangs are expected to join the drive by the time the caravan reaches the Mustang Club of America celebration at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

April 13-16 – Mustang Club of America Great American Pony Drive
Mustang enthusiasts from around the world will gather in Norman, Okla. on April 13 before driving to the dual celebrations organized by the Mustang Club of America. In Norman, attendees will split into two groups, one setting out for Charlotte Motor Speedway, the other heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

April 16-17 – 2015 Ford Mustang at the Empire State Building
Ford will celebrate 50 years since the public introduction of Mustang by putting a 2015 model convertible on the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York. The car will be on public display, 1,000 feet above the street, both days from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

April 16-20 – Mustang Club of America 50 Year Celebrations
The celebrations are expected to be so large that Mustang Club of America has organized two simultaneous events, at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The events are open to the public and include displays of Mustang from all 50 years, Ford vehicle ride-and-drives, cruises and Mustang history sessions.

April 17 – 2015 Ford Mustang at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
The original Mustang was first shown to the world at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. Ford will go back to the fair site at Flushing Meadows Corona Park for a small gathering of local Mustang club members and the all-new 2015 Mustang.

April 17 – Ford Employee Celebration
Ford Motor Company will host an employee celebration of Mustang at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., 50 years to the day of the Mustang introduction.

April 27 – Fabulous Fords Forever Car Show at Knott’s Berry Farm
The Ford Car Club Council will host the Fabulous Fords Forever car show at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif.

May 3-4 – Mustang Madness at Petersen Museum
The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles will celebrate 50 years of Mustang with special events including a car show and guests including champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr.

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2015 Ford Mustang Design

2015 Ford Mustang

The next chapter in the life of the iconic pony car begins today as the all-new Ford Mustang – loaded with innovative technologies and delivering world-class levels of performance – is simultaneously revealed around the globe in six cities on four continents.

“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development. “The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford.”

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Rare 1970s Ford Mustang Mach I Cobra Jet to be Auctioned

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The Vicari Auction Company will offer a rare 1970 Ford Mustang Mach I Super Cobra Jet (Lot S373) during their 16th annual Biloxi Auction, Oct. 12-13, 2012, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi, Miss.

In 1970, there were 50 Super Cobra Jet Mach I Mustangs produced with the Bright Gold Metallic paint sported by this vehicle. Of those, two were produced with a 4.30 Traction-Lok Rear Axle and only one – this Mach I offered by Vicari – was ordered with Power Front Disc Brakes.

The Mach I Mustang features a 428 CID 4V Super Cobra Jet engine with a four speed close ratio manual transmission and drag pack. Other options include AM radio, competition suspension, color-keyed racing mirrors, console-mounted shift lever, rim blow-deluxe steering wheel, instrument gauges, rocker panel moldings, rear deck lid tape stripe, deep dish sports wheel covers and color-keyed carpeting.

“This muscle car is a Mustang collector’s dream come true as it’s not only very rare, but it has been maintained in museum-like quality,” said Pete Vicari, president of Vicari Auction. “In 1970, there were only 857 Mach I vehicles equipped with the 428 Super Cobra Jet/Drag Pack.”

The Mustang Mach I Super Cobra Jet will join more than 400 classic and muscle cars crossing the block at Vicari’s Biloxi Auction, which takes place during the Cruisin’ The Coast event, Oct. 7-14, 2012.

General admission to the auction is $12.50 per day. Additional consignment and bidder information is available at www.vicariauction.com or by calling 504.875.3563.

About Vicari Auction

The Vicari Auction Company hosts fast-paced, high energy auctions along the Gulf Coast, offering an entertaining destination to car collectors, enthusiasts and travelers. Pete Vicari, a lifelong enthusiast who purchased his first car – a 1940 Ford – at the age of 12, turned his passion into a successful business with the launch of Vicari Auction in November 1995. The company prides itself on personal service, providing cars for everyone from the avid collector to the first-time buyer.

For more information, contact Vicari Auction at 1900 Destrehan Ave., Harvey, LA 70058; call 504.875.3563; or visit www.vicariauction.com.

Schedule: Vicari Biloxi Auction
Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center
2350 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39531
Oct. 12-13, 2012
Preview: Gates open at 8 a.m. Thursday-Saturday
Auction: Vehicles begin at 10 a.m. Friday & Saturday
Admission: $12.50/day

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2012 Shelby Mustang Super Snake GT-500 Goes on Tour

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Just last month, Monaco Ford hosted its inaugural show of cars which brought out a couple hundred dedicated fans. The idea here was to support the new tour which is traveling to almost all 50 states, showing off the elegant 2012 Shelby Mustang GT-500 Super Snake. The High Five Tour is brought to us by the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization and is meant to bring awareness to those who serve, and will be stopping at a Ford Dealership in each state to help raise awareness.

Former Marine Dave Monaco’s son Mike is one of the organizations founders and was at the stop in connecticut. “He called me and asked if we wanted to be the Ford dealer that sponsors them in Connecticut,” said Monaco. “Now it’s going to be an annual thing.”

For people who want to attend, you can make a donation to the organization which will get you admission to the event and some tasty beverages. Attendees get a chance to put their John Hancock on the Shelby Super Snake which will eventually go to auction. The proceeds will help build  anew house for Marine Lance Corporal Tyler Huffman with the assistance of the Gary Sinise Foundation. Huffman was wounded and paralyzed back in December.

This marks the 2nd year of the tour, with year one bringing in over a million dollars for the effort. ANd check out how this went down..the person who won the Mustang Shelby paid a whopping half a mill for the car, then gave it back to be auctioned off again! The second round brought in another half mill, totaling 1 million dollars!

On the tour, the 2012 Super Snake will have three drivers including Lt. Gen. John B. Sylvester, Major Gen. Arnie Fields (Ret.) and Folsom. Sylvester was asked who would be able to slap their signature on the car, his response: “Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, and people who love soldiers, sailors airmen and Marines. It’s America’s car.” He also mentioned that the event at Monaco was the biggest of the tour so far.

The Wounded Warriors Family Support organization helps to sponsor trips for families with wounded veterans. The idea is to help them enjoy life without stress and support them at a difficult time. You never know how  a wounded soldier is going to deal with returning to society, so its imperative that their be ample support for them.

also sponsors family trips for wounded veterans, in order to give them stress-free time and any family support they may need. “It’s all about the family coming back into whatever it’s going to morph into whenever a [wounded] soldier comes back,” he said.

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1965 Shelby GT350R Goes for Almost $1MM at Auction

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The incredibly rare 1965 Shelby GT350R is quite possibly the most sought after and valuable of all Shelby Mustangs with just 34 built.

They hardly ever come up for sale, and when they do they can get near-seven figure prices. The car you see pictured here is one such example, selling this week at the RM auction in Monterey, CA for an incredible $990,000. The auction estimated the GT350R’s price tag to be between $900,000 and $1,300,000, meaning someone got a fairly good deal on a historic Mustang.

The Shelby GT350R that was sold, chassis number SFM5R106, is one of the most original examples in existence with less than 4,900 miles and the original engine and transmission. Originally owned by Richard Jordan, the car was raced in Midwestern SCCA national events until the early 1970s. After its racing career the car was placed into storage until 1986 when it was purchased and restored. Since that time the car has been perfectly maintained and is very original down to its plexiglass and magnesium wheels. The original Shelby American paperwork including invoices, titles, racing photos and more remains with the car.

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