It’s been a while since we’ve had a great new video of a classic Mustang to watch though it looks like we’re about to get one. This week the Drive Network released the below video teaser for an upcoming feature on their YouTube channel.
The downside appears to be that the video will be released on /Drive’s paid channel. Though going by the above and the rest of their content it looks like it may be worth forking out a few dollars for this one!
The guys over at Hot Rod Magazine posted an awe-inspiring story this week we could all only dream about. Rich Barnes was towing home a nice rare 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT. 350 find home after finding it chained to a carport in Compton. Only to have the car on the trailer attract attention for all the right reasons.
After delivering a Ford Bronco to a customer Rich thought it would be a fun idea to go on a bit of a road trip in the hopes of tracking down a Mustang he saw in an obscure advertisement. He had spoken with the owner once before. He was reluctant to part with the rare car though Rich took a chance and went on the drive anyway. Rich didn’t realise the nature of Compton and it’s surrounding areas “I didn’t think anything of it until I started driving into the area and saw how depressed and trashed it was.” This would explain why the car was found chained to the car port.
Upon talking to the owner he found out the fastback had the original 302 J-code small-block under the hood, backed by a four-speed and a 9-inch rearend. Somebody had flared the fenders too. They also dropped the suspension and beefed up the stock brakes. It was one of 223 Hertz rental cars. The Wimbledon White Shelby had a little race history. The body was California rust-free. A deal was done and Rich parted with $8,200 and drove off with a nice 1968 Shelby GT350.
Now here’s were it gets interesting. While filling up with GAS somewhere outside Reno a bearded gentleman in his 70’s commented that he had one just like it but “it’s a GT500!”. The guy seemed genuine though was reluctant to take Rich to see it despite wanting to sell it.
Once Rich returned home he was straight on the phone and organised to go straight over as soon as possible. Upon inspecting the gentleman’s property Rich, to his amazement, did found the red Shelby GT500 in a shipping container. “We rolled it out and cleared things off, and it really looked like hell,” Rich remembers. “But underneath, the body was in really good shape with little or no rust. He showed me extra blocks, cranks, heads, trannys, and all these other parts that went with the car.”
I’m afraid that’s where the story ends with no mention from Rich if he was able to walk away with yet another rare find.
To read the full story head on over to Hot Rod Magazine. Highly recommended!
Photos and story courtesy of Muscle Car Review
SCOTTSDALE – Dec. 2014 – Barrett-Jackson will auction more than 100 vehicles from the world-renowned Ron Pratte Collection on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, beginning at 9 a.m. MST at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. Selling at predominantly No Reserve, The Ron Pratte Collection includes 140 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles, and over 1,400 pieces of automobilia.
“The Ron Pratte Collection is possibly the largest and most diverse to cross any collector car auction block over the past decade,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The majority of Ron’s collection was purchased at Barrett-Jackson auctions and it’s only fitting that these fine collectibles come back to our Scottsdale auction to be passed along to their next caretaker.”
The Ron Pratte Collection sale will kick off with his incredible compilation of automobilia on Saturday, Jan.10, at 9 a.m. MST and continue through its culmination on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. The Pratte vehicles with lot numbers between 2000 and 2109 will cross the block on Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m. The remaining Pratte vehicles, with lot numbers starting at 2500 and above, will be crossing the block on Saturday, Jan. 17.
The Collection being auctioned on Tuesday, Jan. 13, includes an impressive mixture of vehicles, including a ’69 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle 2 door hardtop (Lot #2016), one of only 22 still in existence and the only one known to exist with a column shift; a ’29 Indian 401 motorcycle (Lot #2058), which was restored to as-new condition and is ready to be ridden; and a ’69 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback (Lot #2049), one of the rarest Mustangs available with its original engine, transmission and rear end.
“Because of the size and breadth of the Ron Pratte Collection, we wanted to give bidders a single day to really focus on the amazing vehicles that will cross the block,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Tuesday will be a big day for many collectors who have had their eye on some of these fantastic cars. Of course, we’re also looking forward to the excitement when some of the crown jewels of the Ron Pratte Collection, like the Shelby Cobra Super Snake, cross the block on Saturday.”
Beginning December 11, collectors can follow Barrett-Jackson’s “30 Days of Pratte,” an exclusive look inside the legendary Ron Pratte Collection featuring one Pratte-owned vehicle a day leading up to the first day of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. For a complete listing of The Ron Pratte Collection, visit www.Barrett-Jackson.com.
Live coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale will be broadcast on Velocity and Discovery during 36 hours of live, high-definition TV coverage from Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 13-18.
For more information checkout the Barrett-Jackson website.
66 GT350 finished in Ivy Green with white LeMans stripes
67 GT500 – Lime Gold
67 GT500 – Midnight Blue Metallic
68 GT500 – Convertible
69 GT500 – Convertible
69 Boss 302
Award-winning coachbuilder Classic Recreations is proud to announce a new division, CR Supercars, dedicated to handcrafting turn-key supercars that fuse classic styling from the golden age of American muscle cars with the latest high-tech engine and chassis components to create world-class sports cars that are totally bespoke and turn-key. Debuted at the 2014 SEMA Show by Centerforce Clutches and MMA fighter Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett, the Mustang Villain is the first model from the CR Supercars lineup. Based on an iconic design but totally reimagined for 2015, the Villain marks an exciting departure for Classic Recreations, a company known for its world-renowned Shelby continuation cars.
The CR Supercars Mustang Villain starts life as an original 1968 Mustang Fastback. CR Supercars strips the car to a bare shell then updates the iconic sheet metal with new composite body panels that are crafted using the latest 3D mold making technology. Accented with subtle carbon fiber trim, the design accentuates the Mustang fastback’s timeless lines but improves aerodynamics and reduces weight. Once the new panels are fit to the car, it undergoes a 2,500 man-hour transformation. The car is rebuilt using cutting-edge performance tech, hand-rubbed custom paint and a custom-stitched interior. All of that creates the ultimate sports car: more unique then an Italian exotic and faster than anything from Detroit.
The Mustang Villain is powered by Ford Racing’s 420-HP all-aluminum DOHC 5.0L Coyote engine, which will be mated to a Tremec T-56 Magnum six-speed manual transmission through a Centerforce DYAD.
The Villain performs as well on a canyon road as it does in the quarter mile, thanks to a Detroit Speed Engineering suspension system that includes a hydro-formed Aluma-Frame fitted with Corvette-based A-arms, a QUADRAlink 4-link rear suspension and fully adjustable DSE/JRi coilovers. CR Supercars utilizes massive Wilwood six-piston 14-inch brakes at all four corners and sits them behind a custom set of 18-inch Grip Equipped Series Wheels by Forgeline.
The Villain marks the next level in performance from Classic Recreations. Its CR Supercars division is developing other exciting advanced-technology tribute cars. Look for another industry-rocking CR Supercars debut in the near future.
420-HP Ford Racing all-aluminum DOHC 5.0L Coyote
Tremec T5 five-speed
Suspension and Chassis:
Detroit Speed Aluma-frame with Corvette-based A-arms
QUADRAlink 4-link rear suspension
Fully Adjustable DSE/JRi Coilover System< Brakes:
Front and Rear: WIlwood six-piston caliper 14-inch brakes
Grip Equipped Series Wheels By Forgeline
Old Air Climate Control System
Kicker Audio Sound System
MALVERN, PA – AmericanMuscle and C&L Performance have teamed up to giveaway the very first C&L Cold Air Intake for the 2015 Mustang. C&L Performance makes some of the highest quality cold air intakes available by doing rigorous testing to improve performance gains. In addition to the Intake the winner will also receive a Bama SF4/X4 handheld tuner with free tunes for life from Bama Performance. The C&L Cold Air Intake paired with a Bama Tune will maximize power gains, waking up your 2015 Mustang.
The winner will also receive a personalized plaque with their name, VIN number, and make/model that can be displayed on the intake. This is a package value of over $750.00! To enter, fill out the form online by 11/24/2014.
– C&L Performance and AmericanMuscle have teamed up to giveaway the very first 2015 Mustang Cold Air Intake
– One lucky winner will receive a C&L Cold Air Intake and Bama SF4/X4 handheld tuner for their EcoBoost, V6, or GT 2015 Mustang
– The winner will receive a personalized plaque with their make, model, VIN, and name engraved on it
– 2015 EcoBoost, V6, and GT owners are all eligible to win
– Participants need to fill out an entry form to be in the running. Contest ends 11/24/2014
All you need to do to enter is follow this link! Good luck!
If you’re from Australia or have played Forza 5 on the Xbox you will know about Mount Panorama in Bathurst. For those who don’t this famous piece of public road has played host to some of the most amazing races over the years and another is about to happen over October 10-13.
Ahead next weekends famous 1000km Bathurst event Australian V8 Supercar driver Mark Winterbottom took to the mountain in a very nice 68′ Mustang to explain the history of the great track and what it means to him.
We love to hear of good things happening in the Mustang industry and we’re delighted to hear that the recent 2014 AmericanMuscle Car Show raised tidy sum of $35,000 for charity. Not only that but it was also refreshing ot hear that the event was the largest Mustang-only car show in the world, hosting close to 3,000 Mustangs and over 10,000 spectators.
This was the first year the show was held at Maple Grove Raceway and allowed a far greater number of Mustangs and spectators to enjoy the show. Brett “Big Schwag” Wagner, host of the show “Pass Time” was one of the hosts of the show, MCing different events. 2,600 Mustangs converged at Maple Grove to make it one of the largest Mustang Events in the country, with 10,000+ spectators at the event. $35,503.02 was raised for the Special Olympics, with $4,300 of that donation coming from the Red Mustang Registry.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. was at the show signing autographs and meeting fans. A highlight of the show was Vaughn revealing his 2015 Mustang RTR to the public for the first time at the show. The RTR reveal was one of the most talked about events at the show. The 2015 Mustang RTR will be at the SEMA show in November and for sale at select dealers in January. 2015 RTR Mustang Parts will be available in January as well through AmericanMuscle.
Hot Rod legend Chip Foose was as the AmericanMuscle Car Show signing autographs and meeting fans. He signed autographs all day and even after the show ended. To make it an even more memorable moment, Chip Foose gave away Project MMD to Zachary Villareal of Alice, Texas. Project MMD was last year’s SEMA vehicle that was worth $70,000 with all of the upgrades done to the 2014 Mustang GT.
There was a Roush Burnout contest, a BBK revving competition and a Bama Performance Dyno Contest that ran throughout the day. The Roush Burnout Contest produced a lot of white smoke and shredded rubber, with a push rod 5.0L swapped New Edge Drift Car winning the contest. The BBK revving contest brought challengers from Fox Bodies to 2014 S197’s. The dominating sound of the 4 valve coyote engine with a full exhaust system took first place. The Bama Performance Dyno contest saw some modded Mustangs Putting down power from the low 600 HP range to the winner, a 2014 Turbo GT, putting down 926 RWHP.
Revelation Studios gave out free AmericanMuscle Tattoos all day long at the show. The Tattoos incorporated the AmericanMuscle Brand with car parts to truly embody the Mustang experience. After the awards ceremony and all of the $20,000+ in prizes were handed out, Mustang owners were able to drag race at the show for a heavily discounted price. By far this was the biggest and best AmericanMuscle show to date; from the Sponsors and vendors, to the Mustangs, spectators, and special guests, it was truly a memorable show.
Check out the great video the guys have put together showcasing the event and check out all the info at the official car show page here.
It’s been a few years since we last gave an update about the 1967 Fastback project that this site was created for and it’s been even longer since we posted about the particular lighting setup we were going for.
For those readers who remember reading all those years ago you may remember that on this Mustang we wanted to go for a modern, updated headlight system, moving away from the vintage, low light output systems of the past.
A custom Bi-Xenon setup was commissioned though due to the recent years of little progress on the car we never got to the the point of installation and now it looks like we may be starting it all over again, with a more refined system. You see, in the years since the custom setup was built a newer product has been released.
The Morimoto Sealed7. A fully modular bi-xenon replacement for all industry-standard 7″ Round Headlights. Designed to replace all “universal” 7″ round headlights, the Sealed7 offers full low and high beam functionality in a housing that should mount right up to the stock mounting brackets. (For a the 1967 Mustang it looks like a little bit of cutting is required to the frame due to the length of the unit).
The great thing about these units are that they are clean, purpose built units, unlike the ones we had before that had heat tape and all kinds of glue and PVC pipe.
So far we’ve only seen these installed on Jeeps and if you can find them on a classic 60’s Mustang we’d love to from you.
It looks like we’ll be giving these a go in the not to distant future.
Our friends over at HotRod.com have posted a great little story about a truly awesome barn find. Something we all wish we’d come across. A 1967 Shelby GT500.
The car, which belongs to Scott Drake’s Paul Kerner was recently displayed ‘as is’ at the Mustang 50th anniversary show in Las Vegas.
The car was purchased in 1997 as a true barn find. “A coworker found the car. He said it was coming out the next day in the local Recycler, so if I wanted the car, I had to buy it now.” So then and there the car was purchased for $14,000. Yes, you read that right.
The car has sat in his garage for quite some time and he admits it’s something he’s just “never got around to”.
Though what is interesting about the car is in 2003 a rep for Kylie Minogue got in touch wanting to buy it for $100,000 for her father Ron. Paul, in no hurry to sell, wanted $110k and so the deal didn’t happen.
Funnily enough only a six years later news hit that Ron Minogue got duped out of a fake 1968 GT500
So today the car still remains as it was found all those years ago. Head on over to HotRod.com for the full story and pictures.