A quick review of the top sellers at Mecum’s 2015 auctions reveals that the most desirable Fords hold their own alongside rare classics and exotic sports cars. Mustangs, T-birds and even Galaxies frequently appear on the “top ten” lists with Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
In fact, at the Anaheim auction, Fords occupied the top three spots. A 550-hp 2005 Ford GT went for $270,000, while a 300-hp 1957 Thunderbird sold for $185,000. Third place at the Anaheim event went to a 1969 Mustang Boss 429 Fastback that sold for $170,000. Another Boss 429 went for $250,000 in Dallas, while a 2005 Ford GT sold for $235,000 at the Chicago show.
Let’s take a look at five top Ford sales at the 2015 Mecum auctions.
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback
This Candy Apple Red beauty sold for $250,000 at the Mecum event in Dallas. It was one of just 857 Boss Mustangs built in 1969. The classic muscle car is powered by a 375-hp engine mated to a four-speed manual transmission. It was no easy task to fit the massive 429 cubic-inch engine into the Mustang’s engine compartment. Kar Kraft accomplished the feat by lowering the front suspension and moving the mounting points forward.
The stylish ’69 Boss Mustangs featured a front spoiler, functional hood scoop, competition suspension, power steering, power brakes, a 3.91:1 rear axle ratio, Traction-Lok and an engine oil cooler. The 85-amp battery was positioned in the trunk.
This particular 1969 Boss Mustang 429 Fastback underwent a two-year-long, Concours-quality restoration beginning in 2005. The undercarriage and engine compartment were meticulously restored using chrome plating, paint finishes and metal coatings consistent with the original. The shipping invoice and the original build sheet were supplied with the vehicle.
1967 Shelby 427 Ford Cobra Roadster
The high-performance Fords that emerged from Carroll Shelby’s shop in the 1960s are usually high performers at today’s auctions. This rare roadster sold for $1,000,000 at the Indianapolis auction. The original vehicle was red with a black interior. In the 1980s, this stunning million-dollar vehicle was repainted blue with white stripes. It is powered by a big-block 427 cubic-inch engine with a single four-barrel carburetor. The “side-oiler” engine was mated to a special four-speed competition transmission.
In October 1967, the original vehicle was delivered by truck to Paradise Ford of Scottsdale, Arizona, at “$1,000 off dealer cost.” When a Houston dealer offered the 1967 Shelby 427 Ford Cobra Roadster for sale in 1981, it had approximately 17,000 miles on it.
The vehicle subsequently underwent a thorough restoration in California. The engine and transmission were rebuilt and the differential was overhauled. The vehicle also got an oil-cooler scoop, rear-wheel arch lips and widened front flares. The battery was moved to the trunk, and the instruments were rebuilt.
Today, this 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra is a true investment-grade vehicle.
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL Convertible
It might be a little surprising to see a Ford Galaxie crack the top ten at a Mecum auction. Not one, but two Ford Galaxies made the top-ten list at the Dallas auction. This gorgeous red convertible sports a matching red interior. The winning bid of $152,500 is attributed in part to the fact that only about 30 R-code 1964 convertibles remain in existence.
This particular 1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL Convertible is powered by a 427 FE-series engine rated at an impressive 425 hp.
The meticulous restoration was completed with the appropriate Ford parts and the proper Kelsey Hayes HiPo wheels. This exceptionally clean vehicle has been an award winner on a number of occasions. For example, and it received the 2014 Lion Award from Concours d’Elegance of America, and it was an AACA National first-place award winner. This rare Galaxie also appeared at the 2014 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.
1957 Ford Thunderbird F-Code
This rare, bronze-colored 1957 Thunderbird F-Code sold at the Anaheim show for $185,000. Only 211 of the 21,380 1957 Thunderbirds included the high-horsepower F-Code engine. The “Dial-O-Matic” seat, electric windows and Town and Country AM radio were valued options in vehicles of that era. A removable hard top and soft top were also included with this F-Code T-Bird. The exterior color, Code-Q Thunderbird Bronze, was only offered for the 1957 model year. It is complemented by a bronze interior with padded dash. The bronze color is very rare, as most of the 1957 F-Code Thunderbirds were either white or black.
In 1957, Ford offered four engines in the T-Bird, including the C-Code, D-Code and E-Code. Only the rare F-Code featured a McCulloch/Paxton VR57 supercharger. Back in the day, an astute sports car enthusiast could add the supercharged F-Code engine to the T-Bird for only $340. With the boost provided by the supercharger, the 312 cubic-inch V8 engine generates a prodigious 300 hp with 8.5 compression. The vehicle also features a single four-barrel carburetor, three-speed transmission with overdrive, hot cam and unique cylinder heads. The gauge cluster appropriately includes provisions for measuring supercharger boost.
The 1957 supercharged T-Bird is very desirable in part because of changes that came to the T-Bird lineup the next year. In 1958, Ford chose to market the T-Bird as a four-door personal luxury vehicle, and the supercharged version was discontinued.
2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition
This special edition Ford GT was one of several 2005-06 Ford GTs to break into the top ten at the various 2015 Mecum auctions. The 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition went for $475,000 at the Houston show. Only 343 of these state-of-the-art beauties were ever produced. This particular GT only has 13 miles on it. The iconic Heritage Edition paint scheme is complemented by a black interior, special lightweight BBS forged aluminum wheels, gunmetal gray brake calipers and a dual stainless-steel exhaust. The GT also includes the aerodynamic package.
The supercharged 5.4L V8 engine sports a 550-horsepower rating, and it is mated to a Ricardo six-speed transmission. The Lysholm supercharger features a screw-type design with an intercooler. The spectacular sports car also includes other modern features like push-button start, remote keyless entry and electronic ignition. HID headlamps.
Mecum’s various 2015 events featured everything from rare classics like a 1932 Duesenberg to truly unique vehicles like a 1966 Batmobile Replica. At the same time, a wide variety of Fords attracted substantial bids at the auctions. A number of Ford cars attracted six-figure bids, and a couple of 1960s-era Shelby Cobras cracked the million-dollar mark.
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