There are two major car auctions happening this month. The Mecum auction in Kissimmee, FL is the one we’ll be highlighting here, specifically the notable Mustangs that will be sold at the event. Some of the best cars from all over the country can be found at this huge event which lasts nine days.
Recent Shelby GT’s are the subject of a lot of bench racing and debate. These cars start life as a regular Mustang GT, and then get transformed at Shelby American’s facility in Las Vegas, NV. The debate rages that they may someday be more collectible than the GT500 that goes down the Ford assembly line since the Shelby GT’s were actually finished at Shelby.
If you care to gamble on that idea, or have always wanted one of those cars going on the block Wednesday are no less than two Shelby GT’s a black and a white one, both from 2007. The white car, lot number W321, has less than 1,000 miles. It is one of only 491 white cars equipped with the automatic transmission, 2007 is the only year the auto was an option in the Shelby GT. The black Shelby GT, lot number W324, is a five-speed car, with less than 7,000 miles.
Adding to the late model Shelby list and undoubtedly a future collectible is this 2007 GT-H convertible. Lot number T107 will cross the block Thursday with no reserve.
This Roush Stage 3 Convertible is 1 of 1 in this color.
If late models are your thing, but not Shelby’s how about a 2010 Roush Stage 3. These 540 hp beasts are rare enough, but throw in the fact that lot T149 is also a sterling gray convertible and it pegs the scale on rare cars from the “Cat in the Hat”. This one of one will cross the block Thursday at 3:00 PM.
Late on Thursdays two classic Mustangs from a critical point in Mustang history will come across the block in order. Lot T282 is a 1969 Mach 1 Fastback, with the venerable S-Code 4 barrel 390 engine and four speed transmission. This is one of just 881 Mach 1’s built in this configuration.
Two icons of the Mustang scene in the late 60's, the Mach 1 and the Boss 302
Following the Mach 1 is an even more rare 1969 Boss 302. Lot T283 will cross the block at 8:00PM. This unrestored Boss has been repainted once on all body panels, and had a warranty block replacement performed early in it’s life. Unrestored, and near original examples of these cars are difficult to locate and draw a premium. Mecum has this car estimated at a sale price of $60-$90.000.
Joining the list of rare track bred vehicles from Ford is this brand new 2000 Cobra R. yes brand new, never titled or delivered. We’re not sure why this car never sold, it could be the dealer simply asked too much over the sticker price. The car shows just under 400 miles, so we’re sure some dealer plate miles were probably put on it. Still the seller says the buyer receives full factory warranty. Crossing the block Thursday at 8:15, estimated sale price $50-$75,000.
We suspect anything with the Shelby name will be hot this year. A new, never titled 2008 GT500 KR should be very hot indeed. Lot F165.1 will cross the block at 3:35 on Friday. We’ll be interested to see what it brings.
Bidders can take their pick, a brand new GT500KR(left) or a slightly used Super Snake (right)
Speaking of hot late model Shelby’s. If more horsepower is what you crave, (and who doesn’t) then take a look at lot F167. A 725 HP 2009 GT500 Super snake, number 309 of 500 built. This one is Vapor gray, and has just 6,000 miles on the clock.
If that late model Shelby GT-H wasn’t your thing, maybe an original one is. Lot F259 is a 1966 Shelby GT350-Hertz edition. This one has just over 87,000 miles showing, and is one of the original 1,000 originally delivered to Hertz.
With an Elite Marti Report, window stickers, and invoices, this 1969 Boss 429 is another super rare Mustang that will no doubt fetch a premium price when it crosses the block on Friday at 7:40PM. Lot F275 has an estimated hammer price of between $175-$225,000.
An Arizona car since it was sold new, lot F298, a 1967 Shelby GT500 in Nightmist blue, has been recently restored. This car features the mighty 428 Cobra Jet engine, and four speed transmission. Recent restoration completed by Surefire Restorations, in Humble Texas.
Bob Tasca is a name familiar to all of us who follow Ford drag racing. Before other factory programs at the blue oval, Tasca impressed some of Ford’s top brass with his version of a lightweight Mustang for the then hot Super Stock racing. This car a 1968 Mustang lightweight is well documented. Lot S124 could bring over $300k when the hammer falls.
Lot S141 is a stunning 1968 GT500KR convertible. This car features factory air and a four speed transmission. This car was painted in highland green, and is one of only 50 done in that hue.
Rounding out our list is lot S202, the Boss Snake. A creation of RPM Hot Rods in Coraopolis, PA based on the very rare 1970 Quarterhorse Mustang. This Resto-mod features a Jon Kasse built 770 HP engine, Tremec T-56 Magnum transmission, Classic Instruments gauges, big Baer six-piston brakes, and more go fast goodies. It’s fully streetable and we imagine a blast to drive.
There are many beautiful Mustangs going across the block at this event. Some extremely rare, including Saleens, at least one Fox Body, no fewer than three other Boss 429’s. We can’t bring them all to you here so you’ll have to watch the event for yourself.
We’ll no doubt be keeping an eye on these rides and many others as they make their way across Mecum’s auction block from January 18-27. It looks to be another good year for Mustang sales at auction.