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- Auctions America kicks off its 2014 collector car calendar March 14 – 16, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Regarded as South Florida’s premier collector car auction, the multi-day sale is expected to feature more than 450 cars spanning all segments of the collector car market
- Vehicle highlights include a 1963 Shelby Cobra, a 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT, a 1965 Shelby GT350, a 1970 Chevelle Super Sport LS6 and a 1936 Auburn 852 Supercharged Phaeton
AUBURN, Indiana – Auctions America will lift the gavel on a rare, freshly restored 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra when its highly anticipated Fort Lauderdale sale returns to South Florida, March 14-16, 2014. Coming off the company’s most successful year ever in 2013, this first collector car auction of the 2014 season will feature more than 450 American and European classics and sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs, catering to a broad range of automotive tastes and budgets.
With a well-established reputation as South Florida’s premier collector car auction, the Fort Lauderdale sale has always been highly successful—in 2013 the three-day event realized more than 17.5 million in sales with 74 percent of all lots sold. Top sale honors went to an iconic, concours-quality 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” at an outstanding $880,000.
Going into its twelfth year in Fort Lauderdale, Auctions America anticipates another thriving sale for 2014 with early highlights including American classics like a 1930 Ford Model A Pickup (stock restored), a 1946 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible, and a 1936 Auburn 852 Supercharged Phaeton, along with European sports cars such as the 1972 Ferrari Dino 246, and muscle cars featuring a 1970 Boss 302 Mustang, a 1970 Chevelle Super Sport LS6, a 1968 Shelby GT350 Convertible, and a 1965 Shelby GT350.
“Over the years the South Florida area has developed its own car culture—it’s one of the hottest exotic markets in the world,” said Donnie Gold, President of Auctions America. “Whether you are an exotic car lover looking for something extra rare or an American car fanatic looking for a classic you can’t find elsewhere – the Fort Lauderdale auction has something for everyone.”
The auction, March 14-16, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is open to the public for a day rate of $10 or a weekend pass of $25. Children 12 and under will receive free admission. For those unable to attend the event in person, Auctions America offers a broad range of remote bidding options including Internet, absentee and telephone bidding, and the auction will stream live online at auctionsamerica.com, providing real-time coverage of the event.
Auctions America is currently inviting consignments for its 2014 Fort Lauderdale sale. For further information, to speak with an Auctions America car specialist, and to view a frequently updated list of entries, please visit auctionsamerica.com or call toll free 877-906-2437 (+1 260-927-9797 outside North America).
About Auctions America
Formed in July 2010, Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time vehicle specialists, who offer over 140 years of combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. The company’s established roster of annual events are held in some of the country’s leading automotive destinations including Auburn, Indiana; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Burbank, California. To learn more about Auctions America, visit auctionsamerica.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @auctionsamerica.
1963 Shelby 289 Cobra (Photo Credit Ryan Merrill © 2013 Courtesy of Auctions America)
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Ford Mustang Marks 50 Years with All-New Sleek Design, Innovative Technologies and World-Class Performance
- All-new sophisticated design clearly inspired by 50 years of Mustang heritage evolved to attract wider array of customers and expand global market availability
- Mustang now available with three engines offering a broader power of choice – a more powerful 5.0-liter V8, a 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine
- Mustang sets new performance and dynamics benchmarks for the brand with world-class handling, more precise steering control and enhanced ride comfort
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.”
Mustang’s impact goes well beyond the 9 million-plus cars sold in its 50 years of continuous production. It has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games, and is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook. For the first time ever, Ford will bring Mustang to customers in key parts of Europe and Asia.
“We crafted this car with the goal of creating a contemporary interpretation of Mustang – an American automotive icon that symbolizes optimism and freedom for millions of people around the world,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president of Ford global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln.
All-new shape, yet unmistakably Mustang
The clean-sheet design of both Mustang fastback and convertible evokes the essential character of the brand, retaining key design elements – including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck – with contemporary execution.
“You only get one chance to make a first impression, and when you see this car you immediately see a Mustang strong and true,” said Moray Callum, Ford executive director, design, The Americas.
Several key design features define the all-new Mustang, including:
- A lower, wider stance with a reduction in roof height, and wider rear fenders and track
- The return of Mustang fastback with a sleeker profile enabled by more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass
- Three-dimensional, tri-bar taillamps with sequential turn signals
- Contemporary execution of the signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoidal grille
Mustang convertible drivers will appreciate the standard multilayer insulated cloth top that gives the car a more upscale appearance and a quieter cabin. The new top lowers twice as fast as before, and has a sleeker profile when folded for open-air motoring.
The information and controls an active driver needs are all readily accessible in the aviation-inspired cockpit, which is executed with the highest degree of craftsmanship ever found in a Mustang. Large, clear instrumentation puts vehicle information right in front of the driver in the roomier cabin, while improved ergonomics and tactile switches and knobs provide better control. The added width and a new rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for passengers, and a more usefully shaped trunk can accommodate two golf bags.
The Mustang experience
The way Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the visceral experience that makes drivers just want to get in and hit the road. With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V6 and V8 are joined by an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.
Mustang GT continues with the latest edition of the throaty 5.0-liter V8, now featuring an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads that yield more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. A new intake manifold improves low-speed breathing for better fuel economy, idle stability and emissions.
“This EcoBoost engine delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to, with a broad, flat torque curve that pours out when you stand on it for easy passing or hustling down a twisty road,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Mustang chief engineer.
The Mustang EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to deliver plenty of usable performance and projected segment-leading fuel efficiency. A unique intake manifold and turbocharger housing enable it to deliver the performance Mustang drivers expect with output projected at more than 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque.
With at least 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque on tap from the standard 3.7-liter V6, even the most accessible Mustang delivers the performance customers expect.
Drivers will appreciate smoother shifts from the updated manual gearbox, while a reworked automatic transmission features new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for drivers who want the choice between convenience and control.
Most nimble pony ever
When life throws drivers a curve, the all-new Mustang sets new handling benchmarks for the brand, delivering world-class dynamics and ride quality.
“We already set a very high standard for Mustang’s dynamics with Boss 302, and our goal was to go above and beyond that with this new car,” said Pericak.
Mustang features all-new front and rear suspension systems. At the front, a new perimeter subframe helps to stiffen the structure while reducing mass, providing a better foundation for more predictable wheel control that benefits handling, steering and ride.
The new double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system also enables the use of larger, more powerful brakes. This is expected to be the best stopping Mustang yet, with three available brake packages.
At the rear is an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings all have been specifically modified and tuned for this high-performance application. New aluminum rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling.
Smarter than your average pony
The all-new Mustang features a significant amount of innovative technologies providing drivers with enhanced information, control and connectivity when they want it. From Intelligent Access with push-button start to SYNC® and MyKey® in every Mustang built, plus available Track Apps, MyColor gauges and new Shaker Pro audio system, drivers will be able to customize their time behind the wheel.
The feeling of freedom and confidence Mustang instills in its drivers is amplified when they can take control of how the car behaves. On a twisty back road or a weekend track day, the driver can tap the toggle switches on the console to quickly adjust steering effort, engine response, and transmission and electronic stability control settings using the available Selectable Drive Modes to create the perfect Mustang at any time.
The advanced new Ford-developed stability control system is tuned to maximize Mustang’s dynamic capabilities. When the time comes to turn up the wick at the track, Mustang GT includes standard launch control that enables drivers to achieve smooth, consistent starts every time.
When it’s time to back off and relax for the drive home, available advanced driver-assist features including Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control can help ease the load, while SYNC AppLink™ lets drivers control their smartphone apps to listen to their favorite form of entertainment.
50 years of Mustang
April 17, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the original Ford Mustang and each 2015 model celebrates the milestone with a badge on the instrument panel that includes the galloping pony logo and the words “Mustang – Since 1964.” Mustang will continue to be built in the United States at Flat Rock Assembly Plant.
“From day one, we knew if we were going to build a new Mustang, we had to do it right,” said Pericak. “We built a new Mustang from the ground up that is quicker, better-looking, more refined and more efficient, without losing any of the raw appeal that people have associated with Mustang for half a century.”
Racing-inspired design elements enhance high-speed stability for faster laps
DETROIT – When it comes to keeping its tail on the track, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 manages airflow like few other production vehicles, generating downforce like a race car to press the tires against the track for high-speed stability and greater cornering capability.
Numerous modifications were made to the exterior, compared to the Camaro SS, with new and revised content developed to improve aerodynamics, powertrain cooling and brake-system cooling. They help the Z/28 produce 440 pounds more downforce at 150 mph, relative to the SS, which generates slight lift at that speed.
In fact, the aerodynamically optimized design helped the Camaro Z/28 log a lap on Germany’s legendary Nürburgring road course that was four seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1’s, and beat published times for the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
“Most production cars are designed with some lift at speed in order to slip through the air for greater fuel economy, but the all-new Camaro Z/28’s track-oriented purpose dictated an entirely different take on airflow management,” said Tom Froling, lead development engineer – aerodynamics. “Its carefully tailored aerodynamics package generates downforce for greater handling stability at speed, and the grilles are optimized to meet stringent cooling flow and brake-cooling requirements.”
The new Camaro Z/28 is the fastest factory-produced Camaro ever on a track, with improved speed coming from three areas:
- Increased grip: The Z/28 is capable of 1.08 g in cornering acceleration, due to comprehensive chassis revisions
- Increased stopping power: The Z/28 features Brembo carbon ceramic brakes capable of 1.5 g in deceleration, and consistent brake feel, lap after lap
- Reduced curb weight: The naturally aspirated Z/28 weighs 300 pounds less than the supercharged Camaro ZL1, with changes ranging from lightweight wheels to thinner rear-window glass.
Power comes from the 7.0L LS7 engine, rated at an SAE-certified 505 horsepower (376 kW) and 481 lb-ft of torque (652 Nm). A close-ratio six-speed manual transmission is the only transmission offered and power is distributed to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential featuring a helical gear set, rather than traditional clutch packs, for optimal traction.
“It’s a track-proven, uncompromising collection of hardware that generates the Z/28’s power and channels it to the ground, but it’s the way the Z/28 manages airflow that truly helps it stick to the track to make it fast and stable at speed,” said Froling. “None of the car’s unique exterior elements is without a performance-enhancing purpose. In fact, it shares several racing-inspired aero features from various Camaro and Corvette race cars.”
Computational fluid dynamics, reduced-scale rolling wind-tunnel testing, full-scale clay models and full-size prototypes were tested in several wind tunnels, including General Motors’ wind tunnel in Warren, Mich., resulting in five primary contributors to the Z/28’s aero supremacy:
1. Front splitter
The Z/28’s front splitter is a large aero panel that provides downforce at the front of the car, enhancing cornering capability and high-speed stability. It is designed to withstand 250 pounds of downforce at its tip and is matched with an aero closeout panel under the front of the engine compartment that also enhances aero characteristics – along with molded-in aero features forward of the front wheels.
2. Rear spoiler with ‘wickerbill’
At the outset of development, the aerodynamic coefficient of drag goal was achieved with original Camaro SS content and an accessory rear spoiler, but to meet the downforce requirements for Z/28, the rear spoiler was modified with a “wickerbill” – a small, vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler. Although an aesthetically minor change, it adds approximately 28 counts of drag, improving rear lift performance by 70 counts. That allows the Z/28 to handle turns at higher speeds and delivers greater overall high-speed stability.
3. Hood extractor vent
A functional carbon fiber hood extractor provides increased engine cooling by allowing hot air an exit route, but also plays an important in the car’s aero performance. It provides a path for air channeled through the grille to exit out the hood and over the car. Without the vent, the air would be pushed out the bottom of the engine compartment, which could generate lift. The design is similar to the extractor featured on the Camaro ZL1.
4. Rockers, wheel house extensions and front tire deflectors
Specific rocker moldings provide aggressive styling and improved aerodynamic performance, while unique wheel house extensions cover the Z/28’s wide tires to push air past the tires. Deflectors at the bottom-front corners of the front wheel flares also contribute to the car’s downforce-producing aerodynamics, taking the place of a conventional air dam.
5. Belly pan
The Z/28 underbody incorporates a belly pan that helps reduce front lift. It was developed using computational fluid dynamics and wind-tunnel testing. Along with the aero benefit, it also contributes to drivetrain cooling, with modified NACA duct profiles designed to draw air into the underbody tunnel area, where the highly energized air provides extra cooling for underbody components affected by the exhaust thermal energy of the LS7 engine. Unique wheelhouse liners with closeouts work with the vehicle underbody for optimal airflow, too.
Additionally, the Z/28’s unique front fascia plays an important role in airflow management. It is based on the Camaro SS, but the fog lamps, air dam and the upper-base grille are replaced with covers for deleted fog lamps (to reduce weight), an air duct support bracket, an airflow-optimized upper grille for enhanced cooling and a modified fascia lower inlet that incorporates provisions for the brake cooling ducts. They funnel air from the splitter/lower grille through the ducts to the brake rotors and calipers.
The 2014 Camaro Z/28 arrives in dealerships next spring, ready for the 2014 racing season.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
The Stephen Cox Blog presented by McGunegill Engine Performance: Collector Cars – Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part I
I am proud to own one of the most incredibly rare Ford Mustangs ever built… the 1980 Mustang GL.
It is rare today because nobody wants it. Nobody wants it because it was dead slow. It was dead slow because its naturally aspirated four-banger produced a distinctly unimpressive 86 horsepower.
Now you know why my Mustang is so rare. As you can see, I have very little to lose no matter how this rebuilding project turns out.
But fear not. My poor old pony has a few small bragging points worthy of note.
First of all, it is two-door coupe with a genuine trunk. The “Notchbacks,” as they are known today, are emerging as the most desirable Fox body Mustangs of the 1980’s. They have a unique beauty that surpasses the aesthetics of the more common hatchback models, and they are getting extremely difficult to find.
Secondly, my Mustang GL was originally ordered with a manual transmission. The clutch pedal remains in place with all bracketing, thank goodness. At least I’m not starting with a slushbox.
And thirdly, this car has one vital element that makes it utterly irreplaceable… sentimentality. I bought this car when I was seventeen. It made me the coolest kid in high school because none of my classmates knew anything about performance. I even took my future wife on fancy dates in this car. You just can’t put a price on that. Well, actually you can since I saved most of the receipts.
So after 240,000 miles I figured it was time that to make my 1980 Mustang GL run as good as it always looked.
The 15-year-old PPG Mica Blue paint is still in acceptable condition. We’ll fuss over that later. The 500-watt Pioneer stereo system is fantastic and will remain with the car. The interior is rotted and totally shot… that project is next on the hit list. The sloppy Fox platform will also eventually require the usual structural and suspension improvements, starting with sub-frame connectors and the like.
But for now, we’re installing an entirely new drive train. My good friends at McGunegill Engine Performance have sponsored my racecars for several years and are abundantly qualified to engineer this part of the project.
I specifically asked McGunegill to start with a standard Windsor block out of respect to Mustang tradition. The Mustang’s connection with Ford’s small block 302 is legendary and I want to honor that lineage.
Company owner DeWaine McGunegill asked me if I wanted, “Oh, maybe six hundred horsepower.” After all, he is a racing guy. I politely declined, wondering what on earth I would do with the other two hundred horses once I broke the sound barrier. We decided on something slightly milder.
A Blue Oval cam, Scorpion roller rockers, Ford Racing intake, headers and a handful of other goodies will push the dyno needle past four hundred horsepower and still run on pump gas. That’s streetable power, and that’s what I want. In final form, the engine will be stroked to 347 cubic inches and will be a real screamer between 3000-4500 rpm’s.
DeWaine also wanted to know what the engine should sound like, which was a really cool question to ask. My answer was simple. The most beautiful engine sound I ever heard was the low, rumbling idle of my first 1971 Ford Torino 302 V8 with new Glass Pack mufflers. It had a deep, soft rumble and would pop like fireworks when you let off the accelerator at high revs. DeWaine nodded slowly, fiddling with his pen and noting everything I said.
Although my Mustang GL was originally equipped with a four-speed Top Loader, we decided that a newer T-5 transmission would offer a better gear ratio and an overdrive to make interstate cruising more enjoyable.
The rear end will have to be changed as well. The existing 2.73 differential obviously has to go. We figured that a 3.73 Traction Lok rear end would really bring the 347 Stroker to life and be lively off the line. I’m not overly concerned about driving at wild top speeds. I just want the car to be responsive and fun from a standing start to about 60 mph. The 3.73 should fit the bill perfectly.
So there ya go. Our rebuilding project has begun, and Those Way Cool McGunegill Guys are already well on the way to completing my new 347 Windsor small block.
I’ll keep you posted every step of the way. When we’re done, maybe I’ll be the proud owner of the 1980 Mustang GL that Ford should have built all along.
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More than 800 Classic and Collector Cars Crossed the Mecum Block Nov. 21-23
Walworth, Wis. – Mecum Auctions returned to Anaheim, Calif., for its second annual auction at the Anaheim Convention Center and with spectators and bidders pouring in, total sales reached nearly $14 million. With 812 vehicles crossing Mecum’s block Nov. 21-23, 412 hammered sold with deals continuing to be made in the Bid Goes On department.
Mecum had originally anticipated a 750-car lineup, but the consignments came in droves bringing the run total to its impressive final count of more than 800. Top sales for the event were strong and proved an accurate reflection of the variety the auction offered with everything from modern-day supercars and classic muscle, to ‘50s era cars and customs making the list.
Two Ford GTs (Lot S114.1 and S196.1) took the top honors with a 2006 and a 2005 both hammering at $210,000. A highly optioned and well-documented 1969 COPO Camaro (Lot S123) was next in line selling for a healthy $180,000. Steve McQueen’s Harley-Davidson (Lot S138.1) also made the top 10 list coming in at number nine with an astounding $125,000 gavel price. Significant sales continued beyond the top 10 with lots like S134, a 1931 Ford Model A custom pickup. Nicknamed “The Grasshopper,” the truck sold for $100,000, ringing true to SoCal’s reputation for a robust hotrod and custom car scene.
The complete top 10 sales list from the Anaheim auction includes (all individual sales reflect hammer prices):
1. 2006 Ford GT (Lot S114.1) at $210,000
2. 2005 Ford GT (Lot S196.1) at $210,000
3. 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro (Lot S123) at $180,000
4. 1953 Hudson Hornet Twin-H Convertible (Lot S96.1) at $150,000
5. 1955 Chevrolet 210 Resto Mod, 2005 Harley-Davidson Roadglide, 2006 Ness Lowliner Motorcycle and 2008 Adventure Motor Bike Trailer (Lots S182-S182.3 offered as one lot) at $132,500
6. 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible (Lot S129) at $130,000
7. 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible (Lot S115) at $130,000
8. 1956 Chevrolet Nomad Resto Mod (Lot S135) at $125,000
9. 1938 Harley-Davidson WLD Solo Sport, formerly owned by Steve McQueen (Lot S138.1) at $125,000
10. 1955 Chevrolet Nomad (Lot S116) at $120,000
For access to complete auction results and other member benefits, signup for the free InfoNet service offered at www.mecum.com. Mecum’s next classic and collector car auction will serve as the grand finale of 2013 and will be held in Kansas City, Mo., this Dec. 5-7. Tune in to Velocity during the Saturday, Dec. 7 live broadcast to catch the big announcement of Mecum’s 2014 TV schedule. For more information or to consign a car for an upcoming Mecum auction, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.
About Mecum Auctions
Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 26 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.
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