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Fighting Above Its Weight Class – Hollywood Hot Rods Ford Mustang GT Convertible Goes Supercar Style for SEMA
- Hollywood Hot Rods builds a custom 2014 Ford Mustang convertible with supercar style and performance for SEMA
- All bodywork modifications are executed in hand-formed aluminum including the custom lift-off roof
Like a middleweight who decides to challenge a heavyweight in the ring, Hollywood Hot Rods decided to take on the supercars with its 2014 Ford Mustang GT convertible at SEMA 2013. While the classic style and proportions of Mustang say performance even in stock form, the team at Hollywood Hot Rods wanted to create something truly unique with this project car.
“We really wanted to take the customization of this Mustang to the next level,” said Troy Ladd, owner of Hollywood Hot Rods. “Instead of simply adding accessories and a custom paint job, we wanted to really change the car.
“So we decided to redesign some key elements of the car, like the roof and rear section; to create a completely new and bold design that propels Mustang into supercar status while retaining classic Mustang DNA.”
More than 150 hours of went into reshaping the entire rear section of the Mustang project car in metal. Another 250 hours of hand-forming went into crafting the aluminum lift-off roof. All body modifications including the front splitter, side scoops, skirts and diffuser are custom fabricated in aluminum.
This Hollywood Hot Rods Mustang has the mechanical credentials to back up its looks, with a Ford Racing Whipple supercharger and Banks Power water-methanol injection system bringing the 5.0-liter V8 to an estimated 750 horsepower. Underneath, a Cortex Racing X-treme grip track suspension system keeps the tires planted so all that power can be put to use.
“We used extreme body modifications, serious race car handling, huge horsepower and a full custom interior to create an American supercar,” added Ladd.
- Handmade lift-off aluminum hard top
- Completely redesigned tail section
- One-off handmade aluminum body accessories, front grille, air splitter, rear wing
- 5.0-liter V8 with Ford Racing Whipple supercharger
- Banks Power water-methanol injection system
- Cortex Racing, X-treme grip track suspension including rear Watts linkage and torque arm
- JRI coilover dampers at all four corners
- StopTech six-piston brakes
Horses of a Different Color: From Gulfstream Aqua to Ruby Red, 50 Years of Shifting Ford Mustang Color Favorites
- Ford Mustang exterior paint color popularity shifts from the top-selling green and blue in the 1960s to best-selling black and red today
- Red has been consistently popular throughout Mustang’s history and is the top seller overall, adorning about 21 percent of all Mustangs
- The past 50 years of Mustang have brought eye-catching, special-edition colors like Mystichrome, Playboy Pink and Gotta Have It Green to the road
- Exterior paint colors help bond Mustang owners to create clubs dedicated not only to the car but to specific colors
The world has changed dramatically in the past 50 years and the favored color choices of Ford Mustang drivers have shifted as well. As television transitioned from black-and-white to color, Mustang reflected the incoming fashion trends with a palate of vibrant colors.
In the five decades since, color shifts to more muted browns and yellows and back to today’s bolder hues have given Mustang a different tint from many other cars.
While the best-selling vehicle color in the U.S. today is white, Mustang bucks the trend; just a mere 10 percent of Mustangs sold today are white.
Currently, black is the best-selling Mustang exterior paint color, up 10 percent over the last decade to account for 28 percent of all 2013 Mustangs sold. By comparison, only about 1.5 percent of customers between 1967 and 1973 went for black Mustangs according to historical production data provided by Marti Auto Works, the licensed supplier of Ford Motor Company production records.
On the other hand, red which has always been a popular color for sports cars, accounts for nearly 21 percent of all Mustangs ever sold. One of the most traditional colors – it owned just over 10 percent of total Mustangs sold in 1967 – red Mustangs account for approximately 22 percent of all Mustang sales over the last decade.
Blue has made a comeback recently, after dominating the early years of Mustang, reaching a peak of 30 percent of all cars in 1968 when six different shades were offered. The availability of eye-catching shades like Grabber Blue and Kona Blue have helped that primary color capture as much as 23 percent of sales in recent years.
Other early favorites such as green, yellow and brown have largely faded away in the 21st century. Green and yellow have mostly been found on limited edition Mustangs like the Bullitt and Boss 302 while the last brown Mustangs were built in 1989.
In addition to the typical color palate, Mustang has been offered in a variety of specialty shades ranging from hot Playboy Pink in 1967 to color-shifting Mystichrome on the 2004 SVT Cobra to today’s Gotta Have It Green. As a vehicle that first prided itself as “the car designed to be designed by you,” Mustang has offered customers their pick of colors, packages and special editions to make Mustang their own.
“Our Mustang owners are passionate about their cars, and the exterior paint color they choose invokes an emotional response to the vehicle,” said Melanie Banker, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “Mustang owners buy a vehicle in School Bus Yellow or Grabber Blue because it reflects what they want their Mustang to say to the world about them.”
The passion that surrounds the Mustang brand and customer is punctuated by the color that wraps the exterior of the vehicle. For some owners, the Mustang paint color runs deeper than the paint on the shell of the vehicle – it helps create a bond between fellow Mustang owners who share the same passion for their cars.
The Yellow Mustang Registry is dedicated to the owners and enthusiasts of yellow Mustangs. Founded in 2001, the registry has more than 8,932 members and 8,984 registered vehicles worldwide, and has hosted more than 60 events since its founding. The yellow Mustangs in the registry range from early Springtime Yellow, offered 1965-66, to Zinc Yellow, introduced in 2000.
Similarly, AllRedMustangs.com devoted to “Ford Mustangs 1964-present – as long as it’s red,” has more than 1,300 members across 14 countries.
“Your car is an extension of you and embraces your personality,” says Steve Schattem, president and owner, AllRedMustangs.com. “I think red has become more popular over the years since the Mustang became America’s muscle car.
“Color registries are a great way to bring people with a commonality together. It’s another way to share a common bond,” says Schattem.
Pack Your Bags, Bring the Family, it’s Mecum Auction Time in Anaheim
Walworth, Wis. – Mecum Auctions will take the gavel out to Orange County, Calif., for the second annual Mecum Anaheim Auction featuring 750 classic and collector cars at the Anaheim Convention Center this Nov. 21-23.
The impressive 815,000-square-foot facility is located in the heart of the beautiful 1,100-acre Anaheim Resort district, just steps away from Disneyland. With a great lineup spanning a wide variety of muscle, hot rods, Corvettes, classics and more, this late-fall auction is set in an exceptional vacation-destination where attendees can escape the cold and bring the family to enjoy the warmth of sunny SoCal and some exciting Mecum auction action.
As the largest exhibit facility on the West Coast, the Anaheim Convention Center is the perfect venue to host some of the collector car market’s finest as they cross the Mecum auction block. Just a glimpse into the current consignments reveals a 1966 Shelby GT350 Fastback (Lot S163), a 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe (Lot S92), a 1931 Cadillac V-12 (Lot S106), and some amazing resto mods including a 1955 Chevrolet Nomad (Lot S105) and a 1948 Ford Woody (Lot S94), among a host of others. This event should be on the must-attend list of every auto-enthusiast.
Doors to the Anaheim event open each day at 8 a.m. and portions of all three days of the auction will be broadcast live on Discovery’s Velocity Network. Mecum will also present a live stream of the entire auction at www.mecum.com. Mecum’s website is updated daily with the latest consignments including detailed descriptions and photographs of the vehicles. To view the list, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for the Anaheim 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.
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802
November 21-23, 2013
$20 per person, Children 12 years and younger free
Gates open daily at 8 a.m.
Vehicles start at 1 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday with Road Art an hour prior
Live TV Schedule:
Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m.
(All Times Pacific)
Source: Mecum Auctions
The Project Yellow Jacket Ford Mustang created by the team at Vortech Superchargers packs a serious sting for its upcoming debut at the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
“As a lifelong Ford fan, I was inspired to create this project car when I realized Ford doesn’t offer yellow on the 2014 Mustang,” said Brian Ellis, sales, marketing and social media manager for AirPower Group. “We wanted to create something really eye-popping with a mechanical package to match the appearance.”
The team at Vortech added 3D Carbon’s Boy Racer kit, along with a carbon-fiber cowl induction hood and other carbon accents from TruFiber all finished in a custom paint supplied by DuPont.
Under the carbon-fiber hood sits the potent 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine topped off with a Vortech V-3 Si supercharging system packing 605 horsepower and 473 lb.-ft. with 7.5 psi of boost.
Other upgrades include:
- Webasto custom electronic sunroof
- Wheels and tires: iForged Icon three-piece wheels – 20- x 9-inch front, 20- x 11-inch rear (black chrome centers with flat black lips) wrapped in Falken Azenis FK453 tires (275/40/20 front, 315/35/20 rear)
- Suspension and braking: Custom powder-coated Maximum Motorsports Road & Track box suspension package and Baer 6S six-piston brakes at all four corners
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 177,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.
· RM Auctions generates more than $9.6 million in total sales, with 90 percent of all lots sold, at its annual Hershey, Pennsylvania, sale
· Top-sellers: superlative 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Roadster achieves $704,000; 1910 Pierce-Arrow 48-SS Seven Passenger Touring, offered for first time in six decades, brings $687,500
· Estate collection of Jim Miller realizes $1,265,000, with numerous lots exceeding estimate
· Full results available online at www.rmauctions.com
BLENHEIM, Ontario – RM Auctions continued its highly successful 2013 auction season last week (October 10–11), posting a strong $9,697,600, with 90 percent of all lots sold, at its annual Hershey, Pennsylvania, sale. Held during the renowned AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meet, the well-established auction drew a standing-room-only crowd, with numerous spirited bidding contests erupting over the course of the two days. Illustrating RM’s international clientele and the continued global popularity of the Hershey auction, bidders represented 17 countries from around the world.
“We’re thrilled with the results from this year’s Hershey sale,” says Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Auctions. “Since its launch in 2007, our Hershey sale has enjoyed strong support from the collector community. This year’s event was no exception, with high levels of client interest resulting in numerous lots exceeding expectations. The results not only reflect the quality of the product on offer, but also the global reach of RM’s marketing campaigns and the company’s ability to match product to venue.”
Top sale honors went to the catalogue’s cover car, a beautifully restored 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Roadster, which was one of only nine built and one of just six known survivors. A multiple-award-winning example from the most sought after and renowned year of production, the rare ’33 Chrysler attracted tremendous pre-sale interest, resulting in a fierce bidding war in the room, before selling for an outstanding $704,000. Continuing the Hershey sale’s strong track record for Brass Era motor cars, an exceptional 1910 Pierce-Arrow 48-SS Seven Passenger Touring, offered from single-family ownership since 1950, realized $687,500.
Another highlight of the sale was the presentation of 14 select automobiles from the estate of Jim Miller. Headlined by a 1947 Ford Super DeLuxe Sportsman, the collection achieved a total $1,265,000, with numerous lots exceeding expectations. Among those surpassing pre-sale estimates were a 1934 Packard Eight Phaeton, for $132,000; a 1950 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible, for $126,500; and a 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria and 1970 Oldsmobile 442, which sold for $88,000 each.
Duff adds, “Jim Miller was a close friend of the RM team, and he was well-respected in the collector car community. We were honored to present some of his favorite cars on behalf of his family. The results reflect Jim’s great eye for quality.”
Beyond the automobiles, a beautifully restored, multiple-award-winning 1932 Gar Wood 28′ Triple Cockpit Runabout “Hornet” also sold exceptionally well. As one of only seven produced in 1932, the “Hornet” was hotly contested by bidders in the room and on the phones, eventually selling for a strong $396,000, against a pre-sale estimate of $280,000–$340,000.
RM Hershey Top Five Sales:
1. Lot 238 – 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Roadster – $704,000
2. Lot 136 – 1910 Pierce-Arrow 48-SS Seven-Passenger Touring – $687,500
3. Lot 153 – 1932 Gar Wood 28′ Triple Cockpit Runabout “Hornet” – $396,000
4. Lot 135 – 1914 Locomobile Model 48 Speedster – $291,500
5. Lot 131 – 1936 Lincoln Model K Convertible Victoria – $242,000
RM Auctions rounds out its 2013 auction calendar with its exclusive Art of the Automobile event, taking place November 21 in New York City. Proudly presented by RM and Sotheby’s, the event, which is a sale and exhibition celebrating the motor car and its place in the history of design, represents the first major collector car auction to be held in Manhattan in over a decade.
*Results are listed in USD and are inclusive of a 10 percent buyer’s premium for vehicles and 15 percent for memorabilia.
1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Roadster, Photo Credit David Ohl © 2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions
About RM Auctions
RM Auctions is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning, and financial services, coupled with an expert team of international car specialists at seven offices around the world, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds five of the top ten all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction. RM’s restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades, earning Best of Show honors at the world’s top concours events, including the prestigious Amelia Island and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. For further information, visit rmauctions.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.
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Source: RM Auctions