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    July 30th, 2014, 03:57 PM
    I like his clothing illustrations back in the day, when he would sneak a sports car into an ad for gabardine slacks. I found out more recently he was famous for movie posters and even did them for the films "LeMans" and "Grand Prix." Then he got bit by the sports car bug and after owning his own Maserattis, Ferraris, lamborghinis, designed some cars with Coco Chinetti, basically rebodied Ferraris. But only yesterday when I saw a book called Bob Peak written by his son did I realize he designed a Mustang for Ford in 1970 and an electric car called the Mia. I wonder if anyone who knows Ford Styling back then remembers if Ford actually commissioned the cars or if Peak did them on spec; anyway he went back to illustrating, maybe because you can do a drawing for an ad a lot faster than wait for a car you designed to reach production. Now that I've seen the totality of his works I might frame one of his drawings, he really set a style that was even imitated on the graphics for the Mad Men TV show intro.
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    July 25th, 2014, 12:18 PM
    Here's their story with very good color pictures: http://www.mustang.org/content.php/500-Two-of-the-Original-Shelby-GT350-Mustang-Prototypes-to-Meet-Up? Here's a bit of the story which goes on for several pages: By the early 2000s, Hovander had owned several Boss 302 and Shelby Mustang models, while also helping the then-owner of 5S003 with some extensive research on the history of the car. It turned out that in 1979, because of modifications by the original owner in 1965, 5S003 was thought to have originally been a race car, and it was restored as an R model and used for vintage competition for the next 13 years. “In part, the confusion was fueled by production records that were missing until they were discovered in Carroll Shelby’s attic in the mid-1980s,” said Hovander. “After 5R002 was rediscovered in Monterrey, Mexico, and the original Ford and Shelby serial numbers were verified from old records, we realized 5S003 was never supposed to be a factory R model.” After its successful racing career that included a debut victory in the hands of the late Ken Miles at Green Valley, Texas on Feb. 14, 1965, 5R002 eventually wound up in Monterrey. Following a two-year search, Mark Gillett of Dallas located the race car in 1989, purchased it and brought it back to Texas. Some years later, it was sold to Steve Volk, owner of the Shelby American Collection museum in Boulder, Colorado." ---------------------------- I am sure both cars have been covered in magazines but I missed the articles so am just curious if in those stories it was told what 5R002 was sold from Mexico back to the U.S. and what year it had been imported to Mexico. And no I don't have a registry (that always comes up...). Incidentally their writer asks at the end about 001? I knew a magazine editor who said he had the first Shelby Mustang and he sold it around the early '70s after some years of storage. His name was John Christy. Maybe that's a clue where someone could start. It was in his daughter's yard in Van Nuys under a tree when found. I think he wrote about a coast to coast run in it in Sports Car Graphic
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    May 31st, 2014, 12:47 PM
    I know now it was in two magazines in the Sixties , maybe one was Motor Trend, pictured side view a Mustang fastback and the story was about a Boss 429 engine put in a Mustang amidships. It was called by Ford the "LID" for Low Investment Drivetrain. I can't figure out what they were trying to do, as that time they were already importing the Pantera with a mid-engined drivetrain so why try to do it on a Mustang? Was this an official project or just the engineers having fun with spare parts on their own time? I heard that the transaxle and maybe engine and transaxle survive but I can't see where they would be worth much without the unibody chassis. Any opinions?
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    May 31st, 2014, 12:42 PM
    bitzman replied to a thread Dean Jeffries RIP in GT40 & Ford GT
    Since there were only four, I thought there's a 25% chance it is. It is white , dual blue stripes, blue cloth interior. His had a non-stock Indy four cam so I think this has a 289 but don't remember the engine shot
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    April 3rd, 2014, 07:59 PM
    I found out there was an auction of three Pre-Production Ford GT's at SAI in Las Vegas in 2008 and some of the buyers were at the Ford GT Rally 3. Here's some facts on the cars: ________________________________ "CP1": VIN: 1FAFP90SX4Y400004 Color: Black - no racing stripe, silver side stripe Odometer: Unknown J1,J2,J3 were 4Y400001, 2, and 3 respectively - this is the first engineering unit after the centennial cars First CP (Confirmation Prototype) to be built which means it was the first fully representative prototype with full powertrain, body, and interior in the program - the "first full test vehicle" The emission program was the critical path for the entire program - which is why it was the first one built Used exclusively for Emissions Certification Testing * Has considerable content that never made it to production (not a complete list): Aluminum splitter Matte vinyl interior Chrome shift knob Birdirectional (exposed weave) carbon clamshell inner panel Rockford Fosgate stereo Blue Multimatic Dampers Black engine valve covers Black supercharger Ford GT logo filler cap Aluminum Roof Panel Early prototype silver grommet seats * Still has emission lab test tail pipes on it and emissions feedgas panel on rocker * Emissions Lab Engine Hour Meter Installed: 180 hours (as of 8/21/2008) You read that right folks. This was the FIRST Ford GT built after the three Centennial cars. It's a 4Y4 car. That means you could own a 2004 Ford GT! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- "PB2-1" VIN: 1FAFP90SX5Y400045 Color: Blue with White Stripes Odometer: 47,524 (as of 8/21/2008) Options: Forged BBS Wheels, McIntosh Stereo, Red Calipers First car in the PB2 pre production build (last pre production build before production) Vehicle's owner was Manufacturing and was used for mileage accumulation, manufacturing, and electrical prove-out After the vehicle successfully completed it's testing it was transferred to Product Development (SVT) For the brief amount of time that a MkII follow on program was in the planning stages, it was used as the program vehicle The vehicle still has a prototype small pulley for increased supercharger boost (this pulley eventually became the Ford Racing Pulley) The vehicle still has exhaust manifold heat shields printed with "Mark II" visible when the clamshell is opened Vehicle has "Ford GT" logo fuel filler cap As previously mentioned, this is the vehicle they initially used while planning the development of a Ford GT Mark II! ------------------------------------------- "PB1-1" - The Nardo Car * VIN: 1FAFP90S25Y400037 Color: Yellow with Black Stripes Odometer: 37,886 (as of 8/21/2008) Options: Forged BBS Wheels, McIntosh Stereo, Red Calipers First vehicle in the PB1 pre production build 1 of 2 vehicles (the other being CP15) to be taken to Europe for testing First car to certify top speed at 209.1 mph at Nardo, Italy Roll Cage Dual 5 point Sparco Racing Harnesses Development front cooling aerofoils First prototype vehicle to be driven by journalist in Europe (Cover of Top Gear July 2004) Vehicle used to support numerous track events Has SVT developed track alignment Vehicle used to develop Hoosier R6 track tire Roll Cage Dual 5 point Sparco Racing Harnesses Development front cooling aerofoils A/C Condenser removed for optimal cooling This was a charity event. The cars will were sold on a reserve set by SVT with proceeds above reserve to the Loma Linda Veterans Hospital Charity. (Loma Linda is a great university by the way in Redlands, CA) I’m curious what they sold for. I heard one bid of $135,000. And also how long do you have to keep the limiter on it that keeps it at a top speed of 5 mph. And what model year can they be registered as? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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    April 1st, 2014, 09:48 AM
    Mike McCluskey told me once that once you took a body off an original Cobra, you couldn't put it back on. You had to make a new body. But at least if the original "nostril" body survives it would be a good measuring tool--exactly how many inches were the nostrils apart, etc.I would think if this car were rebodied as per the style Ken Miles and John Morton raced it, it would be worth $3-4 million at the right auction. but then you'd have to put an alloy block 390 in and it would be squirrely all over again...wasn't it some famous Grand Prix driver that bought it
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    April 1st, 2014, 09:44 AM
    I know, I know, they only made the new Ford GT for '05-06 model years. Yet this story says that GT Joey has a 2003. Why the first Ford GT prototype lives in a Long Island garage | Motoramic - Yahoo Autos The story says he had to agree not to drive it at street speedsand Ford put a limiter on it. I don't see how they can enforce it. Is Ford gonna hire detectives to follow the owner when he takes it out on the road? Was this the show car with bundle of snakes exhaust, in stainless steel? The story doesn't show the engine. Weren't three of them made, one especially for Edsel Ford II? I recall during Ford's 2003 100 year celebration there were three Ford GTs that they said were "production cars." Anyhow I'd like to know who is gonna stop an owner from one of these 2003 models from changing the chip or whatever you have to do to take off the limiter. And wouldn't these three be the most valuable new generation Ford GTs eventually? (but not if you can only drive them at 5 mph...)
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    March 21st, 2014, 10:12 AM
    Memory has dimmedl; how did Lonberger get the car? Was this the one with burn damage or was that the Kohs car? Mecum has a very extensive description of the car on their site
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    March 18th, 2014, 10:02 AM
    I clicked on Autoweek's thread to the auction company and was surprised they are not one known for collector cars.What do you think? I think Monterey or Scottsdale, that's where the money is.... http://www.rgilliganauctions.com/4-25%20brown%20contents.html is the auction company's website. Lots more pictures here (by the way, I have no interest in this car beyond historical) Friday, April 25, 2014 www.rgilliganauctions.com Contents 9:30 a.m. - Real Estate 12 Noon - Vehicles 12:30 p.m. Real Estate – 1969 Shelby GT-500 428 Cobra Jet w/ 8,531 orig. miles Here's what they say about it: 1969 Shelby Mustang GT-500 – One Owner - 8,531 original miles We are offering this 1969 Shelby Mustang GT-500 (Shelby Serial Number 1946) from the estate of Larry A. Brown, the original owner of this unrestored Shelby Mustang with 8,531 actual miles. It is finished in Black Jade with a black interior and features a 428 Cobra Jet engine with a 4-speed transmission. The car appears to be in very good to excellent condition and includes thorough original documentation. The Shelby American World Registry documents this car with Eger Motors, Inc., McKeesport, PA as the original Shelby selling dealer on May 9, 1969 with a MSRP of $5,245.79. Miller-McVeigh Ford, State College, PA was the local selling Ford dealer and performed the warranty work. The last warranty work performed by Miller–McVeigh (adjust door glass) in September 1969 documented the mileage at just 1,665 miles. “As discovered” photos illustrate the garage find with decades of dust and a PA state inspection sticker that expired in January 1973. In addition, we located the car’s original smog system, shifter assembly, snorkel, S-tube, Shelby window sticker, bill of sale, build sheet, owner’s manual, warranty card, title, and registration documentation that will be included with the car. It was widely known locally that this car was not driven in the rain or even washed out of concern that the water would introduce rust. If this car was hose washed since new, it probably occurred at the detail bay of the selling dealer before delivery. In storage, the owner kept the hood up (nice, straight fiberglass hood with no spring tension) and the trunk lid up with the trunk mat and underlayment removed. The seats were wrapped with garbage bags, and two layers of floor mats protected the original carpet. Overall, the Shelby presents in very good to excellent condition with original and unrestored finishes. The exterior was carefully wiped down for evaluation, and the exterior finishes present nicely with approximately 70% to 75% of the paint appearing original. Other than some early paint touch-up, the car appears original and largely undisturbed with date coded parts and production line inspection marks as would be expected with 8,531 actual miles. With fresh fuel and a new battery, the car was recently started and should be running for evaluation at the sale. Please contact us with any questions about the car or its condition, and we will respond with additional information including pictures to assist interested parties. Buyers are encouraged to complete a thorough inspection and must rely on their judgment in evaluating this car.
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    March 18th, 2014, 09:48 AM
    I haven't read the whole story here in Autoweek because I am in a time bind but here's the whole story: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20140317/CARNEWS01/140319829 but am curious to know if this low mileage '69 Shelby came to be at the auction at the behest of the family or was there an intrepid barn finder involved who steered them toward the auction? I think it's good the car goes to auction--the family will have a better chance to recover the full value of it. I am sad the owner didn't use it more but also know there is no arguing with some hobbyists whose source of pride is is how low the mileage is. I have a friend with a 2006 Ford GT and never drives it but then he has 21 other cars!
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