At the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction, there were plenty of Mustangs rolling across the block including the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT. As a Mustang guy, I had my eye on a few at this year’s event, and here they are.
Lot 830.1: 1970 Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ
This car caught my eye as I love this color. Only 1371 of these Mach 1’s were made with the 428 CJ engine and 4-speed so its rare. This color really makes the black trim, stripes, and rear slats pop. It was well optioned too
Lot 121: 1966 Mustang Convertible
While not 100% factory stock, this convertible was well restored to be a fun car to enjoy and drive. It had a modern air-conditioning system, 5-speed manual transmission, updated clutch and brakes. All these, to make it drive much better than the original.
Restored and shown locally here in the Tucson, AZ area, this car sold very well considering it isn’t completely original.
Lot 347: 1988 Saleen Mustang
This second owner Fox-Body Mustang is production number 001 for Saleen in 1988. Originall owned by Saleen, this car was a media car which appeared in magazines and on posters. Additionally, the car was used as a engineering prototype for various things.
The car is an unrestored survivor with 42,00o miles and came with full documentation from Team Saleen about its history. Its sale price shows that this era of Mustang has some aging to do before they become fully collectible.
Lot 1068: 1968 Shelby GT-500
This car is well restored and in near perfect condition. Where it falls back is that its color inside and out is not original. Wheels have been customized also as well as the engine which is not 100% original. This car also does not have numbers matching powertrain and body.
Advertised as a “great driver” this GT-500 didn’t sell for top dollar but still a healthy sum despite its lack of originality.
Lot 1281.1: 1968 Shelby GT-350
Down the option sheet for 1968 is the smaller engined GT-350. While these tend to be softer in the market, this one is a meticulously restored and concours correct example. It’s a multiple show winner and has been rated Concours Gold by SAAC more than once.
It’s restoration was superlatively done with alignment of critical Shelby body parts like the nose and tail sections in much better shape than factory work. It sold accordingly.
Lot 1558: 2013 Mustang BOSS 302
Sometimes we see cars at Barrett-Jackson that make you ask “why is this here?” Sometimes its an overzealous owner who thinks their car is all that. Other times its a smart investory who cashes in big time and makes everyone drop their jaw.
This 2013 BOSS 302 while very nice with only 10,000 miles on the clock hardly amounted to more than just another used car.
Lot 1239: 1971 Mustang BOSS 302
Keeping on the the Grabber Blue theme, this 1971 Mustang BOSS 3051 Sportsroof was iconic of this era. While there were fewer “big-body’ Mustangs here at Barrett-Jackson this year, this one was one of the better examples.
It had a concours correct and meticulous rotisserie restoration, with the top dog 351 Ram Air engine and 4-speed top-loader transmission. The body work and graphics application were done as well as any I have seen. It’s sale price however fell below what others have have sold for in previous years.
Lot 25: 1990 Mustang LX Convertible
Back in the Fox-Body camp, this 1990 feature edition convertible was known as the 7-UP Edition. Some say it was the color combination, others that it was meant to be part of a promotion with 7-Up. Either way it’s one of my favorites.
This one was in decent shape but had a few scrapes with 13,100 original miles. Under the hood was a Paxton supercharger on that 5.0 with an automatic transmission. It was well bought for a bargain, a price I would have paid. I still think its a bit early for these cars to fetch big money.
Lot 1329: 1968 ½ Mustang GT 428 CJ Fastback
Of 1968 Mustangs, this is the rarest and fairest of them all. This 1968 1/2 428 Cobra Jet Mustang GT was one of only 1,044 built, even more rare than Shelby for this year.
And this example is every bit at the top of its class in originality and restoration provenance. It’s undercarriage and engine bay are text-book, with a 428 Cobra-Jet ram air and C6 automatic. Fully optioned with GT equipment group, black C-stripe, and slotted wheels its stunning to see.
This is a multiple show winner car on both local and national levels with Mustang Club of America. Included were binders of documentation to boot. Its sale price was more than fair.
Lot 723: 2008 Shelby GT Barrett-Jackson Edition
It might look like another “why is this car here” moment but this 2008 Shelby GT Mustang gets a pass because it’s one of only 100 Barrett-Jackson Editions. The joint venture with Carroll Shelby and Barrett-Jackson created the car that keeps on showing up here at the auction.
This example has around 11,000 actual miles and sold for about what it cost when new, as they all have in the past few years.
Lot 3010: 2015 Mustang GT First Retail Sale
I would not have been a good host if I hadn’t save the juiciest Mustang till the end. The showstopper this year for Mustangs at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale was of course the first retail sale of the all-new 2015 Mustang.
In a charity sale to benefit JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foudation, Ford donated the first 2015 Mustang GT to be sold for auction here at Barrett-Jackson.
The car you see here isn’t the actual car sold. The winning bidder will get to choose their own style, color, options and equipment when production of the 2015 Mustang starts later this summer.
They will get to take delivery in fanfare and be forever known as the first one to buy the all new 2015 Mustang, a place in history for the sixth generation pony car.
It sold for $300,000 which is a hefty sum. All proceeds of course benefit JDRF so what is money when you’re having fun. For more news and test drives of Fords and Mustangs see our partner channel TheMustangNews.com.