Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
April 17, 2019

Unless you have been hiding under a rusty big-block engine, you have heard of the Barrett-Jackson series of automotive/automobillia auctions that take place across the country. Most likely you have seen cars cross the block to much fanfare on television. However, if you think that’s all there is to the auctions, you are missing out.

Sure there are plenty of rich folks bidding on high-dollar machines, but there are plenty of attainable cars up for bid in no-reserve auctions as well. In fact, the auctions are great car shows, as you can peruse the field up for sale. Around those hundreds of vehicles is what amounts to a gearhead carnival. Auto manufacturers, specialty builders, car care manufacturers and more are interspersed through out a field dotted with food and drink vendors behind the big time displays and auction blocks on the main stage. A manufacturer that has long been affiliated with the Barrett-Jackson events is Ford Motor Company. As a sponsor they have the opportunity to show off a wide variety of new vehicles to an audience of enthusiasts, and the highlight of these displays is always the Ford Performance machines, including the newest Shelby Mustangs.

“The history of Ford and Shelby is truly amazing. It is an American icon how he took it to Ferrari. A bunch of hot-rodders from Southern California went to Europe with the coupes and won,” Barrett-Jackson Chairmain and CEO Craig Jackson, who bought VIN #1 of the 2020 Shelby GT500, said. “We have had a lot of great moments with Ford, and I couldn’t be prouder of the new car. I am excited about the future.”

“We feel a very close relationship with our comrades at Ford, and we are also proud that the DNA that lives and breathes inside all these cars manifests itself regularly over our auction block,” Barrett-Jackson’s President Steve Davis added. “We would like to think that Barrett-Jackson really has done a lot to spotlight that and bring in so many great new people who can then appreciate what these cars represent.”

Co-headlining the Ford display were the 2019 Ford GT and the 2020 Shelby GT500. The supercar always draws a crowd, and a rare appearance by the forthcoming GT500 in striking Twister Orange was enough to inspire us to take the trip down to Palm Beach. “This is our 14th year being an official partner with Barrett-Jackson. Not only are their customers very important to us, but it’s a great platform for us to showcase vehicles like the Shelby GT500, Shelby GT350, Explorer ST, and Edge ST. Anything performance we want to bring here because these are our customers,” Jeannee Kirkaldy, Motorsports Marketing Manager at Ford Performance, said.

Not to be outdone, her counterpart didn’t just bring one new supercar. He brought a couple new ones and a first-gen car in the classic Heritage livery.

“They asked me if I wanted to send a Ford GT to Barrett-Jackson, and I said ‘I don’t just want to send one. I want to send three,’” Michael Severson, Ford Performance Ford GT Program Manager, laughed.

That kind of commitment to the event shows you just what a big deal these events really are. If you haven’t attended one, you owe it to yourself to check an auction out if you can. We always have a great time looking and the new cars and the older machines up for auction. As such, we are sharing a few favorites here, as well as a gallery of Blue Oval machines below so you can share in the fun.

Michael Severson, Ford Performance Ford GT Program Manager, and Jeannee Kirkaldy, Motorsports Marketing Manager at Ford Performance, joined Barrett-Jackson’s President Steve Davis and Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson to greet the media on the morning of Friday April 12.
A major draw for Ford fans at the auction was an appearance by a GT500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack-equipped 2020 Shelby GT500 sprayed in the striking new color, Twister Orange. For many it was their first opportunity to see the Predator in the flesh, and it drew a constant influx of onlookers. And, if you are dreaming of owning one of these amazing machines, the Ford Global Action Team is raffling of a one-of-one example painted in Chroma Caviar to benefit JDRF.
Another big attention-grabber on the Ford display was this Heritage Edition 2019 Ford GT. It was one of three GTs on display, including another modern GT and a first-gen GT also in the Gulf-style Heritage livery.
One of our favorite cars that crossed the auction block at the show as this Bullitt-style restomod. It is a 1967 Mustang powered by a stack-injected ROUSH Performance 402-IR engine backed by a TREMEC TKO five-speed manual. It is also equipped with Wilwood brakes and a Total Control suspension system. It brought in a whopping $170,500.
Ever wonder what happens to the one-off Mustangs that Ford creates to raise money for JDRF that are auctioned during the EAA Airventure show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin? Well, it seems that they eventually hit the auction block again, as both the AV8R and the Dearborn Doll crossed the block in Palm Beach. The Doll only had 18 miles on the clock and its proceeds were earmarked to benefit first responders via the Reach Out WorldWide charity, while the AV8R is scheduled to cross the block at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas later this year.
Hopefully you checked out our drive story on Revology’s Shelby GT350 replica. The company’s main man, Tom Scarpello, was hand showing off its latest creation, a 1967 Shelby GT500 powered by a ROUSH-supercharged Coyote engine. The car features numerous upgrades, including Forgeline wheels and a high-performance front suspension.
Foxes are hot. We spotted several on display wearing “SOLD” signs early on in the auction. Many of those were in great shape, like this high-mileage 1989 Mustang GT. The hatch wasn’t a stocker, as it wore several performance parts and was treated to a rebuilt five-speed manual trans and fresh clutch, so it sold for a reasonable $5,390.
It’s always nice to see a familiar face. This 1969 Mustang Boss 302 appeared on the pages of the October 2011 issue of Mustang Monthly. The optioned-up unit is one of only 1,628 examples produced in that model year and it still has its date-code-correct, 302-cube engine and four-speed manual transmission. It sold for $82,500.

You might be wondering why he would be willing to part with this pristine Fox along with a group of other rare SVT and Shelby machines. The answer is simple. There is one dream ride that most of us would sell our collections to own. “I actually thought I was going to keep it,” Tracey said of the ’93 R-model, “but I got elected to buy a new Ford GT.”

He should be in good shape to pay for the Blue Oval supercar as his other rides (see gallery) pulled in solid cash as well. The other cars included a 1995 Mustang Cobra R ($37,400), 1995 F-150 Lightning ($28,600), 2000 Mustang Cobra R ($60,500), 2007 Shelby GT500 Super Snake ($74,800), 2011 Shelby GT500 ($53,900), 2013 Mustang Boss 302 ($66,000), and a 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible ($55,000).

While the Fox pulled in big cash, most of the other cars sold for what they were worth as new vehicles, so there wasn’t a big investment windfall. However, combined with the Fox tally, the group easily gave him the funds for a new GT, and we’d be hard pressed to fault him for making this move. End sidebar

Epic Collection
We have often daydreamed of a windfall of cash that would allow for a garage full of dream rides. Some people are already living that dream. Case in point is Tracey Wellendorf who travelled from Iowa to Palm Beach with eight Blue Oval performance machines set to cross the block. The headliner of the group was a 586-mile 1993 Mustang Cobra R, which sold for a whopping $132,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach.

You might be wondering why he would be willing to part with this pristine Fox along with a group of other rare SVT and Shelby machines. The answer is simple. There is one dream ride that most of us would sell our collections to own. “I actually thought I was going to keep it,” Tracey said of the ’93 R-model, “but I got elected to buy a new Ford GT.”

He should be in good shape to pay for the Blue Oval supercar as his other rides (see gallery) pulled in solid cash as well. The other cars included a 1995 Mustang Cobra R ($37,400), 1995 F-150 Lightning ($28,600), 2000 Mustang Cobra R ($60,500), 2007 Shelby GT500 Super Snake ($74,800), 2011 Shelby GT500 ($53,900), 2013 Mustang Boss 302 ($66,000), and a 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible ($55,000). While the Fox pulled in big cash, most of the other cars sold for what they were worth as new vehicles, so there wasn’t a big investment windfall. However, combined with the Fox tally, the group easily gave him the funds for a new GT, and we’d be hard pressed to fault him for making this move.

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