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Ron Pratte Collection to Go on the Auction Block at the Barrett-Jackson in January
Well known Phoenix-area collector and Barrett-Jackson buyer/seller Ron Pratte has more than 140 cars and 1,500 pieces of memorabilia. The entire collection is going on the B-J auction block in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 13th and 17th, 2015 and the cars include all the greats like Hemi Mopars, a bevy of rare GM muscle as well as numerous rare Fords including one of our favorites; an amazing ’64 R-code, 427 Galaxie.
But we’re here for the Mustangs and the Pratte collection of spectacular Mustangs and Shelbys is unique to be sure. First up is a ’66 GT350 finished in Ivy Green with white LeMans stripes. The original Hi-Po 289 and four-speed are still in place in this little gem. From there it’s pretty much all big-blocks including two ’67 GT500s--one Lime Gold and the other Midnight Blue Metallic. Both still have their original dual-quad 428s and four-speeds, and the blue car has one-of-a-kind provenance in the form of it being given to Carroll’s son, original owner Michael Shelby. Following up the three fastbacks are two convertibles that are also certainly nothing to sneeze at. The ’68 GT500 is an original four-speed car that was sold new at Tasca Ford in Providence, Rhode Island. One of only 402 ’68 GT500 ragtops, we dig the Highland Green paint finish.
The ’69 GT500 convertible was owned by Carroll himself until 2008 when Ron bought it on the B-J auction block. An automatic-equipped car and one of just 246 ’69 GT500 ragtops, it was also featured in a January 2008, Mustang Monthly cover story. Equally as cool as the Shelbys, Ron’s trio of ’69s rounds out his collection of blue-chip vintage Mustangs. The Raven black Mach 1 is an R-code 428 Cobra Jet car with a C-6 automatic trans and is a multiple show winner. Besides Shelbys and Mach 1s, any assortment would be remiss to not include the legendary ‘69-’70 Boss cars. For the small-block side an Acapulco Blue ’69 Boss 302 is about the pinnacle of the breed. As with all ’69 Boss 302s, this one is a standard non-shaker setup and has a minimalist standard interior. We love it.
Finally, maybe the most valuable car we’ll discuss here is the Raven Black ’69 Boss 429. It’s been often thought that black is the most desirable of all the 10 colors offered on ‘69 and ’70 Boss 9s. So if that’s the case, then you’re not going to do much better than this pristine example that’s part of the Pratte collection.
We were curious as to why Ron has decided to sell all the cars and he tells us he has “simply completed the collection and is ready to move on to other interests. I collected what appealed to me and not necessarily what the market thinks are the most valuable cars.” We hope whoever ends up with these spectacular Mustangs and Shelbys will derive as much enjoyment from them as Ron has.