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Mustangs on the Auction Block at Barrett-Jackson
Mustangs Come Alive at the 45th Anniversary Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
With a heritage dating back more than 50 years, Ford’s iconic Mustang is cemented in the record books and the history books. On-track wins tally in the thousands, including road racing, NASCAR, drag racing, autocross, rally, and even drifting. Perhaps one of the coolest parts of the Mustang story is Ford’s involvement in performance and racing.
The Mustang name is not taken lightly by executives. In fact, guys like Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director, are often found trackside, watching Ford vehicles perform, be it in NASCAR, IMSA, SCCA, professional and sportsman drag racing, drifting and even Rally.
In many cases, Mustang race cars require homologation, so Ford created special-edition Mustangs, sometimes in very small numbers, to appease the sanctioning bodies. Often, these Mustangs were packed with engines and appearance packages that make them highly desirable. Today, enthusiasts are magnetized by the likes of a Boss 302, a Boss 429, or an early Shelby. And we watched a few of these bring big dollars at the recent Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. We even saw into the future of Mustang collecting, as the Jack Miller collection, nearly entirely made up of late-model Saleen and Roush ponies, crossed the block.
The Barrett-Jackson extravaganza (it’s so much more than a auction) drew upwards of 300,000 people to WestWorld’s massive facility to see the action. It took us a few days to hustle across the grounds and we only got a glimpse of the good stuff. We could have used a few more days to really soak in all the great Mustangs, and to check out the array of options each car offered. Ultimately, we bounced between the auction hall, the Salon area, and the giant tents, but as hard as we tried we still didn’t see it all.
Save for a Mustang II, we did see every Mustang body-style cross the block. There were “deals” and a few that astonished us. Collecting Ford Mustangs is serious business, and hitting a big auction lets you gaze and potentially go home with the pony of your dreams.