A colleague of mine shared this little Youtube clip with me the other day, Jim Morrison from The Doors driving his 1967 Shelby GT500.
Jim Morrison driving his 1967 Shelby G.T. 500. The clip is from the film “When You’re Strange” (directed by Tom DiCillo) which is in turn borrowed from the movie “HWY: An American Pastoral” which Jim made in 1969 with some friends. This footage is considerably clearer than my previous post of Jim driving the car. Go full screen with this clip, the resolution is killer. You can even see dust on the car it’s so crisp and clear.
I did a lot of research on the Shelby and all indications are it was trashed after Jim hit a telephone pole when he was drunk. He had clipped it before, but on that occasion he bent the frame, ending his time with The Blue Lady (his name for the car). Jim met the same fate as the Shelby two years later, though some think he’s still alive. It’s kind of fitting as some people are convinced this car still exists. Maybe he’s still driving it.
Shelby fans, note the car has no front grille emblem, no trunk emblem, small lettered Speedway 350 tires, uneven, hammered rear exhaust outlets, comfortweave seats, fender mounted antenna, and half the molding on the driver’s side taillight is missing. LOL. Best of all, it’s a 4-speed nightmist blue car with parchment interior and 10 spoke wheels. He knew how to pick ‘em, huh? That’s the way I would have ordered it. If only you could go back in time!
An identical car sold at Barrett-Jackson auctions for $330,000 in January, 2008.
After seeing a documentary about the Bonneville Speedweek only recently I wondered about the history of the Mustang at that same event. I know they’re all highly modified cars but surely in the past some Mustangs with ‘slightly’ moderated engines must have made it to the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Here’s Mario Andretti in the 1967 Autolite Mustang for instance, one that I found here. The Indy Ford engine they used had around 480hp.
“This was a project done on a stock bodied 1967 Mustang to see how fast it would go at Bonneville Salt Flats. Chickie was working for Autolite Sparkplugs and the car was driven by Mario Andretti. He recorded a best speed of 175.875 mph. They had a piston go away and the runs were ended.”
And here’s another one:
"The Mach could hold its own against the competition in any theater. Racing veteran Mickey Thompson flogged a couple of specially prepared Mach 1s at the Bonneville Salt Flats in some of the heaviest endurance testing ever performed on a production automobile."
More vintage sightings on the Mustang at the Bonneville Salt Flats? Let me know in the comments.
Jalopnik recently did a post about the so-called 8 greatest Mustangs from racing history and obviously there were some real classics in the list, if you know what I’m saying.
Take a look at this 1965 Ford Mustang A/FX for instance, a Mustang that was commissioned by Ford and built with express intent of drag racing. Exactly 11 were built, half with 427 cammers, and sold to drag racers for a princely sum of $1.
Or what do you think of this 1965 Ford Mustang GT-350R that raced in the SCCA series from 1965-1967.
And of course not to miss a 1970 Mustang BOSS 302, that raced the Trans Am from 1970 to 1973. Not my personal favorite Stang but sure looks mean ;)
And one commenter shows us this Coca-Cola BOSS 302 that got 101 wins out of 150 odd starts when it was still racing.
And last but not least – a little bit more extreme – this ‘Trojan Horse’ another commenter on Jalopnik asks: “How did you forget this one?”
Don’t tell me you don’t fancy a good old classic race now ;)
After the Mustang Forest… we got the Mustang Ranch, and it can be yours for $700.000 (well if it ain’t sold already that is).
It’s a shame to see such a collection of fine cars rot away, anyway here’s the story on how it was discovered by a reader of Jalopnik:
“I have just returned from a vacation somewhere tropical. On the way back form a day excursion I chose an alternate way back to the highway. Ok, I made wrong turn somewhere and rolled with it. This "scenic route" brought us upon what was recorded by these images. It was my wife who first saw them. "Oh look, Mustangs!" I turned my head in time to see a metric shitload of vintage ponies. I immediately turned around and pulled into the driveway. There was a gentleman in the yard who turned out to be the caretaker for the owner of the house/treasure trove. It turns out that the guy who collected all these cars recently succumbed to cancer and his wife wants all these pretty ponies sold en masse for what is by local standards the princely sum of $700 large (I think there plenty of room for negotiation here).”
Here we are again, after a bit of a break from Mustang blogging – here is part of the reason why in case you wonder – I’m back at it again. But enough introduction already, look at what I found some days ago…
Autoblog found this one for sale over on Ebay and apparently it’s the only 1967 Ford Mustang ever fitted with a retractable hardtop. Well it’s the first I’ve seen anyway. Not sure if I like it though, but people that have been reading this blog for a while know that I like to stick with the real thing.
[Update - Seems like the retractable hardtop on a classic Mustang isn't unique, I suppose the 1967 Mustang with butterfly doors AND a retractable hardtop still is though ;)]
Only a couple of days ago I wrote about the Ford Mustang Indy 500 Coupes that were built in 1964, and on my search for more info I found this page created by the Mustangdrivers (fellow countrymen of mine nevertheless) which you might find interesting as well.
This page has all the Mustang special editions that were build between 1964 and 1973, some you might now and some you will have never heard of before. Here’s a short outtake, visit the page to see all.
This is the badge from the ‘67 Ski Country Special for instance, which included a ski-rack for instance. Duh! (Only from Denver dealerships at the time).
Find out more about the ‘67 Mustang Stallion, the ‘67 Indy Pace Setter, the ‘68 California Special, the ‘69 Limited Edition 600 and many more right here! Although I must admit that the original Indy 500 beats them all though ;)
Wow! Already the sixth week in this ‘Mustang of the week’ series, don’t you like the beauty in these photos? I know I do. This week our guest is Jan R. from Hamburg (Germany). I know who to call for a ride in a couple of months when I’ll be in Hamburg for Next09 :)
1. Which of your own photos in the Flickr group you like most?
2. Is there a particular story around one of your Mustang photos that you would like to share? Something that happened when you took it? Or something related to the response you got on the photo so far?
Well, all of these winter photos. It wasn’t winter at all. Just hoarfrost for 3-4 hours in the morning. And some haze. 3 hours later all the magic was gone and it was a rainy day. Lucky us, being out there at the right time in the right place.
3. Do you own a Mustang yourself? Which model? And would you like to have one if that’s not the case yet?
Yes, the 1968 Coupé, Sprint Promotion B, you can see more photos here.
4. Do you have a specific love for photographing Mustangs? Or is a coincidence? Or a passion for cars in general?
A passion for cars in general, and for my car especially ;-)
5. Which one of the other photos (in the Flickr group) are you jealous of as a photographer?
Good selection again. I really like Jan’s ‘winter’ series but also these night shots are pretty interesting, here’s one of those I like most. Don’t forget to check out all of Jan’s great Mustang photos in the Flickr group.
More goodness next week.