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Shelby pool table

Remember the Mustang pool table? Well now there’s more of the same, but better. The Shelby version of that pool table, signed by Mr. Carroll Shelby himself. There are still about a dozen or so available, going from $12,000 to $30,000 in case you’re interested.

Me? I’d buy a real Mustang with that kind of money.

How Steve McQueen asked his ‘Bullitt’ Mustang back

… and didn’t get it. It appears to be so that in 1977 Steve McQueen wrote a letter to who appears to be the owner of the famous Bullitt Mustang used in the movie. Well one of them, as there were 2 different cars prepped for the movie, we’re talking about the one that wasn’t used for the stunts… and thus survived.

Who the owner was (and probably still is) nobody seems to know, but it is clear that they kept the Mustang, despite Steve’s request.

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Nice find from the car maniacs of Drivr.

Only Mustang and Carroll Shelby could make this happen [AdClassix Week III]

This entry belongs to the 3rd edition of the AdClassix special we’re organizing here this week – all in honor of some great classic Mustang ads. You can find the full collection here at the end of the week.

In line with yesterday’s AdClassix post about the Shelby Cobra GT’s, here are two more specific ones…The road cars.

“The fact that everybody looks at you is the last reason on earth for buying a Shelby GT.”

With the ‘subtle’ subtitle: (unless you love to be looked at!)

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And here’s one for the convertible version of the Shelby GT:

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Try the complete surprise… [AdClassix Week III]

This entry belongs to the 3rd edition of the AdClassix special we’re organizing here this week – all in honor of some great classic Mustang ads. You can find the full collection here at the end of the week.

This one’s a variation of an ad I posted long time ago (December 2008 to be exact) promoting the Shelby Cobra GT 350/500.

“Try the complete surprise… Carroll Shelby’s COBRA GT”

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1st Production Shelby

Two more weeks before the Barret-Jackson Scottsdale Auction is on. Barret-Jackson is famous for organizing ‘the world’s greatest collector car auctions’ (like they claim themselves) but I’m sure you Mustang lovers knew that already. And as usual there are some unique Mustangs on auction amongst this edition, one of which is the first production 1966 Shelby built.

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“This car, #SFM6S002 is the very first ’66 production Shelby. It is the first of the 252 extremely desirable Shelby "carryover" cars built. #SFM6S001, the first serial numbered ’66 Shelby, was slated to be a ’65 Shelby. That car was modified as the prototype for production 1966 Shelby’s and today retains its prototype status. #SFM6S002 has just received an incredibly complete ground-up restoration in its original Wimbledon White color with Guardsman Blue LeMans stripes. The black interior with original rear seat delete package shelf is just as it was originally built and delivered by Shelby on October 19, 1965. Shortly after the second owner acquired the car, it was extensively raced in the Mid West including Road America, Black Hawk Farms, Grattan, Mid Ohio, Road Atlanta and Watkins Glen. After being acquired from its second owner, the restoration was performed by Cobra Automotive of Wallingford, Connecticut. It is powered by a correct and fully rebuilt 289 Hi-Po, 306hp V8 and proper T-10M Aluminum 4-speed transmission. No expense was spared in the restoration back to its original state with many NOS and original date-coded parts. It is equipped with a Holley 715 CFM carburetor, 3.89 Detroit Locker rear, original dash mounted tachometer, radio delete, wood grain steering wheel, Shelby Cragar 15" wheels and Goodyear blue dot tires. These early production "carryover" cars combined the best of both the ’65 and ’66 Shelby’s. They retain the hardcore ’65 performance features with the distinctive ’66 Shelby visual features added to set them apart from regular production Mustangs. This Shelby is listed in the Shelby American World Registry and comes with its original Shelby owner’s manual, Hi-Po supplement, SAAC club documentation and more. Its number one production status and its racing pedigree make this a historically significant Shelby.”

So, got a few bucks to spare? Here is where you can spend it ;)

[Via About.com: Mustangs]

Great Mustangs from racing history

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.

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Or what do you think of this 1965 Ford Mustang GT-350R that raced in the SCCA series from 1965-1967.

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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 ;)

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And one commenter shows us this Coca-Cola BOSS 302 that got 101 wins out of 150 odd starts when it was still racing.

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And last but not least – a little bit more extreme – this ‘Trojan Horse’ another commenter on Jalopnik asks: “How did you forget this one?”

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Don’t tell me you don’t fancy a good old classic race now ;)

Check Jalopnik for the other – more recent – great Mustangs from racing history.

Mustang of the week #8

This week’s guest in my ‘Mustang of the week’ series is Rob from Austin (Texas / USA). Here are his answers to my 5 questions:

1. Which of your own photos in the Flickr group you like most?

Of the photos I have in the group, my favorite is the shot of the brake light, looking down the street ahead.

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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?

A part of my work as a photographer includes shooting weddings. I was actually in the middle of shooting a wedding when I happened across this beauty. While we waited for the bridal party to arrive for their portraits, I cranked off several frames for the guy who had done the restoration.

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3. Do you own a Mustang yourself? Which model? And would you like to have one if that’s not the case yet?

I don’t own one now, but my first car was a red 1965 Mustang Fastback, pretty similar to the one in the photos. I wish that I had never sold it.

4. Do you have a specific love for photographing Mustangs? Or is a coincidence? Or a passion for cars in general?

I love shooting all cars, but I particularly enjoy shooting classic Mustangs. Owning one gave me a special passion for them. Plus, the Mustang is the car that started the muscle car phenomenon. I have a special appreciation for that.

5. Which one of the other photos (in the Flickr group) are you jealous of as a photographer?

Though "The Boss" technically came later, I love the shot of the 1965 Fastback’s gills:

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(From Cinemafia on Flickr)

Thanks for your answers and for your photos, great stuff. My personal favorite from your photos in my Flickr group is this one:

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There are quite a few photos out there that capture the Mustang logo on the grille but yours is a really fine example of that.

More goodness next week.

Designed to go like it looks?

I love these classic Mustang ads… I’m sure you’ve figured out that much with all the AdClassix posts I’ve made so far. The copy on these ads never stop to amaze me though, advertising sure has changed over time:

“Carroll Shelby designed his Cobra GT to go like it looks”

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Mustang forest!

So you’re scanning through your RSS reader as usual and then you read this: [Secret Garden] Massive Secret Junkyard found in Rhode Island Forest. Worth investigating don’t you think?

“Imagine a secret junkyard frozen in time somewhere around the 70’s with every bit of vintage hardware stretching for hundreds of acres. Classic Mustangs, Camaros, Cadillacs, Hemis; you name it, it’s here. But not for long: The law man’s saying to crush ‘em. Massive mega-gallery below along with the location and what you can do to save them.”

Look at a selection of photos to get a taste of what is in the ‘Mustang forest’:

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Seriously, this beats about everything I’ve written about on this blog. Here is what the guy who took all the photos (a ton of them) had to say about this:

“Thousands of these classics will go to waste. Here is mostly mustang pictures I took . There us Hundreds of 64-71 Mutangs. Boss, mach 1, many many convertibles, K codes, fastbacks.. Maybe Shelbys? The owner is crazy. He’s always drunk is very hard to deal with. He’s in another world. He said he personally DROVE nearly all the cars in a field in the 60’s-70 and left them there for dead. Many are rusted beyond repair. But there still many parts cars. It will take about two weeks of walking 5 hours a day to see all the cars here. Plus many of them are so buried in overgrown trees and prickers there is no way to see them. I seen a dozen complete 392 hemi cars. This guy refuses to advertise, so nobody knows about it. Believe it or not the guy is still buying cars and driving them in the woods. The last time i was there the owner bought a running 60’s mustang and drove it in the woods to be left for dead.”

Want to save a Mustang… and a forest at the same time? Here’s where you need to go. I looked it up on Live Maps and this is what it looks like from above:

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Unbelievable! I have no other words for it.

1969 Shelby GT350/500 [AdClassix Week]

This entry belongs to the AdClassix special we’re organizing here this week – all in honor of some great classic Mustang ads. You can find the full collection here at the end of the week.

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Last day of AdClassix tomorrow.

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