Auto Factoids for the Week of Jan 12, 2014 – Ford, Dodge, Caddy

Here is your Auto Factoids for this week.

Jan 13 – Ford figured how to build car bodies with plastic and patented the process in 1942.

Jan 14  – Ford kills the Edsel division by merging it with Lincoln Mercury in 1958.  Although the Edsel division didn’t produce cars until 1958  Ford actually started R&D in 1955, code name ‘E-car’.   They produced full-size models Citation, Corsair, Pacer, Ranger, as well as stations wagons the Bermuda, the Villager, and the Roundup.  Only 118,287 Edsels were built (only 2,846 in 1960) and 7,440 produced in Ontario, Canada. It was voted one of the 50 worse cars.  I  still want one, prefer a two door or a wagon.  Got one you want to get rid of?  Drop me a note.

Nice 2 Door Wagon

Nice 4 Door Wagon

OH!!  Tell me you don't like an Edsel in the 'vert configuration???!!!

OH!! Tell me you don’t like an Edsel in the ‘vert configuration???!!!

2 Door Ranger!!!!

2 Door Ranger!!!!

 

Jan 16 – A.J. Foyt was born in 1935.

Jan 16 – Chrysler debuted the Omni (Dodge) and Horizon (Plymouth) in 1977.  The Omni would later have the distinctions of being treated to a Carol Shelby maker over 9 years later (1986).

1987 Shelby GLHS - nice looking car!!!

1987 Shelby GLHS – nice looking car!!!

 

Jan 17  – Caddy shows the worlds it’s first car – where else?  Madison Square Garden – 1903.

1903 Cadillac

1903 Cadillac

Jan 17 – 1956 Ford Motor Company allows the public to buy stock.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

Unrestored Shelby Cobra 260 sells for $2.07 million | Hemmings Daily

Unrestored Shelby Cobra 260 sells for $2.07 million | Hemmings Daily.

 

That is just a LOT of dough, I know it’s a Shelby and unrestored but that seems a bit high too me.

Let me know what you think, is it worth over 2 million dollars?

1962 260 survivor

1962 260 survivor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

shelby cobra

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RT @gloriouscars: ’66 Shelby Cobra http://t.co/CpFHWjS3Bz
AC Cobra

The AC Cobra, sold as the Ford/Shelby AC Cobra in the United States and often known colloquially as the Shelby Cobra in that country, is an
Shelby Daytona

The Shelby Daytona Coupe (also referred to as the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe) was a coupé based loosely on the AC Cobra roadster chassis
Carroll Shelby

The purchase included the Series 1 model, but not the rights to produce the “Continuation Series” Shelby Cobras In 2004, after a
Brock Coupe

The Brock Coupe (also known as Superformance Coupe or Superformance Shelby Daytona title 1964 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe Tribute Car:

 

Ford Racing’s 2008 Mustang FR500S – The Assembly Line Race Car-LSXTV

Ford Racing’s 2008 Mustang FR500S – The assembly line Race car.

Why this car was built: This car is #56 of only 75 that were built. They were built by Ford specifically to be entered into the Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup. It is the first time in Ford’s history that they have produced a line of cars specifically for a race series on their assembly line.

The FR500S – Photo from Barrett Jackson

One unique thing about this car: This Mustang is unique in the fact that it has a passenger seat. Most racecars have only one seat, but this one carted around different celebrities and media personnel, so a second seat was needed.

Why they are auctioning this car off: Ford Racing & Capaldi Racing are auctioning this Mustang off at the Barrett Jackson Auctions, for the St. Jude’s Children Hospital of Memphis, Tennessee. All of the proceeds will be given straight to the hospital.

Photo from Barrett Jackson

mustang fr500s

Ford Mustang FR500S, primera sobremesa entregada | TuningSpain

El pasado fin de semana Ford entregó su primera sobremesa de este tremendo Mustang preparado para competición. La sobremesa consistió en solo 19 Ford.

Star Cars: Janis, Jimi and Jim

Jimi Hendrix Corvette

Jimi Hendrix Corvette

It’s a well-known fact that James Marshall Hendrix, better known as “Jimi,” was a fan of the iconic Fender Stratocaster. What isn’t common knowledge was his affinity for Chevrolet Corvettes. During his short time in the spotlight, Hendrix owned not one, but two Vettes.

His first, a Stingray, was purchased in Cleveland in 1968 while on tour with his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, in support of their recently released masterpiece Axis: Bold As Love. Sadly, after less than a year, Hendrix totaled the car following a long night of heavy partying. Undeterred, and with his insurance claim filed, Hendrix took delivery of a replacement Corvette.

This second Corvette, in Cortez Silver, remained in Hendrix’s possession until his death, after which it was sold to cover mounting bills faced by his estate. From there the trail goes cold, with the car’s whereabouts currently unknown.

See more at http://www.historicvehicle.org  link below.

via Star Cars: Janis, Jimi and Jim.

Barrett Jackson – Recap Part IV – Test Drive 2013 Mustang 5.0

Before we get to the drive, it’s worth noting that my daily driver is a base model  2007 Corvette 410 hp with a stage 3 clutch.  This puts down a lot of torque.  My other car is 1970 Mustang pushing out 300 hp and I dive that a couple times a week.

Last year, I drove the Ford Taurus SHO and that was a nice with plenty of pep. But I wasn’t ready for this years ride, 2013 Mustang 5.0.

The car manufacturers set up a small auto cross track, under a 1/4 mile in length, it had a starting line  and brief straight way in to a “switchback” turn, another straight way combined with a moderate turn and than the finish.

You are sharing the track with mild-mannered cars, like a Ford Focus and Chevy Cruz and the Corvettes and Camaros of Bondurant School and the Super Snake and Shelbys.  There is a lot going on.

So I hopped into the Mustang, along with a ‘handler’ ( he rides along) and we pull in to line behind two Bondurant Corvettes.  This Mustang is the automatic version of the 412 hp 5.0 and it feels small and light (much different than my C6).

The handler gives me the nod and I hit the gas.  The rear wheels spin for a second and the you can feel the 420 hp launch the car forward. I was at the switchback curve in about 3 seconds – didn’t notice the speedometer but the handler said ‘slow into..’ but I was in an out of corner.   The Mustang had excellent handling at about 50mph in a tight turn.  I told the handler I that I raced SCCA with my vette, but  don’t think that made him any more comfortable.  I finished curve and punched the gas and breezed through the short  straightway and then the final curve at about 60 mph and a quick braking and done!

Ok…again, I’m no big time automotive journalist, but I know cars. So, here are my impressions of the 2013  5.0 Mustang.

Interior was much better than previous years and it felt like sports when sitting in the seat, much like my Vette.  I’m not normally a automatic transmission enthusiast but this one shift smooth as ice on a professional hockey rink.  It launched really well, didn’t fell like 390 ft lbs of torque, felt straight and although a didn’t notice the band of rubber it  was sporting, it did feel grip well.  The car felt stable going into the two curves and it was enjoyable.

With more horsepower than my Vette it still couldn’t match the quickness of my C7  (oh….Freudian slip) …um  C6 with more torque  and almost 500 less pounds ( 3350 vs. 3800 curb  weight).

Over all I WOULD purchase a new Mustang – but something at the next level than the base model 5 liter.  The Boss 302 (maybe in the Laguna Seca) or the GT500)

Or something in a “Super Snake”??

Thanks for reading!!!

Tim

 

Barrett Jackson – Recap Part III – 2013 Mustang 5.0

Ok now there’s no debating that I’m a two bit blogger with no car industry pull.  So Chevy, Ford and Mother MOPAR  aren’t dropping cars off for me to beat up or even just to test drive.

Nope, if I want to test drive a car I have to hope a friend buys one (and let’s me drive – given my rep it’s a tough sell) or I have to go to the dealership.  I’ve drove 100 miles out-of-town to test drive a C6 Corvette.  You really have to convenience the salesman you are serious and in this particular case I did and the salesman accompanied me out on to highway and on a remote entrance ramp allowed me to open it up.  That’s rare, normally you are lucky if you get to travel a couple blocks and maybe a spirited  lunch at a traffic light.

Ok enough whining.

At Barrett-Jackson the dealerships – well at least Ford and Chevy have a venue set up where you can actually test drive some of their latest offerings.  The lines are long and you aren’t going to be able to drive the Shelby SuperSnake or Z06, but there are some good rides there.  What’s more, you aren’t driving on a city street….yeah…you are driving on an auto cross track – short but effective.

So I got to drive the 2013 Mustang 5.0, 412 hp on this short track.

That did  I think?  That coming up in the next post.

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Tim

 

Barrett Jackson Recap Part II – Shelby Mustangs

Perhaps is was my imagination but there seemed to be a lot of guys dressed like the late Carroll Shelby (dark clothes, dark wide brimmed hat).  What wasn’t my imagination was all the Shelby Mustangs up for sale, there were a lot.  Normally, there are quite a few but there were more than usual.

I grabbed a lot of shots and I thought I’d share them.

1967 Shelby Mustang:

 

Here is a quick vid of them bringing a Shelby GT 350 in from auction.  I had hoped they would fire it up but they were waiting for few cars in front of them to park.

http://s299.beta.photobucket.com/user/timsweet2200/media/VIDEO0150_zpsa4c5e749.mp4.html

I really like this next Shelby and the color, but it’s not Eleanor:

Here is a custom Mustang that looks to be pretty good imitation of  Shelby:

I like the wheels:

Check out the Shelby GT 500C

A Shelby GT500 E

And another Shelby:

And an interesting Shelby made for a racing team. (I will have a separate post on these in a bit.)

Here is a GT 350T

And although there were many more. Let’s round this off with a few GT500  – WARNING!!!!…some of these colors are ghastly.

You REALLY need the Drag Pack if you are going to show at the strip with this color of a Mustang!!

More Classic Mustangs and some new ones coming up.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

Trio of Twisters (Twister Special Mustangs, that is) to storm Kansas City | Hemmings Blog: Classic and collectible cars and parts

Trio of Twisters (Twister Special Mustangs, that is) to storm Kansas City | Hemmings Blog: Classic and collectible cars and parts.