June 2, 2016
We don't always get what we want. Many 1974 sports car buyers still wanted a Mustang Boss 429 or a Hemi Cuda. What they got instead was a choice between one government mandated, smog controlled, regulation-laden nightmare or another equally pitiful bureaucratmobile.
May 3, 2016
When it comes to ranking great sports cars, the Japanese machines of the previous century are rarely considered. Yet in their day they offered performance and reliability that was nowhere to be found in Detroit's American competitors.
November 9, 2015
Keith Boschetti didn't have his driver's license.
It was the autumn of 1985 and his 16th birthday wasn't until the following February. But like every teenager in the 1980's, he wanted a car. And it had to be a muscle car that he could drive with pride.
October 12, 2015
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The next step in resto-modding my 1980 Ford Mustang is underway, and I am positively giddy.
At this point any rational person is thinking, “And why would someone be positively giddy about the most worthless, undesirable Mustang ever built?” I'm glad you asked.
May 4, 2015
(Photos by Phillip Pietri, courtesy of Mecum Auctions)
On the morning of May 11, 1966, Carroll Shelby's crew went to work on their sixteenth Shelby Mustang SCCA A Sedan/Group 2 racecar. They would never build another one.
January 28, 2015
The Stephen Cox Blog is Presented by McGunegill Engine Performance
After a Mexican 302-equipped Ford Torino crossed the block at Mecum Auctions recently, I've received a boatload of questions about these unique engines, their collector value, and how to identify them. Mexican 302's are a bit of an oddity, so I thought I'd pass along the answers in this week's blog.
January 5, 2014
My true passion was for classic cars and historic racing cars... that is, until the summer of 2012 when I co-hosted Mecum's first major motorcycle auction in Monterey. That auction was my road-to-Damascus moment. My eyes were opened to the beauty, history and raw functionality of motorcycles.
December 1, 2014
The short-lived Ford Mustang Boss 429, one of the rarest and most prized cars of the muscle era, was built and sold only in 1969 and 1970.
November 24, 2014
It was the mid 1970's. NASCAR's aerodynamic supercars were a thing of the past. The great American muscle car had succumbed to a slow death, strangled by illegal government regulations and an absurd 55 mile per hour speed limit. The US auto industry fell into its own Dark Age and would not emerge for another 20 years.
September 15, 2014
I collect old Fords. I also collect race cars, knives, aviation books and those old plastic NFL helmets that you could buy in vending machines for a quarter in the 1970's with the team stickers on the side that always peeled off.