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MECUM MUSTANGS Kissimmee Preps For Pony Car Heaven
By Andy Bolig
As the smoldering ashes of what was the year 2020 slowly sift themselves back into the cold, dead ground, we look upon the horizon of 2021 with hope and anticipation. Thankfully, automotive enthusiasts can ring in the new year on an up beat at the Annual Mecum Kissimmee Auction held at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.
Mecum’s Kissimmee 2021 auction runs from January 7-16, 2021 and will feature over 3,500 cars to go across the block. Many of those cars will be of particular interest to Mustang enthusiasts, as many notable cars from almost every generation of Mustang production will be represented.
1965 Shelby GT350R (LOT F158) One of only 34 examples of Carroll Shelby’s all-conquering GT350R SCCA B Production racers, Serial No. 5R106 was raced in Midwest SCCA National events by its first owner, Richard Jordan of Downers Grove, Illinois. With 4,930 original miles, 5R106 remains in astonishingly original condition, retaining such important features as the original Plexiglas and R-Model magnesium racing wheels. Fully race-ready and offered with unusually extensive documentation that includes the original Shelby American and Jack Loftus Ford paperwork, 5R106 presents as exceedingly original, authentically restored and factory correct in every detail.
Dana Mecum and company haven’t built the Mecum Auctions brand into the world’s largest auction house by simply exchanging owners of various cars. Instead, they have hand-chosen some of the finest examples from throughout the automotive collector hobby and at any given Mecum event, attendees are given opportunity to see, up close, some of the rarest examples on display.
1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet (LOT S164) When Ford launched its assault on Stock and Super Stock Eliminator at the 1968 NHRA Winternationals, “Dyno Don” Nicholson himself was at the wheel of this rare Mustang Cobra Jet factory racer sponsored by Dick Brannan Ford of New Carlisle, Indiana. The car’s Holman-Moody-built 428 Cobra Jet engine uses a stock CJ block and crank, forged 11.6:1 pistons on 427 connecting rods and a Holley 4-barrel carburetor on a 427 aluminum intake. The Nicholson Cobra Jet has traveled almost all of it’s believed-correct, 605-miles a quarter-mile at a time. It is proudly presented in as-raced livery.
The Kissimmee Mecum event has some particularly notable cars for the Mustang lover. Scheduled to cross the auction block during Mecum’s stay in Central Florida are perfectly restored to resto-modded classics, vintage performance icons, modified modern street monsters, and everything in between.
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 (LOT F120) The Larry Carrell Collection at Kissimmee in 2021, all offered at no reserve, includes five Boss Mustangs. Two of those featured Boss Mustangs are 1970 Boss 429 variants. Just 499 were made for 1970, including this Grabber Orange example wearing Kar Kraft serial number KK No. 2312.
Vehicles begin rolling across the block Thursday through Sunday, January 7-16 at 10 AM. Attendees will have plenty of time to view the day’s offerings as the gates open daily at 8 AM and close one hour after the final vehicle of the day crosses the block. Advance tickets are $20 per person, per day and are only offered until 11:59PM January 6, 2021 CDT).
1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 (LOT F119) This 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 Fastback is one of just 1,806 Boss 351s produced that year and one of only an estimated 630 known to exist, according to the the Boss 351 Registry.
Those who cannot enjoy the sun and fun in person during the 2021 Mecum Kissimmee auction can tune in to the NBC Sports Network to watch portions of the event live. Click HERE to find the NBC Sports listings and dates for your area.
1985 Ford Mustang GT Twister II (LOT 115) Unrestored with just 26,245 miles, this one-of-90 1985 Ford Mustang GT Twister II hatchback coupe features the top available powertrain comprising the 5.0L/210 HP V-8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor and T5 5-speed manual transmission. Retaining its original Jalapeno Red paint finish, this Twister II is very well equipped with T-tops and a gray cloth interior accented with red piping, plus air conditioning, cruise control, power steering, power brakes and windows, and 1985-spec ventilated aluminum wheels.
We’re just about a week away from opening up 2021’s event season at the Mecum Kissimmee auction and here are a few Mustangs that we’re going to be keeping our eye on. You can plan on tuning in to NBC Sports channel to see all the auction action for yourself and don’t forget to sign up for MyMecum, where you can do specific make and model searches by auction, keyword, year of manufacture, or lot number. You can also check back to see the results of any previous auction to find your favorite Mustang’s highest bid. By the looks of it, 2021 will be getting off to a great start, so plan on joining in on all the fun.
1996 Ford Mustang Saleen S281 Convertible (LOT 117) With 86,340 miles on the odometer, this White drop-top has provided miles of smiles for its previous owners. Now it is ready to do that all over again for its next owner. The ’96 Mustang has been treated with Saleen’s S281 treatment and is number 117 of 234 produced. Its 4.6L V-8 engine is backed by an automatic transmission, and thanks to those 18-inch Saleen wheels, the car will stay gripped to the road whether accelerating, turning, or braking.
2008 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet (LOT W34) Ford got back into racing in a big way when it introduced the Mustang Cobra Jet. This example was owned by John Calvert, who received it at the 2009 Winternationals. The car has only 6.9 miles on the clock and is one of 50 produced. It has a supercharged 5.4L engine and six-speed transmission. Go-fast goodies include a six-point, NHRA-certified roll bar, five-point racing harnesses, line-lock, racing slicks, a trunk-mounted battery and a delete list that sheds unnecessary weight, but adds cost. A bevy of racing memorabilia is also included in the sale of this quick pony.
2014 Ford Mustang Boss 302s (LOT K120) This Ford Mustang Boss 302s is a Ford Racing-built, factory SCCA track car. This car is covered in Grabber Blue and is build number 18 of 50 built. The 5.0L V-8 Boss Racing engine brings 440 horsepower to the track and the heavily-modified suspension does its best to keep it on-track at all times. Built specifically for racing, this car is sold on a Bill of Sale.
2017 Ford Mustang Petty's Garage King Edition (LOT F101) With just 1,990 miles on the odometer, this 2017 Ford Mustang Petty’s Garage King Premier Edition was built to celebrate Richard Petty's 80th Birthday. The Mustang is No. 2 of exactly 43 built in conjunction with the Ford Motor Company, and it was the first of the series made available to the public. The high-performance Premier was equipped with a 2.9L Whipple twin-screw supercharger that extracts 825 HP from the 5.0L Ford DOHC Coyote V-8. The sixth-generation Mustang body is custom painted into a silver, red and signature Petty Blue color combination is an intentional nod to the 1996 25th Anniversary No. 43 STP Richard Petty NASCAR racing livery.
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