The Mustangs of Mecum Monterey 2011


by Patrick Rall

Dana Mecum's collector car auctions have revolutionized how people shop for classic cars. As the 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction opens in California, show goers have a chance to check out some of the coolest classics and hottest modern collectible vehicles of the day.

American vehicles are the dominant force in any full Mecum auction, and as is the case at any event involving collectable vehicles, the Ford Mustang is one of the most popular choices, with a regular spread across every generation of the fabled pony car.  Whether you are looking to invest in a show quality vehicle, purchase a vehicle to restore or just have a look at the greatest meeting of collectable cars for sale in the US - Mecum offers something for every buyer and every budget in the Mustang community.

Just in case any of our readers are going to be in Monterey this weekend, wanted to bring you just a quick look at some of the amazing Mustangs gracing the auction block of Dana Mecum this weekend.  While we can expect the Mustang to be one of the most plentiful models in Monterey, there are a handful of Mustangs that truly stand out in any crowd - even at Dana Mecum's famous collector's auctions.

1965-fastback.jpg5. 1965 Mustang Restomod, Lot #F24

Combining the stunning looks of the original Ford Mustang in 1965 with modern day performance, this gorgeous Fastback uses a 4.6L SVT V8 topped by a Vortech supercharger to combine the best of both automotive worlds.

1966-Shelby-racer.jpg4. The 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Race Car, Lot #S109

The Shelby GT350 Mustang was the original pony car racer and this beautifully restored '66 GT350 is nice enough to show, but its fully built to race.  It is built to compete in vintage racing events and over the past few years, this Shelby GT350 has taken multiple class victories around the country.

1970-Boss.jpg3. The 1970 Mustang Boss 302, Lot #S79

The vintage Boss Mustangs have inspired enthusiasts since Larry Shinoda created them in the late 1960s, but with the recent rebirth of the Boss 302, the interest in the original Boss 302 has skyrocketed.  This particular Boss 302 is packed full of high performance goodies like a 4.30 Detroit  Locker rearend and a factory front mounted oil cooler-only - making this Boss one of just 254 configured this way in 1970.

2012-Boss.jpg2. The 2012 Mustang Boss 302, Lot #F163

The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is being heralded as the best handling factory built Mustang of all time.  While the 2012 Boss 302 is fully street legal, the modifications made to these limited edition Mustangs allow them to be just as comfortable on the race track as they are on the open road.

1968-eleanor.jpg1. The 1968 Mustang Fastback - Eleanor, Lot #S143

Arguably the most recognizable custom car of all time, the 1968 Mustang Fastback-turned-Eleanor gained recognition in the movie Gone in 60 Seconds.  This super-sharp, high performance Mustang roared across the silver screen, right into the heart of Mustang lovers around the world and it has become one of the most common restoration and modification goals of vintage Mustang owners as "Eleanor Mustangs" have become the grand daddy of all restomodded Mustangs.

Unfortunately, the Mecum auctions only go to so many locations so it might be hard for some enthusiasts to make the trip to one of the large venues around the country but with the growing popularity of these high profile auto auctions, Discover HD Theater broadcasts portions of the auctions on television and you can catch the 2011 Mecum Monterey auction LIVE on Thursday from 3-7 PM, Friday from 1-5 PM and Saturday from 1-5 PM.

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