1969 Mustang UDRA Ultra Stock is Race Car Royalty at Auction

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1969 FORD MUSTANG UDRA ULTRA STOCK Henry Ford III signed

Sam Auxier’s drag racer, called ‘The Ultimate Ultra Stocker,’ bears the signature of Henry Ford III on the dash. 

Racer Sam Auxier Jr. owned and drove this red, white, and blue Mustang, given to him by the Ford Motor Company in 1969. He drove it to victory in multiple races for the the Super Stock/Ultra Stock class in the AHRA (American Hot Rod Association). The 10-second ‘Stang rightfully earned the “The Ultimate Ultra Stocker” nickname it was given June 1969 by Cars Magazine.

Now, the famed 1969 Mustang is on the auction block at Mecum’s upcoming Indy 2019 auction running from May 14 to May 19. This car doesn’t need any more cachet, but it has it. The car is signed on the dash by Henry Ford III. Yeah, this racer is quite a find. 

1969 FORD MUSTANG UDRA ULTRA STOCK Henry Ford III signed

When Ford gave the Mustang to Auxier, it was body-in-white, which he would then build according to the UDRA Ultra Stock rules. Auxier built the Ford 427 tunnel port engine himself, with an assist from Chic Denino, who built the chassis.

1969 FORD MUSTANG UDRA ULTRA STOCK Henry Ford III signed

The asphalt melting Mustang dominated in multiple races in UDRA and AHRA drag racing competitions and defeated greats such as Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, Ronnie Sox, and Al Joniec.

1969 FORD MUSTANG UDRA ULTRA STOCK Henry Ford III signed

Under the hood, the dual-quad 427 Tunnel Port’s machine and dual 780 CFM carburetors are still in working condition.

1969 FORD MUSTANG UDRA ULTRA STOCK Henry Ford III signed

Restored by Maryland-based R&M Performance, the Mustang has its original body panels, including fiberglass doors and a tilt front end.

Henry Ford III gave the car his John Hancock at the Mid America All Ford Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The car has been featured in a number of publications including Mustang Monthly, Hot Rod, and Car Craft, as well as the book Charlie Morris: Total Performance Drag Racing in the 1960s. It was also on an episode of Detroit Muscle.

It is expected to fetch about $200,000 at the auction. If you are interested in owning this historic Mustang, you can bid at Mecum online.

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Longtime automotive journalist S.J. Bryan has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is an editor with Ford Truck Enthusiasts and regular contributor to F-150 Online, Harley-Davidson Forums, and The Mustang Source, among other popular auto sites.

Bryan first discovered her passion for all things automotive riding in her parent's 1968 Ford Mustang. The automotive expert cut her teeth growing up riding on Harleys, and her first car was a Chevy Nova. Despite her lead foot, Bryan has yet to receive a speeding ticket.

The award-winning former playwright was first published at age 18. She has worked extensively as a writer and editor for a number of lifestyle and pop culture publications.

The diehard gearhead is a big fan of American muscle cars, sixth-gen Ford trucks, and Oxford commas.

S.J. can be reached at [email protected]

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