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Like any marketplace, the classic car market is constantly moving, and collectors are out there looking for cars that may be currently undervalued. Many hope to find that car that delivers not only the experience of owning a dream car, but also one that will perform as an investment.
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Today Ford announced a big strategic expansion into electric and electrified vehicles, announcing 7 coming “electrified” vehicle models with 6 more to be announced in the near future. Among the announced vehicles are a hybrid Mustang and F-150, a hybrid autonomous rideshare vehicle, a plug-in hybrid Transit, and a fully electric SUV.
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Mecum holds lots of full-scale collector car auctions every year – 14 of them at last count – but the Kissimmee, Florida, sale is by far the biggest. According to the auction company, this year the 10-day auction will have around 3,000 vehicles crossing the block from January 6 through 15 at Osceola Heritage Park.
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The sales numbers are in from all of the automakers which offer a performance oriented rear wheel drive vehicle and with 160,500 examples of the Challenger, Charger and Viper sold during 2016 – Dodge is officially the leading purveyor of rear wheel drive, performance oriented vehicles in the USA.
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The Ford Mustang is completely redesigned for 2005 and on the all new D2C platform but the styling is reminiscent of the fast back models from the late 1960’s. All Mustangs have a Macpherson-strut suspension with reverse “L” control arms in front the rear is a live axle system which reduces handling capabilities but is lighter weight and much cheaper than independent rear suspension. The 16’ aluminum wheels and larger brake pads than previous years are on the twin piston calipers and are basic. Included on the GT model are anti-lock brakes with traction control – these are options on the base model. Other standard equipment includes power windows, duel power mirrors, power door locks, remote keyless entry, front air bags, and AM/FM stereo with CD player. An optional interior upgrade package includes a six way power adjustable driver’s seat, leather seat surface, and brushed aluminum panels. More options are a color configurable instrument cluster and a choice of 500 watt stereo or the 1000 watt version – both stereos include a six disc DVD changer and a USB plug for your MP3
Mustang 2005 to 2009
The Mustang from 2005 until 2010 is basically powered by a cast iron block 4.0 liter SOHC-V6 producing 210 hp (157 kW; 213 PS) and equipped with the Tremec 3650 five speed manual or an optional Ford 5R55S five speed automatic transmission. The GT power option is a cast aluminum block 4.6 liter SOHC three valve Modular V8 with variable camshaft timing (VCT) putting out 300 hp (224 kW; 304 PS) with the Tremec TR-3650 five speed standard or the same optional automatic transmission as the base model. A tested stock V6 convertible model was able to do 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.3 seconds
A Shelby GTH Mustang was released in 2006 based on the GT model with a V8 producing 319 hp (238 kW). This car has functional hood pins, cold air intake, and includes a handling pack. A pony package became available in 2006 and in 2007. Added options in ’07 are GPS by Pioneer, power passenger seat, Serius satellite radio, with a front spoiler available for the V6 only In 2008 the Mustang introduce standard side air bags, adjustable ambient lighting, and HID headlamps. Then in 2009 a glass sun roof became an option as well as Ford Sinc is a dealer installed option but only in ’09. Starting in 2007 until 2009 a V6 appearance package became an optional offering. In 2009 a special 45th anniversary edition is released.
The California special appearance package became available for 2007 then again in 2011. the Bullitt edition is offered in 2008 and 2009 based on the GT with the same aluminum block but putting out 315 hp (235 kW) and also includes a handling package. In 2010 the Mustang has a new body design with a reduced drag coefficient of 4% on the base models but a slightly higher 7% on the GT. The base engine stays the same but the GT has an upgraded 4.6 liter V8 and now puts out 315 hp (235 kW; 319 PS) at 6000 rpm and 325 lb-ft (441 N-m) of torque at 4,255 rpm. All the models have new spring rates and dampers with traction and stability control system as a standard feature as well as 16” wheels. The 2011 Ford Mustang has Electric power steering and two new engines as well as two new six speed transmissions to chose from; either the Getrag-Ford MT82 manual or the 6R80 automatic. The new aluminum block V6 engine develops 305 hp (227 kW; 309 PS) 280 lb-ft (380 N-m) of torque. This 3.7 liter engine has 24 valves with Twin independent Variable Cam Timing (TiVCT) with duel exhaust pipes and gets great gas mileage; at 19city/31 highway. The power GT option is equipped with a 32 valve 5.0 liter (302.13 cu in) power plant putting out 315 hp (235 kW; 319 PS)at 6,000 rpm and 325 lb-ft of torque. This model can optionally come equipped with Brembo brakes for the 19” rims and high performance tires. In 2012 a new “Laguna Seca” Edition is available and the new Boss 302 is released with a V8 producing 444 hp (331 kW; 450 PS). Spring 2012 Ford launched an early release 2013 including a Shelby GT500 with a supercharged 5.8 Liter V8 which produces 662 hp (494 kW; 671 PS). The transmission is a six speed manual for the Shelby and the boss engines. The GT model styling was revised and the V8 produces a bit higher 420 hp (313 kW; 426 PS).
The Camaro for ’67 shares a platform with the Nova and is of semi-unibody design with the sheet metal adding to the frames structural strength. The RS is one of three appearance packages featuring hide away headlights, back up lights mounted in the bumper, revised tail light configuration, rocker panel trim, and RS logo’s. The SS package comes with a 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8 or you could option the 396 cu in (6.5 L) and choose either the L35 or the L78 version. The package also includes decorative hood mounted air inlets and special striping. The status is declared with SS logo’s on the gas cap, front fenders, grill, and the horn button. The two packages can be combined in ’67 and a RS/SS convertible Camaro powered by a 396 was the Indy pace car that year.
In 1967 there was an unadvertised and little known option of the Z28 ready to race version available from all dealerships. This version comes with a 302 cu in (4.9 L) V8 small block with a 3 inch crankshaft, 4 inch piston bore, and an aluminum intake manifold mounted with a four barrel 780 cfm Holly carburetor. The power of the engine is underrated by Chevy at 290 hp (216 kW) which does occur at 5,300 rpm but the 302 is a high revving engine developing closer to 360 hp (268 kW) at higher revs with a single four barrel but with two four barrels puts out 400 hp (298 kW) at 6,800 to 7,000 rpm.
This is race ready for the Trans-Am series which require the model must be available for the public to purchase, an engine of less than 305 cubic inch displacement, and less than one horse power per cubic inch-the latter is also to keep insurance rates lower. The Z28 option also comes equipped with heavy duty suspension, front disc brakes and a close ratio Muncie four speed with posi-trac as an available option. The Z28 also included the 302 badging on front fenders, decorative racing strips for the hood and trunk, with an added choice of combining it with the RS package. There were 221,306 Camaro models sold in ’67 but of those only 64,842 were with the RS option and 34,411 SS units sold including 100 RS/SS pace car replicas but only 602 with the Z28 option.
If you purchased an RS/SS Camaro in 1969 you would have been offered a choice of five engines from 350 to 396 inch displacement with horse power ratings of between 300 and 375. These engines are offered for the factory models but the dealers are also authorized to install the 427 cu in engine producing 430 hp if the customer prefers it. All the engine options are basically equipped with the three speed manual transmission but the automatic three speed and the four speed standard are both on the table as well. The ‘69 Z29 option has a further choice of the newly introduced cowl induction hood scoop. Earlier versions got air into the carburetor though either a simple hole in the side of the air cleaner or the new owner could opt for the cowl plenum pressurized ducting and receive air through the firewall from the cowl vents. All the earlier Camaro models are riding on 14 inch rims but the '69 Z28 is basically equipped with 15 inch Rally wheels
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