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Jerry Heasley's Rare Finds: Mustangs & Fords
     

Jerry Heasley's Rare Finds: Mustangs & Fords

by Jerry Heasley
 

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During the 1960s and 1970s, all the major Detroit manufacturers made legendary muscle cars, and Ford was no exception. Shelby Mustangs, Cobra Jet Mach 1s, big-block and Hi-PO GTs, Boss and Talladega prototypes, K codes, S codes, and R codes, all familiar terms to Ford performance enthusiasts. Shockingly, even with how popular many of these models were, there are still

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During the 1960s and 1970s, all the major Detroit manufacturers made legendary muscle cars, and Ford was no exception. Shelby Mustangs, Cobra Jet Mach 1s, big-block and Hi-PO GTs, Boss and Talladega prototypes, K codes, S codes, and R codes, all familiar terms to Ford performance enthusiasts. Shockingly, even with how popular many of these models were, there are still long-lost examples turning up in barns, garages, backyards, and yes, pastures.

Some of these lost Mustangs and Fords were forgotten by owners, shuffled between family members, or simply parked to become non-descript garage fixtures. Some have lived hard lives on the street and in competition, and then been neglected and abandoned. Many of these Mustangs and Fords are among the most valuable and collectible cars Ford has ever built. These automotive jewels have been waiting for a dedicated enthusiast to rescue them from obscurity. In order to find these rare rides, collectors have had to do extensive research, fact checking, searching off-the-beaten-path locales, and make hundreds of phone calls.

As the automotive Indiana Jones, Jerry Heasley has been tracking down and documenting the stories of the rarest and most sought-after Mustang and high-performance Ford rescue stories for years. In this follow-up to the top-selling Jerry Heasley's Rare Finds, Heasley has built a collection of his finest stories, including the 1969 Boss styling prototype that was owned by Ford stylist Larry Shinoda, the original 1967 Shelby Mustang prototype that would become several other test cars, and a rare 1965 Shelby GT350R.

Editorial Reviews

Australian Street Rodding - Mike Caruso
"As a follow-up to his previous Jerry Heasley's Rare Finds book, which included all makes and models, Rare Finds: Mustangs & Fords focuses on 30 cars that people have uncovered, including Larry Shinoda's former Boss 302 styling prototype, a '64-1/2 Indy Pace car, a '68 X-code hardtop, and a '65 Shelby G.T. 350 in the desert." -Mustang Monthly, Dec 2012
Auto Talk Radio - Wallace Wyss
reviewed Rare Finds: Mustangs & Fords on KUCR radio 88.3 FM in Riverside, CA
The Midwest Book Review - James Cox
"A classic car could be hidden anywhere. Rare Finds: Mustangs & Fords is a guide for the classic car enthusiast as Jerry Heasley discusses these hidden treasures that lurk all across America, rotting away from those who would take them in and restore them to their former glory. Heasley tells stories of these lost cars and how these restoration projects unfolded, with full color photographs all throughout describing the process. Rare Finds is a strong addition to any car enthusiast's collection, highly recommended." -The Midwest Book Review, December 2012
MSRA LineChaser - Jerry Felde
page 58, Canadian Hot Rods magazine, cover image and comments on the book
Muscle Car Review - Drew Hardin
"...This generously illustrated book recounts 30 tales of rediscovered classic Fords, including Mustang and Shelby engineering prototypes...Let's hope there's a Chevy Rare Finds book to come." -Classic American, May 2013

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613250341
Publisher:
CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/15/2012
Series:
CarTech
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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Meet the Author

Jerry Heasley is a veteran automotive book author, magazine writer, and photographer. More than 6,000 of his articles have appeared in more than 100 different car magazine titles over the past 30 years. Currently, his Rare Finds column appears in Mustang Monthly, Vette, and Muscle Car Review. He has published more than a half million photos and images worldwide. He lives in Pampa, Texas, and has a ranch near Wheeler, Texas.

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