Jerry Heasley's Rare Finds: Mustangs & Fords

Jerry Heasley's Rare Finds: Mustangs & Fords

by Jerry Heasley


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Jerry Heasley's Rare Finds: Mustangs & Fords by Jerry Heasley

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613252451
Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/17/2014
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Acknowledgments 7
About the Author 7
Introduction 7
Chapter 1: Rediscovering a Super Stock Mustang 8
1968 “135” Series Mustang Cobra Jet
Chapter 2: Prototype Stock Car in the Weeds 13
Banjo Matthews' 1969 Torino Talladega
Chapter 3: A Desert Rose in the Rough 18
1965 Shelby GT350
Chapter 4: Rediscovering the Original Boss Mustang 25
1969 Shinoda Boss Prototype
Chapter 5: The Long Pursuit and Hard Bargain 31
1966 Galaxie 500XL R-Code, Dual-Quad 427
Chapter 6: A Fastback with Italien Flair 35
1963 Thunderbird Italien Concept Car
Chapter 7: One Shelby Mustang Leads to Another 42
1968 Shelby GT350 and GT500KR
Chapter 8: Historic Three-Time Prototype in a Junkyard 46
1967-1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 Prototype/Test Car
Chapter 9: The Number One Mach 1? 54
1969 Mustang Mach 1
Chapter 10: Treasures That Lie Beneath 59
1963 & 1964 Ford Fairlanes with Special Equipment
Chapter 11: Reverse Psychology Nets a Rare Mustang 61
1965 Shelby GT350
Chapter 12: Incognito and Underground 63
1965 GT40
Chapter 13: Riding and Chasing the Monster 67
1971 Mustang 429 Cobra Jet Convertible
Chapter 14: A Gem in the Junk 71
1958 Ford Skyliner Retractable Roof
Chapter 15: Under the Radar 76
1964 Mustang Indy Pace Car
Chapter 16: Pretty in Pink 80
1968 Mustang Coupe
Chapter 17: A Bargain in Pieces 84
1968 Shelby GT350 Convertible
Chapter 18: The Rarest of the Rare 89
1970 W-Code 428 Super Cobra Jet Convertible
Chapter 19: Friendship Leads to Ownership 94
Two 1969 Ford Fairlane Cobras
Chapter 20: “X” for Experimental? 98
1968 Mustang X-Code Coupe
Chapter 21: All in the Family 102
1967 Fairlane 500 Station Wagon
Chapter 22: Sleepless in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona 106
1969 Shelby GT500
Chapter 23: An Iconic Hot Rod in Hiding 110
1932 Ford Three-Window Sport Coupe
Chapter 24: Mother Road Mustang 114
1965 Mustang K-Code
Chapter 25: The Long-Lost Muscle Car of Youth 118
1968 Shelby GT500KR
Chapter 26: A Treed Mustang 122
1967 Mustang Fastback
Chapter 27: One-of-a-Kind Muscle 127
1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator Super Drag Pack
Chapter 28: The Not So Obvious Boss 130
1969 Mustang Boss 302
Chapter 29: Dream Car, Dream Find 134
1954 XM-800 Mercury
Chapter 30: The Ultimate Hybrid Mustang 138
1969 Shelby Mustang GT350 with a Boss 302 Engine

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