I'm usually not into car auctions. For one, they are WAY out of my price range, and secondly the essence of a FordMuscle project car is about building
it not buying
it. Yet an upcoming RM auction on August 12, 2010 in Monterey, California has really caught my attention. Not because I am in any position to join the pompous paddle bearing bidders, but rather because of the rarity of cars to be sold that day. Ford has consigned a dozen or so past concept cars, such as the 2004 Mustang GTR shown below. Automotive fans know that factory concept cars are not only cool, but mysterious. They usually get built for major industry car shows for the purpose of drawing a crowd and eliciting a "Wow, will they ever build that?" response. After their debut, most concept cars get stored in a factory museum, or eventually dismantled. So it is very rare that they would ever be offered to the public. Ford isn't clamoring to raise funds or clear garage space, in fact their intentions are quite noble. They will donate the proceeds from the concept car sales to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
So just this once we'll let our mantra of building your own project car slide because it is a worthy, and rare, event. If you find yourself with a hundred grand or so burning a hole in your pocket, make your may to the California Central Coast and pick up one of the rare concepts shown below, or listed at the RM Auction website
The famed 2004 Mustang GTR concept is likely to sell for around $300,000. It features a fully operational 440 bhp, 5.0-liter DOHC V8 engine coupled to a Tremec TKO six-speed manual transmission. Though it cannot be registered for street use, we hope if the buyer has any balls he will take it out to the track from time to time.
2002 Lincoln Continental Shell
This "pushmobile" is a true concept tradeshow vehicle in that it has no drivetrain. RM projects this shell will fetch $50k or so.
2001 Ford Forty Nine Concept
Also a pushmobile. This concept was a hit at the 2001 North American Internation Auto Show in Detroit.
2001 F150 Lightning Rod
This concept features a 380 bhp, 5.4 liter supercharged SOHC V8 engine. It's been lowered and chopped 1", and featured tribal graphics. Oddly, This vehicle runs and drives, but is not DOT or EPA certified and cannot be registered for highway use in the United States. It will fetch between $30k and $60k.