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An outdoor picture of Bob Fria's 1965 Mustang hardtop in Caspian Blue, which will be available for at the Scottsdale Auction

DEARBORN, Mich. - If you were hoping to add a collectible Mustang to your garage for 2019, then perhaps you should plan a trip to Arizona this month. That’s because Barrett-Jackson has been busy rounding up some of the best examples of classic and late-model Ford Mustangs to cross the auction block during its 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction, January 12-20, 2019, at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

Included in the impressive herd of Pony cars stampeding into Scottsdale is the Mustang that started it all, the first ʼ65 pre-production hardtop to receive a VIN (preview). We’ve featured Bob Fria’s Mustang  at auction before, so we’ll be following the Scottsdale action closely. Also included in the docket is a hard-to-find, low mileage ’93 SVT Cobra R (preview), and adding some Hollywood horsepower to the auction docket is a real “Eleanor” (preview), one of the original ’67 custom coupes used in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds.”

“Scottsdale will be one of our very best events for Ford Mustang enthusiasts during our 48-year history,” said Crag Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “All of the Mustangs crossing the block in Scottsdale represent the best examples from every generation of Mustang.”

Other classic Ford Mustangs crossing the block in Scottsdale include:

  • ’65 GT K-Code (preview) – Fully restored K-Code, accounts for less than 1 percent of the ’65-67 models
  • ’65 D-Code convertible (preview) – powered by a 289 engine and finished in Wimbledon White
  • ’65 K-Code convertible (preview) – Rust-free California convertible finished in Poppy Red with white top
  • ’69 Boss 429 (preview) – #605 of 857 Boss 429s built in 1969 with only 4,558 original miles
  • ’69 GT 428 CJ convertible (preview) - One of nine Q-code GT convertibles built with a manual transmission
  • ’70 Boss 302 (preview) – One of 33 in Calypso Coral with white interior, recent rotisserie restoration 

“As an avid Pony car enthusiast, I couldn’t be more excited with the depth of Mustangs we’ll have represented in Scottsdale,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Original, fully restored and customs from virtually every Mustang generation will be a part of our January docket.”

Additional late-model Mustangs crossing the block in Scottsdale include:

  • ’03 Mach 1 (preview) -  This Mach 1 has never been driven on the road and is 100-percent original
  • ’05 Saleen S281 (preview) - #1,239 of 1,351 produced in 2005 with only 17,837 miles
  • ’09 Iacocca 45th Anniversary Fastback (preview) - #33 of 45 built with only 602 miles
  • ’11 Roush 5XR (preview) - #116 of 150 built with only 15,431 miles capable of 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds
  • ’12 Boss 302 Laguna Seca (preview) – One of 767 built for the ’12 model year, with 9,382 actual miles 

The 2019 Scottsdale Auction preview docket is now available to view online. Advance tickets, nine-day ticket packages and information on VIP Packages are available at Barrett-Jackson.com.

Get Your Raffle Tickets Now for Chance to Win ‘Bullitt 50 Chronograph’

Also making Mustang news this month is that you still have a little bit of time left to claim your chance to win and wear a one-of-a-kind piece of automotive and Hollywood movie history -- the “Bullitt 50 Chronograph.” Not only does this signature timepiece commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic film, but the body of the watch will contain an actual piece of the original movie car – a 1 gram paint fragment from the genuine Bullitt Mustang inside. Only 1,968 tickets will be available for purchase through the “Drive Toward a Cure” raffle, which closes near the end of January. Movie car owner Sean Kiernan plans to show his famed Mustang at the Grand National Roadster Show at the Fairplex in Pomona, California January 25-27, where he’ll be announcing the winner of this spectacular timepiece.

The “Drive Toward a Cure” raffle is supported by the Ford Motor Company, Warner Bros. Studios and Chad McQueen, with all proceeds to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation, in memory of Sean’s father, Robert E. Kiernan Jr., who had owned the Bullitt Mustang since 1974 and was increasingly challenged by Parkinson’s Disease. Click HERE to see Sean Kiernan removing the paint fragment from the movie car for use in the Bullitt 50 Chronograph. Then visit www.drivetowardacure.org for info on how you can buy your raffle tickets. We hope a huge Bullitt fan wins it!

Replacement 2001 Mustang Bullitt ID Labels Now Available

With Bullitt making Mustang headlines these days, did you know that the Ford Performance Info Center has recently begun handling replacement requests for the 2001 Mustang Bullitt shock tower holographic I.D. labels? The Info Center has acquired all remaining inventory of the labels and once they are gone, they are gone for good, so if you need a replacement for a damaged or missing factory label, the time to order yours is now! The Ford Performance Info Center will mail you a new label for your 2001 Bullitt, upon receipt of the following information (via email to FWRNTY@Ford.com):

  • Full VIN of the vehicle
  • Picture of the damaged / missing I.D Label
  • A contact at your local Ford dealership (Service Advisor is usually the best)
  • Please include the dealership’s shipping information

Note: Your Ford dealership MUST perform the removal / installation of this official Ford factory replacement label. These original labels are the only remaining inventory, which were made back in 2001 when the first Mustang Bullitt models were being built.  Contacting the Ford Performance Info Center is the ONLY way to get your factory replacement label. This program is offered free of charge, and is being done as a courtesy to all 2001 Mustang Bullitt owners.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Ford Performance Info Center at 800-367-3788, option 1, or via email: FWRNTY@Ford.com

Ford Performance Expands its ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ Program

Our Ford Performance Info Center has also been hard at work expanding its "Certificate of Authenticity" program yet again to now include the 2015 and 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang as well as the Shelby GT350R for those years. This Ford Performance Certificate of Authenticity Package for the Shelby GT350 includes an official Ford performance Certificate of Authenticity, VIN decoder, Production Summary Chart, Poster, Tri-Fold Brochure, Certificate Sleeve, Track Tips, Window Sticker, "Disc Brake Rotor & Caliper" Business Card Holder, as well as a Cobra logo Keychain.

Many GT350 owners and enthusiasts will notice that this special package contains many of the items that were included in the Owners Supplement kit that came with GT350's when they were originally sold. Please note that there is LIMITED AVAILABILITY for these items, so order now!

Word of the new GT350 package comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the Ford Performance Info Center had also expanded its “Certificate of Authenticity” offerings to now include the 2014 MCA Edition Mustang

You can order either via our Ford Performance Info Center by phone (1-800-FORD-788) or online directly from our Ford Show Parts website.

Get Your Mustang’s Airbag Recall Completed!

The Takata airbag recalls are the largest and most complex recalls in U.S. automotive history. The recalls currently affect 19 automotive manufacturers and roughly 37 million vehicles. Among these affected vehicles are 2005-2014 model year Mustang vehicles.

In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Takata Corporation determined that a defect related to motor vehicle safety may arise in some non-desiccated, ammonium nitrate airbag inflators due to propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling. This degradation can cause the propellant to burn too quickly, creating high pressure inside the inflator, and in extreme cases causing the inflator to rupture in the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment.  A ruptured inflator can send inflator parts toward vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death. Additional information regarding Takata recalls can be found at www.nhtsa.gov and www.safercar.gov.

Parts are readily available to repair currently recalled Mustang vehicles. Ford sent out weekly mailings last October and November to all Mustang owners whose vehicle currently has an open Takata airbag recall. It is important that you determine if your vehicle is affected and, if so, have it repaired FREE by a Ford or Lincoln Dealer, especially before it goes into storage for the winter.

In some cases, only the driver’s or passenger’s side may be affected. In other cases, both the driver’s side and passenger’s side need to be repaired. The passenger side airbag cover is not replaced during the repair, so any signatures or other insignia on your dash will remain.

This situation requires immediate attention and is not to be taken lightly. You can input your VIN at www.FordAirbagInfo.com to see if your vehicle is affected by the airbag recall and locate a dealership to you schedule your repair. If you need assistance scheduling an appointment, or your dealership indicates that they are not able to obtain parts to repair your vehicle, please contact our Ford Customer Care Team at 1-866-436-7332.

In the meantime, make sure you get out there and find and attend a Ford club meeting this winter, join a Ford club or enthusiast group and discover the fun and all the friendly people involved in the world of Ford Performance. (It’s EASY to find a great Ford club in your area here.) We’re sure that being connected with each other and with Ford will make your ownership experience even more enjoyable!

No matter what you decide you’d like to do with your free time, the great thing about owning a performance Ford is that – unlike with buying one of those “appliances” from the other automakers – when you buy a Ford, you buy into an entire enthusiast world! That’s because Ford cars and trucks have the kind of personality and style that forges a personal connection with their owners, who in turn celebrate ownership each year at hundreds of enthusiast events all over the country.

Stay tuned to our “What’s Happening” section under the “Enthusiasts” tab of FordPerformance.com to catch the latest show news. We’ll also provide the best online coverage from some of the top-notch venues sponsored by various Ford enthusiast clubs with our “Quick Look” photo galleries, or via the special features posted in our Enthusiasts Newsroom.  There you’ll get the inside stories on Ford people, events and places as well as unique Ford club content that you can't find anywhere else on the Web. We do it because, just like you, we’re driving Ford passion!