Cars from the Ron Pratte Collection
Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Ron Pratte Collection that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January.
Named “Crazy Horse,” this 1965 Ford Mustang custom fastback (Lot 2013) fastback by Boyd Coddington was created on the American Hot Rod series on Discovery Channel. Only the automotive aftermarket could keep up with Coddington’s imagination as this car showcases many of the most advanced technologies it had to offer.
At the beginning of the design process, the decision was made to use 19th century Native American leader, Chief Crazy Horse, as inspiration. Even the special Boyd Yellow paint with silver accent was a favorite war paint combination for this historic Native American. The Ford Mustang’s actual namesake, the P51 Mustang, also had a model named after this influential chief.
A high-horsepower, small-block Ford is always a perfect engine for a Mustang that plans to make a statement. This one has a 342-cubic-inch crate engine, brand new and built to factory specs. The cast-iron block and aluminum GT40 heads are in cahoots with a single plane Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake manifold. This 10:1 compression engine brings 400 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque to the party. Since the Mustang weighs just a little over 2,500 pounds, that party is wild and crazy.
This Mustang’s black interior looks stock but isn’t. Carbon fiber Ultralite gauges fit in a custom aluminum bezel. A similar bezel sits in the middle of the opposite dash pod. The rest of the interior is subtle but special, right down to the feel of the seat covers.
This ’65 Ford Mustang Custom Fastback is scheduled to cross the auction block in Scottsdale on Tuesday, January 13.
The Ron Pratte Collection will begin being auctioned with automobilia from Saturday, January 10 at 9 a.m. (MST) through Tuesday, January 13 at 1 p.m. Pratte’s vehicles first cross the block at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with lot numbers 2000 through 2109 and continue with lot numbers 2500 through 2530 Saturday, January 17.