Ford muscle cars at Bonhams to be offered at no-reserve

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The Boss 429 is among the most powerful and desirable vintage Mustangs | Bonhams photos

A collection of 10 Ford muscle cars from the 1960s will be offered June 2 during Bonhams’ Greenwich Concours d’Elegance auction in Connecticut, including several legendary big-block models.  All will be sold without reserve prices.

Among the group are an “ultra-rare” 1965 Ford Galaxie M-Code 427 “Cammer” coupe powered by the single-overhead-cam V8 that was banned from NASCAR racing.  One of the most-powerful Fords built, its engine topped by a pair of 4-barrel Holly carburetors boasted 657 horsepower at 6,000 rpm.

While the SOHC 427cid V8 was nixed by NASCAR officials before it even reached a race track, the engine found great success in NHRA “factory experimental” drag racing.  The consigner of the Galaxie, which is said to be in fine condition, believes it is a one-of-one example because of its unique build.

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The SOHC 427cid V8 in the Galaxie was banned from NASCAR racing

Another super Ford at auction is a 1970 Boss 429 Mustang packing a race-bred 429cid V8, which was designed by Ford to compete in NASCAR with the 427 Hemis raced by Mopar teams. Presented in the popular color of Grabber Blue, the Boss 429 engine is rated at 375 horsepower linked with a close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission and Traction-Loc rear.

Also on the docket is a pair of 1968 Shelby GT 350 Mustangs with sequential serial numbers, although they will be sold individually.

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The Greenwich auction, held in conjunction with the famed concours events, boasts a diverse lineup of collector cars, according to a Bonhams news release.

“In addition to ferocious American muscle, Bonhams’ Greenwich sale will also offer exquisite, classic European sporting cars, such as these two gems: a beautifully restored and Mille Miglia-eligible 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet by Pinin Farina, and a 1961 Jaguar E-type Coupe that was the 99th built and has the desirable flat floor and welded bonnet louvres,” the release says.

For more information about the Bonhams sale, visit the auction website.

 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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