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duPont REGISTRY has been Galpinized, buys first wide-body Mustang Convertible *updated pics*

Ford Mustang GT Convertible Widebody Front

Stealing the spotlight from the nearby white Ferrari California in the duPont REGISTRY showroom is a Mustang so sharp, duPont REGISTRY Co-Founder, Thomas duPont, even describes it as a “eyeball show-stopper.” Of course, since he also owns the sinister-looking convertible, he may be a little biased.

The 2012 Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) wide-body Mustang GT Convertible is truly unique because the kit is one-of-a-kind. GAS does not have the one-size-fits-all mentality, so no two GAS wide-body kits are the same. Each one is hand built specifically for the car. The kit stretches the car’s width by a full nine inches, and, unlike most fiberglass body kits, this one features a hand-formed metal construction.

Ford Mustang GT Convertible Wide-body rear

The car is finished in dark gray and comes equipped with a custom dark red interior, complete with black stitching and black piano accents. The wide-body Mustang also features a Wilwood brake package that features drilled and slotted rotors behind a full set of staggered three-piece Forgiato wheels. The front tires size is 295/25ZR-21 while the back tire size is 335/25ZR-22, which enhances the already substantial nature of the car’s hind quarters. The car was lowered using Eibach lowering springs. A Magnaflow exhaust system was added in so that the car’s sinister look would be complete with a menacing growl. GAS also added a deep chin spoiler to further enhance the visual appeal of the car. The car’s total price including the body kit and all of its other goodies comes to around $82,000.

So what brought duPont, known for his older classic cars, to purchase such an aggressive-looking, new vehicle? It appears he was in the market for a convertible that was different than the rest. He remembered meeting the people from GAS at Barrett-Jackson’s Orange County show in June and knew they had a solid reputation because of a wide-body orange Mustang coupe they also built. He chose the GT Premium package, opposed to other more extreme variants because those other models would simply “waste tires,” revealing a conservative side to the car collector.

Ford Mustang GT Convertible Wide-body

The 2012 GAS wide-body Mustang GT Convertible will go in his private collection, but he said he would consider selling the car if the right buyer comes along.

GAS, also known as Galpin Ford, was founded by Frank Galpin on February 25, 1947, and quickly became known for selling vehicles that have been “galpinized.” They are also the same company responsible for customizing the cars for two seasons on MTV’s hit show Pimp My Ride. West Coast Customs originally started out as the customization shop for the hit TV show, but then GAS took over sometime in 2006 and customized multiple vehicles on the show before the show was cancelled in 2007.

GAS’s whole motto is that it can “galpanize” any make and any model for any budget. It can take your car to the extreme or make subtle modifications to make the vehicle more appealing. It has definitely taken duPont REGISTRY’s new addition to new heights; this 2012 Mustang GT Convertible has officially been pimped!

GAS Wide-body Mustang

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Posted by: Tabitha Foss
Posted on: 1/20/2012 at 11:27 AM
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Seven fine finds at Barrett-Jackson's 2012 Scottsdale auction

Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, Arizona, event has become arguably the world’s premier collector-car auction. Starting out as a small charity function in 1967, the multi-day event now attracts more than 250,000 people and hundreds of classic cars. Scottsdale’s 2012 auction appears to be just as big since many rare and exclusive automobiles have already registered to cross the auction block.

Because every collector has his or her own particular likes and dislikes and considering the variety of cars, I could never label a small set of automobiles as standing absolutely above all the rest. But, despite the glorious assortment of fine and collectible cars, I have assembled a list of seven of the more notable automobiles (in no particular order) that will go under the auctioneer’s hammer.

Follow the jump to read our guest post at MyCarQuest.

7 fine finds at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2012

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 1/9/2012 at 4:40 AM
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Categories: Bentley | Cadillac | Concept | Dodge | Ford | Lamborghini | Shelby
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Yenko Camaro enthusiast Cliff Ernst show us his car collection

Cliff Ernst Collection

The very best collectible automobiles are sometimes tucked away and off-limits to prying eyes. In the upcoming months, we will be gaining access to some of these amazing collections and bringing you never-before-seen photographs as well as insight into the cars and the people that collect them.

Cliff Ernst with his Yenko

This fabulous collection is stored in a nondescript warehouse on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee. It holds some of the most-sought-after, best-performing models of the 1960s as well as some distinctive older classics. All of the examples reflect the individual character of the collector, and each one comes with its own story. We met with the owner, Cliff Ernst, who gave us a guided tour and educated us on drag racing, big blocks, and choosing the perfect car. His passion for performance is rooted in drag racing; he cut his teeth on the drag strips and stoplights of Ohio during the 1960s.

Cliff Ernst cars

Walking around his immaculate white-tile showroom, we were shocked to see everything from Super Duty Pontiacs, Shelby Mustangs, factory-supercharged Thunderbirds, Corvettes and more! His awe-inspiring collection seems to culminate with two of the rarest and most desirable Camaros ever made: a gold 1969 Yenko Camaro and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The former was the product of Chevy-dealer-turned-aftermarket-tuner Don Yenko. The latter was Chevrolet’s answer for the serious drag racer who could append an extra $4,500 for an all-aluminum 427-cubic-inch engine option. Both are as powerful as they are rare.

Ernst sat down with us to answer a few questions and tell us more about his passion.

Cliff Ernst Camaros

What was the first car in your collection?

In the mid-‘70s, I bought a 1930 Model A Ford. I always wanted one in high school, but I needed to save $150 for college.

Cliff Ernst Classic cars

At what point did this evolve from a garage at your home into a dedicated facility?

In the 1980s, I allocated space at my business to keep the growing collection safely stored. In 1991, we built a dedicated warehouse for the collection. It was around thirty cars at the time. We now have around 45 cars.

Cliff Ernst Shelby GT500

Tell us a little bit about the gold Yenko.

The gold car was the prototype for the ‘69 Yenko. Certain features of this car did not make it into the 1969 Yenko production models. I am the second owner, and I have professionally restored it twice. It was featured in the July 1969 issue of Super Stock and Drag Illustrated magazine. Ed Professional driver Ed Hedrick was able to run an 11.94 (quarter-mile time) in stock form.

Cliff Ernst Yenko Camaros

Do you think the previous owner regrets parting with it?

I sent him photos I had taken after the restoration, but I never heard back from him, so I like to think they got lost in the mail!

Cliff Ernst Camaros

What feature of the Yenko cars do you like most?

The performance. When the Yenko cars first hit the streets, I was drag racing a ‘65 Corvette. They consistently posted faster times (than the Corvette). They made winning look easy!

Cliff Ernst Corvettes

Besides the gold Yenko, what is your favorite car?

The ‘32 Packard V12 or the supercharged ‘57 T-bird.

Cliff Ernst Thunderbirds

Performance does seem to be the theme here. Was it a goal of yours to have the ultimate production versions of these cars or is it a coincidence?

I prefer to have the highest-performance model available. The ‘57 Chevy is fuel injected and the T-birds are supercharged. You get the idea!

Cliff Ernst Chevrolet Bel-Aire

With the quality of the restorations you have here, have you ever considered restoring and building cars as a business?

No, my employees are so meticulous that this could not be a profitable business!

Cliff Ernst Packard V-12

Did you foresee that the ’69 Camaro would be the iconic collector car that it is today?

No, I just thought they had great styling and a multitude of performance options.

Cliff Ernst Yenko Camaros

I know your cars are well documented, but what do you think about clones and recreation cars?

Let’s just say they are not for me.

Cliff Ernst Pontiacs

Owning one of the original ZL1 Camaros is a real honor; do you see the 2012 ZL1 as a worthy successor?

It is a good continuation of the name and a nice move by Chevy.

Cliff Ernst ZL1 Camaro

Do you have anything special in your home garage?

I have my first ‘69 Yenko that I purchased in 1987. It is kept at the house for weekend cruises.

My daily driver is a 2008 black (Dodge) Challenger SRT8.

Cliff Ernst Oldsmobile

Are you done collecting, or is there always room for one more?

Certain cars will continue to be possible additions, but, more realistically, I need to be thinking about thinning the herd.

Cliff Ernst

Thanks, Cliff, and happy motoring!

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Posted by: duPont REGISTRY
Posted on: 1/5/2012 at 9:49 AM
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Categories: Aftermarket | Chevrolet | Dodge | Ford | Shelby
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One-off Shelbys to be auctioned at 2012 Boca Raton Concours

The sixth annual Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance is celebrating 50 years of the Shelby Cobra and upcoming 100th anniversary of Aston Martin with a tremendous commemoration on February 24–26, 2012, at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida.

As a special tribute to the man behind the brand, Carroll Shelby will be presented with an Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award. Following the ceremony, guests will have the rare opportunity to bid of some exclusive Shelby products. The event will be auctioning off three limited-edition commemorative Shelby Cobras.

The first authentic recreation is a 50th-anniversary 1962 Shelby Cobra 289 CSX8992, and the other two authentic recreations are a pair of 1965 Shelby Cobra 427s: CSX6063 and CSX6100. It will also be auctioning two limited-edition commemorative 2012 models: an 800-hp 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake and a 2012 Shelby GT350. Shelby built each of these cars specifically for the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance.

This year's concours kicks off on Friday night with the duPont Registry Live! Hangar Party. On Saturday night, duPont will also host a black-tie-optional gala dinner and show with Comedian / Actor Dana Carvey. Sunday, the main event takes place, as an expert panel evaluates some of the finest automobiles and motorcycles ever built.

This three-day series of events benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.

2012 Boca Raton Concours

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Posted on: 11/16/2011 at 5:22 AM
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EA and Shelby offer one-off GT500 Need for Speed Edition

Need for Speed The Run

Shelby American and Electronic Arts (EA) will offer a 2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake “Need for Speed” Edition to promote EA’s new game, Need for Speed The Run, which will hit stores this holiday season. The special one-off car, which will be featured on the cover of the video game, is going on a world tour—making appearances at major automotive and gaming events—before it hits the auction block in late 2012. Proceeds from the car’s sale will benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation, which has grown from helping kids with serious illnesses to also helping young adults prosper by awarding funds for higher education. Expect the car to fetch a premium over the $83,000 base price of a 2012 Super Snake.

Fortunately, for the buyer, this car is not a dressed-up nonfunctional show car; based off the Mustang GT500, it features a 750-hp supercharged 5.4-liter V-8. Modifications include an upgraded driveshaft, new throttle bodies, dynamic adjustable dampers, lowering springs, and stabilizer bars. The car wears a Wimbledon White paint with custom gray Super Snake stripes, “Shelby” lettering across the rear deck lid, and official “Super Snake” vehicle badges. Inside is a custom two-tone black interior.

EA assures us that we will get to drive this rare muscle car—in a virtual world—when Need for Speed The Run hits store shelves on November 15, 2011.

2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Need for Speed Edition

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 10/13/2011 at 10:36 AM
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Icon preps its new Bronco for SEMA

2012 Icon Bronco

Icon provided us with a few studio photos of its new Bronco project as it prepares for its live showing at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 1st. As we have been telling you, Icon is celebrating 45 years of the Ford Bronco with the new limited-edition Icon Bronco.

2012 Icon Bronco chassis

The project’s focus has been to modernize the classic American SUV while retaining the original car’s spirit. Icon even went as far as to access the truck’s original blueprints to stay true to its basic form. Icon says the result is a Bronco with modern conveniences and manners that retains a classic and timeless aesthetic.

2012 Icon Bronco side

2012 Icon Bronco logo

The 5.0-liter V-8 engine, currently found in the new Mustang GT and Ford F-150, was worked into the Bronco. It produces 412 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque for relatively speedy acceleration while still returning above-average fuel economy of 25 mpg. The Coyote engine is connected to either a five-speed manual or automatic transmission and powers all four wheels through a part-time 4x4 transfer case. Each Icon Bronco will be hand-built and available with a number of different options. The first ten vehicles will be a part of a limited series of serial numbered and signed units.

2012 Icon Bronco engine

2012 Icon Bronco front

2012 Icon Bronco grille

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 10/6/2011 at 6:56 AM
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Shelby turns focus to beach cruisers

Despite Saleen Performance Vehicle’s retraction from the Mustang-tuner marketplace, the latest creation to wear the Shelby name does not signify that the Mustang tuner monopolizes the marketplace or that it wants to sit back and dabble in other projects. It still has to worry about the real Saleen—Steve Saleen and his company SMS Supercars. But that won’t stop Shelby from working with a well-known bicycle manufacturer to offer a limited edition beach cruiser that will wear Carroll Shelby’s signature.

Felt Bicycles has announced a licensing agreement with Carroll Shelby to build a limited-edition beach cruise dubbed the Shelby Cruiser. Each bike wears “blue dot” tires designed to resemble automotive racing tires and the infamous Wimbledon White and Guardsman Blue colors. The Shelby Cruiser will be available through Felt Bicycles for $999.

Follow the jump for the press release.

2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 5/13/2011 at 9:27 AM
Categories: Saleen | Shelby | Steve Mark Saleen (SMS)
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Revved Automotive Concepts builds 1000-hp Super Snake

Revved Automotive Concepts Super Snake

Revved Automotive Concepts has been working on an ultimate upgrade for the 1960s Super Snake: a target outcome of 1,000 hp without sacrificing its street drivability.

The project came about after the owner of SS021 went to Revved Automotive Concepts with some typical chronic ailments and some mistakes made by other shops while attempting to correct them. After a discussion with the owner, who was anxious to unlock the potential of his Super Snake, the idea for the “Super Snake Super Car” package was born.

What followed was a complete engine rebuild, chassis upgrades, re-plumbed fuel system, revised front and rear suspension geometry, upgraded radiator, hand-fabricated exhaust, power brake upgrade, and the addition of a dual-disk clutch. A large amount of time was spent on tweaking the output of the Vortech V7 supercharger for performance without making the car a handful to drive. Experiments led to five pounds of boost to 15 pounds at half throttle. After much testing, it finally reached a happy medium. The outcome is 771 hp and 718 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels. With the typical 20 percent driveline loss, crankshaft horsepower is approximately 963 hp with the supercharger pushing 12 pounds of boost. In the words of Revved Automotive Concepts: Success! SS021, or Tiny as it has been dubbed around the shop, is the first of three Super Snake Super Car package upgrades that Revved Automotive Concepts will be carrying out.

Revved Automotive Concepts is best known for fixing the wrongs started by Unique Performance, a now defunct garage that specialized in refurbishing and building replicas of Shelby’s Mustang-based GT500. The cars from Unique Performance were plagued by quality concerns and undelivered promises. Sean Sawyer, who left Unique Performance shortly before it closed its door and is now the owner of Revved Automotive Concepts, can’t help the customers that never received a car or got their deposit money back. However, he and two other colleagues from Unique Performance are dedicating part of the business to repairing and even rebuilding the problem cars that they once helped build.

Super Snake Super Car engine package

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 2/22/2011 at 7:02 AM
Categories: Aftermarket | Ford | Shelby
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Mecum St. Charles reports $13 million in sales

A rare 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible topped the list of more than 950 collector cars sold at the Mecum St. Charles Auction, September 16-19, 2010, at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. The four-day event grossed $13.1 million and had a sell-through rate of 56 percent. The top 10 St. Charles Auction sales at the time the hammer dropped are listed below:

  • 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible (Lot F245) at $220,000
  • 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback (Lot S82) at $220,000
  • 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible (Lot S125) at $102,000
  • 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 2-Door Hardtop (Lot S105) at $96,000
  • 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible (Lot S72) at $90,000
  • 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Coupe (Lot S118) at $87,000
  • 2002 Ferrari Modena 360 (Lot T227) at $86,000
  • 1987 Buick Grand National GNX 142 (Lot S123) at $80,000
  • 1964 Chevrolet Malibu Custom (Lot S119) at $76,000
  • 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot S193) at $74,000

Read more about the $13 million made at the Mecum Auction here.

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible

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Posted on: 9/29/2010 at 9:29 AM
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Classic Recreations cleared and back in business

One month after Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) raided its shop and impounded its customers’ cars, Classic Recreations has settled with the government and is back in business.

According to a press release by Classic Recreations, a disgruntled ex-employee contacted the OSBI and started the month-long shut down of its facilities. During the OSBI’s inquiry the shop was found to be replacing some rusted or damaged sheetmetal on its restoration projects with aftermarket pieces, which the government argued means the shop must then re-title the car. Classic Recreations disagreed.

"Laws were created to protect people from car thieves, now the government is reinterpreting those laws to go after restoration shops,” said Classic Recreations Owner Jason Engel.

After a series of legal quarrels on the definition of restoration protocol, Classic Recreations has agreed to follow the current interpretations of the law while advocating and working with state legislatures to pass a more precise definition. Engel hopes his story will serve as a call to action for other restoration shops and hobbyists in the area. In the meantime, however, he is just glad to be back building his beautiful cars.

Classic Recreations back in business

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 8/13/2010 at 9:08 AM
Categories: Ford | Shelby
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