2004 Ford GT Prototype "CP-1"
2004 Ford GT Prototype "CP-1"

Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2016 – Auction Preview

The Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2016 auction will be staged June 23-25 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The inaugural event will feature a broad range of classics, exotics, muscle cars, hot rods, resto-mods and more set to cross the auction block.

“We’re set to make our debut Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun one of the most exciting automotive experiences on the East Coast this year,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.

Headline consignments for Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Mohegan Sun sale include a special 2004 Ford GT Prototype and several important Ford Mustangs, everything from GT500 KRs to Boss 302 variants.

“The Ford GT has commanded incredible attention from collectors in recent years,” said Jackson. “Several with great provenances have crossed our block, but a prototype like CP-1 is an ultra-rare and enviable piece of automotive history. The fact that the car was even sold for display use makes this a very rare purchase opportunity for a collector.”

It’s unusual that modern-day testing and development cars are ever sold, as generally the routine is for them to be destroyed once their ‘job’ is done.  This alone makes this 2004 Ford GT Prototype “CR-1” particularly special, before you mention it’s the only GT Prototype that exists with a complete drivetrain and interior. The three preceding prototypes were non-runners built for exhibition only and currently reside in the Ford Museum. CP-1’s body and engine compartment feature an array of non-standard components and many design features that are exclusive to this prototype, such as the airbags, which are Mustang components, and the steering column from a Ford Windstar.

CP-1 is autographed by 13 members of the original GT design team, including Carroll Shelby, Bill Ford, GT Chief Designer Camillo Pardo and GT Chief Design Engineer Fred Goodnow. In 2008, a respected GT collector and author of the definitive book on the reborn Ford GT purchased CP-1 from Ford.

While CP-1 has a fully functional powertrain and the car has a 17-digit VIN, prior to the sale in 2008 Ford engineers installed a chip in the engine to limit top speed to 5 mph. The new owner will also be required to sign an equipment sale acknowledgment with Ford Motor Company.

“Original Ford Mustangs and Shelbys of the 1960s and early ’70s are the epitome of desirable, classic American muscle,” said Jackson. “Our bidders seek them out and, in fact, a Boss 429 was our top seller at our last auction in Palm Beach. The ones featured in our inaugural Northeast docket will surely bring a lot of attention from the bidders in the arena.”

The 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback is one of one ordered with the color and equipment.  Described as using almost entirely original sheet metal, the seller claims it’s never been completely restored and only repainted once since new.  Featured in multiple Mustang publications, this Boss looks to show impressively.

Dressed in attractive Highland Green Metallic, this 1968 Ford Mustang GT500 KR Convertible is a matching-numbers example that’s explained to have been restored to concours-ready condition.  Delivered new to Gotham Ford, in New York City, this “King of the Road” still wears its original sheet metal and fiberglass bodywork.

Among the gaggle of Mustangs on hand at Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2016, this 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback holds a special place in our heart.  For one, Wimbledon White is just so tasty on a Boss, and then you add the attractive build of this car and the high level restoration, that’s described as being “without regard to expense,” and we may find ourselves with a paddle in our hands soon.

Dark Ivy Green Metallic may have not always seemed like the obvious choice, but this 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet Fastback wears it so well. An “R-code” car, this Mach 1 was equipped with the desirable 428ci Cobra Jet V8, automatic transmission and a shaker hood, among other convenience options.

“Over the years Barrett-Jackson has become a household name among automotive enthusiasts and collector car fans alike,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “We’re creating an event for our fans in the Northeast that will allow them to fully experience the Barrett-Jackson lifestyle. I’m confident our Mohegan Sun auction will deliver on their expectations.”

Among the non-Mustangs in attendance, there are several machines that should pique the interest of enthusiasts from all ends of the spectrum.  Here are a few that caught our attention:

  • 1956 Porsche 356A Coupe – Dressed in what is explained as the first metallic color offered by Porsche, this elegant Lagos Green 356A Coupe is a tasty combination against its light interior color.
  • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 Split Window Coupe – Made famous by its one-year-only rear window design detail, these Split Window Coupes are recognizable to even Vette amateurs. Explained to have been restored the dry state of Arizona, this example looks to be equipped admirably.
  • 1966 Porsche 911 Coupe – The understated cool-factor of an early 911 in Irish Green only gets better when its an early, short-wheelbase example with the beautiful details. Still motivated by its eager, little 2.0L flat-six this is a mighty appealing early 911.
  • 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC 2+2 – This Cavallino Classic Car Sunday 2016 Class Winner was a recipient of a well-documented ground-up restoration recently and looks particularly delicious in its Borrani wire-wheel clad, Black on Red livery.
  • 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird – It’s hard to make much more of a visual statement with a muscle car than with Superbird.  This Alpine White is described as a totally accurate ‘bird and one of 77 examples equipped with an automatic transmission.
  • 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo Andial Coupe – Andial, now swallowed up by Porsche Motorsport North America, was known for their notoriously sweet hot-rod builds back before the company being acquired. This ‘993’ Turbo is one of the 18 examples that benefited from Andial’s ‘fiddling’ around and has subsequently had engine displacement increased from 3.6 to 3.8 liters, among other additions.

The Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2016 Auction will be staged June 23-25 at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut. Live coverage will be aired on Velocity and Discovery during the nearly 20 hours worth of live TV coverage from Thursday through Saturday, June 23-25.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit Barrett-Jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.

[Source: Barrett-Jackson]