You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s all super-rare Italian metal at Pebble Beach. Just recently we’ve reported on the Ferrari 250 GTO that Bonhams will put under the hammer and the one-off Ferrari 330 GT to be sold by Gooding & Company.
But there’s a more earthy side to Pebble Beach that doesn’t always make the headlines. We’ve picked a few blue collar heroes (each of which carried a blue oval) from the Mecum auction. Indulge with us…
1964 Ford Falcon drag car
Powered by a HiPo 289cu in V8, this Ford Falcon drag car held the national quarter-mile record when it was almost 10 years old, in 1973. Details on this one are a little scant, but we love the period painted-on graphics and the rudimentary bonnet scoop.
1965 Shelby GT350 CR prototype
This is the first ever Convertible Retractable Mustang built, and one of just a few known to survive. Wilhelm Motor Works carried out the work to the folding roof, working under licence from Shelby. Sadly, it’s not original… the 302cu in engine and suspension has been modified, and there’s some carbon fibre in the construction. Even so, it’s a interesting alternative to more common Mustangs.
1949 Ford Woody
Prefer your Fords a little older? This 1949 Woody has been restored to concours conditon, and still retains its original wood panelling. It has the rare rotating centre headlight, and is finished in the original Midland Maroon metallic colour. Power is from a flathead V8 driving through a three-speed gearbox.
So which would be your pick of the bunch? We’d be tempted by the Falcon. The rest of the Mecum catalogue can be seen here.