“Deuce’s Coupe” – Henry Ford II’s Personal Custom Prototype 1964 1/2 Mustang

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This is probably one of the most valuable Mustangs that there is. How valuable? Well, it’s the first “K-code” Mustang, the first one fitted with the High Performance 289 V8. It’s also one of the 180 or so pre-production Mustangs assembled before the Job One date of March 9, 1964. It was built specifically for Henry Ford II, aka “Hank the Deuce” with many custom touches installed by Ford Design, including a full leather interior, a leather roof and headliner and real teakwood panels. When Art Cairo bought it for $1,000 in 1974, he knew it was possibly a Ford family car but it wasn’t until he was interviewing Edsel B. Ford II for a Mustang publication that he found out that it had been built for Edsel’s father, who headed Ford Motor Company when the Mustang was being developed and first built.

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The Car, The Milestone, The Mustang

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Mustangs took over Charlotte Motor Speedway for a long weekend of celebration

The Mustang at 50.  It’s a milestone that some people don’t achieve, let alone an automobile.  The Chevrolet Suburban and Corvette are the only two U. S. name plates that have been around longer and the Corvette’s history is a broken one since no 1983 models were sold.

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Pinin Farina’s 1953 Lancia Aurelia PF300-C – 3D Photos

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We associate “jet age” design with American car companies, but the Italians also made cars inspired by jet aircraft, including the PF200-C that Battista ‘Pinn’ Farina built on an Alfa Romeo chassis. I think it borrows some from Harley Earl’s LeSabre Motorama show car, particularly out back, but it’s a stunning car either way and the dramatically sculpted bodywork looks great in three dimensions.

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A Horse By Any Other Name?

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The first Mustang ever sold at retail

As the Ford Mustang’s 50th anniversary approaches (I will be attending the celebration in Charlotte, N.C.) and we reflect on the rather singular accomplishment of an automotive nameplate staying in continuous production for half a century, we might also reflect on how the Mustang came very close to being called something else and how, if it had, we might not be reflecting on its 50th anniversary.

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Real Baby Seal: 1930 Duesenberg Murphy Bodied Roadster – 3D Photos

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A while back we showed you the dimensionally accurate replica of a Murphy body Duesenberg roadster that Steve Pasteiner’s Advanced Automotive Technologies built. Apparently, someone who owns a real one wanted to be able to drive in the same style but with modern mechanical components, perhaps in part to reduce the amount of wear and tear on his irreplaceable original. One’s tempted to say that he’s protecting his investment, but the replica build undoubted cost well into the six-figures so that’s hardly cheap ‘insurance’. Well, here’s a real Duesey with a roadster body from Murphy that was on display at the 2013 Concours of America at St. John’s, part of a category of luxury cars that were made in Indiana, like Marmon, Stutz and Duesenberg.

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2014 Porsche 911 Targa: 3D Photos

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Following up on the last post, here are some stereo photos of the new Porsche 911 Targa.

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The 2014 Porsche 911 “Targa” – 3D Photos & Video

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Porsche says that, “Just like the legendary original 911 Targa of 1965, the new models feature the distinctive Targa roof bar, a movable front roof section, and a wraparound rear window.” What they don’t say is that the Targa roof bar in this 911 is really part of the car’s elaborate retractable roof. The bar lifts up while the front fabric covered roof panel is retracted under the rear bodywork that raises to accommodate it. Then the Targa “bar” and the rear window settle back down to reproduce the look of the 1965 car. The difference between this 911 Targa and the original from the 1960s is that the original had a simple roof panel that was removed by hand and the 2014 car uses an elaborate and heavy mechanism to accomplish the same task. Dr. Porsche might have admired the clever mechanism but I doubt he’d be happy about the weight.  All Targa models will have AWD and feature the wider rear body of the new AWD 911s. Porsche says that they used the wider AWD body panels to work with the wraparound backlight and give the new 911 Targa “an extremely sporty and low-slung profile.” My guess is that AWD was an afterthought, as is the sporty and low-slung profile, and that they used the wider body panels to have more room for the roof and it’s mechanism, adding yet more weight to the car. In any case, we shot video of the roof going up and down as well as the full car on a turntable.

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2015 Ford F-150 – 3D Video

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The next generation Ford pickup will have an aluminum body. That news has gotten the bulk of the attention but I think the F-150′s styling is significant as well. Unlike the all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, which were restyled but don’t look it, you’ll immediately know that it’s the new Ford truck.

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2015 Ford Mustang – 3D Video

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Here’s the all-new Mustang GT coupe in 3D video.

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Driving Against Traffic: Is Ford’s Parody More Smug Than Cadillac’s “Poolside” ELR Ad?

It seems to me that most of the folks who write about cars and the car biz (and also commenters outside the automotive world) who have bothered to comment about Cadillac’s ELR commercial, “Poolside”, with actor Neal McDonough, have been put off by the ad’s unapologetic stand that while working hard is its own reward, success does bring with it some material benefits. “Smug”, “hubris”, and “ugly American” were some of the reactions. As usual, I’m going to take a contrarian view. Continue reading

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