Mecum Orlando Mustangs
The Ford Mustang, first produced in April of 1964 and officially considered an early-1965 model year although many refer to the first-year cars as 1964 1/2, has a long history that extends through modern times, still in production today. It’s changed a lot since the first ones started rolling off the production line in Dearborn and it’s developed a very loyal following.
Mecum offered a good selection of Mustangs of many different trims and generations at their Orlando auction and we’ve got the Top Ten Mustangs that sold at their auction.
The 1970 Shelby GT500 was essentially the same car that was sold in the previous model year, just carried over and retitled as a 1970 car. Out of the 1,869 GT500s that were produced, 789 of them were carried over to the 1970 model year. This particular example is one of only 54 that were produced in this color – Pastel Gray with Blue stripes and Black hood stripes – and retains its original interior. Plenty of documentation was included with this car including a framed copy of the original build sheet, photos documenting the restoration, and a Deluxe Marti Report that can be viewed on Mecum’s site. Selling for $176,000, significantly above the median value of $99,000, it’s difficult to say whether this is entirely due to the quality and known history of the car, or if we’re seeing a bit of an impact from inflation in this price. Either way, we’re calling this well-sold.
This is quite similar to the most expensive Mustang sold by Mecum in Orlando, as it should be considering it’s pretty much the exact same model just sold in the 1969 model year. This example features the 428 ci Cobra Jet V8 that produced 335 horsepower and is paired with an automatic transmission. Other notable features include power steering and power brakes, as well as a power convertible top. According to its Marti Report this is the only 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible produced with these exact options. While not selling for quite as much as the 1970 Fastback, this is still a very well-sold car considering its median value is $99,000.
This 2021 Ford Shelby Super Snake is part of a limited production run of 98 non-Speedster Super Snakes – adding all the Super Snakes together from 2021 and we find that only 196 were built in total so this is a fairly rare, if recent example of Shelby muscle. The V8 under the hood produces 825 hp thanks to its supercharger and the car is equipped with an upgraded performance suspension. This particular car shows only 195 miles since new so it’s likely heading for a collection in which it will sit for most of the time, but we do hope the new owner gets to experience the six-speed manual transmission. This car isn’t exactly well-sold, but neither is well-bought with an MSRP of $133,785. Probably a wash in the grand scheme of things considering transportation costs to and from the auction, but that’s still more than 100 miles the original owner was able cover with all the Super Snake’s horsepower.
Finished in a striking Grabber Lime with a black roof and an Ebony interior with Red accents, this is a very noticeable car – we wouldn’t expect anyone to miss it when walking or driving past. Powered by a 5.2L V8 that produces 525 horsepower, the 825 miles on its odometer were covered with the six-speed manual transmission. It includes the window sticker and original suspension elements that were replaced with upgraded components by Blue Chip Services of Englewood, Colorado. Contrary to the Super Snake from the following model year, this 2020 Ford Shelby GT350R was actually well-sold when keeping in mind its MSRP was around $74,000 – a big step up in price from the GT350 of that year.
This 1968 Ford Mustang Convertible was constructed as a GT500KR replica and is powered by a 351 ci Cleveland V8, paired with an automatic transmission that includes overdrive. It features a Vintage Air system and a stereo that looks like one that could have been in the car when it was new, but includes bluetooth compatibility. Other features worth noting are the power steering and power brakes, as well as the very flashy Auto Meter Phantom gauges. Definitely worth more than the $28,500 median value of a standard ’68 Ford Mustang Convertible, it doesn’t approach the value of a real ’68 GT500KR, but as a driver-focused build the new owner should get plenty of driving enjoyment from the $93,500 it cost.
This is absolutely not a stock 1965 Ford Mustang. It’s powered by a 347 ci V8 paired with a Tremec TKO 5-speed transmission, we think the disc brakes are a good idea considering the power that can be produced by that engine. It won’t be confused for a stock Mustang, but that’s not really the goal with this car. It’s finished in a stunning red with black stripes and is a lot of car for $82,500 so we’re going to call this one well-bought.
The Boss 351 replaced the 302 and 429 options from the previous year in 1971, although there have been unconfirmed rumors for years of five cars that were built with the 429 power plant. The Boss 351 allowed for better weight distribution compared to the Boss 429, which helped the car deliver a more refined experience behind the wheel. This car was restored in 2008 by Keith Craft Racing Engines and is one of only 20 examples produced with the same options and color selections. It remained with the same owner since 2008 and included a Marti Report and a lot of documentation of its restoration. We have to say this was well sold at $82,500 considering the median value of a 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 is $69,500, so well done to the seller.
This 1993 Ford Mustang LX Coupe is about as tricked out as any other we’ve seen. It sports a supercharged 5.0L crate engine built by Modular Head Shop that’s paired with a Ford 6R80 automatic transmission. There isn’t really another car we have a record of that is comparable to this, although we’ve seen a few in person that likely weren’t as tricked out as this example and in the moment they’ve seemed as though they’d be worth whatever the asking price might be. Having said that, we still think this is a well-sold car since, as with any custom car, the new owner runs of the risk of not being able to find a buyer who wants exactly that same car, in exactly that configuration, but we wish the new owner many years of fun behind the wheel.
The final model year for the Fox Body style Mustang, 1993 saw 4,993 examples of the Mustang SVT Cobra produced. This one shows less than 7,000 miles, which is believed to be correct. It includes the original window sticker and SVT Certificate of Authenticity along with all its many features, including power disc brakes, air conditioning, a five-speed manual transmission and power steering. It’s only a matter of time until these final-year Fox Bodied SVT Cobras become more and more collectible, so although it’s well-sold today, in the long run the new owner will likely consider this to be well-bought.
This is a somewhat rare Mustang – in fact, only 185 examples of the 1965 Ford Mustang Pace Car Edition were ever built and only 20 are known to still exist today. Powered by a comparatively weak 260 ci V8 that produces 164 horsepower, it’s certainly not the most powerful or fastest Mustang built, but there’ still something intriguing about the Pace Car Edition. Compared with the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car, this is far rarer and to the right collectors it’s likely worth more than an equivalent Camaro. This example sold for $79,200 and that seems like a solid price for the seller. So rarely have these hit the auctions that there isn’t much of anything to compare the price to, but it’s about 4x a standard ’65 Mustang Coupe’s median value so until we see something that proves otherwise, this was well-sold.