If you like cars from the past, and you’re willing to spend some money for quality examples of them, you’d do well to acquaint yourself with Mecum Auctions of Walworth, Wisconsin, for which I’ve occasionally I’ve done some writing. If you need to establish Mecum’s bona fides, all you’ve got to do is consider the fact that founder Dana Mecum is now the leading force behind the club dedicated to the racing cars created by the brilliant Harry Armenius Miller that utterly dominated American motorsport 100 years ago. Anyone who respected Harry Miller’s got serious cred by our definition. Mecum sells a lot of quality cars of all stripes, and is about to do it again by hosting its 28th annual auction at the Kansas City Convention Center, which is set for December 2nd through 4th.
A significant part of the Kansas City sale will be a private offering known as the From the Stampede Collection, which, as you might guess, consists of Ford products, specifically 16 tuner-modified or otherwise unusual Mustangs. Here’s an example of an obscure but undeniably rare specialty Ford. The lot is a fifth-generation 2008 Mustang GT/CS, the revived California Special option package that recalled the 1968 original GT/CS via its faux side scoops and partially blacked-out trim. This is said to be one of 253 such GT/CS examples finished by the factory in Grabber Orange, and further distinguished by a black and tan interior combination. It’s upgraded with a Roush hood scoop, BBK tubular headers and exhaust, the same Brembo brakes used on the Shelby GT500 and a full K&N induction package. To paraphrase the song, you gotta get there.