(from Iacocca Press
Release) IACOCCA SILVER 45TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION FORD MUSTANG
TO BE SOLD AT NO RESERVE AT BARRETT-JACKSON LAS VEGAS
• Lee Iacocca, the
“Father of the Mustang,” returns to build a limited edition pony
• The Mustang is No. 5 of only 45 to be built and is specially
equipped with a 550 horsepower engine
• A personal message from Iacocca will be delivered to the crowd
in Las Vegas
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. –
Sept. 25, 2009 – One of the most anticipated limited edition
versions of the renowned Ford Mustang will be sold at No Reserve to
celebrate the pony car’s 45th anniversary during the 2nd Annual
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Las Vegas Oct. 7-10, 2009.
The No. 5 Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustang is
one of only 45 to be built and is specially equipped with a 550
horsepower engine; as one of the featured cars, the Mustang will
cross the auction block at approximately 6:30 p.m. PDT on Friday,
Oct. 9. The 2009 Las Vegas event will take place at the Mandalay Bay
Resort and Casino and feature approximately 400 collector vehicles
for sale, posh lifestyle events and live, high-definition TV
coverage from SPEED.
Known as the “Father of the Mustang,” Iacocca presented the Ford
Mustang to the world during a dramatic press conference at the 1964
New York World’s Fair. During his time as Ford Division president
and general manager, Iacocca made the Mustang a household name. He
even tapped veteran racer Carroll Shelby to build special high
performance versions of the car. A video from Iacocca to the crowd
will air before the car is sold on Oct. 9.
“This is a stunning modern-day muscle car from the visionary who
started it all,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson.
“It’s hard to imagine where collector car enthusiasts would be if
Lee Iacocca hadn’t championed the Ford Mustang project 45 years ago.
Now, he has teamed up with some of the top automotive talent in the
world to produce the 45th Anniversary model. It’s an instant
Nearly two years in the making, the Iacocca Silver Edition Mustang
is a collaborative effort by Iacocca, designer Michael Leone, and
Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters. The new business venture is called I
Legacy. The Mustangs are being offered exclusively through Galpin
Ford in Southern California.
"It has been the most amazing time of my life, working with Mr.
Iacocca on this car,” said Leone. “This 45th Anniversary Edition
Mustang is a rare, complex, elegant and extraordinary piece of
moving artwork. With innovative technology, the visual impact of its
fastback design and expert craftsmanship, it is truly exceptional in
every way; the only car that can bear the Iacocca name on it. We
couldn't be prouder to have the number five car crossing the auction
block at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas.”
Each of the 45 limited edition Mustangs is custom built by a team of
talented artists using composite construction laminates, a
reinforced material from the aerospace industry. The hand-crafted
vehicles, all painted in a specially created Iacocca silver hue, are
fabricated using the finest tooling, with each part separately cured
in an autoclave.
hood crest is custom built by a distinguished jeweler and every
emblem is hand-finished and polished. Front and rear wheels are cast
aluminum and chrome plated for a sheen-like finish and the center
caps are machined and also chrome plated.
While the exterior fastback design of the Iacocca Silver Mustang is
compelling, the mechanical underpinnings are true American muscle.
The No. 5 Iacocca Mustang was specially equipped with a 550
horsepower engine featuring a Ford Racing polished Supercharger that
includes dyno sheets and other documentation. The driver can harness
the extra power through a quick-shifting 5-speed manual
Inside the Iacocca Silver Mustang, the interior is resplendent with
luxurious touches that highlight the car's special heritage. These
include Iacocca Diamond Design leather seats with embroidery
stitching, an Iacocca signature dash plaque with serial number, a
leather-wrapped steering wheel with “I” badge and Iacocca-badged
aluminum door sill plates.
“The most appealing aspect of the Iacocca Mustang is its sleek
appearance,” added Davis. “Each line is clean, very sharp and seems
to flow endlessly with the car. And the custom silver color is
extremely bold, which embodies the spirit of the Mustang.”
When it crosses the block at No Reserve in Las Vegas, the Iacocca
Silver Mustang will join a famous group of Mustangs sold at
“From first production Ford and Shelby models to one-owner classics,
we’ve sold just about every Mustang possible at Barrett-Jackson,”
continued Davis. “There’s a passion and aura surrounding the Mustang
brand that is like no other, and it shows when one crosses our
auction block. The energy will be through the roof when the Iacocca
Mustang is sold in Las Vegas.”
About The Barrett-Jackson Auction
Established in 1971 and
headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in
providing products and services to classic and collector car owners,
astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The
company produces “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™” in
Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Fla. and Las Vegas. Barrett-Jackson also
endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance offering for
collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information
about Barrett-Jackson, visit
www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.