I have always had a fascination with unusual cars. When you have been in the car business a long time
, you get opportunities to see unique vehicles. Over the years, I traded for some tricked out and rare Mustangs, Cobras, and Thunderbirds. I typically kept something cool at home to drive on the weekends.
One of my favorites was a completely custom 1956 Ford F100 that was orange and silver. It was a stepside and it had been lowered, so much in fact that we had to put hydraulics on the front to raise it to get over speed bumps. This truck had been a show truck for a vintage air conditioning company and it was a beauty.
We traded for a gorgeous 1970 Mach 1 Mustang that I let the boys in my shop at my Ford dealership completely restore with a 500-horse Ford Racing engine, all new suspension, and a set of vintage Cragar wheels. It was among one of my favorites.
When the 2005 Ford GT came out, they were selling for around $100,000 over MSRP, but because of my large volume, I was able to pull some strings and get an extra one for myself. I ordered it in red, with white racing stripes, and it was a beauty. This car was #80 and any collector car in the first 100 produced is considered more valuable. It sat on the showroom for people to see and I rarely drove it. MSRP on this one was around $160,000 and I vowed to keep it.
A stranger from California called me and somehow found out about my GT. It was to a tee what he wanted, including a low serial number. I politely turned him down and said it was not for sale. In the coming weeks, he kept calling and upping the offer. One day he called and told me he was going to make one final offer of $300,000 and that was it. I guess he caught me on the right day, and I said: “wire the money before I change my mind.” The only caveat was I had to have it to an airport in North Dallas that afternoon, he was flying it to Los Angeles in a cargo plane.
Now to the Shaguar. I was on a Ford trip in Aspen, Colorado in 2002 when Austin Powers’ Goldmember
debuted starring Mike Myers and Beyonce. Although it was mindless, I love movies that make me laugh. I was a big fan of the Three Stooges, too, by the way. A bunch of us decided to catch a matinee of Goldmember.
The opening scene of the movie was Austin Powers parachuting into a 2002 Jaguar XK8. As always, it was painted with the Union Jack flag all over it. Austin was being chased by a helicopter shooting at him and the only way he could get away was slam on the brakes while the helicopter shot past.
You can watch the opening scene below of the actual car I purchased: