During the 1960s and 1970s, all the major Detroit manufacturers made legendary muscle cars, and Ford was no exception. Shelby Mustangs, Cobra Jet Mach 1s, big-block and Hi-PO GTs, Boss and Talladega prototypes, K codes, S codes, and R codes, all familiar terms to Ford performance enthusiasts. Shockingly, even with how popular many of these models were, there are still long-lost examples turning up in barns, garages, backyards, and yes, pastures.
Some of these lost Mustangs and Fords were forgotten by owners, shuffled between family members, or simply parked to become non-descript garage fixtures. Some have lived hard lives on the street and in competition, and then been neglected and abandoned. Many of these Mustangs and Fords are among the most valuable and collectible cars Ford has ever built. These automotive jewels have been waiting for a dedicated enthusiast to rescue them from obscurity. In order to find these rare rides, collectors have had to do extensive research, fact checking, searching off-the-beaten-path locales, and make hundreds of phone calls.
As the automotive Indiana Jones, Jerry Heasley has been tracking down and documenting the stories of the rarest and most sought-after Mustang and high-performance Ford rescue stories for years. In this follow-up to the top-selling Jerry Heasley's Rare Finds, Heasley has built a collection of his finest stories, including the 1969 Boss styling prototype that was owned by Ford stylist Larry Shinoda, the original 1967 Shelby Mustang prototype that would become several other test cars, and a rare 1965 Shelby GT350R.
"A classic car could be hidden anywhere. Rare Finds: Mustangs & Fords is a guide for the classic car enthusiast as Jerry Heasley discusses these hidden treasures that lurk all across America, rotting away from those who would take them in and restore them to their former glory. Heasley tells stories of these lost cars and how these restoration projects unfolded, with full color photographs all throughout describing the process. Rare Finds is a strong addition to any car enthusiast's collection, highly recommended." -The Midwest Book Review, December 2012
"Many stories chronicle the adventures of collector car buyers doing intense research, checking many sites, and making hundreds of phone calls to discover an extremely valuable yet forgotten muscle car while others simply fall into lucky car collector's hands. Whether is has been fate, circumstance, hard work or pure luck, Heasley brings each collector car quest to life in vivid and compelling detail. The collection of fascinating stories contains iconic cars such as the '70 Shelby GT 350, '68 Dodge Hemi Dart drag race car, '69 Ford Mustang Boss 302, '69 Ford Torino Talladega, '69 Chevy Camaro, '69 Dodge Daytona Charger and many, many more." -MSRA LineChaser, December 2012
"Flipping the 144 pages of 'Jerry Heasley's Rare Finds: Mustangs & Fords' will go as fast as a 1968 Mustang Super Stock Cobra Jet in the quarter-mile-- it's just that good." -Old Cars Weekly News & Marketplace, April 4, 2013
"...This generously illustrated book recounts 30 tales of rediscovered classic Fords, including Mustang and Shelby engineering prototypes...Let's hope there's a Chevy Rare Finds book to come." -Classic American, May 2013
Jerry Heasley is a veteran automotive book author, magazine writer, and photographer. More than 6,000 of his articles have appeared in more than 100 different car magazine titles over the past 30 years. Currently, his