CarTech Books: Jerry Heasleys Rare Finds
For the past 20 years, veteran automotive journalist Jerry Heasley has been documenting the rediscovery of rare muscle cars in barns, garages, fields, and the most unexpected places. These stories have appeared in Muscle Car Review, Modified Mustangs and Fords, and Mopar Muscle and won over a large audience. Some of these cars have simply become fixtures in garages while others have been forgotten, neglected, and/or abandoned. Some owners have passed away and left their beloved muscle cars behind, some have been claimed by unappreciative spouses, exported to a foreign country, and even hidden in plain sight. With that, their collectibility, value, and historical significance have gone unrecognized. These cars have been waiting for a knowledgeable enthusiast to appreciate their stature and return them to their former glory. These unusual circumstances and the extremes dedicated enthusiasts have gone to acquire these cars have created a fascinating collection of stories. Many stories chronicle the adventures of collector car buyers doing intense research, checking many sites, and making a huge number of phone calls to discover an extremely valuable yet forgotten muscle while others simply fall into lucky car collector's hands. Whether it 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 1970 Shelby GT350, 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart drag race car, 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302, 1969 Ford Torino Talledega, 1969 Chevy COPO Camaro, 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger, and many, many others. 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.
Mustangs & Fords
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.
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