PEACE, LOVE AND HORSEPOWER: Cars from the 1960s set to Cross the Barrett-Jackson Auction Block

Credit: Original article published by Barrett-Jackson.

The 1960s were an exciting time in American history. The decade is known for its collection of trends and fads, from hippie fashion to British rock ‘n’ roll, but nothing defined youth culture more than the ’60s car.

Some abstract ideas that teens associated with car ownership were freedom, independence, love and popularity. The American car was romanticized in songs from popular bands like the Beach Boys, while Hollywood helped emphasize the power and speed of those classic ’60s muscle cars in a number of films.

Due to lax fuel economy regulations, the 1960s are often credited with giving Americans the best performance vehicles in history. The decade gave us icons like the Ford Mustang, Pontiac GTO, HEMI ’Cuda, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Charger, Jaguar E-Type, Porsche 911, Toyota 2000GT, and the Volkswagen Bus and Beetle.

The 1960s introduced us to more beloved cars than any other decade in history. As a result, new-car sales records were broken in 1968 and again in 1969. For many classic car fans, the 1960s are unrivaled in terms of the sheer number of iconic collector vehicles produced throughout the decade.

LOT #1399 – 1969 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 429 – NO RESERVE

On June 8, 1969, one very fortunate customer picked up their brand-new 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 from Bill Corwin Ford in Orange, CA. Factory-delivered in a Wimbledon White exterior, it has a black interior along with all the options found on Boss 429 cars, such as power steering, power front disc brakes, console, trunk-mounted battery, functional front air spoiler, oil cooler, Traction-Lok differential and, of course, a heavy-duty 4-speed transmission.

The story of what makes this particular Boss 429 special is the fact that it has remained original and unrestored in California with its original owner up until 1987. It has always been maintained and cared for throughout the years, and still retains its matching-numbers Boss 429ci/375hp engine. Underneath the car, you can still see factory batch primer with body color overspray, assembly markings and chalk marks just as it left the assembly line.

Also, the owner kept the Window Sticker, two Build Sheets, owner’s manual, Ford warranty card, registration slips and mileage logbooks kept by the original owner, and even the towing invoice from the original owner to the car’s second owner. It even has a handwritten letter from the original owner himself. Not only does the car have outstanding documentation, but it also has a complete owner history back to day one. Today the car remains in unrestored condition.

LOT #1327 – 1967 FORD MUSTANG ELEANOR TRIBUTE EDITION – NO RESERVE

This all-new 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition was hand-built from the ground up in one of only two shops in the world licensed to build them. This unique build started as a real factory 1967 Ford Mustang fastback that was fully reconditioned with new Ford-licensed body-shell sheet metal prior to its build into an Eleanor Tribute Edition with all-new parts by Brand New Muscle Car.

This build is powered by a specially tuned modern 475hp 5.0-liter 8-cylinder Coyote engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, both from Ford Performance. It features numerous movie-correct items, including Pepper Gray paint with black LeMans stripes, Eleanor billet grilles, driving lights, fog lights, billet hood pins and wires, wheel flares, and upper and lower side scoops. There are numerous other movie-correct components, including side ground effects, a functional stainless-steel side exhaust, a correct Lecarra 18-stud wood and aluminum steering wheel, official Eleanor dash gauges and a Go-Baby-Go shift knob.

This car also features optional upgrades such as Chassisworks’ TCI weld-in front clip and frame connectors with independent front suspension, 4-link rear suspension with power rack & pinion steering, a modular 9-inch rear end with 3.73 gears, adjustable coilover shocks and 13-inch Wilwood disc brakes. This Eleanor Tribute Edition includes a framed “Gone in 60 Seconds” movie poster with autographs and photos from Nicholas Cage and a full-color start-to-finish build book.

LOT #1337 – 1967 FORD GALAXIE 500 CUSTOM HARDTOP – NO RESERVE

This multiple-award-winning 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 was professionally built into a modern-day Resto-Mod with attention to detail throughout. The original Ford was taken down to bare metal before TM Customs started all the modifications. The car has a modern Gen 2 5.0-liter Coyote engine mated to a 6R80 6-speed automatic transmission. The frame is modified with a Fat Man IFS up front with RideTech ShockWave air ride and a custom 4-link suspension with slam bags out back.

This Galaxie is also equipped with a 9-inch Currie rear end and a custom fuel tank. The ideal ride height is finalized with 18×8 and 20×9 Budnik wheels wrapped in Michelin tires. Stopping is handled with big Wilwood brakes, and the car is also equipped with power steering. Kindig-It door handles were flush-mounted, the emblems were shaved and the bumpers were modified to tuck in tight to the body. Under the hood, an aluminum radiator and surround, inner fenders and a custom firewall were all hand-fabricated.

The car is finished in PPG Soul Red, with an Auburn leather interior highlighted with chrome. Inside the modified 1960 Impala dash are Dakota Digital gauges and Ron Francis wiring. An Ididit tilt steering column is topped with a Budnik steering wheel and surrounded by power windows, a high-output audio system and a Vintage Air system.

LOT #1339 – 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO – NO RESERVE

This 1969 COPO Camaro was ordered new by Clippenger Chevrolet in Covina, CA, with COPO 9561 code. While virtually all COPO Camaros were manufactured in the Norwood, OH, plant, this COPO was built at the Van Nuys, CA, plant and is listed in the COPO Connection Registry as the only COPO Camaro built in Van Nuys.

It was treated to a professional rotisserie restoration with attention to detail throughout, including re-creating the original assembly line markings. This COPO retains its original drivetrain, including the L72 427/425hp V8 engine mated to the M21 4-speed manual transmission and 12-bolt rear end. It has been professionally repainted in its original rare color code 61 (Burnished Brown) using Ditzler acrylic lacquer (the originals were done in lacquer). This is a heater and radio delete car, and the interior is original except for the carpet.

As ordered, this COPO retains options such as the spoiler package, HD suspension, power front disc brakes, sport-style steering wheel, chambered exhaust, HD radiator, special front color-matched bumper, special ducted functional cowl hood, exterior molding and interior decor. It is one of approximately 1,000 COPO 9561 Camaros built. It was formerly owned by C.K. Spurlock, singer Kenny Roger’s promotional manager, and has been under the same ownership for close to 20 years. It comes with a COPO Connection Certificate of Authenticity, copy of partial Build Sheet and NCRS Shipping Data Report.

LOT #1325 – 1965 FORD MUSTANG CUSTOM FASTBACK – NO RESERVE

Powered by a Mast Motorsports aluminum 427ci Harrop Black Label engine producing 700hp and more than 500 ft/lbs of torque over the power band. The engine is mated to a Quaife QBE69G sequential 6-speed gearbox and is controlled by a Geartronics GCU1 paddle shifter for 55-millisecond shifts, up or down, full throttle or partial, without the clutch. Complementing the driveline, the suspension is a Cortex Racing Xtreme-grip in the front and rear with Radial-X spindles, Ohlins shocks and Eibach springs. It utilizes StopTech brakes with Forgeline GA3 20×12 and 19×10 wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP tires.

The project was carefully implemented over 7 years by Ryan at Kertz Fabrication and includes a roll cage, wheel tubbing and extensive chassis customization to accommodate the new components. Filip at Cortex Racing provided components and considerable advice during the project. The body and paint were done by Ken’s Custom Auto Body, well-known in California for his work on Cobras and GT40s. Modern supercars are manufactured in low numbers, but “Potent Pony” is one-of-one, with great care taken in the quality of the build to match its capabilities. The project was finished in July 2022 and a few test miles have been logged since completion.

LOT #1420 – 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO CUSTOM COUPE – NO RESERVE

This custom 1969 Camaro received a comprehensive nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration. It is powered by a GM Performance 572ci 720R fuel-injected V8 engine that is topped by a CNC-fabricated Hogan intake manifold and FAST fuel injection. Power is sent through a GM 4L85E overdrive transmission controlled by a MasterShift paddle-shift system.

Extensive effort went into the highly detailed engine compartment cladding and polished air-intake system. It also features a polished front drive assembly, a custom aluminum radiator and billet hood hinges. Stainless headers and polished stainless exhaust with electric cutouts complete the package. A highly detailed undercarriage gives way to the custom Art Morrison fabricated chassis that was smoothed and finished in Charcoal Gray Metallic. A 4-link rear suspension was utilized and connected to a custom-fabricated and narrowed 9-inch rear end. Up front, aluminum upper and lower control arms are paired with rack & pinion steering, while fully adjustable coilover shocks sit at each corner.

Features include a custom leather interior that includes hand-built leather seats, door panels, headliner and console, as well as a Vintage Air system and high-power audio system. Custom LED lighting adorns the headliner and door panels, as well as the under-dash and trunk. Custom touchscreen Dakota Digital gauges show the vitals, while driver controls are handled by the Billet Specialties steering wheel.

LOT #1438 – 1968 SHELBY GT350 – NO RESERVE

The 1968 Shelby GT350 Fastback Mustang is finished in its original Raven Black exterior over a preserved black interior. This original California Black Plate example was sold new through Theodore Robins Ford in Costa Mesa, CA, and was maintained by its original owner until 1996, when he contacted renowned Shelby expert Stephen Becker. Becker in turn introduced the owner and his prized GT350 to Carroll Shelby personally. This is not just a Shelby GT350 — this is the one that Carroll Shelby had to have for himself.

Today this Shelby GT350 presents in original condition with its matching-numbers 350ci engine. A recent service has been performed and it comes with an array of documentation, including an Elite Marti Report, owner’s manual, partial Build Sheet, registrations in the name of Carroll Shelby Enterprises and a Shelby Vehicle Authenticity Certificate.