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 |  Jan 06 2011, 9:06 PM

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Among Mustang and modern muscle car fans, the 2012 Boss 302 is one of the most highly anticipated cars of the year, however diehard enthusiasts are bemoaning the fact that you won’t be able to get one in perhaps the Mustang’s most signature color – Grabber Blue. OR can you?

Ford has decided to paint one of it’s hot new 444-horsepower 2012 Boss 302s in the famed hue, and auction the car at Barrett-Jackson’s Westworld event. The car features the same 5.0-liter V8 as other Boss 302s, but along with the unique paint it will sport some special features, including black accents on the roof, mirror housings and spoiler, plus a Grabber blue interior X-brace and embroidery on the seats.

All proceeds from the sale of the car (above it’s MSRP) will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation. Between them, Barrett-Jackson and Ford Motor Company have so far raised almost $2.5 million for the charity over the last four years.

GALLERY: Grabber Blue Boss 302 Mustang

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[Source Edmunds Inside Line]

 |  Jan 03 2011, 3:23 PM

Barrett-Jackson celebrates 40 years in the automotive auction business in 2011 and given the company’s reputation over the last decade there’s no doubt it will be pulling out all the stops this year.

Among the high profile cars hitting the auction block at the 2011 event will be this, a somewhat somber reminder of America’s past. It’s the very 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Naval Ambulance that carried President John Fitzgerald Kennedy from Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, following his assassination in Dallas, Texas on  November  22, 1963.

It then transported his casket, along with the late President’s wife Jackie and brother Robert to the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington DC, where JFK was later buried.

The Bonneville was one of 69 207G Superior high roof ambulances converted at the firm’s Mississippi facility and completed on February 6, 1963. Once its military service was up, the ambulance was sold as surplus. However, unlike many of its contemporaries, it was mothballed and survived the next four decades untouched. Purchased a year ago by collector John Jensen, the ambulance remains totally original and displays just 38,000 miles on the odometer.

It has been documented by Pontiac Historic Services and won a Gold award at the 2010 Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s National Convention. For the B-J auction it has been assigned lot number 1277.

Said Barrett-Jackson’s Steve Davis, ” the ambulance is not just a historical vehicle, it represents one of most significant moments in the 20th century. Most Americans remember when and where they were when they heard the tragic news of JFK’s assassination. His death was a turning point and those of us who watched it on TV or witnessed it firsthand were affected. It will be an honor to have a vehicle cross our block that once transported one of our most celebrated presidents in U.S. history.”

[Source: Pontiacs Online]

 |  Nov 05 2010, 12:49 PM

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After last year’s violent weather during the annual Scottsdale classic car auctions; Russo and Steele, which suffered the most extensive damage, is not taking any chances when it puts on its 11th annual event next January.

As a result, Russo and Steele has decided to move the site of its auction to North Scottsdale at the intersection of Freeway Loop 101 and Hayden Road. The new location was chosen primarily because it offers much better protection from the elements as well as improved drainage. For the 2011 auction, slated to take place on January 9-23 2011; Russo and Steele will also incorporate a Losberger structure – a German manufactured clear span ‘aluminum’ hall; designed to provide greater protection than a traditional tent as well as an ‘all-encompassing environment’ for the auction.

In a recent press statement, Drew Alcazar, CEO of Russo and Steele, thanked the Arizona State Land Department and the City of Scottsdale for their assistance in helping find a new venue. “Countless hours were invested, looking at every conceivable option to improve and ensure the long-standing quality event we have invested so many years to build,” he said. Now, with the new venue confirmed, Alcazar went on to declare, “Russo and Steele is ready to put the pedal to the metal, as we make the strongest statement in our 11-plus-year history. Russo and Steele is back, better than ever.”

[Source: Autoweek]