RM Sotheby‘s has announced a selection of vehicles from the Jim Click Ford Performance Collection as early highlights for its flagship Monterey sale in August. One of the most notable collections of competitive racing Fords and Shelbys ever assembled, the group slated for Monterey comprises six outstanding vehicles, each typifying the very best of their individual breed.
To keep up with the times, Mr Click is downsizing his group, meaning these six classics are now up for grabs. ““It’s time for me to let someone else enjoy the cars like I have,” says Click. “They are fantastic cars – thoroughly prepared to the extent that we’ve never had a safety issue. Whoever ends up owning them, you’re in for a truly exciting ride. I hope you have at least half as much fun with these cars as I have had over these last 25 years.”
The group of six vehicles slated for the Monterey auction is rounded out by:
1966 Ford GT40 that was originally used by the automaker for promotional purposes. Resplendent in black and yellow, chassis number P/1061 has been in Click’s possession since 1992, racing extensively in vintage motorsport events. Now it’s expected to fetch a good $4 million at auction.
1964 Shelby 289 Cobra, CSX 2326; sold new to Pennsylvania, this Cobra boasts a long and fascinating history in the Click Collection, having been owned by Mr. Click on three separate occasions over the course of the past 40 years. First coming into his ownership in 1976, CSX 2326 was later restored as a vintage race car by Mr. Click in the early 1990s. It was sold to Chip Connor in 2002 and subsequently purchased back by Mr. Click for a third time in 2007, remaining with him ever since (Est. $1,000,000 – $1,400,000);
A pair of Kar Kraft Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans Am Race Cars, representing the iconic 1969 and 1970 model years – a pair of ultimate Ford Performance vehicles and both boasting exceptional provenance. The 1969 model, chassis no. 9F0M148628, was a Shelby team car and is linked to a bevy of great racing identities, including Dan Gurney, Pete Revson, George Follmer and A.J. Foyt, while the 1970 model, ID no. 1-1971, was the Bud Moore team car and successfully campaigned by Peter Gregg in the 1971 season, who drove it to an impressive third overall in the championship that year (Est. $1,000,000 – $1,300,000 each); and,
1966 Shelby GT350, chassis no. SFM 6S2363, the 1970 SCCA B-production Southern Pacific Division Champion, and another example from within the collection with close ties to Don Roberts; it was both prepared and raced by Roberts in period to strong results. The car has been part of the Click Collection since 2002 (Est. $350,000 – $450,000).