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ROUSH announced the Stage3 Blackjack Mustang back in 2006, and in 2007 said it would make 100 of them. New Yorker Drew Conner bought Blackjack number two, spending almost $59,000 for his slice of limited edition Mustang pie. Only the glossy black 'Stang wasn't so limited after all: according to a lawsuit Connor filed in New York, Ford and ROUSH made another 100 Blackjacks in 2008.

Both Ford and ROUSH are named in the suit, and Connor has been joined by "at least 100" other Blackjack buyers. The plaintiffs' complaint is, of course, that the Blackjack's "value from scarcity and as collectors' items were and are dramatically less than the buyers had been led to believe their value would be."

But to make everything all better, the plaintiffs are asking for class action status, a jury trial, and... ahem... more than $12 million. That sounds like a lot, but say there were just 100 plaintiffs, that would be $120,000 per person, and would get them their money back plus a 100-percent premium for being misled... which might sound more reasonable. Or not. For the moment, both Ford and ROUSH have no comment on the litigation. Thanks for the tip, iOrange!

UPDATE: One point of clarification that's been bothering us is why Ford has been included in this lawsuit. All it did was build the Mustangs then sold them to ROUSH, which developed, manufactured and distributed the run of limited-edition Blackjack Mustangs.

[Source: Reuters]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Guess they'll just have to try to buy the next super limited edition of awesome Mustang greatness.

      It should be out next week.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where's the problem here? He bought a first year 2007. What should he have to care about that they made 2008s? These cars aren't going to go up in value any time soon either.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford and Roush should buy back enough of these Mustangs to limit the overal remaining number to 100, and then CRUSH THEM. In my opinion it would be no big loss...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is Ford named?

      D-E-E-P P-O-C-K-E-T-S!

      These days, that's considered an adequate legal theory. "But your Honor, the guys who did wrong, they haven't got a dime to their name!"
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it's very legitimate for the owner to complain. However, it will all depend on what's written on contract and selling documentation (brochures included). If Ford or Roush have not included a disclaimer that allows them to go further than the announced 100 units, they should pay for calling that a limited edition.
      Anyway, I also agree that buying one of those modern Mustangs is always a bad way of throwing money away.
      • 7 Years Ago
      lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford and Roush should now create a good 3000 more of these Blackjack Mustangs, just to spite these idiots.

      I guess Ford needs to start including a clause "Actual production numbers may vary". People will sue for any reason they can.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why was BMW sued by American E28 M5 owners?
      When BMW of North America first anounced the E28 M5 in late 1986, production was said to be limited to 500 cars. But by the time production ended in November 1987, however, almost triple that number had been produced. Thus, a class action lawsuit was filed against BMW by E28 M5 owners who claimed that the collector's value of their cars was diminished by the greater volume. The company settled the case by giving these owners a rebate on the purchase of a new BMW.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think we, the readers and posters of AutoBlog, have a right to sue Ford for making so many different special edition Mustangs. Because it is causing some of us emotional injury having to sit here and read about them day in and day out, and some of us are getting carpal tunnel syndrom from typing out our replies.

      What do you think, is 23 gajillion too much to ask?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nah, I think a septilliard or so is enough.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In response to the update:

      The Roush stangs are sold at Ford dealerships under large Ford logos. What happens at a Ford dealership is Ford's responsibility whether they like it or not; I'm sure the lawyers are ready to make that painfully clear.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What happens at a Ford dealership is Ford's responsibility whether they like it or not;

        uhh no. All Ford dealerships are independent franchises. Roush is an independent franchise. Ford is no more responsible for Roush then they would be with a Ford dealer that also sells KIA.

        It's the dealers choice to sell Roush not Fords.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Why is Ford named?"

      Because the Base car used is a "ta-da" FORD! Common People!

      Which bring me to this. Ford and Roush share responsibility if both or either expressed to owners that this blackjack vehicle was only going to be made once this particle model cycle or only in that configuration.

      Case in point was provided by JAY EVANS comments:
      2007 Blackjack
      http://www.muscularmustangs.com/images6/2007blackjackmustang.jpg
      2008 Blackjack
      http://www.roushperformance.com/new20080604/i/vehicle/veh_mb_frontside3_big.jpg
      JAY is correct there not exact copies but they do share something; the same name. Which if the customer could have been lead to believe would not happen Or again not look almost a like. they might have a claim. Roush and Ford screwed this by produce the same car again in the same model type in my opinion, they should do like scion or some other companies. When they make a special model it has a limited run, color and options.

      I total agree with AZMIKE on his points.

      • 7 Years Ago
      The people who are filing this lawsuit obviously have more money than brains. Roush can do what ever they want with their name plates no matter how many they originally scheduled to produce. It is after all their intellectual property. So they can produce however many they see fit.

      This happens all the time with "collectibles" such as limited edition coins and statuettes. A limited number are produced for rarity then soon after a reissue is released of another "limited run".
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