• Jul 17, 2010
2004 Ford Mustang GT-R Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

The RM auction is always one of our favorite events during the Monterey classic car week, and this year's looks to be one of the best yet. In fact, there are so many vehicles up for grabs that RM has scheduled an additional auction day featuring just Fords. Some historically-important vehicles will cross the block, including a 1903 Ford Model A and a 1962 Lincoln Continental used by John F. Kennedy.

Ford Motor Company itself will auction off some vehicles itself, including eighteen concept cars built from 2000 to 2004. Among the notable vehicles on the list are the 2001 Lightning Rod Concept, the 2001 Forty Nine Concept, the 2003 Supercharged Thunderbird Concept and the 2004 Lincoln Mark X Concept. Our favorite? The Mustang GT-R Concept that made its debut at the 2004 New York Auto Show. Ford will donate the proceeds of the sale to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Children's Center.

You can read more about the Ford-only auction day in the press release after the jump, or head over to RM's website to see a full list of vehicles up for sale.

[Source: RM Auctions]

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RM Auctions, the world's largest collector car auction house, kick starts its annual Sports & Classics of Monterey sale on August 12th with a special evening auction devoted exclusively to "the company that put the world on wheels": the Ford Motor Company.

Featuring over a century of automotive design and innovation, this special sale presents some 57 fantastic Fords, Mercurys and Lincolns, spanning from the company's earliest days of production through to a host of modern concepts.

For those with a penchant for early automotive history, the star attraction is one of the oldest surviving Fords in existence, an early 1903 Ford Model A Rear-Entry Tonneau*. Offered from a large private collection and with a known history and documentation from the Henry Ford Museum, this example is considered one of the most important cars in the commercial history of the auto industry (Estimate: $600,000 - $800,000).

Another historically significant example set for the auction podium is the 1962 Lincoln Continental "Bubbletop" Kennedy Limousine, Secret Service fleet number 297-X, used by President John F. Kennedy and even more frequently by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Considered one of the most important parade cars in America's history, over its years in the White House fleet, 297-X hosted an endless stream of visiting dignitaries, diplomats and important guests. (Estimate: $500,000 - $750,000).

The Thursday event also showcases some of Ford's latest designs and innovations with 18 Ford Motor Company concept vehicles on offer, the proceeds of which will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Children's Center, an organization based in Michigan, US, that addresses the needs of troubled children, youths and families.

"RM Auctions is honored to have been chosen to present the selection of Ford Motor Company concept vehicles as part of this year's Sports & Classics of Monterey event", says Ian Kelleher, President and Chief Operating Officer, RM Auctions.

"Continuing RM's long-standing relationship with Ford, this unique segment, featuring 18 concepts in total, not only provides a great opportunity for the savvy collector, but illustrates both RM and Ford's ongoing commitment to supporting today's youth," Kelleher adds.

Among the exciting series of concepts on offer are:

- 2004 Ford Mustang GT-R Concept**, introduced at the April 2004 New York International Auto Show, this example was built as a tribute to 40 years of Mustang performance (Est. $250,000 - $350,000)

- 2004 Lincoln Mark X Concept, combining the Thunderbird spirit with Lincoln luxury and featuring innovative easy-entry doors and a sumptuous cockpit (Est. $200,000 - $250,000); and,

- 2003 Ford Supercharged Thunderbird Concept, conceived to gauge public interest in a performance version of the new two-seat Thunderbird, this example was debuted at the 2003 Los Angeles Auto Show (Est. $175,000 - $250,000).

"Concept cars serve as the auto industry's vision into the future, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase these vehicles at RM's Sports & Classics of Monterey", says Edsel B. Ford II, Board Director, Ford Motor Company.

"It is our hope that the funds raised through this effort bring us closer to our vision of a day when there is a cure for diabetes, and a safer and brighter future for all of our youth."

The Ford Motor Company is a strong supporter of both the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), through its Ford Global Walk Team, and The Children's Center.

The Ford Motor Company established the Ford Global Walk Team - an employee-driven fundraising team supporting JDRF- in 1998. Since its inception, over $30 million has been raised through innovative employee leadership and the generosity of Ford's partners, family and friends – including contributions from RM Auctions.

The Children's Center of Wayne County also has strong ties to the leading automotive manufacturer as it was founded by U.S. Senator James Couzens, a former general manager of Ford Motor Company. Today, the company and the Ford Family remain strong supporters and advocates for the agency and serve as models for corporate responsibility and commitment to the city and its children.

RM's Ford-themed auction is followed by an unparalleled roster of other important and historic automobiles as the company's annual Sports & Classics of Monterey event continues on August 13th and 14th. In total, the three-day Monterey sale features over 200 investment-quality motor cars as part of the most significant auction offering ever presented on the Monterey Peninsula.

For a complete list of auction offerings, visit www.rmauctions.com/montereycarlist or call +1 519 352 4575.

For those unable to attend the event in person, Internet, absentee and telephone bidding options are available, and the auction will stream live online at www.rmauctions.com, providing real-time coverage of the event.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Love it, you can drive it during the day and at night just take the window fans off use them to cool the room off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd love to own the Ford Forty Nine concept!
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's my favortie concept ever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford Forty Nine was my favorite, as well. Too bad no high-res. pictures for my desktop.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love Ford and am very glad to see them doing so well, but it shocks me that they are doing as well as they are when you look back and see all of the concepts that were never built. Who didn't want the MK-R, Bronco Concept, Mercury Messenger, The Supercharged 5.4L Marauder, The Forty-Nine, the 78 mpg Ford Prodigy, the Navicross (stupid but no more stupid than the BMW X6), the GT-90, the Super Chief, The Lincoln MK 9, the Taurus Santa Fe, the O21C, Ford Reflex, the Shelby GR-1, the Model U, and a few others that I'm sure I'll remember within seconds of hitting "Add Comment".

      Even some of the really great elements that seemed like the part of the concept car that might actually reach production never happened. I thought wood floors, floating seats, suicide doors, super thin seats, the diesel hybrid, hardtop convertibles, ecofriendly materials and countless other elements that vanished along with the concept cars would see production.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree 100% I think the 49 as a production car would have changed Fords image instantly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why did Ford not produce the X concept?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That Lincoln is one sweet ride.
        • 4 Years Ago
        True dat, yo. True dat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That mustang gt-r was my dream car back in 05. Made me want a mustang for the longest time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've seen that GT-R in person on autoshow. I don't know why but those pictures don't do the justice to the car at all! It is so much more amazing in preson. Those fenders are so wide and those exhaust pipes are so huge you can literally put your fist into one of them. The whole car looks so mean and so wide and so perfect looking. Wish you could have seen it in person as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That 64 King Cobra looks boss. That should've been a notable mention.

      On an unrelated/Ford note, I shopped up the spy shots for the Explorer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That Mustang GT-R is H-O-T!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Mark X is an absolute stunner. The front end is -exactly- what the Lincolns of today need. I can only hope that the reintroduction of the Mark X to the world courteys of RM gets the car the buzz it deserves, and sets Lincoln down a path more in line with it than where it's currently heading.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, Lincoln actually used that 60s-retro grille for a few years, most notably on their mid-size CUV. I liked it, but I kind of get why it didn't catch on.

        Yes, I like the Mark X concept a lot, too, but if the Thunderbird wasn't selling, I can't see why the Mark X would have been any more successful. A two-seat luxury convertible isn't the most practical purchase.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I too wantthe Forty-Nine. where are the photos, how much is estimate???
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would like to see the gt90 concept.
        • 4 Years Ago
        GT90 is amazing! So sad that they never made it in production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the lincoln's gps gives information on golf holes?

      thats one concept id like to see come true
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