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Barrett-Jackson auctioning 40 vehicles from North Texas collector Sam Pack this week

This 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster is one of the models that Dallas-area collector Sam Pack is selling in Scottsdale this week.

Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

The gavel is already going. This week in Arizona, Barrett-Jackson will be auctioning off 40 vehicles from North Texas collector Sam Pack during its 49th annual Scottsdale Auction. All of the models are offered at No Reserve.

"Sam Pack has been part of the Barrett-Jackson scene for many years, so we are pleased with the opportunity to help him rotate some of his remarkable collection," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "The vehicles offered by Sam are an excellent representation of the diversity and quality that bidders have come to expect from Barrett-Jackson. Sam's collection, without a doubt, is a true celebration of our shared passion for automobiles."

1952 Jaguar XK120 This Jaguar is one of many from Sam Pack's collection that will be auctioned off this week.Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

Pack is a Dallas-area Ford dealer who has collected over 400 models in his lifetime. In 2014 he put more than 130 models from his collection up for sale.

Among the models Pack is bringing to auction are a 1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixed-Head Coupe that is powered by a 160hp DOHC 3.4-liter inline six-cylinder engine with double SU carburetors mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. But that's not the only Jaguar.

Lot #1390.1 is an unrestored, matching-numbers 1964 Jaguar XKE Series I OTS that comes with the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate. With less than 30,000 miles, this Opalescent Silver-Gray Jaguar is powered by its original 3.8-liter DOHC straight six-cylinder engine and a four-speed manual transmission.

Lot #1077.1 is a1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixed-Head Coupe that is powered by a 160-horsepower DOHC 3.4-liter inline six-cylinder engine with double SU carburetors mated to a four-speed manual gearbox.

2010 KIRKHAM 427 KMS/SC COPPER ROADSTER This handbuilt Kirkham roadster is finished in copper.Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

Lot #1077 is a 1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe powered by a 3.4-liter DOHC inline six-cylinder engine coupled to a four-speed manual transmission. This red Jag is one of 1,472 left-hand-drive models, and one of 466 produced with the Special Equipment Package.

There's also a trio of hand-built Kirkham Cobras, which are crafted from polished aluminum, copper and bronze.

Lot #1389.2 is a 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX 7000 finished in polished aluminum. This Continuation Cobra, designated as CSX7049, was built to replicate the original and is powered by a 427ci V8 engine that is paired with a five-speed manual transmission.

Also headed across the block are a 1932 Ford Roadster nicknamed "Passion." Handcrafted by The Roadster Shop, the model is powered by a fuel-injected ZZ4 350ci crate engine that is paired with a TREMEC five-speed manual and onto a Ford 9-inch rear end.

1932 FORD CUSTOM ROADSTER "PASSION" This 1932 Ford Custom Roadster is nicknamed "Passion."Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

"Sam Pack has built an incredible collection featuring multiple crown jewels that are coveted among collectors," said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. "His 1989 Porsche 911 speedster (Lot #1390), for example, is one of only 823 delivered to this country and has just over 1,300 original miles. The depth and breadth of this collection is truly remarkable, and we're proud to have been trusted with its sale during our Scottsdale Auction."

Other models up for sale from Pack's collection include:

  • 1978 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible (Lot #808) with only 3,591 original miles
  • 2008 Porsche Cayman S Custom Coupe (Lot #807.1)
  • 1957 Ford Thunderbird Custom Convertible (Lot #1080) – Powered by a Sean Hyland-built DOHC V8 engine topped with a Kenne Bell supercharger producing 550 horsepower
  • 1932 Ford Roadster Limited Edition (Lot #1080.1) – Built to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the "Deuce Coupe"
  • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible (Lot #1081) – Finished in red over a white interior with a tan soft-top, this Bel Air rides on a set of wire wheels clad in whitewall tires
  • 1966 Ford GT40 Re-Creation (Lot #1079) – Built to replicate the all-conquering 1966 Ford GT40, this CAV GT re-creation is based on the MK1 GT40
  • 1940 Pontiac Custom Convertible (Lot #1078.1) – Known as "Decadence" and built by customizer Rick Dore, this Pontiac hot rod is powered by a 350ci V8 engine mated to a Jet Performance automatic transmission

Click here for a complete listing of the Sam Pack Collection.

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Ford names site for battery development facility

Ford's new facility will house battery research and development.

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Ford is in the news again for its electrification efforts, this time with the confirmation of a Michigan location for a new battery research and development facility in Romulus, Michigan. The facility may eventually help Ford in-source much of its EV supply chain, a shift that could prevent or mitigate the challenges presented by parts and technology shortages.

As part of its electrification initiative, the automaker plans to build a new research and development facility, called Ford Ion Park. The facility will house new tech research, pilot programs for new manufacturing techniques, and will help give Ford more control over its supply chain.


Ford Ion Park Once complete, the facility will initially house 200 engineers.Ford


The price tag for the new facility and related efforts lands at $185 million, which sounds like chump change for a global automaker until we consider that Ford has committed $30 billion to electrification by 2025. The automaker says that its new facility renews its dedication to Michigan as its home base for EV development, a promise it originally made back in 2010. The company's new electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck will be built in Dearborn, which will add 500 jobs. An additional 225 jobs will be retained at Ford's Dyke Electric Powertrain Center.

As part of Phase One of the project, Ford plans to hire 200 engineers within 18 months of the 270,000-square-foot facility's opening. Ironically, the site was previously owned by A123 Systems, a battery manufacturer that closed the facility in 2017 due to low demand for batteries.


Ford Ion Park Ford has committed $185 million to the new facility and related efforts.Ford

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The time is finally here. After years of speculation and several months of pandemic-related delays, the Ford Bronco is starting to roll off the assembly line. The SUV marks the first new Bronco model in Ford's lineup in 15 years, not counting the Bronco Sport, and is one of the most hyped and sought-after vehicles to hit the market in quite some time. Ford's announcement that production has begun will be accompanied by a special YouTube presentation that Ford says will include interviews with the Bronco team and with reservation holders at the automaker's new Modification Center.


2021 Ford Bronco Ford added 2,700 jobs to support Bronco production.Ford


Bronco production has driven Ford to invest $750 million into its Michigan Assembly Plant, and the automaker says it has added 2,700 jobs to support the rollout. Ford's push to begin production can't come soon enough. Over 125,000 Bronco orders have been placed, and multiple delays have pushed the vehicle's arrival back, meaning there is considerable demand for the off-road legend.

Ford is ready to capitalize on the craze and will offer several ways to customize the new vehicle. At its 1.7 million square-foot Modification Center, The Blue Oval will factory-install several optional modifications that include equipment such as a front bumper safari bar, graphics packages, roof racks, and more. That's on top of more than 200 factory-backed accessories that can be installed at the dealer, either at or after the time of purchase.


2021 Ford Bronco Delays and production difficulties have pushed the Bronco back.Ford


If you are hoping to get behind the wheel of a new Bronco, it could be a while. Even buyers that have been in line for a while now might not see their new vehicle until late 2021 or 2022, and the vehicle's official rollout will almost certainly re-spike demand. Even so, many feel it's worth the wait, and Ford's vehicle configuration tool is live, so go check it out for yourself.

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