The Monterey car week over in the States is one of the biggest automotive events anywhere and the auctions are well known for drawing out unique metal. At last year’s RM Auctions event there was a special Ford-themed sale that put some of the various blue oval concept cars from the last decade under the hammer. For 2011, Ford and RM Auctions have once again teamed up to flog off a couple of unique concept machines.
With proceeds going to charities, the concepts up for grabs are the 2001 Thunderbird Sports Roadster Concept and the 2005 Shelby GR-1 Concept Platform Model.
The Thunderbird Concept (pictured in red) was first shown at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show as a retro-themed production Thunderbird with some extra goodies. The Concept’s long rear-end is shaped by a fiberglass tonneau, like the original Sports Roadster it’s named after. In the cabin the retro theme continues with styling that nods to the Thunderbirds of the ’50s and 60s.
The Shelby GR-1 Concept debuted at Pebble Beach in 2004 and while also sharing influence from the past, it didn’t enter production in any form. It was built to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Shelby Daytona Coupe and features silver paint work with blue stripes and 19-inch wheels.
The GR-1 fiberglass-bodied platform model has no powertrain, and was unveiled as a rolling concept and preview to the 2005 driving model unveiled at the next year’s show. The aluminum-bodied 2005 concept used a 6.4-litre V-10 engine rated at 605 horsepower pushed to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Only two of the fiberglass-bodied models were built.
If you want to bid on either of these two unique machines, get a brief case full of cash and head over to the states for the RM Auctions’ Monterey event on August 19th.