Cockburn Gazette - - DRIVEWAY -

"We are sim­ply over­whelmed and hum­bled by the re­cep­tion to Mus­tang thus far," Ford Pres­i­dent and CEO Graeme Whick­man said.

Af­ter Mus­tang pric­ing was con­firmed early this year, Ford saw a spike in in­ter­est and de­posits, with more than 20,000 peo­ple putting their hands up to be kept in­formed about the new car.

Like the US, early in­ter­est has been in the V8 GT mod­els, MO­TOR­ING en­thu­si­asts, his­to­ri­ans and trag­ics are ex­pected to pack the Gary Mio­ce­vich Pav­il­ion at Perth Mo­tor­plex on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 13, when more than 250 items of mo­tor­ing art and mo­tor­sport mem­o­ra­bilia will be auc­tioned off.

The long-es­tab­lished York Mo­tor Mu­seum has just been mod­ernised and a huge se­lec­tion of its orig­i­nal posters, prints and pic­tures have been put on sale.

Mu­seum owner Peter Briggs said the framed posters, prints and pic­tures once adorned the walls of his York property, and more celebrity items would be added to the cat­a­logue be­fore the event.

“The items are part of a 30-year col­lec­tion with some prints num­bered by the artist, some are rare and valu­able and oth­ers are dam­aged – there will be many bar­gains,” Mr Briggs said.

“Ev­ery­one’s got a garage, shed or a man cave - it’s time for th­ese items to go to a new home and be ap­pre­ci­ated by new own­ers.”

He said he ex­pected some items to go for as lit­tle as $10, with many be­ing sold for un­der $100. The il­lus­trated auc­tion cat­a­logue will be avail­able from www.perth­speed­

Part of the auc­tion pro­ceeds will go to Sid­ef­fect, a char­ity set up to raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of syn­thetic drug use.

Tick­ets to Perth Speed Fest are avail­able from www.perth­speed­ and more info on the new-look York Mo­tor Mu­seum at york­mo­tor­mu­

The first of the new Mus­tangs ar­rive in Aus­tralia. THE first of Ford’s Mus­tangs have just been un­loaded in Mel­bourne and three more ships car­ry­ing pre-bought cars are ex­pected in days.The all-new Mus­tang has be­come a world-wide sen­sa­tion, where de­mand has ex­ceeded all expectatio­ns.Or­ders for one of the world's most recog­nis­able cars are now at about 4000 with more than 80 per cent paid de­posits.. with 86 per cent of buy­ers favour­ing the V8.Once the ini­tial or­ders are filled, Ford expects the EcoBoost mod­els to be pop­u­lar with peo­ple who value per­for­mance but have an eye on fuel ef­fi­ciency.A sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion sur­rounds the Fast­back and Con­vert­ible split. There has been more ini­tial de­mand for the Fast­back, with 88 per cent of Aus­tralian buy­ers opt­ing for the Fast­back.The all-new Mus­tang has kept its clas­sic shape, with a long sculpted hood and short rear deck, but with con­tem­po­rary changes.Key de­sign fea­tures in­clude a low roof height and wide stance, sleek pro­file via the steeply sloped wind­screen and rear glass, tri-bar tail-lights and a mod­ern take of the car's sig­na­ture trape­zoidal grille and shark-bite front fas­cia.

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