Calypso Coral Quartet
Mustangs Offered at Seattle Mecum
Larry Jewett - May 15, 2014 08:18 AM
Lot S119 is a 1970 Boss 302 that started the collection for Josh Dykes and Tony Grover.Courtesy of Mecum Auctions
A precise example of a Boss 429 was added to the collection.Courtesy of Mecum Auctions
THis Mustang was part of the 2011 Mustang Dream GiveawayCourtesy of Mecum Auctions
The special Patriot Edition is a true one-of-a-kind modern Mustang.Courtesy of Mecum Auctions
Mecum Auctions will be exploring new territory with the announcement of an event in Seattle later this year. The auction, to be held at CenturyLink Field Event Center June 13-14, will feature over 600 cars with the highest quality represented in the Pacific Northwest.
A great example of the type of cars to be featured includes lots 118, 118.1, 119 and 119.1, which represents a quartet of Calypso Coral Mustangs.
It started with a single car, a 1970 Boss 302 (lot S119) from Skagit, Washington. After several years of negotiating, Mustang aficionados Josh Dykes and business partner Tony Grover acquired this near-legendary car and brought it back to The Legacy Collection at Legacy Ford, where it joined other Mustangs including a Grabber Orange Boss 302. Comparing the two, Josh preferred the Coral car, which he considers the Mustang’s “premier” color. “When you see a Coral car sitting in the sun, it’s stunning.” He decided to attempt to assemble a full set of Calypso Coral Boss Mustangs.
The Boss 429 (lot S118) came next, but it wasn’t quick. It had to be Calypso Coral and had to meet Josh’s standards, which required completely authentic, original sheet metal cars of immaculate quality and provenance. “High desert cars,” as he says. Between Josh and Tony’s experience as Mustang collectors and Ford dealers, their understanding of high quality rust-free cars is second to none. He rejected multiple other Boss 429s before eight years of work paid off. This car, originally found in a barn in eastern Oregon and restored to world class standards with NOS parts, entered the collection.
Now, he was only missing a 1969 Boss 302, but it didn’t seem to be happening any time soon. Then, Josh saw the pair of Calypso Coral Boss Mustangs, a 1969 Boss 302 and one-off Patriot Edition 2012 Boss 302 (S118.1 and S119.1), offered in the 2011 Mustang Dream Giveaway. “That’s like Calypso Coral car heaven”, he said. When a winner was announced, Josh contacted him directly, before acquiring the pair in the winter of 2012. “It really turned out wonderful to be able to put together the deal and complete the quartet,” he said.
Now, after assembling the collection and enjoying the cars for several years, Josh and Tony are letting go of The Legacy Collection’s Calypso Coral Boss Quartet, in part to concentrate on earlier Shelby Mustangs with competition history. “I think that the Boss collection is as good as it gets for Calypso Coral,” said Josh. “If you’re a Calypso Boss guy, it’s kind of a dream. It’s a serious collection for serious collectors.”
More details can be found at www.mecum.com