GT-E XR7 At Mecum-Kissimmee

The GT-E was only available for a few brief months in 1968. Total production would not have kept the assembly line busy for more than a half day. If you know anything about a GT-E, it is important, and this is the place to share it. The GT-E registry is maintained by Jim Pinkerton.
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GT-E XR7 At Mecum-Kissimmee

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Haven't seen this discussed so apologize if I missed it. Looking at future Mecum auctions and saw that the Kissimmee 2021 Auction has a red GT-E XR7 selling at no reserve on Friday (1/15). Part of the Larry Carrell collection along with a very nice 70 428 SCJ Eliminator. The GT-E is red on red and has a correct code 427 (not number matching?). Be interesting to see how it does after the blue GT-E sold for $132k at Indy. Anyone know anything about this car?
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I knew the original owner well. I was there when it was sold out of the estate. Send me a PM if you have any questions.
1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
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I would recommend contacting Jim Pinkerton to discuss the car and any details he can share from the GTE Master Records. This would be the best starting point if you are seeking to obtain this car or any GTE of interest.

Link to the listing:
https://www.mecum.com/lots/FL0121-44448 ... ugar-gt-e/

This car is one that I find highly desirable based on the selling dealership and its history. Very few 1968 Specialty cars came through Sam Priestly Lincoln Mercury. With all things there is a “as we know it at this time clause”; 1 XR7G, 1 428 CJ equipped Cougar and 2 GTE’s. For many years I was understanding there was only one GTE sold by this dealership, Jim based on the records located another that also had sold and many years later was sold overseas.

This GTE lived a large part of its life in Southern California.

Selling without a reserve could make the auction an interesting one to watch or even participate in.

Certainly Jim Pinkerton would be an ideal contact to discuss the car with in detail as to what he is able to share with perspective buyers.

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Another interesting data point in the GTE world.
67 XR7 Cinnamon Frost - parents bought it new
68 XR7 GTE - red - 428
69 XR7 Convertible Black - 351/4V
70 Eliminator Comp Gold - 351/4V 4-speed
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There are quite a few details I would have corrected before sending this one to auction.
1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue - SOLD
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black
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Sorry, I don’t have your eye - what are you seeing?
67 XR7 Cinnamon Frost - parents bought it new
68 XR7 GTE - red - 428
69 XR7 Convertible Black - 351/4V
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HarstenePointe wrote: 10 Nov 2020, 09:55 Sorry, I don’t have your eye - what are you seeing?
I only see the right hand exhaust is twisted.
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badcatt wrote: 10 Nov 2020, 11:56
HarstenePointe wrote: 10 Nov 2020, 09:55 Sorry, I don’t have your eye - what are you seeing?
I only see the right hand exhaust is twisted.
Thermactor is missing, battery and positive terminal, C pillar XR7 badges are wrong.
1974 Dodge Dart - daily driver
1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue - SOLD
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black
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Al Bundy wrote: 10 Nov 2020, 16:06
badcatt wrote: 10 Nov 2020, 11:56
HarstenePointe wrote: 10 Nov 2020, 09:55 Sorry, I don’t have your eye - what are you seeing?
I only see the right hand exhaust is twisted.
Thermactor is missing, battery and positive terminal, C pillar XR7 badges are wrong.
Looks like the Battery hold down is also missing. The Positive terminal looks like it is a Reproduction and not down on the post as far as it should be. And yes the Battery is a parts store unit.
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1970 XR-7 White "Ginger"
1971 XR-7 Bright Blue with Blue "Up Beat" interior (For Sale)
1970 Standard 428CJ Competition Yellow The New Money Pit.
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Bill's GT-E was featured in a couple magazines in the 1990's. Here is a cover shot from one of them. He was in the process of returning the car to stock in the early 2000's when he passed. He sold the 427MR intake and BT-BU carbs in this photo to me around 1999.
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1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
1910 Model T Ford Touring Red / Black
1914 Model T Touring Maroon / Black
1915 Model T Ford Touring Black / Black
1917 Model T Ford Torpedo Runabout Green / Black
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