I tend to think of NOS parts the same way I think of fuel. Eventually, the source is going to have to run out — and yet, we just keep coming up with more.
It’s hard to imagine that even now, decades after the start of the muscle car boom, NOS parts for these cars still exist in quiet corners of America, but it’s true. Every town had a dealership back in the day, and every dealership had some kind of parts warehouse either on-site or nearby. The Big Three made a lot of parts to support the cars they sold to the youth of this country, and they’re still out there, waiting to be part of your next restoration project — provided you can find them and come to an agreement with the seller on price.
This listing is said to include over $2m worth of “investment grade” FoMoCo, Autolite, Rotunda and Motorcraft parts — over 20,000 line items — to support 1963-78 Fords. Most are said to be for 1967-73 Mustang, Shelby, Mach 1 and Boss, with a bunch for Fairlane, Torino, Cyclone, Pantera, Galaxie, Maverick, Cougar, Falcon, Tiger, etc.
If some of those names got your attention, you’re not alone. 205 bidders are already watching this lot as of Monday, which has an asking price of $675,000.
The listing doesn’t go into great detail on what’s really there, which means you could be thinking you’ll find sets of unused Boss 429 heads but instead will end up with 37 Pinto fuel gauges — but interested parties can get a complete list from the seller, and it would be smart to get out to this warehouse to see the lot in person before bidding. It’s in a temperature and humidity controlled warehouse just outside of Minot, ND, and hey, on-site pickup is free, so bring your tractor-trailer!
This one will be interesting to watch — if you want an idea of how the car market is doing beyond car auctions, look to the prices achieved for the parts that build those cars. COVID-19 has driven a lot of car people into their garages, and while it isn’t realistic for a hobbyist to buy 20,000 NOS parts in one shot, I do think someone will pay up to collect, divide, and resell these bits of NOS Ford history. How these parts do here should give you a good idea of how much interest is out there for this type of thing, and if the trends we saw toward the end of 2020 are as solid as I think they were, these parts should do well.