Counterfeiter’s Classic Ford Mustangs Being Auctioned Off By Oklahoma District Attorney
Buyers beware: six classic Ford Mustangs are being auctioned off in Oklahoma. But there’s a catch. Buyers need to be sure and verify authenticity.
Pottawatomie County is getting into the classic car business and could make hundreds of thousands of dollars selling the Mustangs.
The group of cars was seized by the Pottawatomie County District Attorney’s office during an investigation into a car cloning operation run by a lawyer, Kermit Milburn. Milburn committed suicide in 2016 while facing accusations that he tried passing off counterfeit Shelby Mustangs with phony VINs as authentic at an Indianapolis car auction.
While turning “regular” cars into clones or replicas of valuable or notable models is a fairly common practice and also legal, it’s when the seller misrepresents them that starts to create issues.
Most of the vehicles are part of Milburn’s private collection and are believed to be authentic Shelby’s and Bosses. They’re being auctioned online, with most of the proceeds going to the attorney’s office and county jail.
The cars included in the auction are (2) 1970 Mustang Boss 302s, a 1970 red Shelby GT500 Convertible, a mid-restoration 1970 Shelby GT500, a 1970 Mustang Convertible and a modified 2006 Mustang GT.
While most of the cars are believed to be authentic, District Attorney Allan Grubb says he can’t vouch for their origin and has issued new state titles and VINs.
It’s recommended that bidders perform their own inspections. The online auction runs through February 8.