Ford Mustang Bette Davis

We might not have “Bette Davis Eyes,” but we’re definitely in possession of her 1980 black Ford Mustang. The famed American actress was as feisty about her cars as she was about the characters she portrayed.

On April 5, 1980, the Academy Award-wining actress personally called Crenshaw Motors, a Los Angeles area Ford dealership, to specially request “an American car.” She ordered the two-door “foxbody” coupe for her 72nd birthday. She requested black exterior and a red leather interior with pin striping, which she claimed was her signature color (red were initials for her full name “Ruth Elizabeth Davis”). She dubbed the car “Black Beauty,” which galloped deceptively fast because of its Police Border six cylinder engine (3.3 liters). The automobile also allowed her privacy as it was modest, yet classy and stylish. The Mustang is unrestored and retains a small number of cigarette burns in the carpet, a sign of Davis’ lifelong habit.

The car was sold by Davis’ estate after her death on Oct. 6, 1989, and was later put on display at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles from 2001-2008. The automobile includes sales receipts, correspondence, owner I.D. cards and original license plates. It was featured in July 2013 at a Santa Monica, CA Mecum Auction.

Source: Mecum Auctions

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