Tribute To The Icon Toby Keith: His Amazing Car Collection
The late Toby Keith, renowned for his country music hits and known for celebrating life’s simple joys in his iconic ode to the Red Solo Cup, also had a profound affection for classic cars. This passion was evident when Sammy Hagar visited Keith at his 160-acre ranch in Oklahoma for an episode of AXS TV’s “Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar.”
Keith’s impressive car collection, featuring vehicles like the nostalgic ‘69 Mustang and the classic ’73 Oldsmobile Cutlass, serves as a testament to his enduring love for both timeless automobiles and the melodies of the open road.
Together, Sammy and Keith explore his garage, where one particular vehicle captured their admiration – the 1969 Mustang Mach 1, 428 Cobra Jet in Candy Apple red. Keith had proudly declared it his favorite car in the collection.
While the duo opted for a different vehicle for their on-screen drive, the Ford Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet would undoubtedly have turned heads on the road. Even during the golden age of muscle cars, its aggressive styling and sleek aerodynamic look demanded attention. Today, the vehicle still stands out with its shaker hood scoop, coupled with the striking contrast of the black hood against the candy apple red exterior, making it a contender for the muscle car Hall of Fame.
Beyond its stylish appearance, the Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet delivered a powerful performance. The Cobra Jet V8 engine, renowned for powering classics such as the Mercury Cougar, Ford Fairlane, and Ford Torino, equipped the vehicle. The “428” in its name referred to the engine’s 428 cubic inch displacement.
With its V8 engine, 1969 Mustang Mach 1, 428 Cobra Jet, and 735 CFM Holley four-barrel carburetor, the 428 Cobra could produce an impressive 335 hp at 5,600 rpm and a torque of 440 ft-lbs at 3,400 rpm. The Mach 1 package added performance and visual upgrades, including hood pins, an upgraded interior, and high-back bucket seats.
The 428 Cobra Jet engine gained fame in drag racing circles for its exceptional performance on straightaways, thanks to its torque. Ford specifically designed a Super Cobra Jet variant for drag racing, utilizing the same engine block. However, they eventually discontinued the 428 engine in the 1971 model year as the Cobra engine underwent evolution.
Unfortunately, the episode didn’t showcase the 1963 Chevy Impala gifted to Keith by Hagar, as it was undergoing motor installation in the shop. Instead, the episode provided viewers with a glimpse of a Ford GT in the iconic blue with white stripes, without delving into the specifications of Keith’s GT.
While they refrained from pushing the Ford GT to high speeds due to camera constraints, Keith and Hagar did share a laugh about the challenges of getting in and out of the sports car. The duo ultimately took Keith’s 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass ragtop in cameo white for a spin. Though not the high-performance 442 model, Keith expressed contentment with his five-seater, 3,905-pound coupe. The sleek and boxy design, reminiscent of the ’70s, may not align with modern aesthetics, but it provided a unique and enjoyable driving experience for the two rockstars.
Toby Keith in a video days before his death. The country music star was battling stomach cancer.
|Toby Keith Car Collection
|1963 Chevy Impala
|Ford F150 Harley Davidson
|Ford F150 Raptor
|Ford Mustang GT500
|Ford Expedition limousine
|1969 Mach 1 Ford Mustang
|1930 Lincoln Model L
1. 1969 Mach 1 Ford Mustang
This vehicle is the first generation of Mach 1 Ford Mustang. These were in production from 1969 to 1978 and had a 7.0 L Ram Air Cobra Jet & Super Cobra Jet V8 engine that would produce a maximum power of 335 hp at 5,200rpm and 440 lb-ft (597 N⋅m) of torque at 3,400rpm.
The Mercedes is powered by a 3.0L turbocharged inline-six engine and is assisted by a 48-volt hybrid system that is capable of generating a maximum power output of 362 hp. This SUV can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. It costs $98,250.
3. Ford F150 Harley Davidson
Ford created this limited edition Harley Davidson model to complement the motorcycles owned by Harley Davidson enthusiasts. This has a supercharged 5.4-liter fuel-injected V8 engine that produces a maximum of 260 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds.
4. Ford F150 Raptor
The Ford Raptor is equipped with a 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine that is capable of producing a maximum power output of 450hp. This beast can accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and have a top speed of 118 mph. It has a price of $87,070.
5. Lincoln Navigator
This vehicle is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces a maximum power output of 440 horsepower. This full-size SUV can fit 8 members in it and has a luxury experience. The top speed of this vehicle is 155 mph while the vehicle can accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds. The price of this vehicle is $111,330.
6. Lincoln Blackwood
This was a special edition truck that was sold by Ford for just one year. This was equipped with a 5.4L V8 engine that can produce a maximum power output of 300 hp. They paired the engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission, and the price was set at $68,800.
7. Ford Mustang GT500
It has a 5.2L supercharged V8 engine that can generate a massive power output of 760 HP and 625 pound-feet of torque mated to a rapid 7-speed dual-clutch transmission to the rear axle. It can hit 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.6 seconds and have a top speed of 180 mph. The starting price of the Ford Mustang GT500 is $77,260.
8. Ford Expedition limousine
This limousine can fit 12-16 passengers in it. Fully loaded with 2 TVs, VCR, and a party-starting audio system, the car is a luxurious machine. Fiber optic lighting and a star-gazer mirrored ceiling decorate the interiors, captivating your attention and taking your breath away.
9. 1963 Chevy Impala
This rear-wheel drive vehicle has a 3.8L 6-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power output of 140hp at 4400 rpm. This can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 13.4 sec and is priced at around $3,196..
10. 1930 Lincoln Model L
These were in production from 1920 to 1930. This vehicle has a 6.3 L V8 engine that is capable of producing a maximum power output of 90hp and the engine is mated to a 3-speed manual transmission.
He also owned a Ford GT 40
Unfortunately for viewers of “Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar,” the 1963 Chevy Impala that was gifted to Keith by Hagar was not on showcase. Keith explained that this was because it was in the shop getting a motor put in. But what viewers did get to see was a Ford GT sporting the iconic blue with the white stripes. Hagar enthusiastically explained that the Ford GT could hit upwards of 212 miles an hour with its 512 horsepower. Keith doesn’t, however, go into the technical specifications of his GT.