By on March 25, 2008


Unique Performance was known for replicating the quasi-classic "Eleanor" Mustang movie car from retro-remake of Gone in 60 Seconds blockbuster, with Carrol Shelby and Chip Foose as partners in crime. Literally (well almost, they both bailed when the bailing was good). Unique got busted for tampering with the VIN numbers of Detroit's finest, and selling "futures" on Mustangs they had no intention of resto-modding and, worst of all, building cars with buckets of Bondo. As the criminal trials proceed, the company's assets are now on the block. It's a Strip 'N Flip job that'd bring a tear to Cerberus' eye, offering everything from $20 refrigerators to an "I'm an upstanding citizen" bulletproof AMG Benz for $8200. Unique's remaining not-ready-for primer-time vehicles will be sold "as is, where is, without warranties." 

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2 Comments on “Unique Performance Assets on the Auction Block...”

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    They should have had Carrol sign everything they had. That $20 fridge would have gone for $40K at auction that way.

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    Look what I found digging through some court docs on the Unique
    Performance Vehicle Seizure, no wonder they canned the head detective
    on the case.

    The whole mess with customer cars being seized was caused by
    insinuations from John Luft and a truck driver?


    COUNTY OF GRAYSON [Denison, Grayson County, Texas]

    The undersigned Affiant, being a Peace Officer under the laws of Texas
    and being duly sworn, on oath makes the following statements and

    1. There is in Grayson County, Texas, a suspected place and premises
    described and located as follows: A barn, located at 338 Desvoignes
    Road, Denison, Grayson County Texas. The barn is red with white trim.
    There is a white picket fence around the barn. There are three barns
    on the property and the barn in question is the second one from the
    residence. According to Grayson Central Appraisal District the
    property is listed as Property lD 113345 (Real), Geo lD 074 1311010,
    G-1311 WRIGHT WILLIAM A-G1311.

    2. There is at said suspected place implements or instruments used in
    the commission of a crime and,/or property or items constituting an
    offense or constituting evidence tending to show that a particular
    person committed an offense, to wit: Titling records, sales records,
    customer files, vehicles with incorrect VIN numbers and any other
    document or instrument used to facilitate fraudulent activity.

    3. Said suspected place and premises are in charge of and controlled
    by each of the following persons: Linda Davis, owner as listed on
    Grayson County tax rolls.

    4. It is the belief of Affiant, and he hereby charges and accuses that:

    On or about the 2nd day of October 2007,at 13950 Senlac D rive Suite#
    300, Farmers Branch, Dallas County, Texas, Unique Performance was
    found to be in possession of a red 1967 Ford Mustang fastback bearing
    VIN 7F01C216874. Said VIN belongs to a 1967 Ford Mustang hardtop and
    did not belong to the car in which it was assigned. During an
    investigation into this vehicle, Douglas Hasty, the owner of Unique
    Performance, ordered that it be removed from the shop and concealed on
    private property in Denison. Texas.

    5. Affiant has probable cause for said belief by reason of the
    following facts: On October 2nd 2007 Farmers Branch Police contacted
    Douglas Hasty with Unique Performance in reference to a complaint that
    his company was not returning a customer vehicle. The customer had
    provided a faxed copy of the title to his vehicle. When Douglas Hasty
    showed this defective the vehicle in question, t he VIN number
    (7F01C16874) did not match the VIN number on the title issued to the
    customer (7F02C127565). On a 1967 Mustang VlN, the 3rd and 4th
    character of 01 means that the vehicle is a hardtop. If the 3rd and
    4th character of the VIN is an 02, then the vehicle is a fastback.
    This model information was verified using and the
    validity of the information was verified by Sgt. Rex Wilemon of the
    Texas Department of Public Safety Since the fastback vehicle in
    question is bearing the VIN to a hardtop, it is displaying an altered
    identification number. Douglas Hasty initially stated that they had
    replaced the front clip of the vehicle. To do so without a TXDOT
    formVTR-68A (law enforcement vehicle inspection form) is a violation
    of section 31.11 of the Texas Penal Code regarding Tampering with
    Identification Numbers. A TXDOT title history of this vehicle revealed
    that no such form had been filed by Unique Performance. When informed
    of the potential violation Douglas Hasty stated that the wrong title
    had been issued to the owner and that the vehicle had not undergone a
    VlN number change. During my investigation into this event, I was
    contacted by John Luft, an attorney for Carroll Shelby Enterprises,
    informing me that he had a former employee of Unique Performance that
    was willing to provide information. This employee was employed by the
    company for approximately two years as their transport driver and was
    very recently laid off from Unique Performance due to budgetary
    restraints and the loss of the Carroll Shelby licensing. This
    informant states that Douglas Hasty ordered him on October 17th to
    haul this and two other vehicles to a barn located at a private
    residence located at 338 Desvoignes Road, Denison, Grayson County
    Texas. The informant did show this detective where this residence was,
    to include which barn the vehicles had been located within. The
    informant also states that he was ordered to remove 17 additional
    vehicles, which he relocated to an abandoned warehouse located at 811
    Betterton Circle, Dallas. He also states that he is personally aware
    of over 30 additional vehicles that were relocated to 11607 Denton
    Drive, Dallas. Additionally he states that numerous other vehicles
    (unknown number) were moved t o a building leased by Unique
    Performance at 13995 Diplomat Drive Suite # 200, Farmer Branch. The
    informant state that these moves were done to prevent law enforcement
    from locating the vehicles for inspection.
    On 11/01/2007 search warrants were executed at the Betterton Circle,
    Senlac Drive, Diplomat Drive and Denton Drive addresses given by the
    informant and all of the information provided by him proved to be true
    and valid.

    WHEREFORE, Affiant asks for issuance of a warrant that will authorize
    him to search said suspected place and premises for criminal evidence
    and seize the same.


    Subscribed and Sworn to before me by said Affiant on this ____ day of
    November 2007.


    Check out where Turner is hanging his hat these days, why doesn’t the
    media jump on this and get to the bottom of why he was really
    terminated from the force?

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