A week or so back, I mentioned that our family has a lot of birthdays in April, including our daughter Tiffany’s birthday on April 15th. But I failed to mention that this year April 15th was also another important birthday. It was the 58th anniversary of the Ford Mustang.
I love classic cars, especially old Mustangs, and I have had a bunch of them over the years, everything from show cars to daily drivers to hulks that were just bought to cannibalize when restoring something else.
My first Mustang was a 1967 coupe, which I bought right after I got to West Point, and I drove the wheels off of it. Since then, I have had 14 (yes, really) 1967 Mustangs, both coupes and fastbacks. Again, several of those were bought as parts cars for restoration projects. I also had a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 and four or five 1966 model years. Through all of that, I have never owned a Mustang convertible. I don’t know why I never got around to acquiring one over the years.
I don’t have a classic Mustang these days, but my garage queen is this 2018 EcoBoost Premium that I bought new and still has only 1,600 miles on it.
The first Ford Mustang sold, a sky blue convertible, was actually sold two days before the official date they were supposed to go on sale when a 22-year-old Chicago school teacher named Gail Wise saw it in a dealer’s backlot and plunked down the sticker price of $3,447.50 without even asking for a test drive. I’m not sure where that car is now, but as of 2018, Gail and her husband still owned it, and different experts valued it at anywhere from $350,000 to $450,000. That’s a pretty good investment if you ask me!
I have never met Gail, but a few years ago, I met another lady with a Mustang convertible who had an interesting story to tell. This beautiful old 1965 ragtop was parked next to me at a grocery store, and I couldn’t help admiring it. The lady who owned the car came out, and I complimented her on her nice ride. She said it was a gift from her husband, and I said she must have been a very good girl. She smirked at me and said, “No, he was a very bad boy.” Then waved as she drove away.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
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Thought For The Day – I wonder what the part of my brain that used to store people’s telephone numbers is doing these days.