Thursday, September 10, 2009

"Auto" Biography #3 - 1965 Mustang - by Brad

1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

With my Ford Escort succumbing to an early head gasket illness, I was in the market for a new vehicle the summer before my senior year of high school. Old Mustangs were now on my radar and we found someone selling what they advertised as a 1964 1/2 Mustang Convertible. There are only small differences between the '64 1/2 and the '65 Mustangs, and I was not aware of these at the time. We took the seller's word as to what he was selling. It was a good price and with my parent's help, we bought it.

(Nephew Ryan enjoying my new car)

With more and more research, things weren't adding up to the description from the seller. Long story short, it turned out to be a 1965 which is slightly less rare than the 1964 1/2, (the first year of the Mustang).

Regardless of the technicalities, now that I got rid of the Escort and had a Mustang convertible, I knew I was cool! Even if nobody else at high school agreed.

Like my other vehicles, this car had it's own share of mechanical problems. The most memorable failure was cruising during Apple Blossom weekend. For those who have never partaken in Wenatchee's cruising, this weekend thousands of people descend on the small city of Wenatchee and bring the the traffic to a standstill from about 9:00pm until 3:00am. It really isn't cruising... it is more like idling in traffic. I was enjoying showing off my car in the bumper-to-bumper traffic when it lost power and wouldn't start. One of my friends had to get out and hold up the very slow moving traffic so we could push it into a parking lot. I had to call my dad at 2:00am to come pick us up. He was very gracious... probably because I got what I deserved - being humbled.

Still, the best memory of my Mustang occurred on May 19, 2001. It is the vehicle Lindsey and I drove away in at our wedding.

We still own the Mustang today. There are many times I think I should sell it because we could use the money for a lot better things than letting the car sit in the garage for an occasional drive. However, the one thing holding me back is the memory from this day...

Maybe someday our boys will drive away from their wedding in this car... or maybe I will need the cash sooner.

Years owned: Summer 1997 - Present


Linz said...

I like the idea of the boys using the car for their wedding day! You're turning into a sentimental old guy...I like it!

Anonymous said...

Keep it!!!
That's my vote... :) You'll always kick yourself for doing it if you do sell me..this is the voice of experience here.. :)