I got into Mustangs completely by accident. I run a company in England renting out classic British sports cars and have never really been into Fords other than my first car a 1968 Ford Corsair.
When the latest Mustang came out we started receiving requests from people wanting to hire a classic Mustang. Up to that point I hadn’t thought of buying one One day when collecting one of our cars from my local garage there was a nice 1966 Mustang Fastback parked outside. Through the owner of the garage I tracked down the owner of the Mustang and we agreed a deal to start renting it out for him.
Having been renting out British classics for over 8 years the Mustang quickly became our most popular car. Then a few months ago the owner said that he wanted to sell his Mustang as he needed the money to start a business. While his car was in good condition it had an automatic gearbox (not a fan) and basic drum brakes.
I started looking for a first generation Mustang – manual, preferably with disk brakes. After a few months of looking I have now found a fantastic 1965 Mustang GT with a four speed top loader gearbox. It has disk brakes on all wheels, and even has working air-con fitted.
I took delivery on 10th October and am still playing with it, fixing a few minor issues with the electrics and abit if minor tidying up.
It drives really well. The 4 speed manual gearbox is much more controllable than the old 3 speed auto and the brakes feel like they can actually stop the car. It is fitted with a later 302 ci engine and Edelbrock carburettor so it goes really well.
I just need to buy myself an oil well. When the car was built in 1965 petrol was 31 US cents a gallon. Now in the UK petrol costs us the equivalent of about 11 US Dollars per gallon. Not cheap to run but greatfun and everyone thinks the car is truly wonderful.