By Jimmy Jones, USDR Contributor
You might call me a Mustang guy.
- I have owned one.
- My parents owned one when I was born.
- Its one of those cars that I actually admire for its plain ol’ American charm.
Recently Ford motor company endorsed the making of the 1965 Mustang convertible shell. http://corporate.ford.com/news-center/press-releases-detail/pr-america26rsquos-favorite-classic-35487 That works if you’re in the market for a new 1965 Mustang and you have the money to purchase the shell and build the car. But what about the guy that already has a 1965 Mustang? What about the blood, sweat and tears he has invested in his original car? What is it worth now?
I doubt the new ‘old’ Mustang will take off like gangbusters. But what if it does? What if all of a sudden the new norm is to see a Mustang and wonder if it’s the original or one of those ‘new ones?’
I get tired of that as a car guy. For instance, I have never seen a real honest-to-goodness 1965 AC 427 Cobra. I have seen an AC 289 Cobra – the less sought after slower, not as cool sibling to the 427. However, I have seen about a million “kit” 427 Cobras, some great some not. I wouldn’t mind however owning a good clean kit car when it comes to the 427 Cobra because to own an original Cobra you are looking at spending half million dollars or more. Not something you see everyday, for good reason.
People though like to invest and consider old cars an investment of sorts. Be it an investment in their past memories or an actual not so great financial investment. I have seen people comb the world over for just the right handle, or mirror, or fender or find the perfect donor car to replace a wrecked machine and get it back into pristine condition. Now Ford makes it possible to buy an entire “copy of the original” car. What does that do to the fellow that has searched the world over? What does it do to his vehicle’s value? As in any car, the lower the production number, or the lower of originals left on the market, the more the car is worth. Flooding the market with parts and such seems to defeat the purpose of even fixing an original up now.
On the flip side, being the first owner of a brand new 1965 open-top Mustang would be grand. Driving up and down the boulevard, a true all American classic with true honest American pony car power and charm is quite a fantasy. I have driven a 1965 Mustang Convertible (original) and it is something that one cannot explain in words. I’ll try, as you know I like to do.
It was one of the times in life that I had to make myself give it back to its owner. I honestly thought about stealing the car.
Mustangs, original or not, really are that good.