Hagerty readers and Hagerty Drivers Club members share their cherished collector and enthusiast vehicles with us via our contact email, email@example.com. We’re showcasing some of our favorite stories among these submissions. To have your car featured, send complete photography and your story of ownership to us at the above email.
Today’s featured car is a 2000 Ford Mustang GT convertible. Sporting Ford’s “New Edge” styling that debuted for the 1999 model year, this GT is equipped with a 4.6-liter V-8 that received a 40-hp nudge over its ’95–98 brethren for a total of 260. Ford corralled those extra ponies under the refreshed sheetmetal via a higher-lift camshaft and bigger valves. The V-8 breathed through 3.0-inch tailpipes and emitted an appropriately all-American soundtrack.
This particular Mustang belongs to Steve Webb. The bright red droptop is optioned with the 4.6-liter V-8 and a manual transmission—and, even more impressively, is extremely well-kept and entirely stock. Webb and his family discovered the car online, in the hunt for a fun-to-drive convertible, and bonded with the seller over their mutual gearhead interests. The seller had originally bought the Mustang as a graduation gift for his wife upon completion of her Ph.D, and the couple recognized in Steve and his family people who would take good care of it. “He couldn’t have been more right,” writes Webb.