One day riding my bike home from Northgate high school in Walnut Creek, California. 1979. I had started working and saving for my first car. I wanted a Mustang and had about $500 saved so far. There it was parked, a beautiful Blue 69 coupe with a for sale sign on it. Blue with a white vinyl top.The hood had the most awesome hood scoop that had small turn signal lights at the rear. I stopped and ran to the door and asked to see it. By that time I was already head over heels in mustang trivia. I even surprised the current owner by pointing out all of the optional equipment it had.
Asking price was $1700. The car only had 68,000 miles. It was well equipped with the 302 V8, Power Steering, Power Disc Brakes, Automatic transmission, Air Conditioning and the Tilt Away steering and Rim Blow horn. I thanked him and said I would be back with my Dad that evening. It seemed like it took forever for him to come home.
I shared my excitement about the car and the amazing condition that it was in. My Dad looked interested. Then I overheard my Ma tell my Dad in the other room "It is good that you show that you are interested in his car search, but he does NOT need a car right now". That was depressing, but I still wanted to show the car to my Dad. We drove there and met the owner. I took over at that point and pointed out all of its features and how well it was cared for by the present owner totally forgetting what my Ma had told him. He agreed that the car was very nice and in amazing condition. My Dad surprised me and went into negotiator mode. My heart began to race! We bought the car for $1450!
We then returned home and I noticed my Dad quickly walk though the kitchen where my Ma was sitting at the table. She acted all interested in the car. "Tell me all about it, is it cool?" She didn't know I overheard her. I told her about it and then told her that they were asking $1700 and Dad negotiated $1450! She stood up and yelled JOE! My Dad came into the kitchen and explained how awesome the car was and we then set up a payment plan. They gave me a loan for the balance and every paycheck I made payments until it was paid in full.
That taught me the responsibility of paying your debts. It also taught me the importance of supporting your kids.
Having my Dad go with me and get the car meant the world to me. I drove that car through high school and had it seven years. I sold that car for $1750
That was eight mustangs ago and I now have a 67 Shelby GT-350 and a 55 Nomad