I had been searching for a 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang for the past 10 years. You see - I was born on April 17, 1964 - the same day that the Mustang was introduced at the World’s Fair in New York City.
About 3-4 times a week, I would search eBay and Cars.com looking for my dream car. It had to be a 1964 1/2 (technically an early 1965 model). The cars made before August 1964 have 20-30 subtle differences that make them a 64 1/2. I have checked out and even test driven several cars that from the street looked like 64 ½ models, only to find that they were not truly genuine.
One night last December, I found it on the internet! The car was a red convertible and it was in Norfolk, VA and the pictures looked great. I called and talked to the seller who was actually selling it for a friend. He told me the seller's price was firm and to ask any questions before coming down to get it since I was coming from Ohio. He was very patient and talked to me while inspecting the car for me. After several questions, I realized that it really was a 64 1/2. I casually mentioned it to my wife and she said she and my son had been looking for one to give me for my 50th birthday and if I thought it was the one, I should go get it!
My son, my nephew and I hooked up an enclosed trailer to my motorhome and left 2 days later with a shoebox full of cash and quite a bit of excitement. On the way there, we talked about all the things we would look for and what, if anything would make us return without the car in the trailer.
When we got to Norfolk and saw the car, it was everything I had hoped for! It appears that it was restored 15 years ago or so and is still I very good condition. The body and frame are solid and there was little to no rust. We bought the car and brought it home.
Since getting the car, my son, another nephew and I have done several small improvements (tires, heater, brakes, gas gauge, partial wiring harnesses), but nothing major has been needed. The car is an awesome driver and gets a lot of attention.
One day, I plan to take my family to Corona Park in Queens to see the location of the 1964 World’s Fair. It has been turned into a park and is enjoyed by many, but I would like to complete the circle and go back to where the Mustang story began.