Recently I was in the market fore a 65-66 vintage Mustang convertible. I had sold my early build 65 Mustang convertible because it was a stick shift six cylinder model. Really wanted an automatic so my wife could drive it too. So I find listed on Craig's list Cleveland a 1966 Mustang convertible with the automatic I wanted located on Cleveland's south west side. So on Halloween night my wife Kathy and I venture to the owners home to see his car. After looking over the car I had pretty much decided it wasn't the car for us and it had been rust patched too many times for us. While standing talking to the owner and watching kids come and go gathering Halloween candy an older gentleman walked up with his grandson. The grandson went to the door for his holiday treats and the older gentleman (Richard) greeted Jon the mustangs owner. He asked if Jon was selling his car as he could see the hood was still open. Obvious hint the car was for sale I guess. Jon stated it was for sale. The older gentleman than stated he was thinking of selling his old cars also. Being an inquisitive person I moved closer to him and asked "What do you have friend ? When he told me I almost fell down. He said- I have a 69 Mustang Mach 1 428CJ 4 speed car and an 68 Oldsmobile Delta 88. After I regained my composure I asked for his phone number and address and asked if I could stop by to see them. He stated sure come on over when your done talking to Jon. We then proceeded to let Jon know his wasn't the car for us and shook hands as new friends. Hurry as we might we drove down the street to Richards house to find out he was only 10 houses away.
Richard must have seen us pull up and greeted us in the driveway. Opening his two car garage door there they were. A black on black 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428CJ 4 speed car. And of course a 1968 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royal Brougham. Scooting past the Olds I immediately went to the Mach 1. In the dim garage light I could tell it was in excellent condition. Dick as he asked us to call him then told me the story how he had purchased the car back in 1974 from the original owner- "Yes that's right 1974" with 47,000 or so miles. It now showed 53,656 miles on the odometer. He told us how he seldom drove it and kept it for sentimental reasons. He didn't tell us the story though. He went on to tell us that it is mostly original other then a few touch-ups on the paint. It's a numbers matching car. I would call it a survivor car. So after spending some time with a flash light over and under the car I was ready to make an offer. I asked what he was thinking and he told me. It was a good starting point and I went on to explain to him what I would do if I could purchase the car. We haggled back and forth for some time and after 6 attempted hand shakes he relented and the Mach was mine. All in all my wife and I had spent a little over 4 hours looking at two Mustangs and took ownership of one rare Mustang. This is the short version of the story obviously. On Sunday November 2nd we went back and trailered home our car. My wife still can't drive it but it's one sweet ride. I have ordered a Marti report and it shows it's one of 1485 built with this motor/transmission codes. It bears most of it's original paint. These are stories we all hear about but it's always the other guy that finds the rare car. Well this time it's me telling the story. I have all my cars insured with Haggerty and just today added this Mustang to your roster for insurance. Thanks for letting me tell my story.