Eric P 1985 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT 3dr Hatchback

1985 Mustang GT - The Car No 16 Year Old Should Receive

It was July 1985 and I was just a kid in high school suffering from the car affliction in a big way - being from outside Detroit it was hard not to love cars. I loved them more than most. From the ages of 5-15, I built hundreds of model cars and one of those was the Mustang GT. When I finally tuned 16 in July, I drove my sister's 1980 Firebird - which was special ordered with a Formula steering wheel and ridiculously fast V-8 - no complaints there. I drove that car for about 2 months, while my parents continued to inform me, that this hand me down was going to be my car. At that point, I wasn't one to complain as that car was fast and as fun as any car I have owned (and I have owned several fast cars). With weeks of me prodding my parents to come with me to look at a 1985 Mustang GT, I finally got them to agree to "look at it". I distinctly remember me driving to Ann Arbor with my father to look at an almost new black 85 GT with 8,000 miles on it. We took it for a quick drive and told the seller we would be in touch. After seeing this car for the first time, I knew that was the car I simply had to have. My parents never said, OK, lets get it. In fact, my father on several occasions would say, what if we got a regular mustang and put on a spoiler. No words any Mustang enthusiast wants to hear. My parents were divorced and my father lived in a house 6 blocks away. It was about a week or 2 after I saw the black GT, that I was going to my father's house for dinner. As I pull up the driveway in my Firebird, in the garage was there sat the very same GT that we went to "look at". Needless to say, the excitement was not even close to contained. I will never forget the first drive I took in it as my car. It was one of those days that I look fondly back on with great pride and excitement. Thinking back on what my parents did for me to get that car, will never be forgotten and will always be appreciated. Sadly, I sold the car when I got out of college, which turned out to be a HUGE mistake. I would do anything I could do to get that car back. That black GT was the one that got away.

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