Back in 1999 I was out driving with my daughter and pulled into a Ford dealers lot as a transport truck was pulling in. There was a 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Mustang on that transport in Silver that we both fell in love with the looks. So I bought it as it hit the ground. She babied that car, doing the maintance and performance adds to it with her own hands and cash..I still have her nitrous bottle out in my garage today. Fast forward a few years, she is now married, her husband was driving the car, got tired and pulled into a strangers driveway to rest his eyes. Fell sound asleep with his foot mashed down full on the gas pedal. Motor overheated, blew and caught fire burning the car to the ground.
Over the years we watched for another 35th Limited to come to market. This last July this one first appeared in our sights. The seller and I spoke many times, however my mother had taken ill and I just never had the time to drive the 500 mile round trip to check the car out. Even as Mom was laid up in the hospital bed she would say "go ahead and go take a look at that Mustang, I'll wait here until you get back". Mom passed away the end of August and I have been dealing with taking care of the estate. Then a few weeks ago this Mustang reappeared for sale by the same owner. The owner and I reconnected, spoke some more and the wife and I took the time to make the drive to check the car out. A quick test drive in the rain, and a hand shake later the deal was done.
I told the seller that I would give him a deposit and come back in a week or so to trailer the Mustang home. I wouldn't drive it home due to the car still sitting on the original tires from 1999. They may have looked perfect, but they are still 14 years old. He refused the down payment and said I could pay for the car when I picked it up and that a personal check would be fine.
So, as for why I didn't go with a Cobra...family memories, a formed bond, and a story that will be passed along with the car when the first grandchild gets her drivers license here in a few years.
It wasn't about the money, the power, or the baddest....it was about the past.
"If you have a difficult job to do....Give it to a lazy man....He'll find the easy way to do it."