I’m busy! Really busy in fact. Far too busy to make my dream of starting a classic car collection into a reality. Or so I thought. But on November 1, 2007 that all changed. I bought my first – a 1965 Ford Mustang. It was a big step. And I’ve never looked back.
I bought the car sight unseen from a dealer in California. I was nervous about the uncertainties of its mechanical and cosmetic integrity. I wasn’t sure how much extra time I would need fixing it up. To my surprise, I didn’t have to fix it up. That day forever changed my confidence in buying. Even more important, though, was the impact it had on my family and friends.
Bright red. Black top. 289 C.I.D., C-4 Trans. And let’s throw in factory air conditioning! It arrived three days after my committed signatures and everyone wanted to go for a ride. Now it doesn’t get much better than that! All of a sudden, my purchase paid off the first day I got it. The happiness and joy this American Muscle Car has brought from day one, is in fact, priceless.
Want to go fill her up? Expect someone to come over and comment on it as you pump the fuel. Stopped at a red light? Well, if you’re not wanting to engage in a conversation, your mechanical crank handle window had best be rolled up. Want to go to the drive-in movie? Let’s just say the minivans typically don’t park next to you. Want to drive your kids on prom night, provide a wedding day escape car, or pick your girlfriend up at the airport? You will soon be consumed in a culture of fun.
Lee Iacocca, the visionary who based the Mustang’s design off the Ford Falcon, changed the landscape not only of the Ford Motor Company, but of the muscle car industry. His brainchild started a love affair with these cars, for me, and many others. And it’s easy to see why!
Is it worth it to buy a classic car? A picture’s worth a thousand words.Jason Paynter is a classic car appraiser, collector and unabashed enthusiast. He is also author of the new book, Drop, Throttle, Oversteer: Collecting & Investing in Classic Cars, available at Amazon! He lives in Louisville, KY with his beautiful wife and three sons who are (heaven help him) almost all of driving age.