All The The Lost And Lonely Mustangs - Should We Save And Restore Them?
Our close attention recently to a lone '74 Mustang II Mach 1 at Mustangs Etc. in Van Nuys, California got us to thinking about how to save other obscure Mustangs out there sitting in fields, barns, used car lots, salvage yards, auto repair shops, home garages, and more.
In tough economic times when you're wondering where your next meal or mortgage payment is coming from, it's challenging at best to think about how to save abandoned and forgotten Mustangs. There are a lot of them out there.
Define a forgotten or abandoned Mustang. We're talking the obscure stuff long since forgotten through the years. For example - 1983 Mustang GT convertible, in fact any 1983 convertible because it's the first year Ford started doing Mustang convertibles again. What about a 1984-86 Mustang SVO? Not many people remember the SVO because there were so few and a quarter century has passed. How about a 1978 Mustang II King Cobra? Too little too late. Consider those Mustangs no one wants, a 1980-81 Mustang Cobra with the 255ci V-8 or a 1979-81 Mustang Turbo Four? These cars wore out their welcome quickly. What about a plain Jane 1969-73 hardtop with a 250ci six? Lost and forgotten cars, yet segments important to Mustang history.
Cars worth saving? We're not talking parts cars that have been picked clean or are rusting into the ground. We're talking complete examples where most everything is there - solid, restorable cars it would be easy to find parts for.
Key is having the resources - time, money, and access to talent. To tackle some of these obscure rides takes due diligence, that raw persistence required to search for parts no one has. Plus - learning everything you can about the odd-duck Mustang you're thinking about buying and restoring.
The decision to get into a '74 Mach 1 comes from the sweet memories of these cars when they were new and we were so very young. It also comes from the desire to save a segment of Mustang history - ironically Motor Trend's Car Of The Year for 1974. Also one of the Mustang's best sales years ever.
Obscure cars like the '74 Mach 1, 1984-86 SVO, mid-1980s convertibles, and the like can be gotten into reasonably. We'd like to hear your thoughts on this subject here at Mustang Monthly. Should we save these cars? What do you think? Feel free to email us at Jim.Smart@sorc.com or chat with us at our website www.mustangmonthly.com.