What a great story! I do love it when you tell one of these stories... and yes, I tear up. I am turning into an old sap. When you have people and cars in the same story... I am on it! And when it includes the family, I get all soft inside. I know... enough of that! The Mustang is beautiful! As is the family that gave him that awesome ride. I also have a 66 Mustang convertible and I enjoy taking it for rides in the back roads of Texas! Those roads not the best maintained, but the Mustang smooths them out and we float down the road feeling the cool air in the low spots or where the waters flow. God bless his family! They are awesome!
Maybe my sons will buy me a 2001 Explorer Sport when I'm 83? Actually no, I hope they find cars built before 1970 they can really enjoy for themselves. Times have changed, but not for the better. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
Love the story! I used to work at an automotive shop, and many were the times that a classic car, especially Corvettes, would be up on the hoist, and a guy would be standing outside the open bay door with a distant look in his eyes. Most common story was when kids came along, the 2-seater had to go. I'll bet Mel still had a grin on his face when he went to bed that night....!!
The only 2-seater convertible my dad ever had was the Deuce that he drove from [the channel off] LeHavre to Metz, Austria (with detours), during his "European tour." He talked about it a lot, even wrote a letter home telling the folks how great it would be if their coal-hauling company could get hold of one. So I bought him one.
So cool to see stories like this, kids giving back to dad certainty must fulfill a dream. Noting compares to the sacrifices one makes for family members. Words of wisdom from mom, ‘We can’t have a convertible with a baby,’ so he gave it up and they bought a station wagon.I'd bet many a memory was shaped by that wagon as well.