Sometimes collector cars are bought simply because of their rarity and value. But sometimes they are bought because of their story. For example, Jay Leno says he doesn’t buy cars, he buys stories.
The Pick of the Day is a car with a story. The car is a 1978 Ford Mustang II, certainly not widely to be considered a collector car even if there is a small cult out there of loyalists.
But here’s the story, as shared by the private seller in Romney, West Virginia, advertising the car on ClassicCars.com:
“This Mustang II is as close to perfect as a 42 year old car can be,” the seller reports. “It has the V-6, power steering and brakes, automatic transmission, AM-FM radio, and some décor option that included the white band around the bottom with a blackout grill.”
The seller adds that the car has been driven only 4,800 miles since new, and that’s part of the car’s story.
The car was originally purchased in Pennsylvania, apparently by an older woman who rarely drove it. After her death, the car went to the funeral director as partial payment on her burial services.
But the funeral director was a large man who became even larger, to the point that he really couldn’t fit into the car and drive it either. In fact, he became so large that he no longer could go up and down stairs and he used the Mustang II to help pay for the installation of an elevator.
The owner of the elevator company sold the car to a collector, who kept it 4 or 5 years before selling it to the current owner in May 2019.
In celebration of the purchase, “I drove it to; The Summit Hotel in Uniontown to have dinner and celebrate this incredible little car, on to Mt. Lake Park, MD to spend the night, then home to Romney, WV. All together, probably about 150 miles and it ran perfectly.”
Since purchasing the car, the seller has installed new whitewall tires, a new temperature-sending unit, had the car serviced, and drove it in the Autumn Glory Parade in Oakland, Maryland.
The seller also has discovered three dime-size holes in the headliner, apparently caused by a mouse at some point during one of the car’s idle periods — “I didn’t notice until I got home.”
The seller adds that the car has one unusual feature: A faux key hole in the driver’s-side fender.
“Evidently, back in the day you could buy one of these, plastic with double faced tape, and put it on your fender to fake out would be thieves into believing you had a car alarm. Kind of 70’s and I left it on.”