It’s funny how modest a kids’ dream car can be.
As a young teenager, my car obsession was a 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible. I’d drool when spotting one on the street and flip through the local classifieds checking prices and wondering how I could save for one before my 16th birthday.
For a variety of reasons, I never made the leap to buy a classic Mustang. Maybe it’s because my car tastes evolved toward the exotic in the 20 or so years since then. I did own a 1994 Mustang for a few years, thinking that maybe it would sate my Mustang desire, but I learned pretty quickly that a ’94 hardly replaces the ’64 1/2 to ’66 variety.
I often find myself looking through classifieds just like I did so many years ago, hoping that I’ll find a restorable car at a great price. As time ticks on, though, it’s getting harder and harder to find a body in decent shape. Fifty years can wreak havoc on old steel.
Well, Ford may have a solution for guys like me in the form of a brand-new ’64 1/2 Mustang…with a bit of a catch.
For people with a big shop and lots of tools, mechanical know-how and expendable income, Ford will happily send you a reproduction steel body shell that can be turned into a 1964 1/2 – 1966 Mustang convertible.
The body, offered by Ford in a partnership with Dynacorn, is made from a higher-quality steel and uses modern welding technology that betters the bodies of the original classics. The entire thing is rustproofed and ready for a 289 and whatever suspension, electronics, brakes and interior bits the owner chooses. Even cooler, virtually every piece of the classic car is available through Ford-approved classic parts suppliers. So theoretically, I could order a brand-new “old” Mustang, receive all the parts in my mailbox, and then spend the next few nights in the shop putting it all together.
Price, of course, will be an issue…at least for those of us on writers’ salaries. The body alone begins at $15,000. While that includes everything from doors and trunk lid to the radiator support and taillight panel, front fenders and a hood are sold separately. Having a $30,000 budget would probably be wise, at which point a nicely restored car could potentially be a better buy.
But oh man, I can imagine the excitement of seeing my dream take shape and feeling the pride of not only buying my ’64 1/2 Mustang…but building it. Maybe someday.
Would you rather buy a restored classic car, restore one on your own, or buy a body and start from scratch?