March 24, 2014

SVO Finally

Dale Warner from Duncannon, Pennsylvania, wanted an SVO Mustang when they were first introduced but, as a teenager then, he figured the insurance would be too expensive. "So I waited until I was 35!" Dale says. An early '84 model with the slapper bars, Dale's 80,000-mile SVO Mustang was repainted in 2012 in the original code 9W Dark Charcoal Metallic. The car has won several awards, including a Second Place at last summer's Ford Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Black and Gold Duo

Andy Mazzarella acquired his '66 Shelby GT 350H in 1999 and admits that it's a fun car to drive. Later, while working for Hurst shifters and trying to convince Jack Roush to use Hurst shifters in his Roush Mustangs, Andy heard about a limited run of black and gold Roush 380R Mustangs. "After some long negotiations, I was able to buy one of the eight convertibles produced," Andy says. "For shows, I drive the Roush and my wife Chris drives the Shelby. We get a lot of compliments, especially about my wife driving a Shelby!"

Back in a Mustang

After owning a '65 Mustang convertible in high school and a '75 Mustang II Mach I in college, Greg Shafer figured his Mustang days were over. But then he attended a Derby City Mustang Club show in 2007 and the spark was reignited. "I discovered that owning an old Mustang wasn't as expensive as I thought!" Greg says. In 2011, he purchased a Candyapple Red '66 hardtop with the 200 cubic-inch six and three-speed manual transmission. Greg and his wife Kathy are now hooked and regularly participate in DCMC activities. In fact, Greg recently purchased a red '06 V-6 Premium coupe for his daily driver.

Pretty and Tough

Steve Sandy from Bunker Hill, West Virginia, had wanted a Mustang since he was 13 years-old. Twenty years ago, he purchased this Gulfstream Aqua '68 hardtop with a 289 V-8 and automatic transmission. During the restoration, he kept it mostly stock with a few modifications, like ported heads, an Edelbrock carburetor, and a chin spoiler. "At shows, people comment about the pretty color," Steve notes. "So my young daughters tease me about my ‘pretty' Mustang. I tell them that it's a ‘tough' car. They don't agree!"

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