Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
June 30, 2016
Photos By: John Wilcox

It looked like a nice but fairly average Mustang convertible when I walked by it among the crowd of roughly 300 Mustangs in downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup. As I snapped a few photos with my Canon, the lovely lady standing next to it (in Steamboat-appropriate cowboy boots, jean shorts, and big decorative Texas-style belt buckle) made a comment about my hat in an adorable Texas accent that got my attention. In the course of the brief conversation, her amazing story about this ’68 Mustang convertible struck me as something that had to be brought to Mustang-360.com readers.

Holly’s father Michael Haynes bought the car new in 1968, when Holly was two years old, and it became the “family car,” the car that young Holly grew up with. Michael is a faith-based counselor, and when the Twin Towers fell in New York on September 11, 2001, he was summoned to Ground Zero to help the victims and first responders, and like many of the victims he came down with Myeloma, a type of cancer that starts in the blood. As the disease progressed, he flirted with the idea of selling the Mustang that he’d held onto for 33 years, but when Holly found out she told him, in no uncertain terms, that the car was not leaving the family.

So she bought the car from her father and put it in a restoration shop to get some work done. The Mustang was one of a handful of cars that were stolen from the resto shop, so you’d think that’s where the story ends. But after 18 months or so of searching and finding nothing, a friend of a friend mentioned he had seen a bunch of cars parked in a field, and one of them was a white Mustang convertible. With a gut feeling that it was her car, Holly found the stash, fought off the dogs guarding it, and called a friend with a tow truck and then the police.

She got the car back, had it restored back to new, and it now resides primarily in Steamboat Springs, which is the perfect place to have a vintage Mustang convertible in the summer time. We happened to shoot the video on the outskirts of Steamboat and in the hills of Rabbit Ears Pass on Father’s Day, and present this story on the weekend of July Fourth. Which seems appropriate on both fronts, doesn’t it?

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