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Keeping a 1967 High Country Special Mustang in the Family
Leroy Mohorich was in shock recently when his sister-in-law, Pat, revealed a secret to him about his 1967 High Country Special Mustang, which he had bought brand new at Goodro Ford in Denver, Colorado, in 1967. His well-traveled but highly coddled car was treasured, and he never considered selling his nugget—until recently.
During his career as a geologist, Leroy dragged the Columbine Blue fastback that his father had helped him buy during his college days in Colorado all over the country. First to upstate New York, then to New Jersey (where he had the car Ziebarted to withstand salted roads during winter storms), and back West to Riverside in Southern California and up to Portland. Finally, he brought it to his current location near Sacramento in Northern California. All along the way, Leroy resisted selling his beloved Mustang.
Leroy’s first car had been his dad’s hand-me-down 1959 Ford Custom, but for college he had been enthused about the new Mustang. He had saved a couple thousand dollars working summers and living at home, while he went to college in Pueblo, Colorado. So, one day, he and his dad drove 106 miles north to Denver to look at Mustangs on the Bill Goodro Ford lot. It was once located at 2121 S. Colorado Blvd., but that is now a paint store. At the lot, they found High Country Special Mustangs in all three colors—Timberline Green, Aspen Gold, and Columbine Blue—and purchased a HCS GT fastback with the 390 Thunderbird Special big-block.
“My dad followed me home in the family car back from Denver down to Pueblo. The dealer told us not to exceed a certain speed for the first 2,500 miles. I remember Dad telling me I had been going too fast on the way home. Yes, I should have driven slower, but I was so excited. When I drove the car around town, my chest was puffed out because nobody else had a car like that where I grew up. I’m trying to think if I ever saw another High Country Special. I may have, but [mine] was a one-of-a-kind type car and had the 390 under the hood and a pickup transmission and those Firestone wide-oval tires that were popular back then. It was a great-looking machine. It still is. I think the 1967s are still the most beautiful car they ever made. They just looked fast. They just looked good.”
Leroy has stories to tell after nearly 50 years of ownership. After the kids came along, he bought a station wagon, and the fastback became a second car. He recalls every time he pulled into a gas station with it, somebody would wander over and try to buy the car. But, the more people tried to buy the 1967, the more Leroy resolved to keep it.
Meanwhile in Illinois, Leroy’s sister-in-law, Pat, had a son named Greg Regan in New Berlin who became a super-duper Mustang enthusiast. From time to time, Pat would inquire about Leroy’s old Mustang. Greg knew of his uncle from family reunions many years ago, but had no idea he owned a vintage Mustang, let alone a big-block High Country Special. “Uncle Leroy mentioned to my mom that he was getting ready to retire and thinking about selling his old Mustang,” Greg says.
Leroy continued to communicate with Pat about selling the 1967 and told her he had found a broker, Mohr Imports in Monterey, California, to sell the 1967. “She said okay let me know how it goes. One day the broker told me had had two inquiries: a fellow from Germany and a fellow from the Midwest who was going to go to the bank, get money to hold the car, and complete the deal next week.” A few days later, Leroy told Pat he had sold his Mustang.
“Yeah, my son Greg bought it,’ Pat told me. I couldn’t believe it! Are you kidding me? She had kept this thing a secret for so long. She said he’s crazy about Mustangs and has a couple of them.” Leroy no longer had visions of an 18-year old wrapping his beloved HCS around a telephone pole or modifying the car he had babied for close to 50 years. Instead, a member of his family owned the 1967 he had bought so long ago in Colorado with his dad. Greg would continue to baby the car and keep in stock condition.
He began taking the car to shows, and Greg has won several awards already. The High Country Special is rust free, except for a little bubble above the windshield pillar, and the paint is original and beautiful. Greg remembers his excitement when the Mustang arrived in Illinois on a flatbed trailer from California and he discovered a car that was beyond what he expected. “It started right up. I drove it that day.”
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