Forty Three Years and 15,000 Miles Later
Over the next 16 years, the pony accumulated fewer than 12,000 pampered miles on the clock. In 1985, it was purchased by the second owner, a car collector from Arizona. The car was immediately stored in a climate-controlled garage where it would remain unmolested for the next 10 years.
Nearly 10 years later, a retired military man purchased the Mustang. The 1969 Mach 1 had just been introduced when he returned home from a tour in Vietnam, in September 1968. Affording one on a military salary was out of the question. His dream was fulfilled when he purchased the pony on Easter Sunday, 1995.
Tom and Roz Kerkstra became the fourth owners. With 14,500 miles on the odometer at the time of purchase, it has accumulated 1,100 miles of summertime driving. That led us to the discovery in Alabama in 2009.
Many Mustang fanatics spent time on their hands and knees looking the Mach 1 over. For most seeing an original, unmolested low miles example was the highlight of the event. For the proud owners, it was their first Mustang event and they said, "it won't be our last."
We'll be looking for them at the 50th anniversary of the Mustang in 2014.