In late 1998 I decided that I wanted a Mustang as a daily driver. Bill and I started looking around for something that we liked, either new or used, and decided we were interested in owning either one of the bright tangerine orange or chrome yellow Mustangs that had come out in the mid-90’s. However, they were hard to find.
Late one Sunday evening we were returning from a weekend trip to Missouri to see our parents, and we received a call from friends who had spotted an orange Mustang for sale at the Sooner Fashion Mall in Norman and, in their words, it was really sweet. They described it to us, said it had a little damage on the front of the hood which would be easy to fix, and convinced us to look at it. We made arrangements to see and test drive the car, made an offer, and became the second owner. It has been a lot of fun to drive every day and receives a lot of attention.
The car was built at the Dearborn plant to Canadian specifications and was purchased by its first owner in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada. He brought the car to Oklahoma after about three months of ownership. Canadian requirements included day running lights. Additionally, the speedometer is in kilometers and goes to 240, and the odometer shows a total of kilometers driven rather than miles. Another unique facet of the car is that words and descriptions in the engine area and under the gas cap are written in both English and French. The racing stripes were added by Ford as a prototype, and each stripe was individually cut and applied by hand. The Ford company decided they would not incorporate that striping package, and the car was shipped to the dealer as you see it.
A few months ago I was seriously considering selling my car and getting one of the new 2005 Mustangs. After thinking about it, though, I quickly realized that I was not quite ready to give up my unusual steed. I love the way it brings color to any parking lot, and seeing it in the evenings after a long day at work seems to put a little spring in my step and a smile on my face. It may very well be “my ride” for many years to come