mustang 211

I am going to take this chance to tell the story of Mustang 211.  Before I had my driver's license, the car of my dreams was a '65-'66 Mustang.  On Christmas morning of 1984 my parents surprised me with a 1966 coupe.  The second owner car was signalflare red with a 2v 289, cruise-o-matic and standard black interior.  The car was well kept and taking it to shows became a passion.  I worked on it every chance I had cleaning, polishing and replacing parts; I was hooked.  I was working for the local minor league baseball team and was on the road a lot making deliveries and running errands.  There was a white '65 coupe that was parked in the front yard of a house on a busy road in Winston-Salem.  The car never moved so I thought the owner might want to sell.  I stopped and knocked on the door, a lady answered and although she was friendly, it was clear she wasn't parting with her car.   The car continued to sit unmoved so another visit was in order, again she wasn't interested.  She told me about how her father had given her the car and it was the first Mustang in Winston-Salem.  Now I was really interested and asked if I could look at the car.  She agreed and while looking the car over I recorded the door tag information.  A quick translation at home told me it was built on the first day of production. Now the car became a real object of desire. After a couple more rejected offers to get the car out of her yard I got a call out of the blue and she was ready to sell.  The car was ROUGH and took a little work to get it going.  Carolyn stood in the yard and cried as we left.  For a long time I would get a call every couple of months from Carolyn to make sure the car was OK and to see if restoration had started.
My '66 coupe was in good shape to begin with, and it wasn't all that difficult to make it nice enough to place in most of the shows it entered.  This gave me confidence I could do the same with 211.  After bringing the car home, it quickly became clear that this project was out of my league financially and technically.  In hindsight that was a good thing.  If I would have been able to start the project many of the early pieces may have been replaced and discarded.  I didn't want to drive the '66 every day, so 211 became my daily driver.  Believe it or not the car, other than the layers of barn dust, doesn't look much worse now than it did in 1986.  My parents were not at all impressed by my purchase, and never fully embraced the idea of this car being at their house.  My mother was a nurse and after some discussion we realized she knew the original owner, he was a doctor at the hospital where she worked.  They were able to discuss the car on a number of occasions.  The doctor said he had made a deal to purchase the car, but had to wait to take possesion because it was a display model.  The display models were sent to dealerships to allow customers to see a Mustang until inventory could be built on the lot.  There was a trailer hitch on the car which he said was used to tow a boat.  My mother passed away in 2007 and I have been unable to locate the doctor, who would be in his mid-eighties by now. 

The car was offered for sale in a Hemmings ad sometime around 1988.  My father wanted the car out of his yard, and was determined to get rid of it.  Someone from California offered to purchase the car to have a mate for his 20th anniversary model, that also was white with a red interior.  After the buyer decided to drive the car home instead of shipping it, my father said it wouldn't make the trip, and the deal was off.  This wasn't the last time it almost traded hands.  Sometime around 2004(?) there were some investors interested in bringing a Mustang Museum to the Charlotte area.  I made an offer to donate the car to the museum as a project car.  The museum never materialized so the deal never happened.

The excitement this car caused has been beyond anything I could imagine.  This website has had tens of thousands of visitors, I have received emails from around the world, the car has been written about in "Mustang Genesis", and was featured on the cover of Musatng Monthly.  Thanks for your interest and feel free to email any comments or questions (or just say hello).  fordmustang211@aol.com

-Todd















mustang 211