By Wayne Gorrett
We’ll be the first to admit that people can get quite attached to their cars,
maybe because so much of our time is spent driving them.
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First cars are remembered even more fondly for the freedom they gave us, even if they were a pile of rubbish that threatened – if not our lives, then certainly our financial freedom.
Most of us can remember our first car. But our first toaster, regardless of how many great breakfast memories it served up, is usually long forgotten. So if our first toaster was returned to us we wouldn’t recognise it let alone welcome its return. But our first car? That’s another story…cue tear-jerking audio track.
This video is the story of a son tracking down his dad’s first car – a 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 – and returning it to him as a surprise. The intervening years don’t seem to have been kind to ‘The Boss’, but it’s instantly recognized by his dad and emotional scenes follow.
His dad apparently sold it when times were a bit tough 24 years ago and often talked about tracking it down.
It’s interesting to note that his first car was a V8 Mustang. Most of us usually start off with something more modest like a Fiesta with a dodgy clutch or a Citroen Saxo with 200,000 miles on the clock and a damp smell that could revisit your breakfast. Most certainly, a V8 Mustang or anything else with any sort of actual power, was usually well out of our reach.
So, do you remember your first car and would you be pleased to see it turn up in your driveway again? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below.
I doubt my Zimbabwean 1962 VW Beetle still exists but it’d be good to see it again if it’s had a good life. I’d probably be less keen if it has spent the last 40 years parked up on bricks under a syrynga tree.