Sue Woolston has always been a “Pony Car Girl,” even if she didn’t immediately appreciate what a privilege that was.
“I grew up with Mustangs. We always had Mustangs that we could drive to school in,” Woolston recalls.
But as a teenager in the 1980s, all she really noticed is that friends’ cars had cooler gadgets.
“I didn’t know what I had; other kids had newer cars that had power windows, that had air conditioning, that had am/fm radios. I didn’t have any of that, so in my teenage mind I had the bad car; to me it was just an old car,” she explains.
That is if you consider a 1969 Sapphire-blue Mustang “just an old car.”
Not so anymore for Woolston, who has learned to truly love the pony cars she took for granted growing up. That’s why it meant even more to her this past summer when her dad handed over the keys to a 1965 Mustang he had been keeping just for her.
“It’s the same year I was born,” she says proudly.
Another fitting reason for the Mustang to go to Woolston is that she helped lead her father to it in the first place.
“I used to work in a department store in Sheldon, and my boss, I believe, it was his car, and he didn’t want it any more, and that way my dad found out about it,” Woolston adds.
The car remained in storage for many years and even went through a fire, but sustained little damage. A fresh paint job and a thorough cleaning, and it’s just about as good as new. Her father told her the car would be hers as soon as she had inside storage for it, and this past summer she decided to let her everyday Ford sit outside, just so she could take possession. (For the winter, it’s gone back to protective storage, but will be out again in the spring.)
While Woolston may not have appreciated the old Mustangs she drove as a teen, her son isn’t making the same mistake. He’s already laid claim to this classic for prom night, and Woolston couldn’t be happier that the next generation is carrying on the pony car tradition.
“What good is a beautiful, fun car if you’re not enjoying it?” she says happily.
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