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“Mustang Sally” and the Rapid Pace of Change in the Sixties

Posted May 23, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl

I wanted a Ford Mustang almost more than anything when it was introduced in late spring of 1964.

It was coolness personified. The little “pony car” had dual exhausts, a small but powerful V-8, and looked like nothing else on the road.

I drooled as I read a magazine’s test drive of the Mustang, with its 225-hp V-8 and four-speed floor shift. But I could only dream about driving it when it was my turn at the wheel of my roommate’s 36-horsepower 1959 VW. We were heading south out of New Jersey on old U.S. Highway 1. Summer had ended and our destination was The University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Accompanying us on the 1,500-mile adventure was our Siamese kitten, “Mac,” who had his own box. The roof rack was loaded with suitcases. My barbell plates and dumbbells filled every inch of floor space and added 200 pounds to the car’s weight. Every nook and cranny in the trunk was stuffed to capacity.

Memories from a 1960s road trip in a classic Beetle from New Jersey to Miami.

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05/23/2018 11:25 AM

Its interesting to look back and ask yourself... would the trip been more eventful or memorable if it was taken in a Mustang instead of a 1959 VW. I think not.

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