The new owner of the classic car said he may work James' ashes into the chassis so that the original owner will remain with the car forever.
When you love a sixties Ford Mustang GT, you will move heaven and earth when you track down a “particularly unusual” model.
Unbeknown to the prospective buyer this 1968 ‘S Code’ Ford Mustang GT model, finished in a special order silver-blue paint, was particularly unusual in that it came with the owner – his earthly remains.
The 1968 Ford Mustang GT has been rusting away parked under a tree in Florida since the seventies (yes, 1970s) when its owner James died a few years ago. His best mate Bruce asked James’ family if he could buy the car. A deal was agreed and Bruce took it with him to North Carolina and put it in a barn.
However, Bruce did not restore it and decided to put it for sale on Craigslist.
Zach Taylor, a Mustang collector from Georgia, had been on the lookout for a 1967-1968 Fastback Mustang to restore for years. He saw the ad and contacted Bruce, who told him the history of the 68 Ford Mustang. Taylor decided to check out the car.
It was only when Taylor looked into the car that he saw a jar, full of what looked like powder.
Taylor asked Bruce: “What’s up with the jar on the inside?” Bruce replied: “That’s James.”
Taylor said it took him a few moments to register what had been said and asked: “Well, does James come with the car?”
“The original owner also comes with the ’68 Fastback Mustang,” Bruce reportedly told him.
It took Bruce a year to buy the car after its price dropped to US$7,000 and James was sat on the passenger seat.
After working on restoring the vehicle, Taylor realised the cost of repairing it was prohibitive. He cleaned the interior, put on polished hub caps, and put it for sale with James’ ashes, on eBay.
Corner Classics, a Ford specialist on the Isle of Wight in the English Channel, bought the Mustang for US$23,000.
Owner Colin Budden, who had personally owned about 25 Mustangs, said he planned to restore it to new in about six months to a year. He told Fox News Autos that he may work James’ ashes into the chassis so that James will remain with the car forever.