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April 17, 2014

Local dealer celebrates the Mustang

Six cars from 1960s and 2008 on display today for muscle car's 50th birthday

Fifty years ago today, the Ford Mustang was introduced to the public at the New York World's Fair.

Now, six of them will be on display for the next few weeks at Rick's Auto Sales in Logansport celebrating what the business owner says is a half century of "keeping the magic alive."

Rick Crawley, who owns the establishment, describes himself as an "amateur auto historian."

"These were a big deal," Crawley said, looking out at the six Mustangs on his showroom floor. "These set the world on fire."

Included in the display is a red 1968 used for racing and "built for twists and turns," Crawley said, along with a convertible of the same year and color.

Then there is a green 1966 model owned by Crawley's wife, Susan, with a sport bench seat and aftermarket wood steering wheel Crawley said is "very typical of what someone would have bought in the day."

The black 1968 on the floor with a 428 Cobra Jet engine is capable of doing a 13-second quarter mile, Crawley said.

He feels the black 1969 Mach-1 on the floor provided style queues and some "retro flavor" for the red 2008 on display and other modern models, coming full circle and ultimately serving as a testament to the brand.

The older cars on display represent what Crawley said was a day when components didn't come standard on vehicles and one could essentially "build your own car" by choosing what he or she wanted it to be equipped with. He said he also admires Mustangs for the way they appealed and continue to appeal to both the young and the old.

"They were clearly the right car at the right time," he said.

Crawley said he plans to maintain the display for the next few weeks, but it all depends on those who were kind enough to lend him their Mustangs.

Rick's Auto Sales, 1119 W. Market St., Logansport, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Reach Mitchell Kirk at mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5130

If you go: What: Ford Mustangs on display celebrating car's 50th anniversary When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Ricks' Auto Sales, 1119 W. Market St., Logansport

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