- A Web site has been created to register as many original Ford Mustang owners as possible for 50th anniversary celebrations in 2014.
- The site's creator, Kathy Miller, has so far tracked down 21 original or legacy owners of 1964.5 Mustangs.
- In addition to those first-year Mustangs, Miller also wants to register original owners of other models from 1964 through 1973.
BOARDMAN, Ohio — With plans for celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Ford's Mustang in full swing, Kathy Miller is on a mission to track down as many original owners as possible. The celebration is tied to the debut of the highly anticipated 2015 Ford Mustang.
Miller has set up a web page where original owners of 1964.5 through 1973 Mustangs can register their cars. As well as maintaining the registry for information purposes, she hopes to gather as many original owners as possible for the 50th anniversary celebrations, scheduled for April 15 - 20, 2014, in Las Vegas and Charlotte, North Carolina.
In addition to original owners, Miller's web site also has space for registration by "legacy" owners — those with cars that have been in their families since new — and even a "Wish I'd Kept It" section for previous owners who let Mustangs slip out of their grasp.
Miller, a real estate agent from Boardman, Ohio, is the original owner of a Prairie Bronze Mustang coupe, which she received as a high-school graduation present. As she explains on the web site: "My mother had bought me a watch, but my Dad had bought me a Mustang!"
That car, the first Mustang sold at the local Ford dealership, was a basic model with no radio, power steering, power brakes or air conditioning. The teenager wasted no time in correcting the first omission: she used some of her graduation money to add the all-important AM radio.
The car carried Miller through four years at Ohio State University, stayed with her as she followed her husband to several military bases and transported clients to look at houses. As time wore on, the Mustang needed some TLC, and Miller's son, Nathan, completed a restoration to concours standards.
Miller began her quest for original Mustang owners in 2009, locating 13 of them in preparation for the Mustang's 45th anniversary celebration in Birmingham, Alabama. There she arranged for nine of the original-owner cars to be displayed in a place of honor. When she tracked down Ford CEO Alan Mulally at the event to give him a hat and t-shirt, Miller told Edmunds, "He spoke with each owner individually and had his picture taken with all the cars."
Since then, she's been able to find 21 original or legacy owners of 1964.5 Mustangs. But as other Mustang owners heard about her initiative and asked to be included, Miller expanded her search to include all first-generation Mustangs, those built from 1964 through 1973.
In addition to the Web site, Miller beats the bushes in person at various events. She attended the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas, where she did some PR work and made a bit of progress. "Several people told me about original owners they knew and gave me their contact information," she said.
Through her efforts, Miller says she's met some great owners with interesting stories to tell about their Mustangs. "Honestly," she said, "sometimes we're not even sure why we kept them. But we love them."
Edmunds says: Kathy Miller's enthusiasm for classic Mustangs should serve as inspiration for other original owners to assist in her registry initiative.