2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Straight A Student
March 04, 2011
Not long after I'd gotten my license, I got my Dad to agree to help me buy an '89 Mustang GT 5.0 convertible. But there was a catch: I'd have to maintain a solid 4.0 GPA throughout my junior year. Pops being a sensible fella -- realizing that no 17-year-old boy should be piloting a 5.0 on public roads, but willing to give me a chance to prove myself -- was sweatin' a little when I hit the target through first semester. I ripped a center spread advertisement from a car mag and stuck it on the wall next to my desk for motivation.
But then came Calculus and a cute little South American baton twirler in the marching band. My second semester performance was derailed and Dad breathed a little easier. I felt a little dejected come summer. No 5.0 droptop. But it was all good in the end. My old Escort GT ran fine and allowed me to show my new friend the beaches of southern California.
Now and then, I still think about the one that got away. The car, I mean. To all my Mustang-desirin' teenage friends study hard.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor