Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Pittsburgh, PA BR-549
get a 5 year old Escort ZX2. I just picked one up for $1000 on ebay, with 70K miles on it. For the money you can 't beat the reliability you get, and when, not if, but when he messes up and bashes a fender in or something, it won't hurt as much as if it were a nice mustang.
My first car was a 1985 Ford Econoline 150 conversion van, and let me tell you, had it been a Mustang, I would have jumped off a bridge in shame over what I did in it, and to it. Of course, when you are 16, and you have a big van with a fold down backseat, it's a lot easier to uh... "get in trouble" than when you have a small 2 door coupe with a tiny backseat. Not to say that it's not possible to uh... "get in trouble" in the backseat of a 1968 Mustang. It's even possible to "get in trouble" in a fiat spider. (don't ask me how I know that one :: )
Anyhow... if you do get him a classic mustang, get him one that has original paint on it, and is rust free. a nice 1968 coupe with 57K original miles and all original paint sold near me for $4500. That leaves you $4000 to get a decent paint job on it, and put some disk brakes on it. Be very careful of repainted or freshly painted cars, you never know how much bodyfiller is hiding under the paint.
Chaplin: O Lord,...
...Ooh, You are so big,...So absolutely huge.
Gosh, we're all really impressed down here, I can tell You.Forgive us, O Lord, for this, our dreadful toadying, and...
Congregation: And barefaced flattery.
But You are so strong and, well, just so super.