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Mustang celebrates 50 years with Serfling

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
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Photo submitted by Dan Serfling

Not old enough to drive yet, he was just 11-years-old, but Dan Serfling had his eye on his dream car. Dan’s uncle Millard Runge, who passed away on May 31, 2012, at the age of 88, bought a 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang -- the very first year the world famous car was made available to the public.

Dan recalled riding in the backseat while his father rode in the passenger seat and his uncle took them for a joyride out in the country.

“I wanted that car,” shared Dan Serfling in a recent interview.

Back in 1964, when Millard Runge purchased his Ford Mustang he paid $2,804.90 for a Silversmoke Gray hardtop with red leather interior and a 289-hp V-8 under the hood. That 4-speed manual, purchased at the Ford dealership in Harmony, “could get up and go” said Serfling with enthusiasm.

Today, 50 years later, Dan Serfling is the proud owner of a 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Premium loaded with a 5.0 liter 302-hp V-8 engine. I hear Tim “the toolman” Taylor (a.k.a. Tim Allen) grunting somewhere right now! And, Serfling’s 2014 Ford Mustang is a rare find. He drove all the way to Ellsworth, Wis., and found the only California Special Edition within 500 miles of Preston, Minn. Serfling’s price tag was slightly higher at $45,530 -- only 16 times the price of the 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang.

While he always wanted that 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang owned by his uncle Millard Runge, it wasn’t in the cards. Millard sold that car in about 1997 (recalls Serfling) to a neighbor in Harmony for $800. The car was in mint condition and could have sold for much more.

Serfling has fond memories of how well his uncle Millard Runge cared for that car. Runge was a bachelor his whole life, and only drove his 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang to church on Sundays along with visiting The Dog Patch Inn for dances.

The significance of this story resonates with other Ford Mustang owners, past and present, as they celebrate the 50th anniversary (April 17, 2014) of an American legend born out of the Muscle Car Era. When it comes to Muscle Cars, everyone growing up in that era has a story to tell about their favorite hot rod.

Included with this article are pictures of the 1964-1/2 and 2014 window stickers showing options and pricing. Quite a contrast! While Serfling didn’t get his original dream car, he did find the original window sticker at uncle Runge’s house after he had passed away. And, thankfully, Serfling has it laminated for safekeeping and storytelling as his two grandsons grow up admiring their grandfather’s Ford Mustang.

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