Exhibit: Pony Cars: Then and Now
In celebration of its Ninth Anniversary, America On Wheels (AOW) will feature two unrestored early Mustangs as the centerpiece to the museum’s new exhibition “Pony Cars: Then and Now.”
On April 17, 1964 the Ford Motor Company launched Mustang to the world. Seventeen year-old Ron Hermann was there to see a brand new light blue convertible V8 Mustang rotating on a platform at Barr Ford in Philadelphia. That day he put down $100 and it has been his car ever since. The Mustang was an immediate public sensation, a new class of car (later to be dubbed a Pony Car) that was “fast, fun and affordable.” Unfortunately, Ron would have to wait almost a month until May 14, 1964 to take delivery of his new Mustang. During that time the dealer had it, Ron’s car was a regional show car displayed at several Philadelphia dealerships. American’s came out in droves to see the new Mustang. Ron showed up at the dealerships where his car was on display and politely asked would-be customers to please keep their hands of his car. One gentleman offered young Ron a quick profit but Ron resisted. Ron Hermann has been a faithful steward of his 1964½ Mustang for the past fifty-three years. Driven for a few years it was then carefully garaged for five decades.