BILL Hammond is a Mustang man through and through.
He has two of the muscle cars tucked away in his garage.
Both were among the earliest models. His 1964 Mustang coupe was sold on the first day the cars were released in the US.
“It was sold on April 17 of that year, so I suppose it’s the earliest car you can get,” he said.
He also has a Mustang fastback, built in 1964 but badged as a 1965 model.
Both are in top condition, both are working and both probably turn more heads now than when they first rolled out of the showroom.
“Ever since they first came out I have wanted one,” he said.
“Back then, they were way out of my price range,” Mr Hammond said.
“Ford brought some ’66 models to Australia and converted them to right-hand-drive at Homebush.
“That was when that pony-style car with a long bonnet and short boot first grabbed my attention,” he said.
Mr Hammond’s Mustangs are of a high quality finish.
He completely rebuilt the coupe and has made a few safety modifications including seatbelts and disc brakes.
“They are uncomfortable, rough, tiring and noisy but there is nothing like it. I just love driving them and, yes, their sound is half of it.”
The Mustang has a strong following in Australia. The Mustang Owners Club of NSW has about 600 members and 850 cars.
Mr Hammond believed there were about 30 Mustang owners in the Shoalhaven.