Gary and Ruth's 66 2+2 Fastback
On November 24, 1966 I, Gary Thompson, became desperate for a newer car. My old one, a 1961 Olds convertible was becoming more unreliable with each start. Life Magazine, at this time, had a ‘magic window” feature on a page that said “take this to a Ford dealer to see if you have won a new Ford”. As it turns out, my parent’s neighbor worked for Dick Wilson Ford on Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach, California so I went there. The salesman steered me to the only 2 1966’s left on the lot, the rest were all 1967’s. I had a choice between a 1966 271 HiPo blue coupe automatic or a 1966 bare bones stock green fastback. The fastback had no window sticker or new car book in the glove compartment but the salesman told me it had been ordered for overseas delivery and the buyer couldn’t come through with the money so it was sent back to the lot. He said the price was approx. $2677. I remember that he took my Olds as trade with no money down and my car payments were $86.00 a month for three years. This was my first new car. I was 25 years old. It was my bachelor car for 6 months, then on June 24th, 1967 I met my wife and the car became my dating car and was the one she learned how to drive a stick shift. It then became our married car, family car until child number 2. It was then relegated to a work car. I drove it daily until 1978 when my employer bought me a work truck since I was a construction electrician foreman. The car basically sat in our driveway until about 1987 when our eldest son drove it to school. In 1994, our youngest son started to drive it to school. In 1996 I retook control of driving the car.