LIMA — Cars can reflect memories for people of when times were much simpler.
For Kevin Hole of Lima, that was the feeling he was looking for when he purchased his 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 in 2001.
“I had one when I was a kid,” Hole said. “I had it for three years. Like many of us that like old cars, you always wish you would have kept the one you had.”
So when Hole set out to replace the car he remembered from his childhood, he set out looking for the same specific model.
To the novice car buyer, when Hole found his current car at Signature Auto in Columbus, they would not even have been able to fathom what he saw in it. However, Hole saw a rare find.
“They only made 9,000 that year with the 390 engine,” Hole said. “The car was in bad shape. It needed a lot of work.”
As he pondered buying the car, Hole had to keep reminding himself that it was a “big block” — just what he was looking for. He purchased the car for $7,500 and began the restoration project in 2004. In 2005, the car was finished.
Now Hole takes his car to many car shows, and he likes the reaction the car gets from people of all ages.
“I used to always haul the car on a trailer,” Hole said. “When people would drive past, they would always give you the thumbs up. Teens liked it, and older couples liked it. It has universal appeal. It is the kind of car that reminds you of simpler times.”
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