First new Ford Mustang arrives on Sunshine Coast
IT'S the car she's had on order for 50 years.
When Elly Lenz, of Kureelpa, saw her first Ford Mustang back in the 1960s she promised herself she'd own one, and this week that wish finally came true.
Pacific Ford in Maroochydore handed Elly the keys to the first of the new right-hand drive Ford Mustangs to arrive on the Sunshine Coast - a vehicle that has proved so popular that Ford Australia has sold out of its allocation until into 2017.
It has been almost exactly two years to the day since Elly placed an order for her model - a Race red convertible with 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine - and the joy was plain to see as she pulled the covers off to reveal her gleaming Pony car.
"It was just a wow moment when I pulled the covers off," Elly said.
"I'm a horsie person and have longed for a Mustang for 50 years. I chose Race red as it was a colour on the original Mustang I first saw, and I went black leather because if you're going to go bad, go really bad. Now I've got it I know I did the right thing ordering it two years ago."
The Mustang's red colour is proving the overwhelming favourite for Australian buyers, as is the larger engine that it is available - a 306kW 5.0-litre V8. But Elly is pleased with her more economical and still impressively powerful (233kW) four-cylinder turbo variant.
"If we had German road conditions here I'd have gone the V8," she said. "But the EcoBoost performance is better for Australian conditions; it's perfect for here and the sound is fantastic."
It was quite a celebration at the Pacific Ford dealership as it presented its first 2016 Mustang to its new owner, also arranging for local enthusiast Steve Dunsmuir to join the party with his 1965 Mustang GT Coupe dressed in equally bright red paintwork.
Half a century separated the cars, but the obvious DNA was still there, and owners of classic and new Mustangs agreed both cars were strikingly impressive.
Alister Eiseman of Pacific Ford, who had the pleasure of delivering the first Mustang, said it was exciting to play his part in a little bit of history.
"It's an historic day for Ford moving forward in Australia," he said. "Our future hinges on this car for Ford as a brand, and it's days like these that explain why we sell cars: it's to see the response from new owners like Elly."
She was quick to drop the roof on her new steed, and said she has planned a road trip north "as far as I feel like going" for next month, followed by a Sydney road trip in February.
The Pony may truly stretch its legs soon after, with Elly considering circumnavigating Australia in the Mustang.
Such has been the positive response for the sold-out new Fords that we better get used to seeing Elly's and plenty of other Mustangs with grinning owners on our roads from this week onwards.