Usually, when you buy a used car you get the title from the owner, but a 1968 Ford Mustang GT was recently sold with a previous owner included. His earthly remains, at least.
According to an account posted to MustangFanClub, the rusty car had been sitting in a Florida barn since the 1970s when its owner, James, passed away a few years ago. His best friend Bruce asked the family if he could buy it from them. They agreed, and he moved it with him to North Carolina.
Unable to get around to fixing it himself, Bruce decided to put it up for sale on Craigslist where it was spotted by a Georgia car collector named Zach Taylor.
When Taylor went to check the car out, he noticed a jar full of ash inside and asked what it was. Bruce told him it was James’ cremated remains and that he could have them with the car to keep them together.
After going back and forth for several months, Taylor purchased the car for $7,000, but later decided it was too far gone for him and put it back on Craigslist, where it was recently sold to a car restoration shop in the U.K. for $23,000, Jalopnik reported.
Corner Classics is a Ford specialist located on the Isle of Wight in the English Channel. Owner Colin Budden told Fox News Autos that he’s personally owned about 25 Mustangs over the years and currently has five.
James’ “S-Code” car caught his eye with its 390 cubic-inch V8, 4-speed manual transmission, Trac-Lok differential and the original interior. It was also finished in a special order silver-blue paint that made it particularly unusual.
Budden is getting a new body shell for the car, which arrived with the jar in the center console. He’s still thinking about what to do with it, may figure out a way to work the ashes into the chassis so that James will remain with the car forever after the job is done six months to a year from now.