Now’s your chance to own a well-preserved classic Mustang that was owned by a towering icon of country music.
We all have our favorite Tanya Tucker hits, like 1972’s Delta Dawn.
While Helen Reddy threw a sweeping gospel chorus behind her pop version, Tanya Tucker’s original country Delta Dawn was simpler, and from her grittier delivery, you can imagine that Tucker actually knew the gal she was singing about, or others like her. Here’s a live version from the ’70s.
Ms. Tucker is of course still going strong; recently she sang that iconic hit with Peyton Manning – check out her Facebook page for that performance.
And now, there’s this. The Tanya Tucker Tribute: Celebrating An Icon In Country Music is an auction for her memorabilia. Part of the proceeds will benefit for the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which helps music-makers in their times of need.
Which brings us to one of the auction items, this lovely 1965 Mustang convertible.
It’s from the Mustang’s nascent period, when it burst onto the scene with a record-breaking number of buyers, young Baby Boomers in particular. Of the 559,451 produced for 1965, 73,112 were convertibles – about 13 percent of the total.
This one had four owners before Tanya Tucker picked it up, but it still has only about 70,000 miles.
It has Ford’s ubiquitous 289-cubic-inch V8 paired to a C4 automatic transmission. If it’s the base two-barrel “Challenger V8”, it would have produced 200 gross horsepower, which would probably be 160 or so by today’s net measurements. A four-barrel would have added another 25 gross horses.
The Ivy Green paint is complemented by Ivy Gold interior trim, and it all looks lightly used.
The ad says there’s a bench front seat, but no, there are the typical buckets and console here.
With a few days to go in the auction, this Mustang has already cleared $20K.
Here’s hoping it goes for top dollar, as it’s a fine-looking car from a talented and generous performer, and it’ll benefit a great cause.
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Images courtesy of EBTH.com (Everything But The House)