- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) - Steve Bertrand, the director of the Kankakee Public Library, really loves Mustangs. And his passion wasn’t dampened when his 1967 blue convertible recently caught on fire - the day he purchased it.

“I had been sort of shopping for a car like this for years, when I finally found this one for sale, right on Court Street,” he said. “I can’t tell you what if felt like when I parked it at the library that first day and went to show it to some co-workers.

“First, white smoke started coming out from under the hood. Then it got darker. I shut it off, and we called the fire department.”

Fortunately, the dealer stood behind the car and made all the repairs.

“They were so good, I had them add some things for me: Power steering, power brakes and some other features,” Bertrand said. “They did it with all of new retro parts, so it looks perfect.”

The car is even equipped with an old-fashioned looking radio that comes with all of the electronics expected on a new car.

“I love driving it now. I even sneak it out when there’s no snow on the roads,” he said. “I don’t see it as an investment. I just see myself as taking care of a beautiful piece of automotive art.”


Mustangs built in 1967: 472,121

Versions of the 289 cubic inch engine could generate 200, 225 or 271 horsepower

Quarter-mile time: 15.6 seconds

Base price of 1967 convertible: $2,698.14

Highest auction price paid for a Mustang: $1.3 million

1964 launched first of six generations of body styles

Owner Steve Bertrand says he got hooked on the 1967 Mustang after he bought his 2005 Mustang convertible.

Bertrand notes that his daily driver Mustang has a manual transmission, but he was happy to find a 1967 model with an automatic.

Bertrand notes that he’s now 48, and likes to believe that his car might also have been “born” in 1966.


Source: The (Kankakee) Daily Journal, https://bit.ly/18fQEs8


Information from: The Daily Journal, https://www.daily-journal.com

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