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LaLD Car Week: Concourse d'Diecast Lemons - Custom Mustang

So I was going to save this for Monday, but the opportunity to show this car today presented itself through the category.

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This is my Antifreeze Custom Mustang from my childhood. Not only that, this is one of the first cars I received as a child and may very well be the first. I grew up around a Mustang as my mother bought one brand new in 1966. Candy Apple Red with red interior. Dealer installed A/C and factory front and rear seatbelts. I loved it and so this this one was well-loved by me.

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The real one succumbed to a t-bone accident and I miss it dearly. This cast succumbed to me as a child and I be kept it all these years because it means so much to me.

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I cannot remember how certain things happened with this car, such as where the hood went or how I managed to tear off the entire wheel and axle. I do know that one day while playing with my cars, it ended up getting blown up, thrown into the air, and landing in a hedge along the side if our house.

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I looked for a long time that day to find it and subsequent following but was not successful in locating it. The hedge was about three feet tall and the length of the house so it was gone!

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Fast-forward a few years later and my parents decided to cut the hedge out. As is the case with parents, they recruited me to help. I begrudgingly did so and happened to be in the right place at the right time, looking in the right spot. Low and behold, my Mustang!

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I even stopped to tell my parents I had found it again! I don’t think they were impressed, but I was happy.

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I have no idea how the wheels got rounded the way they are, or how I was able to get a chunk of the wheel out, but there you go. Also, the axles are all bent down, but the suspension still works.

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I am also not sure how anyone is able to break off one exhaust tip but I did it. There are so many things wrong with this car.

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Surprisingly, the paint, or what’s left of it, is still shiny! None of these pictures are edited in any way. The brightness of the paint is genuine. The details are that crisp. The quality with which the original casts were been made really shows through, even on this poor car.

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This car is not up for trade, so don’t even bother with trying to get it off me. :)

Thank you very much for indulging me in this journey that started 40 years ago, with an original sixteen car. I will be posting some of my other childhood cars later this week. Any of these would qualify easily for this category, so be prepared for greatness!

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