At the age of 14 Franky got his first Mustang, a 1971 Mustang Grande, bought at one of the few American car dealership in Belgium, Smitty Cars.
But as all collectors know, there are always better deals to find. Soon after this pony entered Franky’s life, it was traded in for another one, a 1973 Mach I. Although…for the untrained eye, it was just a couple of boxes. The previous owner planned on restoring the car but before starting on his project, he decided to sell it again.
Owning a powerful muscle car in Belgium is very expensive on taxes and insurance. According to Belgian law a car used to become an oldtimer at the age of 25. Once it is classified as an oldtimer, insurance and taxes get a lot cheaper. Since it would take a long time for the Mach I to become an oldtimer, Franky and his dad started searching for an older Mustang that would turn 25 much sooner.