1. General Information
    Dorothy
    1966
    Ford
    Mustang
    Tahoe Turquoise Metallic
    Base

    Growing up in New Jersey in the mid 70’s, Ernest Carr stared across the street, gazing at the 1966 Tahoe Turquoise Metallic Mustang Coupe owned by one of the neighborhood boys…and Ernest fell in love. He has never seen anything like it; the strength of the design, the beauty of the color. Ernest nodded and said to himself, “Someday I’ll own one just like that.” Later in life, Ernest married the beautiful Concetta in 1989, and built their home in northern New Jersey. Fate would have it that the younger boy across the street owned a 1967 Mustang—and although it was a slightly different body style—it was Tahoe Turquoise Metallic, and he once again vowed that he would own one someday.
    Little did Ernest know that way back in the 60’s, Roy F. Thompson, former mayor of Altoona, Pennsylvania, and the founder of Altoona’s WRTA radio station, purchased a Tahoe Turquoise Metallic 6-cylinder Mustang Coupe, VIN number 6T07T167840, for approximately $2,500.00 from Jack Beasley Ford in Altoona, 1901 Margret Avenue, for his wife Dorothy (daughter of 1903 Pittsburg Pirates World Series pitcher Frederick “Bucky” Veil). Dorothy, however, didn’t even know how to drive, but her son, Colson, who later became a County Commissioner in Blair County, tried to teach her, as Roy had passed away January 4, 1965. Dorothy had wanted the Mustang because it came in her favorite color, which she lovingly referred to as, “Aqua!”
    While Dorothy summered at 1226 15th Avenue in Altoona, she wintered at the Park Place Apartments, 2026 4th Street South, St. Petersburg, Florida, and despite never actually learning to drive herself, she felt that a car was needed at her St. Petersburg residence for guests in the winter. So in 1967, Dorothy’s daughter-In-Law and two girlfriends drove it to St. Petersburg, where it stayed at the Park Place Apartments.
    On April 17, 1976 (National Mustang Day), Michele Jones married Stephen Fries, and Dorothy gave the car to them for a wedding gift, and it was Michele and her mother who went to St. Petersburg and drove the car back to Altoona. Michele used the car to commute, in great style, back and forth from work, but eventually she purchased another car for herself. She held on to the Mustang for sentimental reasons…plus, it was a really cool car to own. Even though the Fries had three different residences while they owned the car, it never left a 5 to 7 mile radius in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In December of 1984, the Fries restored the car back to her original beauty. However, by the time the Fries’ son & daughter were old enough to get their own cars, it became too many cars for them to own, and the Mustang needed some work, so it was time to find her a new owner. The Fries sold the car in 2006 to Paul Miller.
    Paul Miller purchased the car from the Fries via Carlisle Auctions in May of 2006 for $6,000.00. Paul did an extensive renovation on the car in 2009, some 25 years after the previous restoration. Paul owned the car for 8 years, and sold her to Old Town Automobile in Huntingtown, Maryland in 2014.
    Robert Dietz purchased the car from Old Town Automobile in August of 2014 for $15,000.00. As a teenager in high school, Robert had previously owned a 1968 Ford Mustang, and spent many a night with his Dad fixing her up. From time-to-time (and on a high school kid’s budget, no less) he had the pleasure of heading to junk yards to search out parts. So Robert carried a great love of classic Mustangs throughout his days, and when he was diagnosed with cancer in August of 2014, he decided it was time to get another one.
    Robert found the car at Old Town Automobile, just outside of Annapolis, Maryland, and drove down from Avondale, Pennsylvania to see her. He was impressed with the fact that the car had remained in Pennsylvania for the majority of its life, and that Old Town Automobile had thorough documentation associated with the car. Robert purchased the car and drove her back to his residence at 119 Hartefeld Drive, Avondale. After his cancer treatments, Robert determined that it would be best to sell the car and allocate the proceeds to cover his medical expenses, etc. When he decided to sell her, Robert determined that he would sell her to a true Mustang enthusiast who would take good care of her.
    In 2014, Ernest Carr was diagnosed with his third round of cancer, and he had still not been the owner of his dream car. The car had continued to lovingly haunt him throughout his life, however, even showing up in the late 90’s, as Ernest coached his son’s soccer team. One of the other player’s parents owned a 1966 Mustang—turquoise. The car refused to leave him.
    In late 2015, the planets aligned, and Ernest was finally able to begin searching for his own “Tahoe Turquoise Metallic Mustang Coupe.” It was time to check off a major entry on his bucket list once and for all. Now living in Tampa, Florida, he searched all around the state for quite some time, trying to find the right car, but something wasn’t right, he just couldn’t find exactly what he was looking for. Ernest mentioned to his friend, Jim Winship, who lives in New Jersey, what he was looking for, and Jim told him to expand his search to include his area of the country. Ernest’s friend would love to help him in fulfilling his dream. So Ernest opened his search to a 100-mile radius of his willing friend, and found her in Avondale, Pennsylvania. After very little negotiating with Robert Dietz, Ernest ordered a professional inspection, and she passed with flying colors. Ernest booked a flight to see and drive her for the first time, and to complete the transaction. Ernest Carr purchased the car of his dreams on March 5, 2016 from Robert Dietz of Avondale, Pennsylvania. Not wanting to drive her the 1000 miles back to Tampa, a transport truck was scheduled to pick her up and deliver her to his residence in Tampa, Florida.
    She arrived on 3/9/2016, where she was promptly and respectfully named Dorothy, and remains to this day.

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