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John Grafelman dreamt of owning the long-lost 1969 Ford Mustang owned by Larry Shinoda, not knowing he already bought it in 1976.
John Grafelman bleeds Ford blue. He says he is “always looking for old Fords.” He remembers reading as far back as the early ’80s about the long-lost 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 prototype once owned by car designer Larry Shinoda. Now, wouldn’t that be a Mustang to find?
Incredibly, this hardworking farmer from Peoria, Illinois, already owned that very Mustang. Unbeknownst to him, the ’69 Cobra Jet fastback he bought through an ad in the local newspaper was that very car.
“The fellow I bought it from was an elderly person,” says John. “He told me that this car had some Ford history.”
The seller made no mention of the car’s prototype background. The Cobra Jet fastback’s unique features could have easily been lost in the hands of either a restorer or a [...]