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DANIELLE MILLER > GEELONG, VIC

STORY CARLY DALE PHOTOS GREG FORSTER

THE OWNER MENTIONED IT WAS FOR SALE.

I QUICKLY RESPONDED WITH: ďITíS SOLD!Ē

I DIDNíT EVEN KNOW HOW MUCH HE WANTED!

DANIELLE MILLER > GEELONG, VIC

HER late father used to race them, so it was almost predestined that Danni Miller would one day own a Mustang.

It took a few years, but sheís finally found her true love in this 1970 Mach 1.

Have you always been into cars?

Dad raced Mustangs, though he died when I was quite young so unfortunately I donít know which models or his racing history. Yet it left me with an emotional tie to Mustangs; I just love them. Though I was into 4WDs and bushbashing at first. I had a beloved Nissan Patrol 2000 GU, with the jacking kit, bullbars and all. I had to sell that to buy the Mach 1.

When did you get it?

In January í16 while at a car display in Ararat with my partner Damienís 2008 Ford FG GT. I saw the Mach 1 on display, and as I stood there ogling it, the owner wandered up and mentioned that it was for sale. I quickly responded with: ďItís sold!Ē I didnít even know how much he wanted!

That sounds risky!

Nah, I already knew the Australian history of it. It was imported in 2008 and Iím the fourth owner; the second owner was the president of our club Ė the Falcon GT Club of Geelong. So there are a few members excited to see it back in the mix.

And I donít plan on selling it!

Tell us about it.

Itís a matching-numbers í70 Mustang Mach 1 and itís about 95 per cent original, with the big difference being that itís black instead of the factory Grabber Blue. Itís running a 351ci Clevo 4V, Top Loader four-speed close-ratio manual transmission and nine-inch with original 3.25 Trac-Lok.

Any plans to mod the Muzzy?

Weíre currently building a 1971 XY GT-replica ute. So once thatís on the road, weíll restore the íStang. Full concours is the go, but Iím not a big fan of the Grabber Blue. Iíve got a bit of time to ponder on that.

What do you get up to in it?

I love Sunday drives down the Great Ocean Road. It handles so well, it just grips the road.

And as itís a manual you can really drive it. I also recently won a trophy: Best Original at the 2017 Colac Car show.

What do your family think of the íStang?

My step-dad loves it so much that heís pestering Mum to buy one himself. But Mum and my friends think Iím mad ďwasting my money on itĒ, but in truth itís appreciating in value. None of our three grown daughters have any interest in it, so I guess itíll be in an estate sale when I die.

We hear the car has impending special duties!

Yes! Weíre getting married soon, and this along with Damienís GT will be part of the wedding. Thereíll be 12 cars arranged in a horseshoe; weíre getting married in the middle of them. s