Ex­port Ex­cel­lence

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Mus­tangs have been ex­ported since they first hit the show­room floor in 1964. Of­ten, ex­port mod­els had dif­fer­ent lights or safety equip­ment, or they could be had with op­tions not avail­able in the United States. Take Adam Nel­son’s Dark Mid­night Blue 1978 King Co­bra, for ex­am­ple. Nel­son, of Wausau, Wis­con­sin, ex­plains, “When the car was or­dered it had a V-8 and four-speed with power brakes and power steer­ing. Only you could not or­der a four-speed be­cause of emis­sions back in the day. The only rea­son it was or­dered is be­cause it was marked for ex­port for the owner who was in the mil­i­tary and sta­tioned in Ja­pan. But be­fore it was ex­ported, he came back to the U.S. and picked up the car and drove it home to South Dakota. He later sold it and we got it and have had it ever since the early ’90s.”

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