In­side the Mind and Col­lec­tion of Jacky Jones

Some­one you should know about: Jacky Jones is one of the more sig­nif­i­cant peo­ple in the Mus­tang and Ford world

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Some­one you should know about: Jacky Jones is one of the more sig­nif­i­cant peo­ple in the Mus­tang and Ford world

In the Ford and Mus­tang world, there are sev­eral peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for where we are to­day in the hobby. One of the most sig­nif­i­cant, though reclu­sive, of those peo­ple is Jacky Jones. Jacky prefers to blend in with the good ol’ boys, hav­ing fun at the Carlisle Ford Na­tion­als or a lo­cal show, of­ten buy­ing and selling old Mus­tangs and parts. This is his recre­ation; selling new Fords at one of his Ford car deal­er­ships is his work. Ret­i­cent to pub­lic­ity, Jones agreed to let us into his col­lec­tion in Hayesville, Ge­or­gia, and talk about his cars and the his­tory of ac­quir­ing those cars.

“I’ve got ev­ery Hi-Po car from 1965 to 1973, from 289 Hi-Pos to 428 Co­bra Jets, 390s, Boss 302s, Boss 351s, just all the mus­cle car stuff,” Jacky says. In 1959, Jacky was 9 years old when his fa­ther bought a Ford deal­er­ship in the town where Jacky lives to­day— Hayesville, a pic­turesque, ru­ral coun­try set­ting, pop­u­la­tion 311. Hayesville is in the moun­tains of north­ern Ge­or­gia, about 100 miles from Gatlin­burg, Ten­nessee. He grad­u­ated high school in 1968, was drafted into the Army the fol­low­ing year, and upon his re­turn two years later bought a brand-new 1971 Boss 351. He drove a 1966 Mus­tang to high school and

right after that a brand-new ’69 Mach 1, and he has been a car per­son and a Ford col­lec­tor his en­tire life.

In Novem­ber of 1980, Jacky got his first Ford deal­er­ship, the one his fa­ther opened in 1959. It is still go­ing strong; his daugh­ter runs that store now, while Jacky drives 40 miles south from Hayesville ev­ery day, down wind­ing moun­tain roads to Cleve­land, Ge­or­gia, to an­other one of his Jacky Jones Ford deal­er­ships.

His col­lec­tion is housed in a ded­i­cated build­ing in Hayesville, Ge­or­gia. Most of the cars are clas­sic Mus­tangs, but Jacky likes ev­ery­thing Ford, and he also col­lects big Fords—427 Gal­ax­ies, mid­size Fair­lanes, 352-pow­ered Star­lin­ers, even 1940 Fords—and we haven’t men­tioned mem­o­ra­bilia, which he has been ac­cu­mu­lat­ing since he got out of the ser­vice in 1971. Jones got his start early, which ex­plains why his col­lec­tion is so large, and he loves Ford his­tory, which ex­plains why his

“If you had an un­lim­ited bud­get and tried to du­pli­cate Jacky Jones’ Ford col­lec­tion of cars and mem­o­ra­bilia, there is only one way you could get one as good as his, and that would be to buy his, be­cause other­wise you started too late. You could never ac­cu­mu­late that kind of stuff ever again.” —BOB PERKINS

col­lec­tion is so im­por­tant.

We’ve known Jacky since 1986. He’s a good friend of Bob Perkins, who we’ve known since 1981. Bob’s shop is far north in Wis­con­sin, so Jones and Perkins’ as­so­ci­a­tion be­came the “North/

South” con­nec­tion to a select num­ber of Mus­tang own­ers, many of them in the MCA. To a large ex­tent, these two men helped grow the Mus­tang hobby by defin­ing which cars to pay out sig­nif­i­cant money for, re­store, and pre­serve.

For ex­am­ple, in the early 1980s Jones bought the Ford Drag Team Pro Stock 427 SOHC Mus­tang “match racer,” cam­paigned for Ford by Hu­bert Platt. Jacky sold this car to Bob Perkins as a fa­vor for Bob get­ting him the Ford Drag Team Su­per Stock car. The Pro Stock Mus­tang was a lit­tle less un­der­stood, due to its fiber­glass com­po­nents and SOHC 427, than the Su­per Stocker with its 428 CJ; plus, the Pro Stock Mus­tang needed much more restora­tion work. Jones and Perkins un­der­stood the im­por­tance of both cars to the fu­ture of the Mus­tang hobby. What if some­body had bought ei­ther of these old race cars to tear up and build as a week­end war­rior?

That would have scat­tered their re­mains even farther. Ef­fec­tively, Jones sum­moned Perkins to the res­cue since this car needed a re­storer, which Perkins is and Jones isn’t.

Perkins bought the Pro Stocker and parked the his­toric fac­tory drag team car in the back of his shop for decades as he gath­ered parts and pre­pared for a restora­tion, which he com­pleted a few years ago. This would have never hap­pened with­out Jacky Jones. Perkins re­calls Jacky “buy­ing that first Boss

429, go­ing to the bank, and bor­row­ing the money when ev­ery­body thought he was crazy.” But that Boss 429 had only 2,900 miles and was an in­cred­i­ble orig­i­nal— Jacky had the fore­sight to pur­chase the car and put it away.

When Jacky speaks about clas­sic Mus­tangs, the name Perkins is spread through­out

the con­ver­sa­tion, as in, “Perkins did the restora­tion,” or “Bob found that car for me.” Of course, Perkins talks about Jacky find­ing cars for him. As the years passed, Jacky grew his Ford new-car busi­ness, which to those of us fa­mil­iar with him looked like a way to do some­thing that we all wanted to do that was much more im­por­tant—pre­serve and pro­tect the great Mus­tangs of the 1965-1973 first gen­er­a­tion. Jacky de­vel­oped a grass­roots fol­low­ing, which Perkins refers to as “a chain of

Ford peo­ple with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests.”

Jacky’s rep­u­ta­tion spread across the coun­try among a select, in-the­know group of clas­sic Mus­tang en­thu­si­asts. Peo­ple could trade in an old Mus­tang at Jacky Jones Ford. A new Ford pickup with the Jacky Jones dealer badge pulling a trailer loaded with a clas­sic fit into this ide­ol­ogy, as did the “Call Jacky Jones”

Jones stares wist­fully at a ’57 Ford con­vert­ible that takes him back to a trip he made with his dad when he was just a kid. In the back­ground of the lobby in the build­ing with his car col­lec­tion is an­other fa­vorite full of mem­o­ries for the Ge­or­gia na­tive, a 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe.

Maybe the cen­ter­piece of the en­tire col­lec­tion is Jacky’s 2,900-mile Candyap­ple Red Boss 429.

Red is a re­cur­ring theme in Jones’ col­lec­tion, as are orig­i­nal­ity and low miles; all three boxes are checked with this Candyap­ple Red 7,400-mile 1970 Boss 302.

The first four cars in this row fea­ture four Boss Mus­tangs in Ca­lypso Co­ral: a 1970 Boss 302, 1969 Boss 302, 1970 Boss 429, and 1971 Boss 351.

This white 1968 fast­back is the first Co­bra Jet Mus­tang built—as­sem­bled De­cem­ber 27, 1967. It went to Paul Har­vey Ford in In­di­anapo­lis and was raced by Bob Coble. Jones bought the car from the late Rick Kirk.

The 1971 Boss 351 is rare in Ca­lypso Co­ral. This one is low miles ac­cord­ing to Jacky, but we didn’t ask how low.

In an­other room full of Fords, we ran across this spe­cialorder–paint 428 Co­bra Jet fast­back with 1,600 miles—cleaned up by Bob Perkins.

Jones sur­prised us when he called this mod­i­fied 1965 (or 1966) fast­back with a teardrop hood his fa­vorite car in the build­ing. Jones was close friends with the owner. The two of them built an en­gine and drag raced the car in the glory days be­fore his friend was killed in 1977.

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