This RI man sold his beloved Mustang when he joined the US Army – now he’s hoping to find it

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The Ford Mustang once belonged to Patrick Maloney. PHOTO: Maloney

A Rhode Island man is hoping word of mouth — and social media — could help him track down a Ford Mustang he owned decades ago.

Patrick Maloney this week shared his story of the car he drove around with then-girlfriend Susan in the early 1990s before selling the vehicle when he enlisted in the Army – and eventually marrying Susan.

Maloney’s wife of 35 years died in January.

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“I loved my wife so much,” Maloney said. “She is and will always be the love of my life.”

“I was thinking about a project that could help me and I thought about my old car. I have the license plate number from when I owned it and I may even have the VIN number,” he said. “It was light blue in color and the previous owner swapped the manual gearbox for an automatic. It was a V8.”

A special car

“I owned the 1965 Mustang Fastback from the age of 18 to 21,” Maloney said. “I bought it in 1989 or 90 and sold it in 1993. I joined the Army and was stationed in Alaska and like many others I put family first and sold the car to get something I could drive every day . My home state was Rhode Island and I sold the car in Rhode Island. My dad actually sold it for me so I never met the person who bought it and I don’t know what happened to it after that. I’ve often thought about this car.”

Maloney shared how he first drove with Susan.

“I rode in the car with my wife (girlfriend at the time) for the first time and it was crazy,” Maloney said. “While driving, the brakes went out and she thought I was joking… I went to pull the emergency brake and it came right in my hand. I told her, ‘Hold that…’”

“At that point she knew I wasn’t kidding and started screaming. I knew the area well and I pulled onto an incline and we stopped after I downshifted,” Maloney said.

“We got home safely. My dad and I did our first job on the car, the brakes,” he added. “It was wafer-thin drum brakes and we replaced the whole thing. It was great and I loved it.”

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Patrick Maloney and his late wife Susan.

Looking for where Mustang could be

“I’m interested in potentially buying it if I can afford it,” Maloney said of his appeal to try and find the Mustang. “If I can’t buy it, I would at least like to meet the owner, see the car and tell him the story and take some photos. I would also like to show the car to my daughters. I lived in Rumford and the person would have bought it in my driveway.”

And for Maloney, his quest is about more than just the car.

“My beautiful wife Susan recently passed away from a rare type of dementia called frontotemporal lobe dementia. She got it at the age of 44. I’ve taken care of her for the last 7 years,” Maloney said. “I’m also trying to raise awareness about this terrible disease. #HeartsForSusan is the hashtag for FTLD dementia.”

“If anyone has an idea, please let me know,” he said.

Maloney’s Facebook page can be found here.

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