In June of 1975, I bought a new Pinto. Yep, a new Pinto!
It had a total of $28.00 worth of options, but this was credited out because the seat belts were not color coded, but black.
It had a 2300CC engine and a manual transmission. The car was copper colored, so I promptly nicknamed it "The Copper Kettle".
I planned a trip to Dearborn with my good friend Mac to take place in late August of '75 to go through the Rouge and what we now know as THF and Greenfield Village. I had this brilliant idea of meeting the man that I learned later had the nickname of Hank The Deuce. At this time, I had no idea who Lee Iacocca was, or I'd have asked to see him, too.
I wrote to Henry, II, requesting a brief meeting, merely to shake his hand and say Hi.
This letter is was his office mailed back to me. I was bummed, but we still had a really good time going through part of the steel mill at the Rouge, as well as final assembly. At the time, I was unaware that any of Highland Park still existed, so we didn't go there.
Perhaps one day, we will.
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If you don't mind I uploaded your letter file as a jpg so it will display in the forum.
You forgot to add the second page of the letter that read:
Mr. Ford wasn't planning on leaving the country until he found out you were coming to Dearborn.
Lord only knows what was on the THIRD page!!! The address for Bill Everett's local CHEVY dealer???
"Out of the country during the last week in August"could have meant he would be taking a 20 minute drive from Dearborn to Windsor on the Canadian side for lunch.