I hope you had some sort of declared value insurance on it. I've had heard bad stories about insurance companies not paying out an appropriate amount for a wrecked/totalled classic.
i’ve noticed that all of the people who post hit and runs or accidents have a very calm attitude towards the situation. i don’t know how you guys do it. i’d be throwing small children and trying to get my dog to find the idiot who hit me. hopefully your insurance doesn’t play any games with you. i got into a hit and run and they tried it with me but calling a lawyer changed their whole energy. they covered the lawyer, my medical expenses, but not the car (which was my fault cause i didn’t have coverage for a hit and run). but better than nothing.
If it would have been me that it happened to, I would have let my emotions affect my attitude. As a dad, I have to teach my son to remain calm, be thankful nobody was hurt, and begin the claims process.
Are you looking for another son? I’m available for adoption. I’m 28.
Can confirm, I had a 1965 Impala Super Sport that got hammered by a pickup truck hit and run. The insurance company didn't recognize the car's classic status and that's when I learned about classic car insurance.
That was 30 years ago. Today there is a more established and recognized valuation of older cars so you will probably have less of a hassle making a claim.
Either way, it hurts to see your photo and wish you the best for that classic Mustang.
Edit for typos because I suck on mobile keyboard.
A kid hit me and him and his friends were shocked I was calm.
I told them “Assaulting you is not going to reverse what was done and it’s only gonna get me in trouble. Not that I would if I wasn’t going to get in trouble but the point is no benefit will come from it”.
I think because his son's body absorbed most of the impact which meant there was less damage to the car.
I too went the "build a 67' Mustang for my son" route too. My parents had one, and I loved them. After spending way too much money and time building my dream restomod, I saw this .
Then I started researching how safe the older cars we considered tanks really are compared to anything newer.
I no longer own any classic cars.
It may seem like the older cars that my people consider as tanks are safer, but that couldn't be further from the truth. I could not in good conscience have my son drive a classic car for the sake of nostalgia or coolness knowing what I know now.
There aren't many cars on the road that are less safe than late 60s cars.
And the steering columns up to 67 scare the shit out of me.
Came here to say this and post the same video. The downside of the safer cars is everything crumbles around the driver, cushioning the impact (good thing), and driving the repair bill through the roof (bad thing).
I still own a classic, just don't use it as a daily driver.
you are much wiser than i my friend
Sorry to hear man, that’s a beautiful car. Hopefully the rest of the body is straight and you can mend it easily. Good luck.
Such a shame, hopefully it gets sorted out and fixed up right, I'm sure if you built it it'll be done right. Me and my dad built a '68 and I would be so heartbroken if I ever crashed it and insurance didn't cover years of our work
Good to hear everyone is okay! From the picture the damage doesn't look irreparable. I hope insurance helps out, best of luck to you and your family.