That is a gorgeous first-generation Mustang, Federico! How did you come across this classic?
Thank you very much. Well, it was by accident; six years ago while driving around Al Quoz after school, I saw the car parked on the sand by the side of the road. I couldn’t understand why such a beautiful car had been left to rot in the sun. I passed by a couple more times until I met the owner by chance and after talking to him we agreed on a price — and so at the age of just 15 I had my first car!
What an awesome first car! How much fun is it to drive?
After restoring it, it’s proven to be great fun. The sensation is akin to being in a boat; it has a wallowy ride, it is very heavy and long but it is just amazing and it gets a lot of positive reaction from people.
Seeing classic cars in Dubai is a rare sight, probably because nobody wants to risk driving them around but I always get a thumbs up in this.
You drive it daily whenever you are in Dubai, don’t you...
Yes that’s right; I come to Dubai every three months to visit my parents. I’m currently in college in Switzerland so it doesn’t get driven too much until I am here.
I mostly drive it around the Palm Jumeirah, or take it with me when I go for dinner or to see friends. My favourite drive is driving at sunset next to the sea down the Palm Crescent with the top down.
These had a host of engine options — which one does yours have?
Sadly, the original 289 cubic inch (4.7-litre) V8 that was in the car was damaged, but I was able to purchase the same engine from Ford since my aim was to keep the car as original as possible. It has an automatic transmission and it’s the only thing that I dislike about this car. My father told me to look for a manual but I was stubborn. I wish I had listened to him, but I must say I feel extremely proud to own this car, I consider it my little baby, which I take care of.
Of course, owning a classic often means issues crop up from time to time; I remember not long after the restoration was complete while I was driving around the Palm with my friends I noticed the engine was overheating. I tried driving it back home but sadly it didn’t make it and from the tunnel of the Atlantis all the way to the villa my friends and I had to push it home. It took a good hour — I didn’t need to go to the gym that night!
Well, hopefully that won’t happen again. How did your passion for motoring begin?
I spent my childhood watching my dad — a classic car collector and racer — working on cars and even today, after he stopped collecting and racing, the classic car passion is very strong and present in our family. The Logo “Scuderia 22 Ventidue” was the name of the car collections of my father and his team name too. We have this logo on every single car that we own for the past 20 years.
In Switzerland I have a Renault 4L which I am preparing for the famous 4L Trophy — a humanitarian rally driving across the Moroccan desert that only students can join with Renault 4L cars with its objective being to provide children with school supplies. My daily drive in Switzerland is a Defender 110 Black Edition.
That’s brilliant, we wish you the best of luck in the rally.
Thank you very much. It’ll be my first rally and sadly I’ll need to sell the Mustang to raise a bit of money to help work on my Renault and to try purchase a car in Switzerland. I’m sure I’ll buy another classic — my father insists that I do!
Let us know what you pick up next. Finally, what is your dream car?
A Ferrari 250GT short wheelbase Berlinetta. I would say it is the most beautiful Ferrari ever made. I also love the Pagani Zonda F, the Ferrari 599 GTO and Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren 722 S.
A more budget-friendly dream classic is the Jaguar XK120 OTS. If I acquire this, I will participate in every classic car race with my father. In fact we share a dream and that is to build an amazing car collection that can be shared with my brother and sisters.