Celebrating the 4th with American muscle

Ford retiree and Mustang enthusiast Kaywin Martin gives the gift of patriotism - in the form of red, white and blue Mustang GT convertibles - to his three children for his 80th birthday. (Image courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

As the country wakes up today with thoughts BBQs, parades and fireworks, one man hoped to make more of a patriotic statement this Fourth of July as he’s celebrating his 80th birthday.

So, with visions of red, white and blue in his head, Kaywin Martin decided to celebrate his birthday – and America – with some American muscle.

Martin, an Illinois native and current resident of Florida, surprised his three children with 2019 Ford Mustang GT Convertibles – in red, white and blue, of course.

“This is a very patriotic time of year, between Memorial Day, the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the 4th of July holiday, so I thought it was fitting to commemorate my 80th birthday in a patriotic way,” said Martin. “We’re celebrating America with an American icon.”

To unveil his gift, Martin organized a gathering of friends and family at the Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum in Auburn, Indiana.

Martin, who has owned more than 20 Mustangs – including a 1965 red convertible – spent his entire career working for Ford Motor Co., and developed a passion for classic Ford vehicles.

The Mustang GT comes equipped with 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. In addition to Race Red, Kona Blue and Oxford White, the 2019 Mustang has seven other available racy colors – including Need for Green, Orange Fury and Velocity Blue.

Base price for the Mustang GT Convertible is $45,950.