The story of Lindsay Windsor-Smith’s enthusiasm for fast cars and great private registration numbers begins back in 1974 when a young Lindsay was employed by a large, family-owned, Ford car dealership.
“I was fortunate to have among my clients as a sales executive the managing director and owner of the company located next door. He had a strong passion for new cars – and he rarely kept his cars for more than six months. After exhausting all of the current executive style Ford cars he fell in love with a two-door Lincoln-Ford Continental at a motor show.”
The Continental was a very large car, so the customer changed his mind, transferring his attention to a 1974 model Ford Mustang.
“This was a valued client who would often arrive to see me at 9 o’clock in the morning, browse through the showroom and say ‘What have you got that would interest me?’ as casually as if he were buying a bag of frozen peas.” His overriding requirement was always that any car he bought had to be ready the same day.
“Back in the old days that was unheard of, to completely prepare, de-wax, pre-delivery inspect, fully valet and make a visit to the Car Registration Tax Office, all in five hours. But somehow we achieved it every-time. This time, however, we had a real challenge: to find a brand new imported car – and quick!
“Two days later, I was entrusted with driving the beast we had found back to Leamington Spa from Brighton. After that enjoyable, but harrowing, drive I decided that it would be pretty cool to import and purchase a brand new Mustang myself.”
In the interim, however, a very attractive Daimler V8 Saloon caught Lindsay’s eye. This model had the same body as the Jaguar Mk2 (the Morse type Jag). It was all the more attractive for bearing the registration LWS 99, Lindsay’s exact initials. One day Lindsay approached the owner and asked if the car was for sale. It wasn’t at that time but four months later he successfully bought the car and registration.
“For a 24 year old it was quite a coup,” he says. “Over the years I have transferred the number onto a whole host of classic and interesting cars including a Triumph Stag, a couple of high spec Granada Ghia’s, a replica of the Racing Ford Cologne Capri, an Aston Martin DBS. It currently resides on a Ford Cougar V6.”
More recently, Lindsay finally ordered the Mustang he had coveted since that episode in 1974.
“As I was lucky enough to already have a good number with my initials, there was no need to do the same again. This gave me more latitude to find something interesting or humorous. Luckily, I think I managed to achieve both in the number I found and purchased from Regtransfers.
After seeing a selection of Bond-related numbers on Regtransfers.co.uk, I came across the number OO07 JBS, on the website. That one made me smile – it just jumped out at me. I then went through the usual, faltering ‘should I, shouldn’t I’ and then decided to go for it. Everything proceeded like clockwork – apart from the car taking a little longer than expected – and on July 10th 2007 I collected the new Mustang from Southampton docks.
“The Mustang is very typically American, a brutish 300 horsepower V8 engine coupled to a manual 5 speed gearbox, 0-60 in 5.65 seconds, and a top speed of… well, who knows? The exhaust note is pure music; a cross between a racing powerboat, a dragster and any other large V8 engined racecar. Just like in the film ‘Bullitt’ the engine actually snarls when you rev it.
“I heard that Ford responded to the wishes of the American public to make the all new Mustang as close in design and engineering as possible to the original 64-67 Classic Mustang, the most well liked and sought after version, which now fetch huge sums all around the globe. The exhaust note was particularly agonised over to obtain the perfect balance both inside and outside of the car.”
Lindsay’s Mustang has already been featured in the Coventry Motoring Festival where it met with huge interest both from the classic car fraternity and local youths who, to Lindsay’s surprise, recognised the car straight away as a Mustang. The number plate also got its fair share of attention.
“The registration attracted all sorts of glances and double takes, many of which ended in a smile of recognition!”