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Club restores '65 Mustang being raffled for charity

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Earlier this week, we told you about an East Texan's unfinished project, a 1965 Mustang GT 350. 

It is a car Harry Ott was working hard to restore. However, Ott passed away unexpectedly and some of his closest friends, The Mustangs of East Texas, worked diligently to finish the project Ott had worked so hard to complete. 

Now, that car is being raffled off at the East Texas Auto and Cycle Show where volunteers help tell the story. 

"One of our members was in the process of restoring the car and passed away unexpectedly. His widow donated the car to our club for us to do as a charity project for the East Texas Crisis Center," explained Craig Chesley who aside from helping restore the Mustang, also volunteered at the show. 

The Mustangs of East Texas said about 30 people worked nights and weekends for about a year to get this Mustang back in mint condition.

Chesley said when the club first received the car the value was probably around $6,000 or $8,000. After all the work they did, he estimates the vehicle is now worth $35,000. 

The club had decided to auction the car off, but then someone made an offer they could not resist.

"David Irwin with Tyler Ford came along, who furnishes us a raffle car each year, saw this Harry Ott car and decided he wanted to buy it," explained Robert Owens, a committee member for the show. 

The club said Irwin paid the asking price and then turned around and donated it as the crisis center raffle car.

East Texans lined up to pay $10 a ticket for a chance to ride off in the mustang that for some, is priceless. 

The Executive Director of the East Texas Crisis Center said if they hold strong on Sunday, the raffle alone could bring in about $130,000 to $140,000. 

The majority of people working at the show are volunteers. It is an example of the generosity of the East Texas community. 

The thirty people who helped restore this vehicle have a message for the future owner. 

"I would want them to know how much went into this not blood and sweat from the club, but from the loss of one of our members and the mission of the crisis center trying to help people out who are desperate and have no place to go," Chesley said. 

The club also wants the future owner of the car to know that they will have thirty friends and a membership with their name on it.

It's $10 to get in the door of the Auto and Cycle Show, unless you are 12 or under; then it's free. The event is at Harvey Hall and is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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