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  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — Ford has delivered on its promise to gift a retired university English literature professor her dream car – a 2018 Ford Mustang GT convertible finished in Triple Yellow Tri Coat.

    Sahar Hasan Nasif accepted the car this week, following Saudi Arabia lifting its ban on women driving.

    Nasif in her Mustang surrounded by family and friends.
    Sahar Hasan Nasif accepted this Mustang this week, following Saudi Arabia lifting its ban on women driving.

    “This is just amazing. From the announcement of the decree on lifting the ban last September, to actually having my very own Mustang, it really is a dream come true. I still can’t believe it,” said Nasif.

    “I just love the Mustang. From the moment I rented one in California in 1999, I knew I wanted my very own Mustang,” she said. “I loved the seats, the shape, the roar [of the engine], the fact it was a convertible; I loved everything about it and still do.”

    Sahar caught the attention of Ford Middle East personnel last September when she was quoted in leading news outlets that the lifting of the ban would mean she could finally buy and drive her own dream car, a Ford Mustang in yellow and black – almost 20 years after falling in love with it.

    Her quote, which was also tweeted, resonated with Ford Middle East personnel offered Sahar her dream Mustang. The order was placed, and Sahar’s 2018 Mustang GT Convertible in Triple Yellow Tri Coat with a black accent package rolled off the Flat Rock Assembly line in Michigan in March.

    The accent package includes unique black 19” wheels, black badges and black rear spoiler. The Ebony Black Premier Trim leather interior comes with heated and cooled bucket seats and is fitted with a Shaker Pro Audi System with 12 speakers and a boot-mounted subwoofer, SYNC 3 with voice activated navigation, a new 12-inch digital instrument cluster, and unique premier trim with colour accents.

    Sahar Hasan Nasif accepted the car this week, following Saudi Arabia lifting its ban on women driving.

    Nasif Mustang interior
    Retired university English literature professor Sahar Hasan Nasif sits in her Mustang, surrounded by her family and friends.

    Powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine with 460 horsepower and 569 Nm of torque, Sahar’s 2018 Ford Mustang is also equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission, which is controlled by paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

    Sahar says it has been difficult to contain her excitement during the past few months, but she is glad the wait ended. Her six children and 16 grandchildren will have to form an orderly queue if they want to take a ride in the car because she already has her first passenger lined up.

    “The first thing I plan to do is pick up my mother and take her for a drive along Jeddah’s Corniche – and my brother is next. It’s a very special car for special occasions. I’m going to drive it when I go to see my friends, when I go to the beach. This is something I’ll always keep – I’m not going to sell it. It’s going to be my car forever – and I can’t thank Ford enough for making my dream come true,” she said.