…and the first Mus­tang

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Atotal of 22,000 Mus­tangs were sold on the rst day the orig­i­nal model went on sale. The rst new Mus­tang owner in the world was Chicago res­i­dent Gail Wise – al­though Gail her­self re­mained bliss­fully un­aware of the signi cance of her pur­chase even 40-plus years later.

Gail and hus­band, Tom, still own it today. It spent 30 years gath­er­ing dust in their garage be­fore Tom per­suaded his wife to let him spend the money on re­turn­ing Gail’s sky-blue au­to­matic con­vert­ible Mus­tang to its for­mer glory.

It was only dur­ing the mid-2000s restora­tion that Tom be­came aware that their car was a very early edi­tion Mus­tang. A look at the sales in­voice con rmed it had been pur­chased by Gail on April 15, 1964 – two days be­fore the Mus­tang of­fi­cially went on sale.

Gail, then a 22 year-old school teacher, had gone to her lo­cal Ford dealer look­ing to buy a new con­vert­ible. But the dealer had no stocks of con­vert­ible mod­els, so rather than risk los­ing the sale, he pre-sold her one of the con­vert­ible Mus­tangs the deal­er­ship had hid­den un­der wraps, await­ing the April 17 on-sale date.

Gail paid $3447.50 for her Mus­tang in 1964. Fifty four years later and the rst Mus­tang ever sold has an es­ti­mated worth of at least $350,000. “It’s like be­ing a movie star at 76,” Gail told

Detroit Free Press. “I felt like a movie star at 22 when I bought the car. I mean, that was 54 years ago and we’re still talk­ing about it.”

Gail and her Mus­tang were spe­cial guests of Ford at the spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion of the 10 mil­lionth Mus­tang (at Ford’s Dear­born, Michi­gan, head­quar­ters.

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