30 January 2014

Video: The First Mustang Ever Sold

The Ford Mustang was arguably one of the most anticipated car launches of all time. So how exactly did 22-year-old school teacher Gail Wise snag the very first car on April 15, 1964, two days before the car was officially introduced at the New York World's Fair on April 17?

34 Reader Comments

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    John K. Durham, NC February 10, 2014 at 23:21
    About that time at age 8, I was walking down my side street and had to stop to allow a car backing out of the driveway. I stood there in awe for the next minute or so as this brand new Mustang drove away. That moment has burned that memory into my brain. I`ll take it with me. BTW, your car was in the movie Goldfinger. I`ve seen it a hundred times.
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    A.Wilson United States April 9, 2014 at 13:07
    @ D.Piper Ms. Wise not claiming this is the first Mustang made. She is claiming this is the first Mustang ever bought (ever sold).
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    ronald ostrom United States April 9, 2014 at 13:13
    Cars & Parts magazine had an article about a Mustang found in Cal. with the number 5 vin. Investigation determined this was the 1rst production Mustang- the preceding were developmental.
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    Mike Pillow Lapeer, MI April 9, 2014 at 14:00
    Brings back memories of the 1966 Mustang convertible that I bought while I was going to an automotive trade school. Mine was only a 6 cylinder, but it ran so smooth. My dad and I were going to restore it and had a new top put on it and we able to get a new passenger fender and quarter panels using the employee discount of a co-worker's husband that my mom worked with. It was an original 3 speed manual and was converted to an automatic. Fortunately, the car came with everything to return it to a manual transmission which I did.The sad thing was all 4 corners of the floor was rusted thru and the frame rails in the trunk were rotted pretty bad. To add to the problem, the 200 C.I.D. engine was cracked. The decision was then made to strip it of all the parts and off to the salvage yard it went. Now I could kick myself because now there are so many reproduction parts available you practically build one from the ground up. I truly miss that car and it was my very first convertible as well.
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    Carl Lefler Tucson, Arizona April 9, 2014 at 14:09
    I was 16 at the time I went with Dad to a Ford Dealer just outside of Lansing, Mich. He bought a new Red, 1965 GT 289. Mom and Dad drove that car till Dad passed away in 2004, and it looked like new. Great cool car
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    Shilo Florida April 9, 2014 at 14:12
    I remember as a kid never paying any attention to cars of the day until the Mustang came along. We kids would walk all over the neighborhood looking for Mustangs to look at. We all had our perfect Mustang that we wanted all figured out. I was only seven when the Mustang came out so it would be many years until I could drive one. But since then I have had at least 20 Mustangs from a 1965 - my current 2014 5.0 Mustang GT. We are anxiously awaiting the release of the new 2015!!! It has been a lifelong love for me. The Mustang hobby is also lots of fun and a great way to meet awesome people. Mustang is a lifestyle!
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    Bob Connelly Rochester,mi April 9, 2014 at 14:22
    I went to lunch on April 9, 1964, stopped at Floyd Rice Ford, bought a blue coupe for $2368. Went home my wife was going to kill me. We had one child an another on the way in a new house which needed al kinds of stuff for new house.
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    jim spencer United States April 9, 2014 at 14:24
    My grandmother bought me a mustang in 1964 one week before they went on sale in Spartanburg,S.C. as my graduation present from college at THE CITADEL in Charleston,S.C.The car was under wraps at the dealer,and the only reason he sold to me was that i had to be back by 6pm at school on Sunday.The official new sale date was the following Monday, so i got mine one week early. jim
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    Tom Snow Mayberry, N.C. April 9, 2014 at 15:13
    I remember the first one that came to Mount Airy. While in high school I worked for Max Cook, who had a full-service Shell station on Hwy 601, where "Cook Out" is now. Scenic Ford was located where the collision center is now, above Schewel Furniture. Max washed all the new cars for Scenic Ford. It was white with a red interior. In-line six cylinder with 3-speed on the floor. It was so light that the 6 cylinder would spin the rear tires effortlessly. I can remember the first 63 1/2 "Fastbacks" and the 427s and 428s, three deuces and 2 four barrels. One of the prettiest was Joe Bill Adams black Mercury Cyclone, lots of chrome strips, with big V-8 and 4 in the floor. Love to have that car today or any of the old muscle cars. I came in one Sunday morning to work and there were two 63 red Fords locked in the fenced-in area behind the service station. They had been impounded the night before. One belonged to Ronny Joyner from Levels Cross and the other to Wayne York from White Plains. Both were 427s but one had tri-power and the other had duel quads. We kept the keys locked up in our cash register. I took one set out and took the car for a spin. Needless to say it was quite a thrill for a 17 year old punk. Whatever happened to those wonderful days?
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    Ralph Agavino Broad Run, VA. April 9, 2014 at 15:40
    There is a lot of fun showing off an older Mustang. I am the original owner of a 1965 GT Coupe 289 c.i., V8, 225 horse, purchased in Santa Maria, CA. at the end of the sales season. Mostly all original paint, drive train, etc. Never had the "heads" off, just replaced essentials. Little over 86,000 miles and she still purrs like a kitten.
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    O.D. Nelson Las Vegas April 9, 2014 at 16:15
    In my 20's I was in charge of auditing auto floor plans for some dealers including a Ford dealer in McGregor Iowa. I had a standing offer from all of my dealers to buy a car at invoice. After selling my previous car, I was able to buy this dealer's only delivered Mustang, but he knew they were a hot ticket so I had to pay $100 over invoice. Since I had to make a trip the weekend before introduction, he forward dated the paperwork and let me drive off on Sunday. I was illegal even to sell cars on Sunday in the state at that time. On the way to Davenport SO MANY kids et al were pointing and yelling at me. A week later an auto wholesaler offered me $800 over MSRP, that's how hot they were. I had to refuse because if I flipped it for big profit right away I would have lost the relationship with my dealer.
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    Rich DeVito Delancey, NY April 9, 2014 at 17:46
    When I was about 3 years old I remember my dad would sit me on his lap and let me "drive" the '59 Ford Country Squire station wagon we had into the driveway after we got home from a long trip. The folks took me to the '64/'65 Worlds Fair in NYC when I was 7 or 8 and I got to "drive" a red on red Mustang Convertible in the Ford Skyway pavilion. Those early childhood memories were cultivated by my dad who had me helping him every weekend by cleaning the "washboard hubcaps" on our '59 Country Squire when I would run my little finger over every one of the indented painted sections. His care and attention of the family car was instilled in me and developed into a passion for automobiles in general and the Ford Mustang in particular. Now nearly 50 years hence, after missing many opportunities to obtain one, I have finally realized a lifelong dream and acquired a Mustang convertible nearly identical to the subject in this story...life is good!
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    Jim Horsley South Shore, Ky April 9, 2014 at 19:37
    I remember the first Mustang around town in 1965, I believe it was a Poppy Red coupe. When I would see it coming down the street I would just stop and watch it go by in awe. I was a youngster then, in grade school. Now I'm finishing a rotisserie restoration on my 1965 GT Convertible "K" code car with the dealer Cobra Tri-power option.
  • 14
    Dave Trafford Canada April 9, 2014 at 19:40
    This may have been the first Mustang sold in the U.S., but the first Mustang built (#1) was sold in Canada. Ford bought it back two years later and it is in their museum.
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    sal scacco long island ny April 9, 2014 at 19:51
    this is one of the best stories ever thank you sal scacco
  • 16
    John C. Cargill Hanover Park Il. April 9, 2014 at 09:43
    My brother bought a very early Mustang at Johnson Ford as well. But on the release date. 6cyl 3spd stick with just an am radio. In all my family bought probably bought 6 cars from them.
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    Gaylynn Becker Bismarck, ND April 9, 2014 at 10:47
    I bought a new Mustang hardtop in May 1973. I still have the car along with the original window sticker and all of the original paperwork. I repainted the car in 2006 and rebuilt the engine in 2007. It still ran okay but I always wanted more ponies! It doubled the ponies with an Edelbrock RPM Performa Package. When I drive her, I feel like I'm 22 years old again. I met my wife in it and it was our only vehicle for years. I drove it to the gravesite when I buried my wife 2 years ago. I love that car.
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    D. Piper LA April 9, 2014 at 11:08
    This may be the first convertible made. But... for your consideration. There is a Mustang in LA that has a VIN tag showing it as serial number 2. It's a six cylinder, 3 speed stick that's been totally rebuilt. http://www.mustangownersofca.org/Members_ponie/active_members/Bob%20Friea/info.html and http://www.muscularmustangs.com/database/firsthardtop.php
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    RICHARD COMPTON CA April 9, 2014 at 23:18
    I have a mustang with sales date 14th.
  • 20
    Bruce Holberg Lafayette Hill, PA April 9, 2014 at 11:33
    Looks great! Congrats. Who did the restoration?
  • 21
    Tom Steitz California April 9, 2014 at 11:39
    This 64 1/2 shows a rally pac. I did not know that was an option in 64?
  • 22
    marc w new york April 9, 2014 at 12:02
    i dont believe that car should have reverse lights
  • 23
    John Collins california April 9, 2014 at 12:14
    Nice car: The Michigan/Illinois weather sure took its toll, that's why I moved to S. Ca. and enjoy my vintage cars/ no rust! the car is a real survivor, can't be all original! What a project!
  • 24
    Kevin R Harvard, Il April 9, 2014 at 12:42
    I remember the first mustang I ever saw, shortly after the introduction, it was in the teachers parking lot at my junior high. I thought it the most beautiful car I have ever seen. It belonged to Ms. Lindsay, the hottest teacher in the school and the car made her that much hotter.
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    Clyde Madsen Laguna Niguel, CA April 9, 2014 at 12:44
    I was 13 and in junior high school. My father worked at Bennett Ford in Salt Lake City. A few week before official introduction of there was already a public and media frenzy boiling regarding the new Mustang. I remember going to the dealership a couple of weeks ahead of introduction where, in the back of the holding lot where they kept the new cars, hidden way in the back were three new Mustangs. I worked my way back into see the cars and sat in them .......oh the joy, what an exciting new car! (Don't tell anybody, but I walked away with the "extra" set of "Running Horse" keys, which were exclusive for the Mustang. I took them to school to show my "motorhead" classmates. Wow, was I ever the hero! They were so impressed ....even the Chevy guys ....to see these keys and know that I'd seen a Mustang even before its introduction.) This car revolutionized the American automobile industry and the "Pony Car" lives today because of the Mustang. Thank you FoMoCo.
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    Bill McKay White Rock B.C. Canada April 9, 2014 at 12:59
    I remember walking down Hastings St. in Burnaby on my way to school grade 7 at Bby North. As I approached the local Ford dealership "Eagle Ford" there right on the point of the parking lot was a bright orange 65 GT Fastback, that was the beginning of the love affair culminating in the purchase of a baby blue 66 Mustang coupe 289 4spd when I was 19. The addition of a single thrush muffler and a set of chrome reverse wheels on the back made it perfect.
  • 27
    John San Diego April 10, 2014 at 13:37
    Sadly, whoever restored the car did not get the engine air cleaner and valve covers painted the correct color! The blue color is correct for 1966. The 64 1/2 and 65's were gold colored! The air cleaner snout is correct in black.
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    Butch Simms Hubbard Lake, Mi. (south) April 10, 2014 at 14:01
    My cousin, Gary, had a 64 1/2 Mustang, high performance 289 c.i. w/271 hp. It had solid lifters, four speed. It was black w/bright red interior. When u let the clutch out, u could look in the mirror and she two black marks all the way to fourth gear. AWESOME!! He let me take it to my senior prom. Yes, things were better then!!!
  • 29
    jack Los Angeles April 10, 2014 at 15:49
    The best car stories are those where a person buys a new car and does what it takes to keep it forever because of the great memories that go with it.
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    Paulie J Hilltown, Pa April 10, 2014 at 06:11
    1975 my brother's second car: 1968 Mustang coupe. 289 2V, 4 speed. It was his best friend's first car and they had a lot of good memories in it. My brother loved that car more than anyone could imagine. A red-light runner on Street Road totaled the Jade metalic pony. He walked away from the wreck but his heart never mended.
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    Sandra Clark United States April 11, 2014 at 08:35
    I asked my parents for a 1965 Mustang, 289, automatic transmission for a graduation gift. They ordered it from the Ford Motor Co. in Paducah, TX. Beautiful powder blue. I think the list price was around $1700. The neat thing is we lived in Lewisville, TX and I got to drive it back home all 250 miles. Dream car for sure.
  • 32
    Peggy Californai October 29, 2014 at 19:09
    My great aunt (Shirley Lawler) bought the first mustang sold in California. She bought it sight unseen after her son called her from Annapolis Naval Academy to which her had just seen the proto type. My aunt eventually sold it the the late 1980s (I believe) after she moved from Orange County. The car was a red convertible.
  • 33
    Peggy Californai October 29, 2014 at 19:19
    My great aunt (Shirley Lawler) bought the first mustang sold in California. She bought it sight unseen after her son called her from Annapolis Naval Academy to which her had just seen the proto type. My aunt eventually sold it the the late 1980s (I believe) after she moved from Orange County. The car was a red convertible.
  • 34
    Brad Kenway Newfoundland, Canada February 7, 2016 at 22:03
    The first Mustang sold was on April 14, and it was sold in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Serial number 1

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