Skip to comments.Meet The World's First Mustang Owner: Video
Posted on 02/19/2014 6:36:06 AM PST by smokingfrog
It's 1964, and the Ford Mustang is coming, but it hasn't arrived in any owners' hands yet. People all over the country are excited about Ford's affordable new sporty car. Then Gail Wise rolls down the street in a powder blue convertible and everyone loses it.
This is the first Ford Mustang ever sold to a customer, and it's still in the hands of the woman who bought it out from under a tarp in the back room of Johnson Ford. The dealer sold the car before it was officially on sale.
Over the years the car has seen a lot of use, eventually falling into disrepair. But then, when it was time to get rid of it or fix it, Wise's husband, Tom, completely restored the car.
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I saw a “where it it now” type of TV show a few years back and it showed the first mustang off the assembly line. A traveling salesman had bought it. Ford tracked it down and was surprised it was still around. They bought it, restored it and put it in the Henry Ford Museum.
There was a famous pancake house in Detroit. Lee Iacoca said he knew he had a hit when he drove by one day and there was a sign in the window that said “Our hotcakes are selling like Mustangs”.
I dunno, but Wikipedia shows a picture of a convertable for the 1964 model
We left with a new car. A 1964 Ford Fairlaine station wagon - which was that same horrible baby blue color at the 'Stang in the video, btw.
I think they’re only claiming that it was the first Mustang convertible that was ordered.
There seems to be well over a hundred pre-production models.
according to my mechanic, that is.
One more if you count the “o” in the oval.
As a Mustang owner I know that FORD stands for “Found On Road Dead.”
FORD stands for “First On Race Day”.....
My Dad, Grandfathers and uncles were all GM guys.
From a young age I was taught Ford stands for Fix Or Repair Daily.
Fix Or Repair Daily
Had a girlfriend who worked in a FIAT showroom waaaay back.
Fix It Again Tony
My first car was a 64.5 white Mustang. Inline-6, 3 on the column, no synchro in first gear.
Not exactly sporty, but a great first car.
I worked for Elmo Langley, a NASCAR Ford/Mercury driver back in the day...Cale Yarborough, Dave Pearson, Leroy Yarbrough,Bobby and Donnie Allison won with Fords...
Even Richard Petty, when Chrysler factories held out on him one year went to a Ford...Wouldn’t dispute “The King”, would you???*L*
There were no column-shift Mustangs.
I can still remember the first Mustang I ever saw.It was a funny”orange”color and parked across the street from my school(St.Monica’s High School/Santa Monica).This is 1964.
I have one of each - Ford, Chrysler and GM.
They each excel and suck in their own special ways. I don’t have much brand loyalty anymore. I do all my own work on my vehicles, so my perspective is likely different that those who pay to have them maintained.
If I were to buy new, it would probably be a Ford. But I have serious doubts I will ever purchase a new vehicle. Used would depend on the specific model and what I needed it for.
My father and I restored a 64.5 Mustang. It was a V8 (think it was a 287 c.i or 289 c.i). Unusual thing about it was the factory bench seats and a factory add-on a/c. It was an automatic with a floor shift.
I think the Fastback model launched shortly after the coupe and convertible. IIRC, the car with serial no. 0001 was indeed a ragtop. V8 cars were sold from the beginning, though initially it was the smaller 260 cubic inch engine.
Those under-dash A/C units were the only type available in the Mustang through '66. Very capable, too - I had one that would make frost form on the chrome plastic vents.
You're right, of course. It had 3 on the floor.
I was confusing it with the car I learned to drive in just before I got the Mustang, my parents '63 Chevy.
I bought the Mustang with earnings from my very first job, for only $350. It was cheap because the previous owner had blown the engine, replaced it with a Falcon engine, and got tired of working on it.
I kept the Mustang from '72 - '78, very reliable. I traded it in for a more sporty car, a 1972 Opel GT.
I had one.
I’ve seen a few, all bench-seat 1st-generation cars that had Falcon steering columns and linkages swapped in. Ford didn’t ship any to the dealers like that, though.
Sorry to be nosy but you have me curious.
How do you suppose that happened? After-market or after-crash addition?
I see Charles Martel in the post just under yours mentions (apparently) prototype models that didn't get to the dealers..spose it might have been one of those?
I don’t believe the cars that I saw were prototypes, they were just modified long ago by owners who disliked the floor shifter. There might’ve been a few dealers who offered the conversion, too.
It was a 1966 Mustang but I bought in in 1995 and that is the way it came. Perhaps it was not a factory job? Unfortunately I sold it. I wish I still had it.
That’s pretty interesting.
Thank you guys for indulging me.
I don’t remember which driver it was but one of them was asked by a reporter if Petty was really that good. The reply was “Hell No! He just got lucky 200 times.”