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Meet The World's First Mustang Owner: Video
Motor Authority ^ | 2/18/14 | Nelson Ireson

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at motorauthority.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: convertible; ford; mustang; oldcars
Pretty cool!
1 posted on 02/19/2014 6:36:06 AM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

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”.


2 posted on 02/19/2014 6:43:57 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

https://www.thehenryford.org/rouge/legacygallery.aspx


3 posted on 02/19/2014 6:54:26 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
I am not questioning the story of the first Mustang, but it kinda surprises me that it is a convertible. I remember the Mustang's arrival well. In my memory, the convertible was about a month or so later and the V8 even later. Does anyone out there in Freeperland know?
4 posted on 02/19/2014 6:59:02 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: Tupelo

I dunno, but Wikipedia shows a picture of a convertable for the 1964 model


5 posted on 02/19/2014 7:09:00 AM PST by kidd
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To: Tupelo
My story is very similar to the lady's. I was young. We went to buy a new car. The salesman took us to the back to see this new model - a '64 Mustang. WOW! it was really neat.

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.

6 posted on 02/19/2014 7:11:32 AM PST by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: Tupelo

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.

http://blogs.mustangmonthly.com/6448377/miscellaneous/first-mustang-are-you-kidding/


7 posted on 02/19/2014 7:14:04 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
Also, (off topic) I found this question interesting. My mechanic asked me: "How many letters in the Ford emblem?"


8 posted on 02/19/2014 7:14:52 AM PST by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: kinsman redeemer
The small "e" stands for Edsel (Ford).

.

according to my mechanic, that is.

9 posted on 02/19/2014 7:16:11 AM PST by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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10 posted on 02/19/2014 7:25:28 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: kinsman redeemer

One more if you count the “o” in the oval.

As a Mustang owner I know that FORD stands for “Found On Road Dead.”


11 posted on 02/19/2014 7:31:16 AM PST by bajabaja (Too ugly to be scanned at the airports.)
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To: bajabaja

FORD stands for “First On Race Day”.....


12 posted on 02/19/2014 7:34:06 AM PST by Boonie
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To: Boonie

My Dad, Grandfathers and uncles were all GM guys.

From a young age I was taught Ford stands for Fix Or Repair Daily.


13 posted on 02/19/2014 7:38:53 AM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: Boonie; bajabaja

Fix Or Repair Daily


14 posted on 02/19/2014 7:39:31 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd; Boonie

Had a girlfriend who worked in a FIAT showroom waaaay back.

Fix It Again Tony


15 posted on 02/19/2014 7:41:30 AM PST by bajabaja (Too ugly to be scanned at the airports.)
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To: smokingfrog

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.


16 posted on 02/19/2014 8:03:20 AM PST by jimtorr
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To: chrisser

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*


17 posted on 02/19/2014 8:27:42 AM PST by Boonie
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To: jimtorr

There were no column-shift Mustangs.


18 posted on 02/19/2014 8:31:44 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: smokingfrog

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.


19 posted on 02/19/2014 8:40:34 AM PST by bandleader
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To: Boonie

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.


20 posted on 02/19/2014 8:43:44 AM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: Charles Martel

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.


21 posted on 02/19/2014 8:45:40 AM PST by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: Tupelo
I remember the Mustang's arrival well. In my memory, the convertible was about a month or so later and the V8 even later. Does anyone out there in Freeperland know?

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.

22 posted on 02/19/2014 8:52:15 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: A_Tradition_Continues
Yep, the bench seat was an option in those cars. I still see one at a car show now and again, even though the restoration crowd has been sort of shoved aside by the customizer/hot-rodder crowd. I guess that option was intended to make the car more appealing to buyers that saw the Falcon and Comet as "more practical".

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.

23 posted on 02/19/2014 8:59:38 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Charles Martel
There were no column-shift Mustangs.

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.

24 posted on 02/19/2014 10:32:38 AM PST by jimtorr
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To: Charles Martel
There were no column-shift Mustangs.

I had one.

25 posted on 02/19/2014 11:03:05 AM PST by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: cpdiii

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.


26 posted on 02/19/2014 11:54:24 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: cpdiii; Charles Martel
I had one.

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?

27 posted on 02/19/2014 12:21:38 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Fightin Whitey

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.


28 posted on 02/19/2014 1:12:16 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Fightin Whitey

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.


29 posted on 02/19/2014 1:29:40 PM PST by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: kinsman redeemer

ahh!


30 posted on 02/19/2014 2:03:47 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: cpdiii; Charles Martel

That’s pretty interesting.

Thank you guys for indulging me.


31 posted on 02/19/2014 5:13:12 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Boonie

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.”


32 posted on 02/20/2014 9:33:41 AM PST by houeto (We intend to liberate Democrats from the dreaded Job-Lock this November!)
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