As Ford celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Mustang with the unveiling of the all-new sixth-gen design, one Chicago women can lay claim to a piece of Mustang history. According to CBS Chicago, Gail Wise was the first person in the US to buy a Mustang in 1964, and she did so two days before the car was even unveiled to the public.

Wise, then a 22-year-old teacher, went into the Chicago Ford dealership wanting to buy a convertible, and a salesperson ushered her over to car covered by a tarp. That car was a baby blue Mustang convertible, which she still owns today – along with the documentation. After sitting for almost 30 years and undergoing a full restoration, the car now looks to be in original condition. The report says that this $3,400 purchase could be worth anywhere between $100,000 and $250,000. While this worked out well for Mrs. Wise, we wouldn't recommend anyone going into a dark, back room of a dealership hoping to get a jump on the purchase of a 2015 Mustang.

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      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      "This woman owns the first Ford Mustang sold in the US" Wouldn't it be the first sold anywhere?
        Victor Hoyles
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        No. I believe that Ford's strategy at the time was to send the first allotment of cars to the furthest selling point. That way, by the time they got there, the closer markets would be getting theirs and they could all be sold at the same time everywhere in North America. I seem to remember the first Mustang being sold in Newfoundland, Canada believe it or not. Could be wrong on that - maybe it was #2 that was sold there.
          express2day
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Victor Hoyles
          According to the story you posted, the Mustang in Canada was purchased on April 17, 1964. The woman in Chicago bought hers on April 15, 1964 making it the first sold.
          Victor Hoyles
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Victor Hoyles
          I found a story to confirm my belief... http://v8passion.com/en/news-vehicules-v8-passion-magazine/first-mustang-ever-produced-sold-in-canada/
          Victor Hoyles
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Victor Hoyles
          Ha, nice catch "express2day". I guess the details are in the wording. She bought the first Mustang sold in the US whereas the person in the story I posted bought the first Mustang ever produced, as in serial number 1(?).
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      You should have told me sooner. I'm secretly typing this from the backroom of a dealership and I see several cars with sheets over them. Don't tell anyone I'm here, nobody knows.
      express2day
      • 1 Year Ago
      $100K to $250K value? Sounds like too much of a premium for the first car sold, not first produced, and what otherwise looks to have been a pretty common Mustang convertible for the time.
      fulredy
      • 1 Year Ago
      $3,400 for a new Mustang in 1964 sounds high to me.
        mbmorrow4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @fulredy
        The options on a Mustang could add up fast and there was a long list. Judging from the video, this car was pretty well equipped. $2,550 Base Price - Convertible Plus 260 V-8 $100, Auto Trans $185, Power Steering $85, Power Top $53, Console $50 Radio $58, Deluxe Seat Belts $25, White wall tires $40 Rally-Pac Tach/Clock $ 70, Back-up Lights $ 10. Padded Sun Visors $ 6 Emergency Flashers $ 20. She undoubtedly paid sticker price since no one was discounting the early Mustangs. My '64 1/2 convertible (May 7, 1964) stickered at just over $3.600 with a 289 4 Speed, PS, PB, P Top, Spinner Wheeel covers and Factory A/C.
      d.hollywood
      • 1 Year Ago
      Look both ways coming outta the driveway! Beautiful car...memory triggering paint job. Enjoy it .It'll look really nice cruising the main drag in Sarasota when you retire with the rest of the Chicagoans who move there.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Vincent Teron
      • 1 Year Ago
      I did a resto on #460 off the line from the daughter of the original owner. That\'s cool #1 is stil with the original owner. The 260 is an awful engine, but the history\'s definitely there.
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