Gail Wise With the Restored 1965 Mustang – Courtesy

“I felt like a movie star.” We all feel pretty special the first day we drive a new car, but imagine cruising down the street in your new car to see people honking and waving at you. It happened to Gail Wise after she left a Chicago Ford dealership in 1964, driving (by chance) the first production Mustang that was ever sold. It was a 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible in Skylight Blue.

She paid a total of $3,419 for the Mustang which came with a 260-cubic-inch V8 engine and Rally Pac instrumentation. Wise was 22 years old when she went in looking for a car for her commute to and from work as a teacher. She wanted a convertible, but there were none on the floor. The Mustang was under wraps in the back and wasn’t supposed to be sold for two more days when she purchased it.


The Wise Family with the Mustang in the 1970s – Courtesy

Enthusiasts, we know you are holding your breath, anticipating the response to the big question. The answer is yes, after all of these years she still has the Mustang.  After the wear and tear of Chicago winters, and a stolen battery, the car ended up in the garage for 27 years. In 2007 they fully restored it as it came from the factory. She also has a 2013 Ford Escape.

It’s been nearly 50 years and 9 million Mustangs since the day Wise bought the first Mustang. She was a special guest (along with her prized Mustang) last week at the unveiling of the 2015 Ford Mustang in Dearborn, Michigan.

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