On a spring morning (April 15) in 1964, 22-year-old
Gail Brown dragged a 1958 Chevy along with what
cash she could borrow from her parents to Johnson
Ford in Chicago. When she drove away in a new
Mustang convertible, she was one happy motorist.
Little did she know that she was the world’s first
Mustang owner, a nameplate that would be an icon
of the industry for the next half-century. Today, the
72-year-old grandmother (now Gail Wise) and her
husband, Tom, still own the little pony ragtop.
What made Gail the first was a simple twist of fate.
;e Mustang was scheduled to go on sale on April
17. But, as she recalled, “After touring the showroom
floor, nothing was speaking to me. With a sly grin, the
salesman said, ‘I’ve got something in the back that’s
really new.’” In a storeroom, still under a cover, sat a
brand-new 1965 Ford Mustang convertible in Skylight
Blue, loaded with a 260-cubic-inch V- 8 engine and
Rally Pac instrumentation. “;at’s me,” said Gail.
“;at’s what I want!”
;e total price was $3,419. ;e value of that sky-
blue convertible in today’s market would be far
greater, and after years of use, the Wises have had
the car restored to near showroom condition. And it
was just by chance that a schoolteacher from Illinois
would become the first of nearly 681,000 people to see
the 1965 Mustang and say, “;at’s me.”
;e First Mustang Owner
Right: Today, the Mustang
has been restored to its
showroom glory — its still
Gail’s “that’s me” car.
value of that
would be far
THEN VS. NOW COMPARISONS
DODGECHARGER WEIGHT ENGINE HP MSRP
1968 R/ T 3,570 lb. 440 375 $3,506
2014 R/ T 4,253 lb. 348 370 $31,490
1967 G T 2,610 lb. 390 320 $2,880
2014 G T 3,618 lb. 302 420 $32,035
CHEVROLE T CAMARO
1969 SS 3,050 lb. 396 375 $3,110
2014 SS 4,170 lb. 378 426 $40,350
1970 R/ T 3,440 lb. 383 335 $3,498
2014 R/ T 4,082 lb. 348 375 $31,490
Above: ;e first Mustang sold just a few
months after purchase. Right: Years of snow,
salt, and kids took its toll on the ragtop.