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Park Ridge woman discovers she owns very first Ford Mustang

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Gail Wise was 22 years old when she bought her Ford Mustang convertible. Now, in her 70's, she knew she was one of the few people still riding around in a 1965 Mustang. But, it wasn't until this summer, that she learned she was the first owner, ever of the iconic muscle car.

"I just remember driving and everyone paying attention," Gail recalls. "I just felt like a movie star."

"Unofficially and commonly called the '64 and a half, because it hit the streets in April of '64," Gail's husband, Tom, tells FOX 32. 

The car is still hitting the same streets of Chicago nearly five decades later with Gail and her husband.

Gail, a retired Chicago teacher, purchased her very first car when she was 22 years old and just a few months ago, the Park Ridge native learned that purchase made her the world's very first Ford Mustang owner.

She was at an auto show in Dearborn, Michigan when Ford executives noticed the car.

"So, this is the first mustang sold to public" Gail explains.

Gail was cruising in her new car two days before Ford President Lee Iacocca unveiled the new car at the world's fair.

The original invoice shows it was sold for $3,474.50. The Wises also have the original owner's manual, license plate, and everything works like new--including the AM radio.

"There's no modifications or alterations," Tom says. "This car is totally stock and just like came from factory."

Believe it or not, the Mustang only has 68,000 miles!

The car was garaged in 1979 after a minor problem. Tom promised to fix it but didn't get to it until 27 years later. That's when he began the restoration.


Gail and Tom are frequently invited to car shows and they hope someone else will be able to experience this rare piece of Americana when the time is right.

"When we go to car shows people tell us stories about their families members that have this car. It's a part of American," Gail says. "Our 11-year-old granddaughter asks if she could have it when she's 16."

The Wises also say they are open to selling the Mustang for the right price, but they don't know what the "right" price would be yet.

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