This woman bought the first ever Mustang in the world
With the celebration of the 10 millionth Ford Mustang, rolling off the production line this year, we must look back to the genesis of the Mustang before the end of 2018 - and no, not the crap band with Phil Colin. This is the story of Gail Wise, a 76-year-old former teacher, from Illinois.
Back in 1964, Gail was 22 and in need of some good wheels, so she asked with help of her parents to buy a car. They went to the Ford dealership in Chicago, the salesman showed her a baby-blue, soft top Mustang, hidden in the back. The salesman let Gail buy and sign the car in her name, even though the car shouldn't have been sold - she was sold the car two days before the official reveal. You wouldn't get that these days.
The cost of this brand new pony was $3,347 and 50 cents, which now sounds like pocket money to a lot of people, she also traded-in an old 1958 Chevrolet for an extra $400 of the value. That doesn't sound like a lot of dolla, but with inflation over time, if the same car was out in 2019, it would cost around $28,000 - the average price of the modern Mustang.
Over the years, Gail and her husband Tom have had restoration works done on Baby-blue, after keeping it in the garage for 27 years. Now, this is the shocker - Gail wanted to scrap the Mustang when it broke down, but Tom wouldn't let her, insisting he will fix it one day. Oh, he was so right for standing up to that challenge. Tom is our hero of the day.
They showed off the Mustang at the Woodward Dream Cruise as well as being invited to the 10 millionth Mustang event in August, this year, the attention for the pony car was immense. “It’s like being a movie star at 76,” she said. Although, she was sad that she couldn't share this moment with her parents, yet she can show her grandchildren how cool it was back in the 1960s.
With a sweet end to 2018 for the Wise's was the evaluation they had on the little Mustang. This classic with only 60,000 miles and restoration work is now worth $450,000!
Happy new year to you Gail. Let's hope we see more of Gail, Tom and their lovely baby-blue in 2019.