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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mustangs Number 1 and Number 1 Million

Captain Stanley Tucker of St. Johns, Newfoundland with 1965 Ford Mustang serial number 1
Image courtesy of Ford Motor Company

As the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang approaches, Ford Motor Company has been releasing some cool images from their archives.  In today's Blog post, we have some images and the story about Mustang serial number 1 and number 1 million.

By the time the Mustang officially went on sale on April 17, 1964, Ford had been building the cars for about five weeks.  This was done so there would be Mustangs on display on the official opening day.  Not all of these cars were supposed to be sold.  One of these Mustangs happened to be the very first one with the serial number 5F08F100001.  It was shipped to a dealer in Canada and purchased by an airline pilot named Captain Stanley Tucker.

A few weeks after it was sold, Ford realized their mistake and tried to buy it back.  Captain Tucker really liked his new Mustang and initially did not agree.  Eventually, a deal was struck and on March 2, 1966 Ford got the first Mustang and Captain Tucker got a new 1966 Mustang Convertible that was the one millionth Mustang produced.

Ford then donated the very first Mustang to the Henry Ford Museum, where it resides to this day.

Captain Stanley Tucker of St. Johns, Newfoundland with 1965 Ford Mustang serial number 1
Image courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Captain Stanley Tucker with the 1 millionth Ford Mustang along with Gene Bordinat, Lee Iacocca and Donald Frey
Image courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Captain Stanley Tucker with the first and 1 millionth Ford Mustangs
Image courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Gene Bordinat, Lee Iacocca and Donald Frey in the 1 millionth Ford Mustang
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Celebration of the 1 millionth Ford Mustang at the Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Mich.
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