March 2, 1966 – One millionth Mustang

The day the Ford Mustang went on sale, April 17, 1964, more than 22,000 of the pony cars ended up in happy Ford customers’ driveways and garages. Thousands of the cars were produced prior to that date and a number of them were shipped to dealers in order to entice buyers before they went on sale. In a lapse, Ford shipped a white convertible Mustang with serial number 5F08F100001 to George Parsons Ford in Canada. This wasn’t just any Mustang, it was what is widely assumed to be the first Mustang off the assembly line. Captain Stanley Tucker, a Canadian airline pilot fell in love with the car, which was not supposed to be sold, and talked the dealer into accepting a check for the car the first day Mustangs went on sale. Once Ford tracked the car down they tried to buy it back, but Tucker knew what he had and refused to sell. Ford came back to Tucker in the winter of 1965 after the captain had racked up more than 10,000 miles on the first Mustang with a brand new offer, a brand new 1966 Mustang optioned anyway he would like. He took the offer and requested a silver frost convertible with a 289 V8, C4 Cruise-O-Matic transmission and a Philco TV! He picked it up at the Dearborn Ford factory on this day in 1966, but this wasn’t just any new Mustang, it was the one millionth Mustang produced! The first production Mustang now resides at the Henry Ford Museum. The one millionth was reportedly crushed after the captain sold it to his mechanic in the 1970s after a decade of hard use. Captain Tucker with Ford executives when he picked up the one millionth MustangMustangs spell out 1,000,000 outside the Dearborn production facility

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