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2018 Mustang News Wrap Up …


Here are some 2018 Mustang posts and

news articles worth the read:



The first Ford Mustang owner kept the car…

DETROIT—Tom and Gail Wise disagreed about whether a broken-down car should be stored in a family garage for 27 years or sold for junk. He insisted they keep it because, he promised, one day he would find the time to fix the vehicle himself.

It was her skylight blue convertible Ford Mustang, purchased at age 22 in 1964, that their family of six drove for 15 years. Read more here from MSN online…

Gail & Tom Wise 1st 1964 Mustang Convertible ever sold

Gail & Tom Wise – 1964 Skylight Blue Mustang Convertible – First Mustang ever sold.




10,000,000th Ford Mustang rolls off the Assembly Line…

“…The Ford Motor Company will lift the veil off the 10 millionth Mustang. That’s right, ladies and gents; America’s original pony car now numbers in the 10,000,000s, with production going stronger than ever in Flat Rock, Michigan.” Read more here from Autoevolution about this historic event.

“… Wimbledon White-painted pony looks just like any other Mustang from the 2019 model year. But this is car number 10,000,000 according to the photographer, presented with a soft top and the 5.0-liter Coyote V8.”

10 000 000th Mustang




For Sale: 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe – VIN 00002

The first Ford Mustang Coupe ever built, sold accidentally in the Yukon in 1965, is going to be at the Barret Jackson auction.

First Mustang Coupe side

VIN 5F07U100002
Exterior Color CASPIAN BLUE
Interior Color MEDIUM BLUE
Cylinders 6
Engine Size 170CI
Transmission 3-SPEED MANUAL

“The very first Ford Pilot Plant / Pre-production Mustang hardtop. This 1965 Mustang started the Pony Car revolution in American car building, resulting in the later creation of the Camaro and Firebird. It was hand-assembled at the Ford Pilot Plant and is one of three known existing Pilot Plant Mustangs to survive.

This special Mustang has been restored to factory new specifications, with all major components having matching numbers. It is powered by a 170ci 6-cylinder engine mated to a 3-speed manual transmission. Included with the First Ford Mustang Hardtop is a set of two binders containing ownership and condition affidavits from all previous owners, along with photos, statements and signatures from high-profile originators of the Mustang, including Lee Iacocca, Hal Sperlich, Don Frey, Gale Halderman and others.

The binders also include the vast provenance documentation confirming the entire history of the car, and complete restoration documentation in photograph, 35mm slide and video formats. A letter from Ford Motor Company confirming this Mustang as the first Mustang hardtop built is also included.

Among its film and television appearances, this Mustang was used by 20th Century Fox Pictures in video shoots with Matt Damon (starring as Carroll Shelby) and Christian Bale in the up-coming full-length feature film “Ford v. Ferrari” (the true story of the battle between the two marques to win Le Mans in 1966), scheduled to open in the summer of 2019. This hardtop is being sold after 20 years of ownership by a nationally known Mustang historian and author Bob Fria.”




50th Anniversary Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

50th-anniversary-ford-mustang-cobra-jet-logoIts not street-legal, and only 68 will be built.

Ford has a new Mustang that seeks to eat the Dodge Challenger Demon for dinner, as long as the meal is only served at the track. The Blue Oval has unveiled its new Mustang Cobra Jet ahead of the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise, and it’s not what you’d call slow. In fact, Ford says it’s the fastest production Mustang to ever grace a drag strip, capable of reaching 150 mph (241 km/h) in the quarter-mile while covering the distance in the mid-eight-second range – a full second quicker than the race-equipped, 840-horsepower (626-kilowatt) Demon. More here from






Prototype Shelby Mustang found after 50 years…

One of two pivotal Experimental cars built by Shelby has been found in a Texas field, 50 years after it disappeared – and the owner had no idea what he owned.

Shelby’s ‘Little Red’ prototype Mustang GT500 EXP has been found in Texas after years of searching – making for one of the most significant finds in American car collector history.

The big-block Shelby notchback coupe was one of a pair of ‘experimental’ cars built by Ford Motor Company and Shelby American. It was an important developmental car, which showcased a variety of ideas, from a restyled body to adding a Paxton supercharger to the big-block V8.

Little Red eventually became the model for Ford’s 1968 Mustang California Special but once finished with it was moved into storage – and there the trail went cold.

More from Auto Classics here…


Prototype Shelby Little Red Found




Found – the Real 1968 Bullitt Mustang


Real 1968 Bullitt Mustang Hagerty


Here is an in depth and terrific story by Larry Webster from our friends at Hagerty

“Steve McQueen made one last effort to buy his favorite Mustang in 1977. He sent a letter, typed on a single piece of heavy off-white vellum, to the car’s owner in New Jersey. The logo for his movie company, Solar Productions, was embossed in the upper left corner and opposite that resided the date, December 14, 1977. The letter is just four sentences.

“Again,” it begins, “I would like to appeal to you to get back my ’68 Mustang.” McQueen offered no specifics as to why this particular Ford was important to him, except to say that he wanted to keep it unrestored and that it was “simply personal with me.” Click here for full article!




American Icon: ‘Mustang Means Freedom’

Ford is phasing out its passenger cars, except one: the Mustang. New York Times article by James B. Stewart …

1964 Mustang advert Worlds Fair


Shelby American’s New Concept Widebody Mustang

Absolutely gorgeous … check out Mircea Panait’s article and pictures over at Autoevolution for this concept …

Shelby Americans Concept Mustang 2018


and Shelby Series 2 …

Shelby Series 2 2018

The alternate history of Ford’s pony car

Here is a terrific article by Benjamin Hunting on the early design prototypes Ford worked on for the Mustang.

1970 Mustang II Early Design

“The Ford Mustang’s path from affordable coupe to performance icon has taken many twists and turns in its near-55-year history.” Hagerty: Mustangs that never were…


Ford Mustang Wikipedia Page

Facts and figures, sales, production numbers and so on. Worth a look – all things Mustang. (Thanks to Jerry Dunn and John Siderius for sending me the info.) Click above link or here…




2018 Mustang Presentation – GHMA Guest Speakers Shannon White & Marco Dodaro. Ford HQ – Oakville Ontario.

Our two guest speakers this month were Shannon White, Product Marketing Manager – Cars / EV and Marco Dodaro Assistant Product Marketing Manager – Cars / EV from Ford.

Shannon & Marco gave a terrific presentation highlighting the many new features and innovations in both the 2018 5.0 GT & 2.3 L EcoBoost Mustangs…

2018 Mustang - Shannon White & Marco Dodaro




The All Ford Stampede 2018 Show – was the Largest yet!


Over 500+ vehicles registered in attendance on a gorgeous sunny day. The week started out wet, hot and humid – then the sun and cool weather came out for the Stampede All Ford, years, makes and models show on Sunday July 29th 2018.

A big thanks those who worked behind the scenes to put this together. A HUGE thanks to Ford, its employees and especially Shannon White for helping and allowing us to have our show once again at the terrific Ford Oakville HQ. To all the hard working volunteers from the GTAMC & GHMA, friends and family; as well as the many show participants who brought their vehicles, attendees, Vendors and Sponsors – we could not have done this without you!

Here is the picture slideshow of the event:



Mosport, Woodward and many more events in 2018. Hope you went out and enjoyed them – see you all again next year …


Norm Smart Woodward 2018

Norm Smart and Howard Sims at Woodward Ave Dream Cruise in Detroit Michigan 2018