Capt. Stanley Tucker Owned Milestone Mustangs
First and One-Millionth Production Mustangs
Canadian airline pilot, Capt. Stanley Tucker, has been the owner of two milestone Ford Mustangs within the car’s first two years of production. Before the car officially hit the sales floor on April 17, 1964, thousands of Mustangs have already been rolling off the assembly line for the past five weeks and getting shipped out to dealerships all over. However, not all cars that were on display were meant to be sold.
One Mustang in particular was painted Wimbledon White with serial number 5F08F100001 that was delivered to George Parsons Ford in St. Johns, Newfoundland, at the far eastern end of Canada. This car was among about 180 other cars not for sale, but for internal testing and promotional purposes.
The next day, Eastern Provincial Capt. Stanley Tucker came in contact with this sleek new convertible and made up his mind that he had to have it. Tucker then convinced the dealership to sell it to him. With 22,000 sales over opening weekend, nobody at the Ford world headquarters realized the importance of that one sale in particular.
A couple weeks later, news made it to the headquarters that Mustang number 1 was accidentally sold. Ford officials reached out to Tucker to try and buy the car back from him, but at first, Tucker was having too much fun with his new convertible and declined to sell it back. Soon, Tucker and Ford made a deal.
On March 2, 1966, less than two years after assembly started, Tucker brought the first Mustang back to Dearborn to hand over the keys and get the keys to another brand-new Mustang. That’s when Tucker got the one-millionth Mustang produced, another white Mustang convertible.
The original Mustang was later donated by Ford Motor Company to the Henry Ford museum where it still sits to this day.