March 24, 2014

Teacher's Mustang

I want to thank you for helping me get in touch with Gail Wise. Gail was my third grade teacher when she purchased her now-famous Mustang convertible. She and I corresponded for several months and were finally able to meet in person at the '15 Mustang reveal event in Dearborn on December 5. Attached is a photo of Gail and me taken by her husband at the event.

Chris Boyd
Ford Motor Company

Thanks for the photo, Chris, and we're glad we were able to connect you to your former teacher. As most of our readers know by now, Gail purchased her '65 Mustang convertible on April 15, 1964, two days before the Mustang officially went on-sale. Ford now credits Gail's early purchase as the first retail sale of a Mustang.

Real Pony Express

After reading my latest issue, I was reminded of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 introduction of the Mustang automobile. It's obvious that several celebrations are planned for 2014 across the U.S. This brings me to ask if anyone is considering a celebration that combines the 50th anniversary of the Mustang with the original Pony Express, which ran from Missouri to California. I live only a few miles from where the real horses crossed from Nevada into California. The original mail service trail is pretty well marked and a reenactment of the late 1800 express run occurs each year during the summer months in or near Carson City. Does anyone out there want to pursue some kind of fun event?

Wendell Newman
Carson City, NV

Sounds like a very cool idea. If you organize it, we'll help you promote it!

Disrespected Ponies

I have been a Mustang Monthly subscriber for many years and have been repeatedly surprised at the lack of respect you have given the Mustang II. Your coverage of Cliff Morrow's '76 Cobra II in the January 2014 issue is what I hope is a sign that the attitude is changing. I owned a '75 Mustang II that was dependable and a lot of fun to drive before selling it as I headed off on an overseas military assignment. My wife and I now have a '06 Mustang in our stable and are actively looking for an earlier model to restore—quite possibly a Mustang II.

When one looks at the production numbers for Mustangs, it is easy to see there were, by percentage, very few Shelbys produced when compared to any other model, including the Mustang IIs. If it not for the "Deuce," we would not be celebrating a 50th anniversary.

Please keep Mustang II stories coming for those of us who appreciate them.

Peter Jones
Ladysmith, WI

As we've said before, the Mustang II was the right car at the right time, just like the original '65 Mustang. Unfortunately for the second generation Mustang, which sold very well during the fuel crisis of the mid 1970s, the Mustang II arrived at a time when cars were not very exciting and its reputation among enthusiasts has suffered for that. However, as you say, the Mustang's continuous 50-year legacy would not exist today without the Mustang II. We plan to continue covering the Mustang II and hope you enjoyed designer Richard Nesbitt's interview about creating the '74 hardtop in the February issue.

Mustang Ed's Shop

"Big and Bad" was the title when you featured my '71 Boss 351 in the October 1995 Mustang Monthly. Since then I have retired and opened my dream business—Mustang Ed's Restoration Shop, which is in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My latest is a '66 Restomod Laguna Seca look-alike (as seen in the photo with the '12 Boss 302 Laguna Seca). I have made a lot of people happy with Mustangs I have restored for them. Thanks for the great advertisers where I find the parts I need to do the job.

"Mustang Ed" Baca
Santa Fe, NM

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