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AUG 17, 2023 | By John M. Clor

Jed Dailey Got A 65 Coupe For His High School Graduation – And Brings It To His 50th Reunion

Aged polaroid photo with high schooler standing next to Mustang

We met Jed Dailey at a cool cruise-in last summer and were surprised to hear that he’s owned his 1965 Mustang ever since he had graduated from high school. That was almost exactly 50 years ago! He told us he’ll be driving it to his 50th high school reunion this year. Check out his improbable story and his sweet 65 Mustang in our Ford Fan Spotlight below:

“Hi Ford Performance!  We met you last summer at the Halderman Museum in Ohio, and you’d asked if I could share with you the history of my 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe. Here it is, as promised:Front end of Mustang


“I was 9 years old when the Ford Mustang was first introduced in 1964. I immediately fell in love with the car. My dad did not have to ask me what make and model I wanted for my first car. On May 22, 1973, and just before my high school graduation, dad purchased my Mustang Coupe for $550 from Worthington Ford in Worthington, Ohio. My Mustang was manufactured on August 15, 1964, in Dearborn, Michigan. It was a one-owner car. It has a Wimbledon White exterior with a red interior. It is equipped with a 289 cubic-inch V-8 engine, a 2-barrel carburetor and a Cruise-O-Matic automatic Transmission. The original list price was $2,865.98.Photo of engine bay


“Attached is a photo of me next to my Mustang taken on May 30, 1973, just before my graduation from Waverly High School. You will note that the car had only a temporary Ohio tag having just been purchased 8 days earlier on May 22, 1973. Red interior of first generation mustang


“My 50th high school reunion is this year – in 2023. My ownership of the Mustang will also be for 50 years. I think it is very rare for someone to be celebrating his 50th high school reunion and still have his first car in his possession. Included are some other photos of my Mustang – enjoy! I certainly have for the past 50 years!”Driver side photo of Mustang

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