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Old 03/04/2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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One of the first California Specials?

A GT/CS I found for sale in LA ended up having the VIN code 8R01C153131. As far as I know Ford started seq. number with 100000, so is this the 53,131 Mustang made? They started California Special production in mid-February so could this be one of the first GT/CS's made? Hope so :D.

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Old 03/04/2012, 10:15 PM   #2
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Probably not. My car was built in February and it's 8R01C141599.

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Old 03/04/2012, 10:27 PM   #3
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But really the math equals out. The only other thing that would effect it would be how many people ordered before the year actually started because 370/53 is about 7, which means they made more than 53,000 mustangs in 2 months. Say they started 1968 production in December 1967, it's more than 3 months until mid-February.
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Old 03/04/2012, 10:27 PM   #4
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When in Feb was yours built?
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Old 03/04/2012, 10:35 PM   #5
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The 13th.

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Old 03/04/2012, 10:40 PM   #6
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In the book that will not be mentioned, it appears that this car falls between 153116 and 153156. These cars were built on March 25.

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Old 03/04/2012, 10:41 PM   #7
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This doesn't make sense.. Your car was produced on the 13th and VIN seq # is 41,000. I found a car in registry that has seq # 30,000 or so. Unless they made 2,000 cars a day at San Jose, then their statement about starting production in mid-February isn't right. Any ideas?
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This doesn't make sense.. Your car was produced on the 13th and VIN seq # is 41,000. I found a car in registry that has seq # 30,000 or so. Unless they made 2,000 cars a day at San Jose, then their statement about starting production in mid-February isn't right. Any ideas?
Who made that statement?

BTW, it appears that over 500 GT/CSs were built before that car. Do you have a Marti report?

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Old 03/05/2012, 01:03 AM   #9
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Remember, production was not sequential by VIN...
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Old 03/05/2012, 01:17 AM   #10
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A GT/CS I found for sale in LA ended up having the VIN code 8R01C153131. As far as I know Ford started seq. number with 100000, so is this the 53,131 Mustang made? They started California Special production in mid-February so could this be one of the first GT/CS's made? Hope so :D.

Thanks, Sean
...My oldest is 143583 built Feb 20 and it has the later (standard) side markers. I also have 153153 (close to yours) and it was March 25th...
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Mine is T149485, produced March 7th with the later style side markers.


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Old 03/05/2012, 03:43 AM   #12
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A bunch of 1531xx's are in "the book" with a 25C date... The numbers in the book are "close" but daye sfor cars close together in VIN do vary by up to a couple weeks.

Looks like "probably" middle of prodcution, if not a bit past.

130xxx-143xxx - first 200, so does not appear to be an early number. But it is not lsited in the registry so a new find.... if verified.
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Old 03/05/2012, 07:56 AM   #13
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If anyone verifies this car, please let me know. Thanks. It would/must be one of the few left to find.

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Old 03/05/2012, 09:00 AM   #14
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Mine is 143070 it was scheduled for build 02/16/68 but actually built 02/21/68 with standard marker lights. Were there some gt/cs built late due to release date of 02/18/68? often wondered?
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Old 03/05/2012, 11:13 AM   #15
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My VIN is #8R01J139212 and was built Feb. 9 and I know there are a number built before mine.
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