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71-73 VIN codes
#1
I thought all 64 1/2 thru 73 Mustang VINs started with the year code (3 for 73, 1 for 71, etc). I have found an advertised 1973 Mach 1 that lists a VIN that starts with "A". I asked the seller about this and was told that it was a "late 1973, after Ford decided not to build any more Mach 1's". There is also an "extra" letter in the code, after the engine code.

I can't find any reference anywhere that says Ford ever issued VINs in 1973 that started with an "A". Can anyone confirm this?
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#2
Incorrect. Ford (and other manufacturers ) didn't change to the current schema 17 digit vin numbers until much later, after 1981 in the U.S.
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#3
Racer is correct. That's not areal Ford VIN code. It could be a state assigned VIN code of some sort.

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#4
Don65Stang;117826 Wrote:Racer is correct. That's not areal Ford VIN code. It could be a state assigned VIN code of some sort.

Here is link to car on eBay.
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#5
Well that "A" should be a 3, and the ad says it is a Mach 1, but the vin indicates it is a regular sportsroof.


Car definitely doesn't look like it is worth the money they are asking to me.

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~Buddy
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#6
VIN# AF02MS14143 ??? the "A" should be a "3" and the "S" maybe an "8"
Maybe he didn't have his glasses on while taking down the vin, now if it was VIN# 3F02M814143 that would make more sense.

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#7
imusa76;117833 Wrote:VIN# AF02MS14143 ??? the "A" should be a "3" and the "S" maybe an "8"
Maybe he didn't have his glasses on while taking down the vin, now if it was VIN# 3F02M814143 that would make more sense.

This is what i was thinking also.

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~Buddy
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Widowmaker00;117834 Wrote:
imusa76;117833 Wrote:VIN# AF02MS14143 ??? the "A" should be a "3" and the "S" maybe an "8"
Maybe he didn't have his glasses on while taking down the vin, now if it was VIN# 3F02M814143 that would make more sense.

This is what i was thinking also.

I emailed him specifically asking the same thing, but he was adamant about it:

He replied "I am a mustang collector, yes it is right. The car it's a 1973 1/2 it was build after ford said no more mach1"
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#9
Is it just me, or do those front seats look totally wrong? Did Ford use low-back buckets in 1973? The upholstery looks odd to me, too.

Steve



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#10
Only M code was in 71
Never any 8XXXXX

RUN AWAY

Nice ? wooden ? front bumper

I see a lot of " " custom " " stuff

It is probably a salvage vin
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