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73 Mustang Conv. Rare?
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I recently bought a 73 mustang convertible. All original other than the car has been changed from a 2 barrel to a 4 barrel. After running the vin #, it has come to my attention that this was the very last 73 Mustang convertible of its kind off the assembly line. The car has 84,000 original miles. Is the car more valuable because of this? I would like to make some modifications, but fear the car is worth more original?
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If it really is the very last convertible produced, then I wouldn't change a thing on it. Most definitely no!!

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Get a Marti report and that would give you a lot more information. If it is the very last convert able for 73 I could see it being a conversation peiece but increasing the value a lot I'm not sure and would let others chime in on that.
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What is the website for getting a marti report?

matrixx;102968 Wrote:Get a Marti report and that would give you a lot more information. If it is the very last convert able for 73 I could see it being a conversation peiece but increasing the value a lot I'm not sure and would let others chime in on that.
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Don't think the marti report will tell you if it was the last one made

What are the last 6 digits of the vin?
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how can you tell if it was the very last mustang Conv. made?
also what is the date on the door tag?

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Maxxymus;102966 Wrote:After running the vin #, it has come to my attention that this was the very last 73 Mustang convertible of its kind off the assembly line.

What do you mean by this?

How did you run the number?

What does "of its kind" mean?

Any chance you have the sticker? What about the dog tag under the rear seat?

I imagine there are a few guys who would pay extra cash for the last convertible, if it was original. On the other hand, the last car built is kind of a liability because the parts on the line may not have been the best quality, the assembly guys wouldn't be too worried about the fit of the parts, sometimes the car is a hodgepodge of parts because they unintentionally ran the production parts short of what was needed.

After we arrange a closer inspection, I'd be happy to offer you as much as $550 so you can find yourself a convertible built closer to February, 1973. You'll be much happier with a car built in the "prime" production months.

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There was a thread here a while ago talking about how late the 1973 Mustangs were actually produced. General consensus is that 1973 Mustang production ended around July 6, 1973. If your door plate indicates 7/73 for a production date, that would certainly qualify it as being a late production car, but being the last one may be hard to prove. Also, in general but not always, July produced Mustangs will have the last 6 digits of the VIN starting with 260xxx. For example, one of my Mach 1's was made 7/5/73 and VIN ends with 260846. I have another late Mach 1 that has a higher serial number but was a late June car, so you can't go by the VIN alone. Here is an article on a late Mustang convertible (7/4/73):
http://www.mustangmonthly.com/featuredve...ewall.html

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I have an Uncle that worked in the Lorane Ohio Ford plant back in the late 60's through the eirly 90's, and from what he said in the past, the VIN (serial number) was generated when the order was recived, not when the car was actualy built.

example below is my dates, the car was serialized on 1/19/72 and built on 2/2/72
so that would make it very hard to go by the VIN number to determin the last convertible to role off the line with out documentation to suport it, at least I would assume so.


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imusa76;102994 Wrote:I have an Uncle that worked in the Lorane Ohio Ford plant back in the late 60's through the eirly 90's, and from what he said in the past, the VIN (serial number) was generated when the order was recived, not when the car was actualy built.

example below is my dates, the car was serialized on 1/19/72 and built on 2/2/72
so that would make it very hard to go by the VIN number to determin the last convertible to role off the line with out documentation to suport it, at least I would assume so.

No, I agree with you that the VIN number is not the sole discriminator in determining when a Mustang was actually produced. The intent of my post was to let Maxx know what the likely VIN characteristic might be IF he truly had the last 1973 Mustang convertible produced. I have tracked a lot of 1973 VIN numbers that have known vehicle build dates and see a very defined pattern of consecutive unit numbers (the last six digits of the VIN shared by Ford, Torino, Mustang, Thunderbird, Maverick, and Pinto) and associated vehicle build dates. There will always be outliers in any data set but with the large majority of the data I have seen on 1973 Mustang VIN numbers, some assumptions can be made with a fairly high degree of certainty. For example, Mustangs whose last six digits are 170xxx or lower were most likely produced before January 1973. Mustangs produced in June 1973 typically started at around 248xxx and went up to 261xxx. Mustang production in July was very limited as there was likely only 1 week of car building in July. Mustangs with the last six of the VIN starting around 261xxx up to 263xxx were generally produced in July 1973. So if Maxx's vert was truly the last 73 built, it would have to have been produced after July 4, 1973 (based on the info in the linked article in my prior post) AND would likely have a consecutive unit number greater than 260xxx. If his consecutive unit number is below 260xxx, he may still have the last convertible made but the probability of that would be significantly lower.

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