Registry Statistics

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Registry statistics as of April 29, 2016

Totals by Year and Body Style

YearHardtop
(Including Grande)
ConvertibleSportsroof
1968:7216401*
  Total 1968:489
1969:52531,692
  Total 1969:1,797
1970:1522640
  Total 1970:677
  Total Registry:2,963

* The 1968 sportsroof totals include 4 cars that were converted to 428 CJ power for racing at the 1968 NHRA Winternationals held at Pomona, California. These cars were driven by Hubert Platt, Jerry Harvey, and Don Nicholson. We're still trying to obtain additional information on these cars. Can you help?

Are you interested in more than just body style statistics? Here are some more tables:

Earliest and Latest Registered VINs

Year and PlantEarliest VINLatest VIN
1968 Dearborn8F02R135007*8F02R220746
1968 San Jose8R01R158074*8R02R172223*
   
1969 Dearborn9F02R1000119F03Q222808
1969 San Jose9R02R1000039R02Q192732
1969 Metuchen9T03R1000569T02Q218761
   
1970 Dearborn0F05R1000160F05R206533
1970 San Jose0R05R100040*0R05R158881
1970 Metuchen0T05R1000080T05Q168867*

In truth there are earlier and later VINs known by the registry, but the VINs in the table above are the earliest and latest with confirmed owner information. See the production page for the earliest and latest VINs produced at each assembly plant. Registered VINs (cars that we have registered) matching the earliest or latest produced at an assembly plant are noted with an asterisk (*).

Totals By Engine Code

1968 R Code485
Total 1968:485
1969 Q Code361
1969 R Code1,436
Total 1969:1,797
1970 Q Code135
1970 R Code542
Total 1970:677
Total Q Code:496
Total R Code:2,463

The engine code (fifth position) in the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) determines if the vehicle came equipped with factory ram air induction or not. "Q" code vehicles did not come equipped with ram air induction. "R" code vehicles did come equipped with ram air induction. Please note that there were no known "Q" code Mustangs produced in 1968. I've seen references to such cars in various places, but checking the VINs with Marti Auto Works typically confirms that each such car left the assembly factory as a C-code (289-2v) car; I suppose it's not that hard to change a "C" to a "Q" if you're trying to fake a VIN. Buyer beware if you believe you've found a 1968 Q-code Mustang!

Some of the totals in the following tables will not add up to the total number of vehicles in the registry because they are determined by Warranty Plate or Vehicle Certification Label (door tag) information, and there are a number of vehicles registered without this information. If I don't have it, I don't guess.

Totals by Transmission Type

1968 Automatic:182
1968 Manual:306
1969 Automatic:643
1969 Manual:875
1970 Automatic:244
1970 Manual:303
Total Automatic:1,069
Total Manual:1,484

Total Super Cobra Jet

1969 V Code:295
1969 W Code:166
Total 1969:461
1970 V Code:130
1970 W Code:68
Total 1970:198
Total SCJ:659

Please note that Super Cobra Jet Mustangs did not appear until the 1969 model year. "V" code indicates a 3.91:1 Traction-Lok differential. "W" code indicates either a 4.30:1 Traction-Lok differential (1969 and 1970) or a 4.30:1 "Detroit Locker" differential (1970 only).