Registry Statistics

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Registry statistics as of January 1, 2019

Totals by Year and Body Style

YearHardtop
(Including Grande)
ConvertibleSportsroof
1968:8519453*
  Total 1968:557
1969:53571,769
  Total 1969:1,879
1970:1524655
  Total 1970:694
  Total Registry:3,130

* 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.

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*8F02R220813*
1968 San Jose8R01R158074*8R02R172223*
   
1969 Dearborn9F02R1000119F03Q222808
1969 San Jose9R02R1000039R02Q192732
1969 Metuchen9T03R1000569T02Q218827*
   
1970 Dearborn0F05R100002*0F05R206533
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 Code557
Total 1968:557
1969 Q Code375
1969 R Code1,504
Total 1969:1,879
1970 Q Code140
1970 R Code554
Total 1970:694
Total Q Code:515
Total R Code:2,615

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:198
1968 Manual:343
1969 Automatic:680
1969 Manual:916
1970 Automatic:253
1970 Manual:311
Total Automatic:1,131
Total Manual:1,570

Total Super Cobra Jet

1969 V Code:303
1969 W Code:177
Total 1969:480
1970 V Code:133
1970 W Code:69
Total 1970:202
Total SCJ:682

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).