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Decode your Mustang Vin...or decode the vin's in the registry, see how they were built.
How Was Your Car Built? Do You Want to Decode Your Vin?
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While decoding a vin with Tony Garcia of www.Mustangstickers.com we had trouble decoding and finding information on the special order DSO 74 1111 that was stamped into the door data tag. At the time, Tony Garcia was working for the Mustang Club of America as Publisher of the Mustang Times.

The 74-1111 DSO code was a mystery that Tony wanted an answer to. He checked the Mustang Production Guide, volume 2 by Jim Smart and Jim Haskell, and was able to find the DSO pointed to a "Gold Nugget" Special Edition but the trail quickly ended there.

Tony sent me in the direction of Kevin Marti (of Marti Auto Works) as he was in the early stages of deciphering the ford order system. We spent 3 hours on the phone and after a trial and error period, he was able to explain what he found as the program to ask the million questions was not completely ready.

The Federal law had changed, which required the manufactures to keep records on the vehicle Identification numbers they build. The problem was computer technology, 1960's versus today. In the 1960's you created a punch card to order and a tape system to store. The code was FORTRAN, not very user friendly.

Fortunately for us Kevin could decode it, program it and convert it to something he could use to decode the information as we know it now....The Marti Report. Kevin has also published books which you can find on his site, www.Martiautoworks.com .

To be able to access the Ford production records was unheard of, and with Fords blessings (as well as contracts, lawyers, and many promises later) the report has been used to check a vehicle identification number against it's production records, and is and invaluable tool to sellers and purchasers alike.

After a bit of time Kevin was invaluable to helping me document the history of this Special Edition Mustang.

The DSO 74-1111 was a special order code for the Seattle Sales District to create a run of Sunlit Gold Mustangs. They would be built in Sunlit Gold denoted by the "Y" code on the door data plate. Each coupe built was packaged with BLACK VINYL TOP, BLACK HOOD PANELS, BLACK STRIPE, WHITEWALL TIRES AND SIMULATED WIRE STYLE WHEEL COVERS.

These coupes were scheduled to receive a "Gold Nugget" on a plaque mounted to the dash after the initial sale and would be engraved with the "original owners" name on it. The plaque would be supplied after the owner took the car home. Then a local contractor would create them, send them to the dealer, who would in turn install them for the owner.

Through an email from a source who met the creator of the plaque, we learned that the "NUGGET" was hot lead, dropped in a bucket of water and then painted gold. The "Gold Nugget" was then mounted on a small engraved plaque. Bill Barnes from Lynwood Washington created them and is still in business.

As it turns out, this would be the only identifier placed on the car to discern it's status as a "Golden Nugget Mustang," and not every owner would have them installed. Some owners may have even removed them when the cars were eventually sold, thus losing it's emblem and identifying badge!

All the cars in this special run were coupes and they were built between Jan 1st and February 15th, 1968. Any engine and tranny combination could be ordered, but unlike the High Country Specials, no "Shelby" styled parts were added. The promotion called for 525 cars to be build, but the production records obtained shows that only 481 actually were produced for the production order.

Jerry Heasley of Mustang Monthly did a rare finds article on my car and research in the May of 2000 issue on page 102.

It was once again in the Mustang Club of America magazine, the Mustang Times, Vol 25, #2 on February of 2001 page 60.

When I purchased my Car is was already painted "Corporate Yellow" and I did want to repaint it the correct Sunlit Gold. "Please note that my "window" sticker is a Tony Garcia creation meant to showcase the car as it appears and not as it was built...it was created for shows only."

The "Correct Sunlit Gold" photos were sent to me by a person online to show the correct color on the coupe. The "Ad" photos were also sent to me via the web early in my search for the history.

If you have a Gold Nugget Special, we would like to track and record them. Send me pictures of the car and the required proof, and they will be placed in
the "1968 Gold Nugget Special Mustang Registry" here at "Uncle Bill's Garage."
Original Owner Dash Plaque Sent By J. Tosch
Do you have or know of a Gold Nugget Special Mustang?

Please print off and mail a registry form today so we can find more! Emails are welcome but a form is required.
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