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Home Research Authentication Marti Deluxe Report
Document: Deluxe Report
Source: Marti Auto Works
Date: 2010

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It is interesting to look at the differences that we find between the information obtained from the Marti Report and that of the original typed Ford Special Order Form (DSO).

Examples of the differences between the DSO and the Marti Report:

Order Date: The actual order for this car (DSO 2512) was typed on August 9, 1966, approved on August 11, and stamped "RECEIVED" on August 12.  The earliest first date on the Marti Report for this car is August 16, 1966.  My suspicion is that the Marti Report's "Order Received" date is actually the date the order was keyed into the Ford computer system -- which is later than any of the three dates found on the Special Order Form (DSO). I'd recommend the Marti Report refer to this date as the "Order Entry" date.

Dealer Code: The typed DSO indicates "71x999," where district 71 = the Los Angeles ordering district. The Marti Report indicates "84x999," where 84 = Home Office Reserve. Research of the 67 Shelby DSOs has verified it was changed when Ford's Ray Geddes displaced Shelby's G.W. "Jerry" Nuznoff in October 1966. The orders began to use district 84 when Geddes began placing the orders. In summary, the convertible was ordered under district 71, however, the district was changed to 84 before it was built. 

Wheels: The DSO shows the car was ordered with "Customer Supplied" 7"x15" wheels. The Marti Report relies on the Vehicle Order Image which has the value of 1 in field #48 as 7.35x14" tires. The special itemization on the DSO would of course override the standard value, and this is something that the Marti Report doesn't take into consideration.

Rear Axle: The DSO indicates the car was ordered with a regular 3.25:1 axle. The Marti report indicates a an axle code of "1" which decodes to a regular 3.00:1. Same explanation as above that the DSO itemization would override the Order Image.

Engine Code: The Ford Vehicle Order Image image shows the VIN having an "S" which would normally denotes a 390 cu.in engine, however, the DSO shows the car was ordered with a 428 2x4bbl and the post-build Ford accounting invoice confirms the car was equipped with the 428 cu.in. "Inter" engine that was originally ordered.

See Also: Decoding the Vehicle Order Image, Ford Special Order Form - DSO 2512, Shelby Package Codes, The First Shelby G.T. 500 Cars



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