Diego Rosenberg Former Associate Online Editor
January 25, 2019

It wasn’t too long ago that Ford enthusiasts had a modicum of production information for their vehicles compared to Brand X. It was possible to obtain an invoice from Lois Eminger (a Ford employee who managed to save invoices from destruction), but Ford production records were lacking when it came to detailed production numbers.

Then Kevin Marti turned the world of the Ford faithful upside down, bringing detailed production info that’s now the envy of Brand X. Since 1982, the Arizona-based Marti Auto Works (MAW) has supplied reproduction parts to the hobby, and in the late 1990s, MAW entered a contract with Ford Motor Company to license the entire North American 1967-1980s production database from the IBM Order Card (aka “punch card”) system Ford utilized. Sure, it leaves out some juicy years, but 1967 is a pretty good place to start.

From that point, not only could hobbyists obtain an invoice of a particular vehicle, but also they could now determine the rarity (or lack thereof) based on any option or combination of such generated in a document called the Marti Report. Additionally, two …by the Numbers books have since been published to shed detailed light on Mustang and Cougar production information, plus another book to assist hobbyists with data plate decoding and the like. Today, the MAW database has expanded to the 2017 model year, and MAW now owns the Eminger Invoices, allowing Marti to maintain Lois’ vision in helping collectors obtain original documentation.

So it sounds like FoMoCo fans—at least those with vehicles from 1967 and later—have it made, right? Yet for some reason, enthusiasts often misinterpret statistics laid out in Marti Reports, even though they’re quite user friendly. Knowing how to read the different Marti Reports and understanding the pitfalls will help you know more about your own car and discern between good and false or incorrect claims made by enthusiasts and sellers. Here’s an overview, comparisons, and some caveats:

These items are the core to the Standard Marti Report, which shows the nitty-gritty: 1. Year
2. Plant
3. Model and body style
4. Engine code
5. Sequence number
(The above 5 make up the VIN)
6. Model and body style (code in data plate—see #B in the Deluxe Marti Report for more)
7. Paint code
8. Interior trim code
9. Scheduled build date
10. District Sales Office (a two-digit code signifying a selling region; special-order vehicles consist of six digits)
11. Rear axle ratio
12. Transmission code
13. Selling dealer code (Deluxe additionally shows name and address)
14. Option list

Deluxe Marti 1969.jpg Deluxe Marti 1969.pdf Perhaps the report with the biggest sweet spot, the Deluxe continues or expands where the Standard leaves off.
A. Order type will show method of order, like dealer stock or buyer-ordered retail or any number of more obscure methods including fleet or Ford employee.
B. Door data plate.
C. Expands #9 to show all dates corresponding to the build, including when order was received, when vehicle was serialized and bucked, scheduled build, actual build, release from factory, and actual selling date.
D. Indicates the included statistics apply only to code 02 1969 Mustang SportsRoof, which includes both fastbacks and Mach 1s (more on that below).
E. Shows how many code 02 1969 Mustang SportsRoofs (Mach 1 and otherwise, per #D) were built with paint code T5.
F. Shows how many code 02 1969 Mustang SportsRoofs (Mach 1 and otherwise, per #D) were built with paint code T5 and interior 3WA.
G. Shows how many code 02 1969 Mustang SportsRoofs (Mach 1 and otherwise, per #D) were built with engine code Q and transmission.
H. Shows how many code 02 Mustang SportsRoofs (Mach 1 and otherwise, per #D) were sold in the code 37 Buffalo District Sales Office zone.
I. Shows how many code 02 Mustang SportsRoofs (Mach 1 and otherwise, per #D) were built with a selected option.

The granddaddy of them all! The Elite breaks the vehicle down to 1 of 1 based on a combination of options. Not all cars are brought down to such a discrete amount—for example, it would not be unusual to have a fleet order that included several identical vehicles. The truly special vehicles reach 1 of 1 in the fewest steps. Yet the Elite Report is more than just an extrapolation—it also includes the Deluxe Report plus a reproduction window sticker, all mounted on a 16x 20-inch blue matte board with black frame.

#D may be the key to all the Marti misquotes made by owners and enthusiasts. For example, you will notice I pointed out “For the 1969 Mustang 2-door SportsRoof” includes both regular SportsRoofs and Mach 1s. The reason for this is both vehicles share the 02 body number shown in #3. This is also true for the luxury-spec 1969 Mustang hardtop, as it will also include the Grandé, since the luxury model did not have its own body number. However, the Mach 1 received its own body number (05) in 1970, as did the Grandé (04), so #D will be discrete for SportsRoofs and hardtops for 1970 and beyond.

So the 14,837 in #E, which corresponds to #7 T5 Candyapple Red with hood black-out, is for all SportsRoofs. It can be inferred that most of them were Mach 1s because of the hood black-out, but the black-out was available for regular Mustangs too.

The Deluxe Marti for the 1970 Boss 302 follows a similar pattern of thinking—the 4,728 Yellow SportsRoofs are for all regular SportsRoofs, including the Boss 302, as the Boss engine was only available for the regular SportsRoof; the Mach 1 is not included in this. Another issue that often creeps up is with engines. The 428 and 429 Cobra Jets are unique in that, for most years, they had two engine codes; in the case of the 1969 Mustang, it was Q for 428 CJ and R for CJ with ram air. Looking at the 1969 Mach 1 Deluxe Marti, we see 1,485 Q-code fastbacks were built with the four-speed. Sometimes you will get someone claiming “1,485 four-speed CJs built,” but that’s just for non-ram air cars…and, in this case, it counts for both regular SportsRoofs and Mach 1s.

Likewise, for the Deluxe Marti for the Boss 302, we see that 4,607 were built with a four-speed. But some cars, like the Boss 302, were available with either wide-ratio or close-ratio four-speeds, so beware of claims that may not tell the whole story! Ditto for the Elite Marti for the above 1970 Boss 302. Sometimes you’ll see a claim such as, “This Boss 302 is 1 of 18 with 4.30 gears.” This is not correct—the truth is that only 18 close-ratio four-speed Yellow/Black Decor Bucket Boss 302s with Magnum 500s were built with 4.30 gears. Marti Auto Works explicitly spells this out, but folks often screw it up, or mislead to puff up a car.

Photography by Diego Rosenberg