I purchased a 1968 Mustang Convertible. My problem is the VIN number in all locations is 8T01C216305. This is a VIN for a hardtop coupe. The data code plate on the door, has this number, but also includes 76B-W-6A-25F-24-5-W
Which tells me that it should be a Convertible with luxary interior, meadowlark yellow, built on the 25 of June. I ordered a Marti Report to try and help clear up the confusion and it only added to it. According to the report, the VIN located all over my Yellow convertible mustang with a 289 2v engine and c6 transmission, is for a Lime Gold coupe with a 289 2v with a c4 transmission, and standard interior, All of the other information matches up. Date, New Jersey Plant, etc.
The guy at Marti Reports told me sometimes mistakes happened.
Here are my questions:
Is there anyway to find out how/when/where this mistake was made?
Is there any way to get varification that a mistake was made? I guess some one could have chopped the top, converted it into a convertible with automatic top and all, painted absolutely every nook and cranny yellow, swapped out the whole interior, swapped transmissions, and then ordered a new data plate but with the original VIN number on it, but I am leaning toward "mistake"
If there is no way to resolve the problem, then am I right in determining there is no way for this to ever be a "numbers matching car"?
What does this do to the value?
I am new to all of this. My wife and I love the car and that is all that should matter, but I find the history of the car interesting. Production numbers and all. I would also like to know what I have valuewise if we ever decide to sell.
I think it may have been ordered with the sprint package. But, all of those things could have easily been added later. It does have the "C" stripe, fog lamps, GT style wheels without the GT emblem, Pop open gas cap, chrome wheel moldings. I believe all of these were part of the Sprint B package. I thought I would start with a Marti Report and work back from there. Thats when I descovered that Ford thinks my car was a completely different vehicle.
Any help or information would be greatly appreciated.