So after receiving my Marti Report, I’m left with two questions.
1. If I know that my Mach 1 was built on April 13, 1973 and it’s 1 of 336, is there any way to learn which one of the 336 is is, i.e. mine was the 100th Mach 1 built in 1972.
2. I have tried pulling vehicle history and have verbal knowledge from who I purchased it from, but is there a way to learn who the original own was? I believe I am the second owner, but would love to confirm and hit a dead end as far as I can see.
Very hard to get any info on P.O.s from DMV records these days. I know in NJ there is a digit in front of the VIN on the title which represents the number of times the title changed hands. Although not foolproof, it can give you a clue as to how many owners there were before you. I don't know how other states do it, if at all.
Have you checked with Marti to see if he has the Lois Eminger part two copy of the original Ford invoice? That may tell you more about the car's original history. If Marti has it, he will sell it to you. I learned from the original Ford invoice I received for one of my cars that it was originally a Ford MArketing Vehicle delivered to a Ford executive in NJ. It even had the Ford employee's name and employee number on the invoice.
During teardown, I have found clues of who previous owners were by items lost or left in the car. Things such as a carbon copy of a gas credit card receipt from 1987 which had the person's name and the gas station address, from which I was able to locate the person on Facebook still living in that town. A word of caution, about approaching someone, present them with your artifact(s) that lead you to them, so they don't see you as some kind of stalker.
During another teardown, I open the console compartment and found a registration card from 1981 with the P.Os name and address on it. This person had since passed away, but I was able to make contact with their son who was a senior in high school when his parents gave the car to him.
In both cases, the P.O. owners wrote back to me and shared their story of owning the car... each P.O. was happy to see their old cars were restored and not in some junkyard.
The bottom line is look for clues buried in the nooks crannies of your car, contact the original dealer if they are still around, turn over every stone, you never know what you might find out.