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As I was finishing the details on this car I started to decode the Vin and could not find any information about the special order
DSO 74 1111 that was stamped into the door data tag.
When it was time to get a replacement/reproduction window sticker I went to Tony
Garcia who at the time 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. Tony 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 ended there.
Tony sent me to Kevin Marti (of Marti Auto Works) as he was just
getting his system together for decoding 67-73 Ford Vins. We spend a 3 hours on the phone and after a trial and error period, he was
able to explain what he found.
As Kevin was just getting this Vehicle Identification and decoding service off the ground, the program
to ask the million questions was not completely ready.
It took him a little time but he was invaluable to helping me prove the history.
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) that report eventually became known industry wide as the Marti Report. This report has been used to check a vehicle
identification number against it's production records, and is invaluable to sellers and purchasers alike.
The DSO 74-1111 was a special
order code for the Seattle Sales District to create a run of Sunlit Gold Mustangs.
These coupes would get 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 were supplied after
the owner took the car home, a local contractor would create them and send them to the dealer, who would then install them on the
dash for the owner. 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.
This would be the only identifier placed on the car to discern it's status, and not every owner installed
them. Some owners may have even removed them when they sold it, thus losing is emblem or identifying badging!
The cars in this special
run were coupes. Any engine and tranny combination could be ordered, but unlike the High Country Specials, no "Shelby" styled parts
were added. All of the cars in this promotion would have DSO 74-1111 as well as the color code "Y" for the color code "Sunlit Gold."
The only visible ID placed on the car was the DSO as part of the door Data Plate, and the dash plaque.
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.
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" photo were
sent to me by a person online to show the correct look.
The "Ad" photos were also sent to me via the web early in my search for the
If you have a Gold Nugget Special, and would like me to track them, send me pictures of the car and the required proof, as
they will be placed in the "1968 Gold Nugget Special Mustang Registry" here at "Uncle Bill's Garage."