Scott Hollenbeck has been interested in 428 Cobra Jet Mustangs, especially the 1969 and 1970 models, since he became old enough to drive in the late 1970s. Back then he had more time than money, so it took a number of years before he was able to acquire one of his own. The dream became reality in 1996 with the purchase of an R-code 1970 Mach 1. He began an effort to resurrect the 428 CJ Mustang registry project in 1998 after it became apparent that an earlier registry project had gone dormant.
Chris Teeling has been collecting 1968 428 CJ info for almost 20 years. He's the current owner of a 1968 R-code Mustang originally sold at Tasca Ford, the birthplace of the 428 Cobra Jet engine. In November 2001 Scott and Chris decided to pool their efforts since their areas of interest and expertise complement each other so nicely.
This project exists to document information about 1968 - 1970 428 Cobra Jet Mustangs, but we don't register Shelbys. Why not Shelbys? Primarily because the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) already does a very good job of registering Shelbys. Though we don't formally register Shelbys, Fairlanes, Torinos, or anything other than Mustangs we welcome insights and participation from all 428 Cobra Jet owners.
As for the registry itself, we're collecting the following Warranty Plate (1968 - 1969) or Vehicle Certification Label (1970) info:
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Build date (1968-1969) or certification date (1970)
Body style code
Exterior color code
Interior trim code
District Special Order (DSO) number
We're also collecting info describing factory original options (if known) and whatever source was used to verify the options, such as an invoice, build sheet, body buck tag, Ford CAC report, or Marti report. We also need to know who you are, so a name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if available) would be helpful. None of the personal information provided is shared without your permission or used for commercial purposes. Vehicle information can be submitted via e-mail using an online form. Prior to establishing this web site Scott published a quarterly newsletter in Adobe Acrobat format.
Registry coordinators are often asked questions like "How many cars were produced in 1969 with <insert favorite option here>?", or "When was the last Q code convertible produced in 1970?". With so many Cobra Jet Mustangs produced during three model years I doubt that we will ever collect information on enough cars to provide a valid statistical sampling of total production. However, there is someone who has complete production records from 1967 through 1973: Kevin Marti of Marti Auto Works. Kevin's company can provide answers to almost any question about Mustang production directly from Ford records, and while he charges modest fees for the service the price is very reasonable when you consider that accurate information was completely unavailable until very recently. Marti Auto Works also provides three levels of detailed production reports for individual cars by VIN for a reasonable fee. Contact Marti Auto Works directly for additional information at +1 (623) 935-2558.
Thanks for your interest,
Scott Hollenbeck and Chris Teeling