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Old 06-02-2020, 04:28 AM
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bill here is a pic of the car...93 ssp assigned to the usps. thank you, maxwedge I don't know why the picture is so large!
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Old 06-02-2020, 08:53 AM
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Thanks. I never knew the USPS ran satellite antennae on their rear decklids?!?!

I added the pic to the page.
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Old 06-02-2020, 07:59 PM
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That's probably why you folks in the USA have better mail service than we do in Canada!
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Old 06-30-2020, 07:42 PM
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Default We passed another threshold!

Here is one of the latest additions to the Project; a 1992 NCSHP SSP -

http://www.specialservicemustang.net...info119588.htm


What makes these latest additions of particular interest is the total cars in the Project -

1982 --- 28
1983 --- 51
1984 --- 82
1985 -- 275
1986 -- 180
1987 -- 442
1988 -- 425
1989 -- 558
1990 -- 419
1991 -- 228
1992 -- 304
1993 -- 513
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. . . 3,505 SSP Mustangs confirmed




I'm pretty excited about that number. If you are feeling nostalgic, check out the first few pages of this thread to see how things started out. Mick was EXTREMELY instrumental in getting the data assembled and adding additional information. MANY members submitted photos and research. Several members contributed money to run Marti Reports. This ties in with our efforts with Kevin Marti of Marti Auto Works, which has been a mutually beneficial relationship.

So here's a HUGE SHOUT OUT to everyone involved! Thank you!!!
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Old 07-01-2020, 11:46 AM
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After a discussion on FB with GregW, I went through our VIN pages and counted the consecutive unit number batches where a SSP has been documented. Knowing that SSPs were generally produced in batches, I figured that we could identify the batches with known SSPs to come up with an estimate for how many SSPs may be grouped together using the information in our VIN Project.

It is important to note that there are three critical flaws with this logic:
  1. We know that civilian V8 coupes were sometimes thrown into the mix of known SSP batches. So far, we have seen this occur prior to or just after Ford ran a batch of specific DSO cars. So it is reasonable to believe that there are an unknown quantity of civilian cars as part of the CUN batches containing SSPs.
  2. For the most part, our Project only lists CUN batches for 3 or more cars. We know that Ford also produced SSP Mustangs in singles or pairs, but it is uncertain how many SSPs were produced in single/double groups. Only known singles or doubles are included in the estimate.
  3. There are surely CUN batches that we have not identified yet as containing SSP Mustangs, so obviously those batches cannot be included in the estimate at this time.

So using this flawed estimate, we can account for an estimated 10,404 SSP Mustangs.

Despite the flaws, this estimate provides a quick glimpse into how many cars our VIN Project may be able to document. This number will only increase as more SSP Mustangs turn up. When I did this same exercise in 2012, there were only 8,300 SSP Mustangs estimated. But even at 10,404 units we are still quite a bit short of the 15K units that have been widely accepted for SSP production.

NOTE: This is only an estimate and should not be taken as a claim that only 10K were produced by Ford. Unless some documentation miraculously is discovered, we will never know the exact number of SSP Mustangs produced by Ford.
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Old 07-12-2020, 09:46 AM
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Default NOT the movie car!

Thanks to MikeM for providing two vintage photos of a true FBI Mustang. It is a SSP that has the same DSO number as other confirmed Government cars. This one is interesting because it was used at Quantico for EVOC training purposes.

http://www.specialservicemustang.net...info161602.htm


Note, this is not the car used in the movie "Silence of the Lambs", which was a civilian coupe. As I understand it, that car and this SSP were both crushed.
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Old 07-12-2020, 12:19 PM
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Default 32 Newly-Found "Likely" 1988 FHPs

The first attached photo was posted on FB (thanks Mick!). It is the Buck Tags from a 1988 FHP which is contained in a batch of SSP Mustangs from various agencies. Thirty-two of the VINs near this FHP have "POLICE" branded titles according to the Florida DMV website. By getting Marti Reports to confirm matching DSO numbers, we should be able to add all 32 VINs to the Project.

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I was messaging with a guy on FB who recently bought a 1990 SCHP Mustang (it's already in the Project). In talking about order quantities by agencies, it got me thinking about the Federal / GSA cars. Although it is unknown how many of these mostly mysterious cars were ordered, we can make an educated guess. By looking at VIN groups with known GSA cars, we can add up the batches to estimate how many SSPs may have been ordered. Using this method, an estimated 474 SSP Mustangs were ordered by the Federal government. That would make the Federal government the 5th largest single purchaser of SSP Mustangs (behind CHP, FHP, TxDPS, and SCHP).

It's just a guess based upon current information. As more cars surface this number may change. But pretty cool, huh?
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