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Data plate “correction” from factory?

Wondering if anyone has ever seen a correction made on a data plate. I’m curious if this was a correction from the factory or by a previous owner. In my circumstance, it is the exterior color code. Looks like it was originally “K” (smoke silver) but was changed/corrected to “X” (vintage burgundy) which the car cis currently painted. From the door jams, underneath the hood and trunk, it seems that burgundy is the original color but I would never know until I pull the carpet and look at the floor boards.

Just seeing if anyone knows whether this could possibly have been an original data plate correction from the factory or if one of the previous owners engraved the “X” in place.

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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 09-08-2019, 07:55 PM
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Big clue-The bolts in the door, holding the fenders and the door latch, meaning those non-exposed sufaces are generally not painted unless there has been a color change.
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I would definitely determine the actual original color. I've never seen a "corrected" Warranty Plate.
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Big clue-The bolts in the door, holding the fenders and the door latch, meaning those non-exposed sufaces are generally not painted unless there has been a color change.
The door latch, too. It's easy enough to pull a door sill plate and lift the carpet to look for paint but it could have been sprayed there too. Don't confuse red oxide primer (dull orangey red color) with Vintage Burgundy paint or overspray. It's look likely the original Silver Smoke Gray is under those bolt heads or in other places where a painter was cutting corners, and the mark on the top of the data tag was a lazy attempt to pass off the car's color as original. The tags are reverse stamped with raised letters.

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I've seen corrected (or double stamped) apron vins, but never on the data warranty tags. As stated above, they were reverse stamped. I'm guessing someone changed the car's color sometime in it's life, and decided to change the data plate to match. No need really, as the tag is not for registration purposes; it clearly states that right on the tag itself. I wouldn't be worried about it- doesn't effect the car's value imo.
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If you are gonna restore the car, you can have a data plate reproduced, and though I would not, the color and interior can be made pretty much anything BUT it should match the body buck tag in my opinion. I am an "original" kind of guy myself.
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I have not seen a "correction". However, I HAVE seen a mistake. I looked at a '65 coupe/289/4-speed in turquoise last year that was for sale. The warranty plate VIN was off by one digit compared to the fender VIN (the sequence portion.) All of the warranty plate numbers appeared to match up with how the car appeared. I ended up walking away from the deal to avoid having to get it cleared up.

As far as a "correction", it means that the stamper made a mistake that was discovered while in the factory and, instead of making another plate, it was decided to put the X over the K and move on. Personally, I'm skeptical of it being a "correction" by the factory. I'm in the "some guy stamped over the original" camp. Just my $0.02.

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Thanks for all the tips everyone. I’m not too worried about the correctness of the tag but I’d like to know what the original color is as I’d like to one say restore it back to its original color. Though my dream would be to go completely off track with a bright white pint job and red interior!

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Though my dream would be to go completely off track with a bright white pint job and red interior!

Follow your dream! Your car is not rare (nor is mine or most others), and any sensible color will not affect value, unless of course you go for a total concours restoration.
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Though my dream would be to go completely off track with a bright white pint job and red interior!

Follow your dream! Your car is not rare (nor is mine or most others), and any sensible color will not affect value, unless of course you go for a total concours restoration.
Very true and I agree! After I get this thing home I’ll evaluate what I really want to do and see how much money I have left in the piggy bank to get it to where I want.

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Big clue-The bolts in the door, holding the fenders and the door latch, meaning those non-exposed sufaces are generally not painted unless there has been a color change.
And the data plate itself, with some paint on it. Color change definitely.


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And the data plate itself, with some paint on it. Color change definitely.





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Repaint....!

Someone re-painted your car to Vintage Burgundy....and decided to stamp an "X" (Not good I might add) to make it look like it came that way. The Dataplates were Reverse Stamped....not Front Stamped like the "X" Correction.... BIG TIP-OFF.

If you look under the dash...or under the trunk Weatherstrip...or even under the Door Sill Plate(s)... You'll most likely find the Original color of your car. (Hint: It's NOT Vintage Burgundy)....lol... A Close-up look of the "Stamped over Letter" reveals that it is a "K" which translates as "Silver Smoke Gray" as your Original Car's Color.


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Hmmm… As much as I like Vintage Burgundy, the rare Silver Smoke Gray is outstanding.

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Hmmm… As much as I like Vintage Burgundy, the rare Silver Smoke Gray is outstanding.

I started searching silver smoke gray FBs last night and honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a mustang with this color. I actually like a lot!
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