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Here’s another good question for the concours folks. Is this luggage rack I have factory or non?

If not factory any ideas where these came from? Does not resemble the repro racks available now.
Any idea if these rubber inserts are still made for repro? I think it’s one of the few highly distinctive retro features of this base 68 Coupe. Would definitely restore it one day in the event of a repaint.

The bar appears to be quality stainless steel and if in perfect shape. The rubber inserts are kind of fossilized over but in decent shape for now.

Only was able to find a single photo of one example similar to it on a Google search. Blue 68 car is mine. White car is the one I found on the Internet.
 

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Do you have a Marti report for the car? It might be listed as a option if it was built with it.
Otherwise, maybe check a J.C.Whitney catalog, or the Ford accessories manual for 1968
 

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Definitely not 1965-73 original Ford. None of those had strips mounted on the Decklid. There were a couple different variations between 1965 and 1966, but basically the same, 1965-66 used a C5ZZ ; 1967-68 used a C6AZ ; and 1969-73 used a C9AZ, none of which had strips on the Decklid. In addition, the original 1965-73 Ford racks were chrome plated steel, not stainless steel as the Repo's are.

Attached are copies of two Ford Instruction Sheets, one copyrighted 1965, and the other 1966, plus a picture of the correct Luggage Rack on a 65, and a picture of an NOS 1969-73 one.

Hope this helps.

Bob
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Definitely not 1965-73 original Ford. None of those had strips mounted on the Decklid. There were a couple different variations between 1965 and 1966, but basically the same, 1965-66 used a C5ZZ ; 1967-68 used a C6AZ ; and 1969-73 used a C9AZ, none of which had strips on the Decklid. In addition, the original 1965-73 Ford racks were chrome plated steel, not stainless steel as the Repo's are.

Attached are copies of two Ford Instruction Sheets, one copyrighted 1965, and the other 1966, plus a picture of the correct Luggage Rack on a 65, and a picture of an NOS 1969-73 one.

Hope this helps.

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That’s what I thought! Definitely helpful. I was familiar with this one but wasn’t sure if there were other variations. Mine must be from the aftermarket in the 60’s or 70’s. I know that my original under dash AC was a Sears installed unit from 1976.

I guess if someone has seen mine and knows where it’s from they’ll chime in 😁
 

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[Re: Marti Report]
Can't get a Marti Report for any Mustang before 1967. The records were lost in a 1970 fire at a Ford Museum that housed the production documentation.
 

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The records were lost in a 1970 fire at a Ford Museum that housed the production documentation.
That's a common myth. Ford simply had no room for the records so they threw them in the trash. They were getting ready to throw away the '67-'?? records and somebody at Ford (Lois Emmiger?) told Kevin Marti and he acquired them.
 

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