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Re: Production figures

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:26 pm
by Western Thunderer
Agreed,excellent article by Andy,looking forward to the part 2 alluded to. Particularly interesting note regarding the facelift estates. Wondered what the world total produced might be; presume the uk figures don't include ckd kits or vehicles produced in SA/OZ etc. now there's a challenge....!

Re: Production figures

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 4:55 am
by tony
I'm fairly sure all estates were English assembled . None built in New Zealand.
Tony.

Re: Production figures

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:05 am
by multipleprototypes
One interesting thing I did find in the production records for facelift PI Estate's.

Production started to tail off w/e 15/4/74 (only 7 cars built), finally finishing with 3 cars built w/e 13/5/74.

Only it didn't because in w/e 5/8/74 a sole example is shown being built. Strange that after nearly 3 months out of production they go to the trouble of building another.

By Royal Appoinment? Prince Phillips car?

Re: Production figures

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:28 am
by multipleprototypes
Also noted in the records on the last day of production for saloon's on the 19 May 1977 (2000 ME29535, 2500TC MM39373, 2.5S MP10237) is the sarky comment,

'No Champagne For Workers' !

A sign of industrial relations in the Midlands in the 70's?

Re: Production figures

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:38 am
by JimB
multipleprototypes wrote:One interesting thing I did find in the production records for facelift PI Estate's.

Production started to tail off w/e 15/4/73 (only 7 cars built), finally finishing with 3 cars built w/e 13/5/73.

Only it didn't because in w/e 5/8/73 a sole example is shown being built. Strange that after nearly 3 months out of production they go to the trouble of building another.

By Royal Appoinment? Prince Phillips car?
Fascinating info Dave - would you be able to bring some examples of the records to Stoneleigh, assuming you'll be there?

Facelift cars in 1973? Wasn't the market introduction early 1974?

Re: Production figures

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:43 am
by JimB
CAR wrote:
JimB wrote:Modern practice is to assign the VIN as the painted body exits the paint buffer and goes onto the final assembly line.
But the VIN is pressed in the bodyshell in a few places on modern cars too isn't it Jim?

Colin
I double-checked with my Best Man*: the bodies are stamped after Paint and after the doors are removed, in a way that doesn't damage the paint enough to cause corrosion. There are then a couple of VIN stickers and the tag you can see on the dash through the windscreen.

* He runs Assembly at Goodwood :wink:

Re: Production figures

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:03 pm
by multipleprototypes
JimB wrote:[quot
Facelift cars in 1973? Wasn't the market introduction early 1974?
Yes should have worn my specs.

Edited.

Re: Production figures

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:38 pm
by docwad
I'll throw a body number into the mix
122547 if this is any help colin, build date 3.12.70 with dispatch 7.12.70

Have you done the heritage certificate for Frank? This may give you the accurate? dates taken from the build register
Julian

(Slightly off topic but still triumph)
I have a similar issue with my mk1 GT6 as I believe it may be one of the last off the line
Comm no. KC 13700
Thomason says last was KC13752
Am I the youngest survivor?