Q: Ram Air Production Totals for 1968
I have heard conflicting information for the Ram Air production totals for the 1968 Firebird. What is the correct totals?
A: With all the confusion about Production Totals regarding the 1968 Ram AirFirebirds, I thought I’d run this by you…Once upon a time, Fred Simmonds (PMD) published various break-downs ofspecific totals for variousGTOs, Firebirds including the 1968 Ram Air Firebirds. This ‘matrix’ listed(12) 1968 Ram Air Firebirdshaving been built (including I and II). Then, more recently we were told”the total of 12 is not correct”.This due to the RA II coming out in May 1968 and only VINs from May 1968 toAug 1968 have been searched.Well, if thats the case, where did the below numbers come from in the first place ? Also, how can it besaid how many Ram Air I Firebirds (or GTOs) were built in 1968 ? What about other cars/years ?If the files have not been searched for 1968 RA I Firebirds from Aug 1967 toMay 1968, who had the time togo through other years to search for JUDGE totals, or RAIV, or T/As orSuper Dutys ? Whats to say these totals are correct ? Any thoughts ?
*68 RA I ............. 413 ? *68 RA II ............ 110 *68 RA Conv.......... 12 ? *68 RA I conv....... 7 ? *68 RA I coupe..... 407 ? *68 RA II conv...... 8 *68 RA II coupe.... 102 *68 RA I 4spd...... 321 ? *68 RA I auto...... 92 ? *68 RA II 4spd..... 98 *68 RA II auto...... 12 *68 RA I conv 4spd.... 6 ? *68 RA I conv auto.... 1 ? *68 RA II conv 4spd... 7 *68 RA II conv auto... 1
A: Fred Simmonds published a matrix of Production Totals many years ago and listed (12) Ram Air Firebird conv’s built in 1968. Of these, (9) were RAII and (3) were RAI. More recently however, Jim Mattison has said that the actual numbers are unknown since no one knows how many RA I’s were built between Sep 1967 and May 1968 when RA II production started. It is confirmed that only (8) RA II conv’s were built. The problem here according to Jim is that it would take a great deal of scanning through microfische to find every RA I Firebird built comparerd to the RA II which only required going through 3 or 4 months of VINs. Only (5) 1968 Firebird conv’s w/RA I have been accounted for to date (4-speeds)…. Verdoro green, Mayfair Maize, Starlight Black.
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