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All who wander are not lost.

SHO of hands please -
1) how many SHO's have been thru the Panama canal?
2) how many have been thru TWICE?
3) How many Right Hand Drive SHO's (ANY Year) are there in North America?

Some of you old timers might remember Kylie in New Zealand. I think it was 2018 last time I was 'down under' and saw her and we started cooking up this crazy plan....

Long story SHOrt, Welcome back to the land of your beginnings, KiwiSHO.

I think we might need a new registry for right hand drive SHO's. I'm already in the Barney registry.
 

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If you want to start a RHD registry take the 1996 registry I made (around 2000 of 1996 SHOs of 4069 counted by FPG). You will have around 90 of the 91 (or a little more) RHD SHOs. From what I saw (I'm here only since few years), there is only 3 known RHD.
- This one
- The one in Great Britain coming from Japan and welded there. (Silver)
- Another one I saw for sale in Australia some years ago (2015/2016). (Silver too)

I will put some others later.
 
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Yours is already on on the list ! :) I found it when Josh came with all the Rose mist VINs. It's the brother of RM #13 (a RHD too).

1) Interesting this export code RC 9H... Sadly, my informations on export countries aren't complete. The only thing I have rode on a mustang forum is that the letter may vary from "A" to around "F" IIRC. Then, "9" is for identitying the car for export and the letter is for the specific country, but now, we know that "H" is for Japan (probably no mustang in Japan at that time...). (Codes for US states will be RC with 2 numbers for the region. Canada will be "B" with a number for region.)

Fun facts on RHD SHOs :
- Mostly all are Silver
- Some very rares were in Rose mist (this the only 2 colors for SHOs, for RHD SLOs came also in black)
- All RHD SHOs had a purple interior...

2) It's an early roll, probably a pre-production one. Even if the production date is february 2nd 1996, his production started somewhere between the 20th november and the 20th december 1995... Long before his selling period. I know that by comparing some SLO VIN from the same assembly line (Atlanta). Another thing is the car came from a very small batch/wave. Many SHO had "brother" with sequential VIN, this may say that these couple of SHOs were probably following each other on the production line. Often these SHOs has/had the same equipment. The beginining of the Gen 3 SHOs production was by "batches" or "waves" between bigger SLOs batches. It was for some practicals reasons (training employees on new equipments to bolt on, save time, better error tracability, etc...) This one is from a very small batch, this other fact let me thing that it was a pre-production car too. Moreover, later in the 96 year, we can see a lot more bigger batches even for RHD, like the first known big one beginning on the 5th march 1996. Later in 1996, we can see by the VIN that singles SHOs were produced more often between SLOs (lesser use of "batches").

3) The delay in the production (date variations between SHO and SLO production dates for similar VINs, adding SLO VINs from Atlanta allow more deductions and infos) may suggest some facts. These date variations suggest that even if the car's production was started meanwhile some SLOs, the SHO for some reasons was put aside and exit the factory later. When we read the first road tests reviews at the fall of 1995, critics were cold because the engine had only 225 hp which is was only 10 more than the V6 and we can read on some reviews that Ford re-called them in factory to upgrade them to 235 hp. This may explain the delay, the car returned (or stayed) to factory to be reprogrammed during some months between december and february. This theory is also conforted by the new ECM code : ZBA2. My searches on ECM codes not allowed me to know which were all caracters were for but I know for sure that the last number is for the version of the software (I had earliers export SHOs with ZBA0 ECM code). According to the VIN and the production date, this one probably exit the factory with the ZBA0 code but returned some time to gain the ZBA2 code.

4) I'm almost sure that you now have the 2nd earliest Gen 3 SHO known by the community of owners (LFD+RHD). (Congratulations !) The first one was 1falxxxxxta134477 (exit the factory on 13th february 1996 but started in factory around 10-15 september 1996 too...). Owner by a guy from Ohio state in 2010 who posted on TCCA some questions to others owners to confirm that his new car was a true SHO or not complaining his one didn't have sunroof, keyless entry and mags... (a silver one too) The 3rd earliest known, is a reported cam failure in 2003 on V8SHO site (a US SHO built on 12th february 1996).

I don't want to know how it cost to ship a car from New Zealand to America... :p

 
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