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John West
12-12-2013, 12:44 AM
I understand there is a law suit that established the first 1957 Mark ii as VIN C56L3418. Where can I find this suit and its findings?

Pat Marshall
12-12-2013, 06:47 AM
Regading the details of this case, you'll probably find it after a good internet search. Please share the details with the Forum members.

We do have a little information which we posted in the history of car #2648 which might assist you in your search - In 1960 Johnny Mattox Company sued Ford Motor on the basis of the dealer contract which said if Ford introduced a new and "equivalent" car to the Mark II, but with a lower price then Ford would refund to the dealer the difference in the cost between the Mark II and the new "equivalent" car. This pertained to cars that the dealer had in stock when the new "equivalent" car was introduced.

Johnny Maddox Motor Company had one Mark II in stock and sued for the difference of the dealer cost for the Mark II ($8,350) and the new Mark II ($3,996).

The courts sided with Ford ruling that the Mark III was a "replacement" car, not an "equivalent" car. Court documents do not reveal if this car was the one remaining in inventory, but court recorts cited this car as one that was sold by Mattox.

I hope this helps.

John West
12-12-2013, 01:54 PM
I am trying to find the law suit that established the first VIN of the first 1957 Mark ii. According to our site the first 1957 has a vin of C56L3418. Has this vin actually been established by law?

linc64
12-12-2013, 04:48 PM
This is the long version of what Pat describes above.

http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=15932763110464977184&q=Johnny+Maddox+Motor+Co.+v.+Ford+Motor+Co.,+202+F .+Supp.+103&hl=en&as_sdt=2006&as_vis=1

John West
01-18-2014, 12:50 AM
I finally had a chance to read the responses to my question of the law suit that established the FIRST 1957 Mark ii. I did not read anything that established the vin of what would be considered the first 1957. Did I miss something? I know what this site lists as the first 1957 but how was that established?