This car is on E-Bay and is listed as a 1972. In the binder on the car, it says 1971. I sent messages to the dealer asking for clarification but got some mumbo jumbo about Florida DMV saying it had to be registered by what was on the title, even if wrong. Hope I can get an answer.
Short answer is; (drumroll please...) What does the VIN say? if 72 then it is a 72 if 71 then a 71. if you are coming to Florida with the car.
Long answer; So are you moving here to Florida (then the links below apply) or the car comes from here (is what I think you mean)? If you are moving here; Welcome, when are you going to move here and where are you moving to, I am near Gainesville (Central).
Now if the car is here in Florida and you are taking it to another state it depends what state for the answer, In CT where I am from if the car is over 10 years old or from out of state, it must go thru a full inspection and it does not even need a title. Sometimes you can use the door tag my cars tag is 12/1973 (so I said 74) or I could have said 1973 when I titled it in CT. (at least when I lived there this was true)
Maybe this will help:
This is what Florida calls Dept Motor Vehicles https://www.flhsmv.gov/
This site is... tags, transfer+ stuff like that;
or How to Register a Car in Florida;
This part was different than CT (do not get me started about Connecticut DMV inspections, they called my Pantera a "kit car" and took out a knife to pry off the logo on the decklid, lucky for the "inspector" a pretty famous guy came out of the office and saw my car and came over to see it and stopped me from ugh "correcting the idiot" and told him what it was.) No inspection of the car just the VIN, This was the easy part any cop can do it.
Vehicle Identification Number in Florida
To complete a Florida vehicle transfer, you will need to have your VIN physically inspected by either a law enforcement officer or a licensed car dealer in the state of Florida. If you have it verified by an out of state dealer, then you will need to have the verification confirmed via letterhead stationery from the dealer.
Hope this helps pm me if you want more.
Why does it matter? You run the risk with a State inspection of them issuing a new VIN number to it. Leave it all alone.
I think with a chassis number that low it has to be a '71?
It may have to do with the original Letter of Origin. If it was a US car, Ford issued that. If it was imported then there could be the source of the mistake, because that's what it is, a mistake.
Remember that with some 74 US Panteras, they were re-designated as '73s by Ford because of California Emissions laws. When you buy, you go with the chassis number. There is enough information on that available now to guide you through identification the cars manufacture.
The reason it matters is if the year is mistated what else is incorrect.