I don't usually buy many cameras locally as they tend to be in various states of disrepair, but last week I came across a lot of cameras and thought I spotted a black paint Nikon F. I certainly didn't need another F, but I figured it would be a good idea to ask the gentleman if he would be open to selling the camera separately - Yes...but only if I take the lens too! Sure enough, it was cheap enough for me to justify bringing it home!
Upon looking up the serial number, I discovered that this camera was in fact a final run F, made sometime within the Jan-Feb 1973 timeline for the serial range. It's in rough shape cosmetically but I think it's a gorgeous camera. The lens is equally rough cosmetically but appears to be mostly scratch free without haze or fungus!
The best part? Perhaps unsurprisingly, this camera works perfectly...although it's definitely getting a CLA as soon as I can afford it!