VIN Numbers question ??

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by psenior01@aol.com, Jan 3, 2001.

  1. psenior01@aol.com
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    Since I have a 64' with VIN # 200021 which is Right Hand Drive ( UK
    registered) and all the LHD Amphis start with VIN # 1xxxxxx, then did the
    factory sequence the RHD amphis 1-98 eg. 200001-200098, or did they sequence
    the serial numbers based upon actual production eg. LHD VIN for a 64' would
    be 100020 and mine being RHD for the next 64' was 200021 ?

    Help from those who know such things please,
    Paul Senior
     
  2. David Chapman
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    Hi Paul,

    The right hand cars were stamped from 200001 through to 200098 most are here
    but at least 2 are in the US. They had significant differences from the left
    hand drive cars such that they could not easily have just been converted and
    were not built at the same time - may not even have been in the same
    factory, remember there were 2 factories ! There is some info about this in
    Rene Pohl's excellent book - but you need to read German !

    One other point, the VIN (or chassis/frame number) was often written on the
    inside of the convertible top cover, this had 2 small leather circles on it
    to protect it from the hood frame and the number is written by hand on one
    of them, reason is the press stud spacing on the top of the rear seat
    changed a number of times during production and the number on the cover ties
    it to the car and therefore the seat.

    How sad is it knowing this stuff !! Must get back to work.....

    David Chapman in the UK



    ----- Original Message -----
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    Subject: [amphicar-lovers] VIN Numbers question ??


    Since I have a 64' with VIN # 200021 which is Right Hand Drive ( UK
    registered) and all the LHD Amphis start with VIN # 1xxxxxx, then did the
    factory sequence the RHD amphis 1-98 eg. 200001-200098, or did they sequence
    the serial numbers based upon actual production eg. LHD VIN for a 64' would
    be 100020 and mine being RHD for the next 64' was 200021 ?

    Help from those who know such things please,
    Paul Senior

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