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Need help decoding a vintage VIN

Hi Guys,

I just got a 1963 230 SL and need help decoding this VIN. I have included the VIN and Chassis numbers attached in a pdf file.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Eric
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There is no VIN per se, they were created in the 1980's. Your option plate has the car's features.

Typically, the 60's and 70's cars have the chassis number in the format:

NNN.nnn-XX-YYYYYY

where NNN is the chassis type
nnn is the model version
XX is for left or right hand drive and for auto or manual
Y is the serial number.

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717O from 1978 OFF-WHITE
717U from 01.01.1968 to 31.12.1972 OFF-WHITE
Found those codes here :
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The other codes I can't read..

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Hey guys,

I snapped some pics of these numbers.

I am still a little confused about which exact 17 digits I need to submit to the DMV as my official "VIN"?

Thanks in advance,

Eric
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Your 17-digit will be WDB11304210012002

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Your 17-digit will be WDB11304210012002
Vin numbers from that era were not 17 digits.

Prior to 1981 there were 13 digits for GM & Chrysler, Ford used 11, VW used 10.

I have know idea as to how many M-B would be required to use.
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To begin with...

it would be helpful if the OP listed his location in the profile data.

As it is, we are just guessing based upon our experience in each respective locale.

Here in California the VIN would be the 14 digits of the chassis number. No WDB required for this era vehicle, that prefix came later.

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my vin on the 69 280S is 6 digits (1 xxxxx 1)
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I was questioning it at my DMV and they laughed at me saying that "the car is old" "it's ok".
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Hey guys,

I snapped some pics of these numbers.

I am still a little confused about which exact 17 digits I need to submit to the DMV as my official "VIN"?

Thanks in advance,

Eric
The first picture is showing the Vin-plate.
Vin = 113.042-10-012002 = Chassisnumber

The second picture is the dataplate.

493 is SA-Code = H.D. HEAT EXCHANGER U.S. VERSION
508 is SA-code = OUTSIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR, LEFT, LOOSE

717G = paintcode for papyros white + G stands for Glasurit and counts for the lower body
SECOND 717 G = paintcode for the upper bodypart c.q. (metal)roof
6 is an additional paintcode

113042 is the type bodyserie ( ic 230 SL )
10 stands for LHD and manual gearbox
7 = delivered to the US

6 additional code meaning unknown to me.

00344 = the productionnumber
03299 = the bodynumber from that buildingyear

NOTE: on the dataplate there are only those SA-Codes mentioned, for which the body had to be prepared; For SA-codes which not needed any bodypreparation those are only mentioned on the datacard (for example an ivory steeringwheel).
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