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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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You need to find a way of explaining that CA DMV title VINs don't necessarily match what is stamped on the car for that era. VINs in DMV were not standardized in the 1960s. The last 6 of the VIN should match and that is what is important. If you go to Wikipedia and show that a 230S is a 111.010 and provide further on-line proof of what the next two digits should be, you have a decent chance of showing how the correct VIN got incorrectly recorded in California. You need to be able to explain VIN numbering for Mercedes and show that a 230S really does begin with 111.010 and then explain the next two digits, and then the chassis number. That's the logical explanation for Japanese customs. Document how MB VINs describe the car, and how the CA VIN on the car sort of matches that.
Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...