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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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Ug. Been through this already several times. California titles on older cars OFTEN have some silly VIN that begins with something like 230S and ends with the last 6 of the VIN. The correct way to fix this (and I've done it more than once) is to go to DMV and request a VIN inspection, they send you to the highway patrol for a VIN inspection, the highway patrol listens to your story, looks at your paperwork, examines your car, and signs the form indicating the correct VIN. Then you take that to DMV and they change the VIN on your title.
I've done this more than once.
I've also done this once when the body number (instead of VIN) was used as the VIN, which took even more explaining at the highway patrol.
You aren't going to find 230S stamped anywhere as part of a VIN on the car. It's just the way CA titled cars back then SOMETIMES. Other times they are just correct.
I currently have a 1970 280SE with the "vin" of OR108018<blah blah blah> because the previous owner in Oregon couldn't find the vin on the car so they titled it using the full vin with OR prepended. When it arrived in CA the DMV didn't like it so the highway patrol said he would do it either way since the car is a rust bucket and is a parts car. So I left that one as ORblah blah blah.
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, ...