Pre 1980 VIN Searches


#1

Is there a website where I can submit a pre 1980 VIN to get the car’s history. A person on ebay is selling a car and I want to know if the car he’s selling is what he says it is. THe sites I came across will only lookup 17 digit VINS.



Thanks.


#2

You will probably have to find a make/model specific web site, and even then you might have to go to the original manufacturer to get the info. I.E. write a letter and ask them for a copy of the build sheet. Good luck.


#3

Thanks for the fast reply. I was afraid of that but I will keep on searching.
Thanks again.


#4

Alright you got my curiosity going now. What pre-1980 vehicle are you talking about?


#5

There’s not an equivalent of a carfax service for older cars, so there’s no real way of finding the history of the car that way. However, if you’re wondering about the original configuration, most car-makers had some sort of serial number system that would identify specific models, sub-models, engine, trim, options, etc. in the period before standardized VIN’s. Even some that didn’t have such a system can still be identified by their sequential serial numbers. Tell us what you’re looking at!


#6

Perhaps they’re checking to see if it really IS an SS model Chevy. It’s known to happen where someone buys a I-6 Chevelle and changes it to a 396 v8, slaps the “SS” badges on it and tries to sell it as SS vehicle.


#7

Uh-huh, and clones (of nearly all makes and models) by the thousands.

One short story I read a while ago (don’t know if true or not) related to someone who bought a restoration car from a guy for big bucks, found that (after some careful research and help from a pro) the ‘so-called’ numbers match didn’t match after all.

The engine numbers had been very carefully ground off and the block refinished and the so-called matching number engraved on.

Needless to say the guy was a bit pi**ed. When he tried to find the seller, he couldn’t. D’oh!