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post #1 of 6 Old 10-05-2009, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Ferrari 308 gts 79' VIN

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I'm very new to this site. I'm intrested in buying a 308 GTS from US which has a 5 digit serial number. I need to trace that car's history but I cannot using this number as the common 17 digit VIN number is required. My questions are.

Is there anothe 17 digit VIN number which includes the 5 digit one?
If there's not, how can I find out info about it?
Is there a database somewhere about all 308s?

Your experience would help. Thank you.
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-06-2009, 10:28 AM
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Your 5 digit number consists of the ultimate 5 digits of the full 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

You should be able to reconstruct the full number using what's in the following thread: http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/sh...ad.php?p=81262

There are quite a few VIN databases around, a.o. for 308s. Someone here struck a deal with Ferrari Market Letter which may be of interest to you: http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/sh...813#post100813

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Hi everyone
I'm very new to this site. I'm intrested in buying a 308 GTS from US which has a 5 digit serial number. I need to trace that car's history but I cannot using this number as the common 17 digit VIN number is required. My questions are.

Is there anothe 17 digit VIN number which includes the 5 digit one?
If there's not, how can I find out info about it?
Is there a database somewhere about all 308s?

Your experience would help. Thank you.
Hi,
the 17 digit VIN started approx. 1980 so it is quite possible yours is still the 5 digit.
There's a 308 GTB register here:
http://www.r-design.net/308/index_e.html
for 308 QV here:
http://www.308qvregister.com/WebMain...20page%202.htm
for 308 GT4
http://www.dino-gt4-registry.com/
the 308 GTS has been left in cold so far.

best
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Your 5 digit number consists of the ultimate 5 digits of the full 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

You should be able to reconstruct the full number using what's in the following thread: VIN Decoder - Ferrari Life
You can't reconstruct a VIN for a car that was built before the inception of the VIN. Before the 17-digit vehicle identification number was conceived, cars simply had serial numbers. Since most people aren't still registering pre-1979- and -1980-manufactured cars, some DMVs (read: DMV employees) struggle with registering a car that doesn't have a 17-digit vehicle identification number.

Tracing the history of the car can be done through the aforementioned registries, forums (like this one), and established database authorities (like the Ferrari Market Letter). Once the DMV (employee) can pull up the car in their system (assuming it's been registered in the US before now), they can (might) provide limited data pertaining to the car's past locations of registration, issuance of a salvage title, etc.
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I want to purchase this Ferrari 308 gts 79' VIN. So waht the process to get register?
The 5 digit number is the serial number. the full vin is only 11 digits, the last 5 of those being the serial number. When I got my car I just walking in and handed them the title and they didn't ask any questions about the vin.

I'm sure your Department of Motor Vehicles is well aware of smaller serial numbers for older cars. If not they have the ability to readily look it up. Give them a call.

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I want to purchase this Ferrari 308 gts 79' VIN. So waht the process to get register?
What's the serial number? The serial number is what you'll use to register the car - in some cases, the DMV requires something a little longer, so you give them the chassis type plus the serial number (e.g., F106AS30687) - but it's not a "VIN" nor can a "VIN" (a 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number) be supposed for a car that was built before VINs were being applied.
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