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post #1 of 4 Old 01-08-2005, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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I Need Some Help With 308's VIN...(Not Decoding)

I am puzzled by something I have recently seen... at the website www.308qvregister.com I was going to register my (What I believe to be) 1985 308 GTS Euro QV that I purchased in FL 2004...Needless to say it had a FL Title and I have a FL Title indicating not only is it a 1985 model but that actual mileage at time of purchase (less than 7500)...
My VIN ends in 0511xx....Which would seem to coincide with a 1984 and not 1985 model based on the above website...How can this discrepency be resolved or understood???
Any help or thoughts would be appreciated...Do not know why I am bring this up except to bring it to the forums attention...
My only thought is that I believe the VIN for cars made for North America and the Middle East have an identifier as to the year of actual production...If there is no way to verify on the VIN itself the year of production for a Euro then trying to slip through a later year on the paper might make the car 'more valuable.' Once the error/lie gets acepted on a govt. document it will become the 'truth' forever...Thanks for looking and any thought you might have....
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-08-2005, 07:07 AM
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USA model s/n 51195 has build date 04/1984, and is a 1984 model.
The cars are not built in the order of the s/n, and usually around june they start to produce models of the next year. 2 months is a long time, so I don't think it is the case here, but who knows... I believe EURO cars in the USA should have a plate indicating who the original manufacturer was, including the build date and VIN. Have a look in de drivers door jam. I guess it has to be located there, if it is on the car.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-09-2005, 02:47 PM
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It is one of those Ferrari mysteries again, but I think it has a lot to do with the destination given to a car in Europe and the US. Here the car is a 1984 model if it was build in 1984. In the US if I am not mistaking a 1984 model can range from 1/2 1983 to 1/2 1984. Late 1984 models subsequentally are labelled as 1985 cars.


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post #4 of 4 Old 01-09-2005, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for both of your thoughts....not really sure why I posted the question except that I wanted to at least post what I observed to be a best a 'puzzlement'...and get thoughts from people like you who are not only on the forum but a lot wiser than me when it comes to Ferrari lore/history...thanks again...Ralph
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