The VIN is the single most important item of information I need. However, any other information about, and photos of, the car would be helpful. My standard questionnaire is as follows:
• Owner contact information • Location of car (city, state/province) • Date & location of purchase • Full DeTomaso chassis (VIN) number (if Amerisport, then this number too) • Build date (if known) • Body service number (on plate in front trunk) • Transaxle service number (stamped on top rear of case) • Model year (the model year that the car was designated when it was originally sold as a new car -- not the date the car was first registered) • Model type (GTS, Gr 3, GT5, GT5-S, 90 Si, etc) • Recent Photos (front side & rear shots of the exterior, VIN plate, any ID tags, interior, exterior, engine, front trunk, etc) in as high a resolution as possible • Information on, and photos of, any unusual or noteworthy factory features or options (eg factory oil cooler, factory electric remote deck lid release, heim jointed sway bar, Gr 3 package, etc) • Information on, and photos of, owner modifications • Previous owners & dates sold (provenance) • Racing history (if applicable) • Mileage • Condition (if not evident from the photos) • Engine type (351C, 351W, 426 Hemi, Saturn V rocket engine, etc.) • Engine block number (if original engine) on block above left hand side of bellhousing • Engine number as shown on VIN plate • Original colour of interior and exterior • Owner narrative - the owner's story with respect to your acquisition and ownership of the car - what motivated you to buy it, and whatever you think is interesting
I would start out by asking them for the last four numbers of the VIN before risking scaring them away with a long questionnaire.
Thanks again for the help. It is much appreciated.
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