Originally posted by Plankton:
...What he doesn't have or know for that matter is what all of the seriel numbers represent. For instance, he doesn't know what the number is for Red Exterior...
What Mr Marti has is the domestic destination info, he doesn't have the build info from Modena. He can tell you that a Pantera with VIN number XXX was delivered to XXX dealership.
Mr. Marti isn't in tune with the DeTomaso scene, and he isn't approaching anybody for a tune up. All he need do is contact PI or POCA, we are contacted daily for information by people and organizations from around the world.
The VIN code, aka the chassis number, doesn't provide the detailed info Mr Marti expects. It tells you its a Pantera, made by DeTomaso in Modena, Vignale's build date of the coach (NOT the final assembly date of the vehicle), and the sequential build number for the coach (NOT the sequence for the final assembly). That's all the info contained in the VIN number.
The body service number, fastened to the foot box in the front trunk, tells you the cars final sequential assembly order. The earliest Panteras do not have that tag, Ford adopted its use in 1972. The build date in the door jamb is the cars final assembly date, and can be one month older than the date built into the VIN number. That's why you need all 3 numbers to construct a production history. The VIN number is next to worthless. Options, paint color, information like that, is not incorporated into any of the numbers.
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