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  • Need a serial number decoded.

    Figure the super sleuths on here could solve the mystery
    63V25713
    Lark convertible,looks to be possibly a 4-speed car.
    Mono mind in a stereo world

  • #2
    I believe it indicates it was built in South Bend as a 1963 V-8.
    The production order would provide the most information.
    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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    • #3
      https://www.facebook.com/marketplace.../?ref=feed_rhc

      Facebook ad. I messaged and of course the Paxton is gone. Wouldn't the V indicate it was a 259 engine?
      Mono mind in a stereo world

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      • #4
        The "V" in the car serial number indicates only that it is a V8 car, not whether it is a 259 or 289 (An "S" would be a six.). A "V" in the engine number would indicate a 259. A "P" in the engine number would indicate a 289 (except for 1955).
        -Dwight.

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        • #5
          As soon as I posted that I knew the comment was wrong.
          Someone else can chase the car as I am not interested.
          Mono mind in a stereo world

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          • #6
            There’s a photo of a car registration from 1975 in the Facebook ad. It states the owner as Earl Drews in Indy. Joe Bacon is his son in law and is a member of this forum. Betcha he and Nancy would remember the car.

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            • #7
              Curiosity question...

              That appears to be a title from Indiana from '75. So, ad claims to be from Randolph WI, about midway between Madison and Oshgosh. If the person selling the car is not Mr Drews as it could have gone through a few owners in the last 44yrs, can this car be re-titled w/o drama to a new owner? Its been a while, but I thought the title needs to be signed by the owner when sold and that gets turned into the DMV before they issue a new title in new owners name.

              Edit: Appears Mr Drews passed in 2003:

              https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ta...ws&pid=1611483
              Last edited by Jeff_H; 04-16-2019, 06:26 PM. Reason: added more info

              Jeff in ND

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              • #8
                This '63 Convertible is Car Serial #63V25713, it is not a Jet Thrust Engined Car per the JT List.

                I think I would save the Body Tag and Serial Number Plate, maybe the Top Frame, and send the rest to Korea to become a Kia or Hyundai.

                Getting a Clear title to it, would depend a LOT on WHICH State you attempt to Register it in.

                Some States may accept that Old Indiana Title (if "Someone" signs it for him) if they cannot find any evidence that someone else registered it after him.

                Maybe only a VIN Check would be required.
                Last edited by StudeRich; 04-16-2019, 06:52 PM.
                StudeRich
                Second Generation Stude Driver,
                Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                • #9
                  Not something I would want to take on, but I am surprised the dash looks so nice - most ‘63 Lark dashes are badly cracked. Also appears to have a floor shift
                  Eric DeRosa

                  \'49 2R-5 (original Survivor)
                  \'63 R2 Lark (the money-pit-mobile)
                  \'60 Lark Convertible (project in waiting)

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                  • #10
                    Thanks,Rich. That was the info I was looking for. A R2 manual trans Lark convertible would be a rare item and I had my doubts it was real.
                    Mono mind in a stereo world

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                    • #11
                      63 convertible

                      was serial # 63V25713 a R series car I can not find it on my list?
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                      • #12
                        This car has another topic, started this morning, that has been covering it.
                        Gary L.
                        Wappinger, NY

                        SDC member since 1968
                        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                        • #13
                          It's poorly named: "need a Serial number decoded."

                          http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...number-decoded
                          StudeRich
                          Second Generation Stude Driver,
                          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                          • #14
                            If someone is interested in the car the title is not a problem as Helen Drews is still alive .
                            sigpicIt is an addiction!

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