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    I am currently doing an appraisal on a 1963 Avanti. According to the owner, the VIN number is "1251". However the tag on the right fender apron is 63R Q 431 (see attached). There is no data plate on the firewall to indicate paint number, interior etc. The owner also indicated that the car originally had a super-charger, however it is missing and all there is is a 289 V8.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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  • #2
    That is the body tag, not the Serial #. The serial # is on a plate on the frame rail below the location of the body #, you may have to remove some crud to see it.
    Last edited by ddub; 11-15-2012, 03:06 PM.
    Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

    40 Champion 4 door*
    50 Champion 2 door*
    53 Commander K Auto*
    53 Commander K overdrive*
    55 President Speedster
    62 GT 4Speed*
    63 Avanti R1*
    64 Champ 1/2 ton

    * Formerly owned


    • #3
      here's a pic (after much cleaning of the frame rail):
      Attached Files
      Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

      '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

      '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.


      • #4
        Check the Engine Serial Number STAMPED into the flat machined pad at the Left Front, Top corner of the block to see if the Engine is actually a R1 = RXXXX, or a R2 Supercharged = RSXXXX.
        Second Generation Stude Driver,
        Proud '54 Starliner Owner