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    A fellow who worked for Chrysler for 30 years insists that part of the digits in the serial number of my 1950 Champion stand for certain options or features of the car. Since there are only 6 numbers and I would think that most of them would have to be used to simply identify the car in general, I cannot see how he can be right.

    Also, according to my shop manual the first serial number for a 1950 Champion was G-468101. Were the numbers used in sequence? Does this mean that my car with the serial number G-486296 was the 18,195th Champion made at South Bend that year?

    1950 2 timer
    Orleans, Indiana
    sigpicJimmie
    Orange County, Indiana
    1950 CHAMPION -ORANGE COUNTY, INDIANA

  • #2
    Yes


    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

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    • #3
      Yes


      Dick Steinkamp
      Bellingham, WA

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      • #4
        Gently tell your friend that Chrysler and Studebaker didn't number their cars the same way. The numbers were sequential, with the caveat that at the end of the run (year) they jumped ahead to the next 100.

        Your second question, probably within 1% yes. Maybe closer.

        [img=left]http://www.alink.com/personal/tbredehoft/Bothcars3.jpg[/img=left]
        Tom Bredehoft
        '53 Commander Coupe
        '55 President State Sedan Project
        '60 Lark VI (Now on the market)
        '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
        All Indiana built cars

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        • #5
          Gently tell your friend that Chrysler and Studebaker didn't number their cars the same way. The numbers were sequential, with the caveat that at the end of the run (year) they jumped ahead to the next 100.

          Your second question, probably within 1% yes. Maybe closer.

          [img=left]http://www.alink.com/personal/tbredehoft/Bothcars3.jpg[/img=left]
          Tom Bredehoft
          '53 Commander Coupe
          '55 President State Sedan Project
          '60 Lark VI (Now on the market)
          '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
          All Indiana built cars

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          • #6
            Yes, gentle will be the way to handle him and even that may not convince him that the two companies used different systems.

            Thanks for your response.
            Jim

            quote:Originally posted by Tom B

            Gently tell your friend that Chrysler and Studebaker didn't number their cars the same way. The numbers were sequential, with the caveat that at the end of the run (year) they jumped ahead to the next 100.

            Your second question, probably within 1% yes. Maybe closer.

            [img=left]http://www.alink.com/personal/tbredehoft/Bothcars3.jpg[/img=left]
            Tom Bredehoft
            '53 Commander Coupe
            '55 President State Sedan Project
            '60 Lark VI (Now on the market)
            '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
            All Indiana built cars
            1950 2 timer
            Orleans, Indiana
            sigpicJimmie
            Orange County, Indiana
            1950 CHAMPION -ORANGE COUNTY, INDIANA

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            • #7
              Yes, gentle will be the way to handle him and even that may not convince him that the two companies used different systems.

              Thanks for your response.
              Jim

              quote:Originally posted by Tom B

              Gently tell your friend that Chrysler and Studebaker didn't number their cars the same way. The numbers were sequential, with the caveat that at the end of the run (year) they jumped ahead to the next 100.

              Your second question, probably within 1% yes. Maybe closer.

              [img=left]http://www.alink.com/personal/tbredehoft/Bothcars3.jpg[/img=left]
              Tom Bredehoft
              '53 Commander Coupe
              '55 President State Sedan Project
              '60 Lark VI (Now on the market)
              '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
              All Indiana built cars
              1950 2 timer
              Orleans, Indiana
              sigpicJimmie
              Orange County, Indiana
              1950 CHAMPION -ORANGE COUNTY, INDIANA

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              • #8
                Chrysler-??? WHO made those?[)]

                LaSalle,Il
                61Hawk
                Oglesby,Il.

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                • #9
                  Chrysler-??? WHO made those?[)]

                  LaSalle,Il
                  61Hawk
                  Oglesby,Il.

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                  • #10
                    A little information besides just sequential serial number can sometimes be interpreted from that plate. On a '50 model the 'G' identifies a Champion model. The first number, '4', tells you it was assembled in South Bend. If the first number in the serial was a '7' it would be a Canadian built car, and '8' would be Los Angeles.


                    Dwain G.

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                    • #11
                      A little information besides just sequential serial number can sometimes be interpreted from that plate. On a '50 model the 'G' identifies a Champion model. The first number, '4', tells you it was assembled in South Bend. If the first number in the serial was a '7' it would be a Canadian built car, and '8' would be Los Angeles.


                      Dwain G.

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                      • #12
                        I wouldn't argue with the man Jimmie, I would open the Chassis or Body Parts Catalog and SHOW him he absolutely IS wrong! [:0]

                        quote:Originally posted by Jimmie

                        Yes, gentle will be the way to handle him and even that may not convince him that the two companies used different systems.
                        Jim
                        StudeRich
                        Studebakers Northwest
                        Ferndale, WA
                        StudeRich
                        Second Generation Stude Driver,
                        Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                        • #13
                          I wouldn't argue with the man Jimmie, I would open the Chassis or Body Parts Catalog and SHOW him he absolutely IS wrong! [:0]

                          quote:Originally posted by Jimmie

                          Yes, gentle will be the way to handle him and even that may not convince him that the two companies used different systems.
                          Jim
                          StudeRich
                          Studebakers Northwest
                          Ferndale, WA
                          StudeRich
                          Second Generation Stude Driver,
                          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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