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Odd VIN number...

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  • Odd VIN number...

    I'm the second owner of my '62 Lark sedan. the Department Of Motor Vehicles, lists the first owner registering the car in late '61. So, one might be led to believe that the VIN number might be low, right? Well, not so. The VIN on this car is 62S20576. It's just a run-o-th-muck Regal with a six. Nothing special or custom. So one would think the VIN would be like, 62S01576.

    Any theories anyone? Just a silly details/curiosity thing.


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  • #2
    Just a guess, but is it possible that the '62 models were brought out a bit earlier, like June or July? With the slight body shell change, I could see that bringing the car out in early '61 would help sales by being the first of the 1962 models. It could also explain why you don't see nearly as many '61's.


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    • #3
      Well, if the OHV six was a big selling point in '62, it would explain the large number of these fourdoor sixes available. I didn't know that the '62 model year was that good.

      Just a thought, I promise not to hurt myself... Has Turning Wheels ever run an issue devoted to the Lark? I know they've done other models, like Y-bodies and such. How about the Lark? If so, is the issue available, to anyones knowledge?


      Lotsa Larks!
      K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
      Ron Smith
      Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
      K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
      Ron Smith
      Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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      • #4
        Of course there's been articles devoted to the Larks. The February '92 issue had a Fred Fox feature on the '62 Larks alone: '62 Larks - the last rebound.

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