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  • Identification

    I have a bullet nose coupe with a serial number on the door frame of
    8I78037 the zero is superscript. The number on the engine has a 4 above
    527644. How can I trace the VIN in Washington state and what year
    model is it. Since it has a V-8 I think it is a 1952 Commder 2-door.


    Chuck Biederbeck

  • #2
    If it's a bullet nose and has a V8 you can bet it's a 51. The rest of the story is in the decoding of the tag on the passenger side of the firewall

    NE Colorado


    • #3
      That serial # pegs it as a '51 Commander.

      Miscreant at large.

      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
      1960 Larkvertible V8
      1958 Provincial wagon
      1953 Commander coupe
      1957 President 2-dr
      1955 President State
      1951 Champion Biz cpe
      1963 Daytona project FS
      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.


      • #4
        The number you found on the engine is just the casting number that would apply to several years in the early '50s. The actual engine number will be stamped in a smooth (machined) part of the block back by the distributor, and should begin with a letter 'V'.
        I'd like to see a close-up picture of that serial plate if you have that capability. I have no idea why there would be a number '0' as superscript. Very interesting!

        Dwain G.