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Deciphering VIN

PostPost by: Briggs1 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:47 pm

I have a 72 S4 with VIN 450122K

Trying to figure out if it was SE, standard, or Sprint.

Seems unlikely it was a Sprint, but doing a web search it looks like it was late in the build years and don't see much on standard S4's listed.

Any input on configuration?

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PostPost by: RogerFrench » Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:26 pm

Strange VIN for a 72. Where do you read that, please?
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:38 pm

Proper vin, I'm sure. Mine is a '72 and it is 45/0243K
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PostPost by: Briggs1 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:39 pm

Got it from the title
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:57 pm

Post a photo of the chassis plate should have a 9 digit number there.
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PostPost by: Briggs1 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:02 pm

Will have to get that next time in with the body.

Not stored at home currently.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:51 pm

Briggs

Your Elan is a Federal S4. It was invoiced on 25 Aug 71 and was one of the last batch of Federal S4s before the North American introduction of production Sprints. It was fitted with engine number G24236, indicating the Federal Stromberg SE variant.

Your correct VIN would be something like 7101010122K. 45 refers to the type, which is DHC.

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PostPost by: Briggs1 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:35 pm

Excellent,

Thank you Tim.
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