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Ownership Mystery
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Bob J
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I have the ownership and data plate with my 37. The Vehicle Number is 1099-3085 on the data plate. It is a 37 model.
On the typed ownership, showing 37 as the year, from its last renewal in 1960, it has the serial number as 999125.
As you know that serial number is not a proper vehicle number for Packard.
However if I enter 999-1250 in the decoder I come up with the same car but in a 1936 model. Coincidence?
Where would the 999125 have come from to be on the ownership? I realize that a typed document can have errors but there is no relationship between the two numbers.
Could it be that sometime in the past an ownership from a '36 was used for this car? The owner from that time has been dead for over 2 years now so there is no one to ask. I thought I would put it to the group to see if anyone else has a similar occurrence.
Thanks,
Bob J.

Posted on: 1/8 22:58
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Re: Ownership Mystery
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Packard Don
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As a VIN verifier for the California DMV, I do occasionally find errors on the previous paperwork which is part of the reason we do the verifications. For example, I verified a Continental Mark II with a title that indicated 1956 but its serial number made it well into the 1957 production.

Of course, dashes are always ignored here on the documents and not used but as for why the mismatch on yours, maybe an error made long ago that never got corrected!

Posted on: 1/9 4:07
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Re: Ownership Mystery
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I agree. I suspected as much. All involved are long gone. Just curious about the car's history. 'Many a slip between the cup and the lip' applies here I bet.
The registry office here got a big kick out of the 'typed' ownership. No one behind the counter had ever seen one not having dealt with anything not printed off a computer before.
Bob J.

Posted on: 1/9 10:26
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