Re: [DML] Interesting (strange) Eay auction
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Re: [DML] Interesting (strange) Eay auction

Well, maybe somebody could give the phone number a call, although I 
suspect it'd be a dead end.  I think you're correct, James, this auction 
has all the tell-tale signs of a scam: new user, no history, private 
bidder's list...  Not to mention all the wierd stuff you've mentioned.  
Despite all the photos, it seems off.  The first "0" in the serial 
number is definitely altered: has a straight edge on the right.  I'd 
stay away from this...

- ed

1982 DMC-12 [11594]
1986.5 928S
1990 Coupe Quattro 20V

James Espey wrote:

>Item #: 4596360800
>Interesting auction for what's shown as a 1982 DeLorean.
>The VIN, according to the photo and description, ends with CD000590 - 
>1982 model VIN's are CDXXXXXX numbers, but we know that 82 VIN's started 
>with 010000 - so an 82 VIN of 000590 is incorrect.
>Also, Carfax comes up with nothing on the VIN as shown in the photos, 
>and the VIN calculator at DMC-News says the check digit should be a zero 
>(O) for that VIN, not a six (6).
>However, to further complicate matters, if the correct VIN was actually 
>SCEDT26T_CD010590 - the check digit would be a six (6). This car does 
>appear in the DeLorean Production Chronology as well. Also, Carfax does 
>show a history, and nearly identical mileage, for an '82 model VIN 
>ending in CD010590, most recently in California.
>If it weren't for the photo of the VIN plate showing the 000590 number, 
>I would say it was a typo in the auction. Could be a scam, I guess, with 
>someone photoshopping a "0" for the correct digit "1". Looking at the 
>13th digit (the zero that should be a one), you can almost see where a 
>cut and paste might have been done. They did a pretty good job. The 
>newbie seller, zero feedback, private auction, low selling price also 
>lean towards it being a scam, IMO, though I'd like to be wrong just to 
>have this interesting VIN be true.
>Anyone want to try and go see the car or recognize it? THe big 
>"DELOREAN" letters stuck on the A-pillar are pretty unique. If the VIN 
>plate really does read as the photo shows, that would an interesting 
>piece of VIN history.
>James Espey
>DMC (Texas)

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