[DML] Re: Does anyone else have one of these? Blank VIN Plate
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[DML] Re: Does anyone else have one of these? Blank VIN Plate

Jake and Patrick,

This is a genuine dash VIN tag that was installed on many, but not
all 500 series cars.  Most of these early tags, if not all, had to
be painted to reduce sun glare, hence many of the 500 series cars
have a hidden treasure under a layer of black paint.

The actual production run of cars with these early VIN tags is not
yet been determined, but they do not appear to have been used on
or after VIN...585, so this blank VIN tag itself is very rare.
Several early 500 series cars have had there tags cleaned lately.

There are many stories about VIN...500, including being the actual
second car off the production line, being re-tagged as the first,
since the first car was inadvertently damaged as it "rolled off"
the line and into a wall just before the press arrived.

I'm glad this rare item has surfaced, since it will help fuel more
interest in the celebration of the early DeLoreans in June 2006.
By the way, there is plenty of information about the 500 series
that was "re-discovered" with interviews of former DMC engineers.

Rich W.

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Jake Kamphoefner <jakekamp@xxxx> 
> Patrick,
>   If it's legit, I'd say it's pretty damn rare.  -But it doesn't 
match the orientation of the tag on VIN 500.  I uploaded a picture 
to your album of the VIN 500 tag.  Lawrence's VIN 538 tag also has 
the same orientation as 500 (I happened to have a pic of his tag 
handy that he sent me).
>   It could very well be a reproduction.  If not, it might be a 
reject piece --in which case it would be even rarer.  How did you 
get a hold of it?
>   Jake
>   1063
> "Patrick C." <PRC1216@xxxx> wrote:
>   I just acquired my latest piece of DeLorean memorabilia and am
> wondering just how rare it actually is. It is a blank VIN plate off
> of a 500 series car, which includes the rare printing that some on 
> list have mentioned differs from the other production cars. My 
> is that a worker pocketed it as a souvenir during the first month 
> production. I placed pictures of it in the photo albums 
under "Blank
> 500 Series VIN Plate". 
> snip <

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