[DML] Re: VIN's used as press cars at factory...500 series cars
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[DML] Re: VIN's used as press cars at factory...500 series cars

First off, VIN..570 is not and was not VIN...500 (at any time).

Research into the 500 series DeLoreans is "fluid" and changing,
based upon new information that is identified, over the years.
The information that James has identified is "new" public info,
although it has been sitting around in boxes for decades.

Since the initial posting of this information, there are some
clarifications that should be made, and these will probably be
updated on the website when (if) Chris N. ever gets any "free"
time to make additions, changes and/or any corrections.

As previously stated, VIN...500 is still most likely VIN...501
(re-VIN'ed), but it appears that the orginal VIN...500 may be
one of the Wooler-Hodec (but not VIN...510) since many of these
12xxx cars have similar characteristics as the 500 series cars.

Since VIN...501 has not been "found", it appears VIN...501 may
have been re-VIN'ed again (once repaired) to a 12xxx series car
for Wooler-Hodec conversion, but this cannot be confirmed yet.
Inspections of many of the early underbodies is still on-going.

So a clarification (or correction) can be made to some of the
previous statements, for those who wish to "qoute" PJ Grady UK.

VIN...500 had VIN swapped, so it is Production Line Car 2.

VIN...501 had VIN swapped, so it is Production Line Car 1, put
to the side, to be repaired (or re-VIN'ed) at a later date.

VIN...502 (no change), it is Production Line Car 3, and so on,
for at least the first half dozen or so production line cars.

It is also true that a number of 500 series cars were built and
completed, by hand (not on the line) prior to VIN...500, since
a few of these cars were flown to the US prior to the launch of
VIN...500 on January 21, 1981.  VIN...520 was one of these cars.

Hopefully, this clarifies some of the recent speculations.

Rich W.


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