Thank you Norm for the detective work. That certainly seems to be a reasonable interpretation. I have the names of a at least two of the recent owners so I’m going to see if I can track them down in hopes of finding a body number. I have one of the old titles from the state of Missouri but they used the engine number to register the car. I don’t suppose there would be any other places on the car where the number would be stamped? It’s such a shame that the data plate is the one thing that’s missing from an otherwise complete car. I cringe to think it was plucked off and sold on eBay for $50 bucks.
Unfortunately not. VIN plate with model, vin, plant name. Some states use vin, some the engine number, and other their own number not even connected to either.
I recall in the early 60s some club members just used a part number off the water pump or elsewhere if ownership / info lost. MOT / DOT weren't as fussy back then. You'd tell them it was lost but here's a number they believed you and didn't check.
When I bought my 1930 614 Durant sedan June 6 1962 the ownership papers were lost. The seller gave me two bills, one saying 1929 Durant and the other 1930 Durant, as he didn't know, and neither did I it was just an old car. License bureau asked me what year I wanted to use and I said 1930, having learned there is a big difference 1929 to a 1930. Just got better as the seller made a mistake saying I had deposited $10 more than I had on the $75 cost. I mentioned that to also to the bureau so they charged me $1.95 sales tax on $65 instead. I still have all the paper work inc the two bills. Can't recall what year I sold the car 1969 / 70 ?
Where Are You From? Ottawa Ontario Canada
Do You own a car built by Durant? 1932 614 sedan made by Dominion Motors