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#12 of 16 Need help locating '79 450SL, how to find classic vehicle history?
Jan 31, 2010 (7:25 pm)
l just posted a topic for this, but it's somewhat related to this post, so if anyone could help...
Please if anyone can help me. I'm trying to locate my wife's, late grandfather's 1979 450SL. The family sold the car several years ago after he passed, and she would be thrilled to get it back. I was hoping I could just do a carfax on the VIN# and find out some info, but apparently carfax (and everywhere else I found) will only take VIN#s for cars from 1981 and newer. Does anyone know of a way I can get some vehicle history info on this car? the VIN# is 10704412057228.
#13 of 16 Re: Need help locating '79 450SL, how to find classic vehicle history? [michaels3d]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Feb 01, 2010 (8:51 am)
Unless you know someone in law enforcement who has the authority to go through your state's DMV (presuming the car is still in state) there's really no way. Sometimes you can get lucky through car clubs if they have "registries", in which they keep track of cars through VIN #s submitted by members, but since this car is quite common and members limited to a few hundred perhaps, you'd have to be lucky to find it this way. You could also advertise in Hemmings Motor News but again, you'd be looking for a needle in a haystack. You could also ask the local Benz dealer if they have any records. If they do, they might call the owner and ask permission to give out the address.
Are there no records of sale, and to whom the car was sold? The problem is that all state agencies, and most private ones, like club, will guard their client's identities, for fear of legal action.
Even if the car were on Carfax, it wouldn't show the person's name or address, only that the car might be in operation somewhere.
#15 of 16 need breakdown on a vin code.
Oct 16, 2010 (11:48 am)
i have a 1987 ford f-250, 2 wheel drive, auto, and need a breakdown of the vin# 2FTEF15H6HCA17186. i need to know what motor this is and which transmission, would appriciate any help at all. the motor is a 4 bbl carb also if this makes a difference. thank you. kevin
#16 of 16 Re: need breakdown on a vin code. [shades835381]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Oct 16, 2010 (2:40 pm)
The VIN just indicates things like Canadian truck, F250, 5.8L V8, but doesn't say anything about transmissions, etc.
For other information about your truck you can read the DOOR STICKER
Records seem to show your truck as having a Branded Title for some reason.