Pre facelift unidentified letter in the chassis number area.

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  1. Julian Colclough

    Julian Colclough Active Member Capri Power Member

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    Hi all, a club member has taken a screenshot of my vin plate and returned to me to say he is confused because in the same line/column the chassis number is printed in in its correct format starting BB, in complete isolation way to the left of this is a clear capital D. He has posted this on a couple of forums whose members can't explain it. It does not appear as expected on the v5.
    Any advice on if this is normal or not would be appreciated.
    Many thanks,
    Julian.
     
  2. mgentry90

    mgentry90 Registered Capri Power Member

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    So does the chassis number on the v5 match the vin plate - all except the D? If so maybe it's a stamping error?
     
  3. Julian Colclough

    Julian Colclough Active Member Capri Power Member

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    Hi, the chassis number does match both the v5 and the vin plate exactly. It's puzzling that a very distinct letter D appears stamped in the same column. It's a pity I couldn't make Dunton to check a few similar cars out.
    Regards,
    Julian.
     
  4. Clockwork Orange

    Clockwork Orange Electrical ??? what like .. bzztt Feck !!! Staff Member Moderator

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    I commented on that Photo ..
    the D in that box to left of the main chassis id number (BBECKT.. )
    the area denotes the 'version' of the vehicle
    'D' stands for 'Capri'
    the choices of letter that could have been stamped in that box at your date of build are as follows -
    D - 'Capri'
    L - 'L'
    P - 'XL'
    G - 'GT'
    R - 'GTR'
    - so would appear to denote your Capri as a 'base' model ..
     
  5. Julian Colclough

    Julian Colclough Active Member Capri Power Member

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    Hi clockwork, thankyou for the information. The car is an L model with the 1600hc engine. It's got the L motif on the front wings so I'm not quite sure how that fits but it makes sense if all other mk1 cars have a letter before as shown.
    Kind regards,
    Julian.
     
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    i had a pre face with a strange chassis lettering BBEDBB found out that officially they didn't make any ford with ed but did a lot of searching about and found out it stood for development car
     
  7. Julian Colclough

    Julian Colclough Active Member Capri Power Member

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    Hi, thankyou for your post, will obviously require more research.
    Regards,
    Julian.
     
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    It could have been changed by the dealer. Ordering a base model from the factory with a couple of extras and then adding the L badges may have resulted in a cost saving that particular month. Equally if the dealer had ordered a base car for a customer who then changed their mind it would make sense for them to make the car easier to sell to customers walking in by increasing it's spec to L.
     
  9. Julian Colclough

    Julian Colclough Active Member Capri Power Member

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    Hi, given that the D doesn't relate exactly to the cars specification, these explanations could well be correct.
    Thankyou.
    Julian.
     
  10. Clockwork Orange

    Clockwork Orange Electrical ??? what like .. bzztt Feck !!! Staff Member Moderator

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    found lately that a lot of earlier Capris did have a different 4th digit .. D, F, G in that location.. lots of thoughts at the time was the vintag being pressed to show an age denomination, even though the body was actually stamped BBECxx12345 .. so no further idea on that one.. finally appears to be stabilised & firm by 1970 !!!

    the letter Julian is highlighting is stamped in a particular position, on the plate.. and is clearly identified in the workshop parts manual I have dated early 1972 ..

    for a Capri to be stamped on the chassis as a development car it would need to be dated very early 1968, and gave some easily identifiable detail on it ..
    have never seen any reference to such markings in any reading material ..
     
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    The chassis numbers as you know al were stamp on the bit that always rotted and unfortunately my area were replace and the number was never put back on so i only had the VIN tag to go by
     

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