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    PLEASE decode my 1957 Dodge VIN number

    I am looking at a 1957 Dodge Lancer VIN 37318732. Without much chrome I am unable to tell exactly what it is, Coronet, Royal or Custom Royal. Can anyone help please?

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    Re: PLEASE decode my 1957 Dodge VIN number

    We can tell with a photo, maybe.
    1931 Dodge Brothers DH6 business coupe w/ wire wheels
    1931 Dodge Brothers DH6 business coupe w/ wood wheels (my 1st car and still have it)
    and visions of my past old cars....

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    Re: PLEASE decode my 1957 Dodge VIN number

    Can you tell what it is with no side chrome and painted in undercoat? I hoped it would be possible to decode the VIN. I will try and get a photo up tomorrow. John

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    Re: PLEASE decode my 1957 Dodge VIN number

    Quote Originally Posted by John1918 View Post
    I am looking at a 1957 Dodge Lancer VIN 37318732. Without much chrome I am unable to tell exactly what it is, Coronet, Royal or Custom Royal. Can anyone help please?
    I have a serial number lookup and VIN decode tool at Plymouth First Decade: Where is the VIN? If my lookup tool data base has the data entered correctly, then here is what that serial number implies:

    Serial Number 37318732
    Found in range 37240001 to ?
    Serial 78732 of ?
    Year 1957
    Make Dodge
    Model Name Royal or Royal Custom
    Model Code D67
    Engine 325 cu.in. OHV V8
    Wheelbase 122 inches

    1957 is near the end of the era for serial numbers with '59 being the first year that something like a modern VIN was used across the board by Chrysler. Serial number ranges were assigned to each assembly plant and sequentially applied to the cars of a given engineering code at that plant. So you can deduce some things like the wheel base, engine, etc. However you can't tell anything about trim levels, options, etc.

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    Re: PLEASE decode my 1957 Dodge VIN number

    Thanks for your help folks! I have attached a pic of the 1957 Dodge "Royal" Lancer. JohnClick image for larger version. 

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    Re: PLEASE decode my 1957 Dodge VIN number

    Model code D67-1 is a Royal
    D67-2 is a Custom Royal
    look on the data plate on the fire wall under the hood for this info


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    Re: PLEASE decode my 1957 Dodge VIN number

    Thankyou "My Toys". It doesn't have the model number on the data plate, just the Paint, trim, body and VIN. However, I think it is a D67-1 Royal because there are only three holes for the 'Royal' badge to fit into on the side and 'Custom Royal' would need six I think. Also there are no front bumper teeth as used on the Custom Royal. I have already picked up from eBay over half the missing pieces but I am still looking for a pair of lancer emblems for the fins.

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    Re: PLEASE decode my 1957 Dodge VIN number

    John,
    Your Data plate should look somthing like the one below that is off my 57 Coronet

    Bo No Model Bt Tr Sp
    xxx xxx D661 xx xx xxx

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    Re: PLEASE decode my 1957 Dodge VIN number

    Without looking at the car the label is 3.1/2" x 1.1/2"
    37318732
    Paint Trim Body
    4LHL 117 2176

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