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#1 John1918

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 01:47 AM

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?

#2 keiser31

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:44 AM

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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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:46 AM

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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Posted 20 September 2012 - 04:02 PM

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:

[TABLE]
<tbody>[TR]
[TD="align: right"]Serial Number[/TD]
[TD]37318732[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: right"]Found in range[/TD]
[TD]37240001 to ?[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: right"]Serial[/TD]
[TD]78732 of ?[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: right"]Year[/TD]
[TD]1957[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: right"]Make[/TD]
[TD]Dodge[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: right"]Model Name[/TD]
[TD]Royal or Royal Custom[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: right"]Model Code[/TD]
[TD]D67
[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: right"]Engine[/TD]
[TD]325 cu.in. OHV V8[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: right"]Wheelbase[/TD]
[TD]122 inches[/TD]
[/TR]
</tbody>[/TABLE]

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.

#5 John1918

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:35 AM

Thanks for your help folks! I have attached a pic of the 1957 Dodge "Royal" Lancer. John57dodge royal.jpg

#6 BHWINCVAP

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 11:19 PM

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



#7 John1918

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 09:04 AM

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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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:10 PM

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

#9 John1918

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 09:07 PM

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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