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PLEASE decode my 1957 Dodge VIN number


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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.

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  • 3 weeks later...

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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