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Can someone decode this for me please. A very big thank you. 🙂
I purchased it as a 1946 DeSoto Custom Coupe???
It is a right hand drive DeSoto.
She has been repainted and trimmed many years ago.
Engine number C38-205242.
VIN/Chassis Number 5956682
I have figured out that Model 11 means S11. Body 22 is Coupe?
Where can I get information on the Paint (227) and Trim (917) Codes?
What is RD - 3?
What does Spec Fo. No. - 4723, Sched. 708 and Item No. 3099 mean?
Where can I get more info on body numbers?
Again, a very big thank you.

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15 hours ago, DeLovely DeSoto said:

It is a right hand drive DeSoto.

Tell us more and post a picture.  Export Mopars commonly combined parts from various North American variations and were sold under a name that didn't match what would appear in American showrooms of the same name. 

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7 hours ago, DeLovely DeSoto said:

I am in Australia. I have been trying to contact a previous owner to get some history. No success so far. There are rumours it came out of South Africa?????


Think you might be right with South Africa, never seen a plate like that down here. Another thought, what about NZ ?

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