November 2009

When "Matching Numbers" Don't Add Up

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The seller thought it was enough that the engine was the correct type, built the same time as the Camaro, and that its present number matched the VIN

The market places a substantially higher value on "numbers matching" cars, especially in these challenging times. Collectors want the best.

Here's a quick description of what "matching numbers" means. In addition to stamping a unique identifying number on each chassis (its VIN), every factory stamps unique identifying numbers on other components-usually the engine and transmission, often the differential, and sometimes the hood, doors, and various other body parts.