When “Matching Numbers” Don’t Add Up



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 Read More

John Draneas

SCM Columnist

John practices law in the Portland, OR, suburb of Lake Oswego, where he focuses on tax and estate planning, business organizations and transactions, and representation of collector-car owners. He is a past president of the Oregon region of the Porsche Club of America and served as the chairman of the PCA’s 2006 parade. His collection includes two Porsches, a Ferrari, an Alfa, a Lotus, a BMW daily driver, a John Deere tractor — and one increasingly famous Jaguar E-type. This month’s “You Write, We Read” on p. 20 is full of SCMer advice on whether Draneas should restore his Jag.

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