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jracer49420

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hart, mi
Corvette
1974 stingray
I just purchased a 1974 corvette. I would like to find out the history of this car. Can anyone tell me how I can do it? The vehicle number has only 13 digits and will not run a carfax.
 
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Feb 13, 2003
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946
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San Jose, CA
Corvette
1972 LT-1/Air coupe w/all options
Traditional legwork and sleuthing.

Do you have any original documents for the car? If so, you can contact the original selling dealer (if he still exists) and start tracing forward to the person who sold you the car.

The other option is to go backwards starting with the seller and hoping that each person along the way is alive, locatable, remembers the car and has enough information to connect you to the next link in the chain.

Other options include DMV lookups (if you have requisite information and $$ for them) and posting ads in NCRS newsletters (Driveline) requesting information about the car.

Best of luck and enjoy the search!
 
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Jul 28, 2003
Messages
1,765
Location
Frankfurt/Germany
Corvette
1982 Collector Edition
Welcome to the CAC!

I think Erik covered most ground, i'll just add this LINK, go there and Rob put some info together for Documenting a car..


:w
-Stefan
 

Artsvette73

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Joined
Jan 24, 2004
Messages
174
Location
New Jersey
Corvette
1973 Silver coupe, 1977 L48
I know some dealer invoices are available fo 77. Got mine through the GM media archives. The strange twist to it shocked me a little. The car was sold from a New Jersey dealer sill in buisness. And was ordered by a GM employee at Linden Assembly. I too worked there retired now. He worked one line over from me. The car was only driven for 12 yrs. The last inspection was 1989. I got it in Sept. 2005. took care of all the safety issues and drove it all last summer. I am getting ready to paint it now.
 

6880 Mike

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Jun 30, 2006
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2,723
Location
The Bluegrass State
Corvette
1968 convertible; 1980 L-82
I just purchased a 1974 corvette. I would like to find out the history of this car....

Documentation with the car or previous owners. Depending upon the privacy laws in your state, your DMV may allow a title search on the VIN.

Carfax won't help.

:)
 

ruby76

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Jul 12, 2004
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226
Location
Saint Louis (area)- Shiloh, IL
Corvette
1976 Red Coupe, Saint Louis C3 Shark
If it was ever registered in the state where you bought it, just contact the State Department of Motor Vehicles. Through a little paper work and a couple of fees, I got a complete vehicular title history report on my 76 and traced it completely back to when it came into the state. A little proding and they were able to tell me from what state it came from. Then off to that state, and did the same. I have names and addresses of each owner, and there is/was a lot of them on mine. Unfortunately, none of them live at the addresses still :(
 

red70vette

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Feb 22, 2003
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328
Location
Cortlandt Manor,NY
Corvette
1970 red cpe 350/300
Dtermining the vehicles history is like searching for the Holy Grail. Many have tried few have succeeded. A lot of hard work and a lot of luck are needed unless you have some original paperwork.
 

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