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I am looking for an early to mid 70's 124 Spider. I have found a 1976 but cannot get any information from the 13 digit vin #. All the sites says its incorrect because it needs 17 characters. Can you convert a 13 digit to a 17 digit VIN and find history or is it because the sites do not go back that far? Trying to also find a car that belonged to my wife's grandmother back in the mid 80's. I am assuming it also will have a 13 digit VIN. What's the best resource to find a specific car? Should have the vin this week.
 

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I've been trying for 3 days to reply on this thread, but failed so far...will keep trying. @jwgeron73 maybe you could send me a message for me to reply to since I am also unable to send you a message...
 

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Early to mid 70s 124 Spider will have a chassis number (not VIN, they weren't invented then) something like 124□S□nnnnnnn (13 characters - check!)
 

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Where 124 = 124 model of course, the first □ will be A, B, C or even D. The S is for Spider (C is for Coupe) and ...
 

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...the next □ is for engine displacement
 

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0 = 1438cc (AS0 or BS0) or 1592cc (CS0) or 1995cc (DS0)
 

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1 = 1608cc (BS1) or 1756cc (CS1)
 

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2 = 1995cc (CS2) and then...
 

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...there is a 7 digit number or it may be * followed by a 6 digit number (I can't remember, the * is printed on the chassis plate before the number is stamped on it). In the 80s an extra "ZFA" was added at the front and extra digits (zeros) added in the middle and at the end to pad it out to 17 characters so it looked like a VIN.
 

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Wow, had to split it into 7 parts, what a pain
 

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Thanks for your help. The plate number is 124CS10106492. How can I find history on the car? The dealer that has it is a reputable high end classic car dealer, but they cannot give me anything. it appears to be all original, but want to make sure before I pay a premium price. Thanks.
 

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Type in 124csi0106482 (with an i not a 1) and Google it, a link to badvin.org comes up seeming to offer want you want for a few bucks.

I've never heard of the site and it could be a scam, so caveat emptor

Or keep going and find classiccarliquidators.com/vehicles/2820/1976-fiat-124-spider-sport ... that's the one, right? $9,999 is better than the $13,999 shown elsewhere!
 
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