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Old 04-15-2004, 01:18 PM
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1978 ferrari 308 VIN Number

How many digits shoud the vin number of a 1978 ferrari 308 GTS have. I know that in 1980 the us cars required to have 17 digits. I only found to have 11 digits with mine. Does that sound right..
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My 77 only has 5 digits
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The 17 digit VINs started in 1980. I tried to Carfax mine and found out that you can't Carfax pre 1980 cars because they don't have the long VIN.

Mine is

F106AS*26581
1978 308 GTS
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The 17 digit VINs started in 1980. I tried to Carfax mine and found out that you can't Carfax pre 1980 cars because they don't have the long VIN.

Mine is

F106AS*26581
1978 308 GTS

mine is F106AS*24033

So I guess thats what it is,, the insurance was giving me a hard time,, she kept saying it has to be 17 digits, she finally figured it out..
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The 17 digit VINs started in 1980. I tried to Carfax mine and found out that you can't Carfax pre 1980 cars because they don't have the long VIN.

Mine is

F106AS*26581
1978 308 GTS
Spasso, do you still have your 1978 ferrari 308 GTS,, I believe its yellow, I seen some of your pictures,, beautiful car,, nice engine on that car. $$$$$$
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My title just says "10280".
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The VIN on my title has FOUR digits...
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In 1978 17 digit vin numbers weren't required in the USA. Not until 1980 were all cars required to have it. The vin # for that year 308 was: F106AS (which referred to the body style) and the serial # of 5 digits, which referrs to the number of F-cars produced since day 1. If your vin number is 26135 then your car was the 26,135th car produced by Ferrari.

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Spasso, do you still have your 1978 ferrari 308 GTS,, I believe its yellow, I seen some of your pictures,, beautiful car,, nice engine on that car. $$$$$$
Yes I still have it. I drive it almost every week that the club has something going on.

http://ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14155

http://ferrarichat.com/forum/showthr...t=26581+spasso

Not so much $$$$$ as elbow grease.
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If your vin number is 26135 then your car was the 26,135th car produced by Ferrari.
Err, not at all true. Ferrari was really, uh, goofy (for lack of a better word) in assigning serial #s. Supposedly, the odd numbers were reserved for street cars, even for race cars. But exceptions abound. Especially with the Dino cars, which are even. If your # is 26135, then it's probably about the 15,000th built - just guestimating.
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F106A refers to the 308 series of coachwork

S - For a GTS

B - For a GTB

The following digits are the serial number.
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Err, not at all true. Ferrari was really, uh, goofy (for lack of a better word) in assigning serial #s. Supposedly, the odd numbers were reserved for street cars, even for race cars. But exceptions abound. Especially with the Dino cars, which are even. If your # is 26135, then it's probably about the 15,000th built - just guestimating.
I was told that the serial numbers were sequencial by each unit produced.

I'll never believe that idiot again.
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I think your right about the odd numbers, that is what one of my F-car book indicates.
VIN on My 308 GTS F106AS 25671

I got the same thing when I titled her. I just showed her the old title which had the complete VIN. Isnt the entire VIN on the car somewhere.

I would love to know how to track down more info. Is there a registry for our older 308's?
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Oops I think it is 26571 I am going off of memory!

So DJ, how many did they crank out a day. Looks like our cars are pretty close on the production line.
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Oops I think it is 26571 I am going off of memory!

So DJ, how many did they crank out a day. Looks like our cars are pretty close on the production line.
The data plate on the door jam says November 1978

I can't tell you how many a day but an inquiry to the owners site could probably tell you.
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I had a tough time with this as well.

It really depends on the original title paperwork.

Frame number is first, as stated, F106AB followed by star, then what Ferrari assigned as VIN, 5 digits. This usually pacifies the insurance.

However the Texas DOT manual at the TAX office had a different configuration required, they maintained it should have been the 5 digit VIN followed by the model number. In my case 22127308GTB, for frame number F106AB*22127. You'll note that the steering column and door jamb ID plates only carry the five digits.

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Old 04-16-2004, 02:58 PM
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Oh, I think it's possible these cars were not built in rigid consecutive order.

Remember, special versions of these cars were built for competition events. HTH
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Old 04-16-2004, 02:59 PM
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Production dates are REALLY screwy, and probably not to be believed. My door jamb says Mar 1975, but the Heritage Certificate says 4/3/75. Peter Rychel's car is some 170 units after mine, but has a born on date of 4/4/75. And I'm quite certain that they didn't build 170 cars in one day.

I suspect that the production date had something to do with when they were finalizing some paperwork, and they must have did that in batches.
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Production of the US 308s did occur in batches. 20 cars or 40 cars at a time.
I'm looking at the 17th car of the first 20. Fibreglass.
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