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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-04-2014, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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1968 Impala Convertible Cowl tag decode

Hello everyone.

Please could anyone assist with decoding this cowl tag.

I have to identify this car for an insurance valuation here in South Africa.I just need to make sure that I do it correctly and give the car the proper value.

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Sorry for the delayed response. Just saw this.
835164 is a tracking number
051. Body built first week of May 1968
68-16467. 68 impala convertible body
TAR is the Tarrytown NY plant
859 is parchment bucket seat interior for super sports
N-1 is maroon with a white top.

Nice color combo! What's the vin and what engine and trans does it have? Know any history of the car?

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Warren,
What is the deal with the numerical date code and no letters, thought these were all alpha-numeric for these years?

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That was something Tarrytown did from Jan of 68 to the end of the model year
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Sorry for the delayed response. Just saw this.
835164 is a tracking number
051. Body built first week of May 1968
68-16467. 68 impala convertible body
TAR is the Tarrytown NY plant
859 is parchment bucket seat interior for super sports
N-1 is maroon with a white top.

Nice color combo! What's the vin and what engine and trans does it have? Know any history of the car?

Warren
Thanks Warren, much appreciated.
The Vin number is 164678T239528.
It checks out as a 1968 model and plant as Tarrytown. the Vin decoder that I used only shows motor as a V8 but not the cubic inches of the motor.

The motor in the car is a 307cubic inch, the emblems on the front fenders are 307 and it has emblems on the boot lid as well as on the right side of dashboard above the glove compartment that show "supersport" it has a 2speed trans.
Unfortunately the body is now a bright red and the interior is two tone white and black.

The car has been in South Africa since the 1980's. it is in very good over all condition and the current owner has owned it since 1996. I am not sure about the full history of the car. the current owner is selling and I had to carry out an appraisal on the car to place a market related value on the car for insurance purposes.

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-12-2014, 08:10 AM
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I have no idea as to it's current value but you need to consider any repairs to make the car roadworthy or repair rust will raise your initial purchase. You can buy insurance for the amount you paid for it (replacement) and then reinsure it later once you have repaired it (involves new negotiations).

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Can you send me a picture of the front engine pad numbers? I believe the car was built for export. Where it originally went I'm not sure but could have been a South Africa. The tab is a 65-67 style because the export cars didn't need to meet the U.S. Safety standards which were normally listed at the bottom of the tag in 68.
Can you also post some pictures of the car?
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Hi Warren.
The car is roadworthy and licensed and there is nothing to spend. it seems it was an export car and could have come into South Africa around 1969/70 as there were no laws around left hand drive vehicles back then. The law only came about in 2004 which bans the import of LHD vehicles from 2004 onwards.

I will ask the client to take a pic of the engine tabs

Thanks for all the help

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Hi Warren.
The car is roadworthy and licensed and there is nothing to spend. it seems it was an export car and could have come into South Africa around 1969/70 as there were no laws around left hand drive vehicles back then. The law only came about in 2004 which bans the import of LHD vehicles from 2004 onwards.

I will ask the client to take a pic of the engine tabs

Thanks for all the help

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oh and the interior should be a two tone white and back. Seats and door panels should be white/parchment color
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