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Evening all,I’m just trying to find out if anyone knows what the letters and numbers mean on the chassis plate,I.e do they correspond to specific dates or times when the car was made,thanks.


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everything you need to know.
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Yes they do. † †With the VIN you can get the month and year of build. †With a bit of linear interpretation you can figure out a rough day†

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Very interesting, thanks for the update,still trying to work out how many rhd Uk models of this age are left,howmanyleft say 7/8 but not if their lhd or rhd,thanks again for info,learning every day [emoji106]


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You can check numbers by first registration which would say to me they aren't later imports.†

1974 registered Golf L is showing 1 SORN zero taxed
1974 registered Golf LS is showing 1 Taxed zero SORN

Which one is yours? †;)

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It’s registered on 1-1-1975 on the logbook so I assume it’s down as a 75.


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It’s a golf l model


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Mrred221 said

It’s registered on 1-1-1975 on the logbook so I assume it’s down as a 75.


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Hmmmm now that's a good question,†Iooking at 1974 as year of manufacture for a Golf L we have 1 taxed and 2 SORN. † If we go to date of first registration we have for 1974 0 taxed and 1 SORN which would suggest you are correct and it would appear in 1975.

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Are those figures based on rhd models,is that how it works [emoji848][emoji848]


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Mrred221 said

Are those figures based on rhd models,is that how it works


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No, it's just UK registered cars be they sold here or imported. † They didn't start selling the Golf in RHD format until October 1974 so yours has got to be one of the oldest remaining examples having been registered only a couple of months later. † I'd always favour a RHD car over LHD, part of the reason I've never been taken with the golf rallye, it's not the £30k+ asking price at all ;)

Would love to see some pictures†

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Thanks again for the knowledge,it's quite hard to get my head round the fact that out of hundreds of thousands produced there's only a handful left,I'll get a few more pictures up soon,it's a work in progress,don't want to give it a full resto as I'd rather leave it close to original as possible,that and the fact it would probably cost me about £15k+to get it done :thumbs:

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No specific numbers for 1974 but there won't be many having been sold as only came on sale towards end of year in UK, certainly under 5,000 were sold. †In 1975 19,111 golfs were sold in UK. † That was the end of the swallowtail version I think. †I caught up with your swallowtail thread. ††

£15k and probably double it. †I'm just in the process of a nut and bolt refurbishment (not a restoration) on a Subaru and it's about that with no welding or paint work required. †It does include an engine rebuild mind.

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That’s exactly why it’s staying as is!,will get it on the road,use for a while and then probably sell it,great info, thanks again.


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