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    Default Chassis Plates

    I'm curious, in 1992, were chassis plates given to all Caterhams? I'm purchasing a car from the original kit builder, with all paperwork including the original invoice from Sevens and Elans in Massachusetts, that was built from a kit but there is no chassis plate.

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    Ask the builder, Sevens & Elans....Have you looked under the pedal cover box in the engine compartment? Am sure that it was originally available came with the kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lotusfan View Post
    I'm curious, in 1992, were chassis plates given to all Caterhams? I'm purchasing a car from the original kit builder, with all paperwork including the original invoice from Sevens and Elans in Massachusetts, that was built from a kit but there is no chassis plate.
    This is no reflection on S&E, as the car was built by, and now being sold by, someone other than them, but if it doesn't have the chassis plate that ALL cars/kits came with, be cautious, even suspicious....
    "Racing's important to men who do it well" - Michael Delaney

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    Ross.
    are you referring to one of these or the where the chassis number is stamped & welded into the frame?

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    My question was referring to a plate. The owner explained that there is a chassis number under the pedal box cover.

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    Paul - its a 1992 Caterham so the plate would look like this:




    Lotusfan - Have you validated the chassis stamping under pedal box with title VIN? This is not the first time a question identical to yours has come up.

    Separately, one small interest item to check is whether it is one of the last Arch Motors chassis or the newer brazed chassis. The changeover period was around 1992. Check around base of roll bar where it meets rear suspension upright on the right hand passenger side (assuming this is a LHD car). Arch used to stamp their production chassis there with their ID.
    Mike
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    I won't be getting the car for another couple of months, but I have zero concerns about the owner or story on the car as he is a friend of a friend and was the sole, very meticulous owner. It was tracked only and only recently converted to be street legal. It was never previously registered or titled for the street, sold to him on a bill of sale as a kit. It has a PA title now but the numbers on that are PA numbers and have nothing to do with the chassis number. It will be a while until I can check into the Arch situation.

    I only raise the question in regards to getting a replacement plate from Caterham and for future explanation years hence if I ever sell the car.
    Thanks for all of the replies and for any further information.

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    Not sure about other states, but in Ohio the number one criteria when purchasing a vehicle is that the VIN# on the chassis matches the VIN# on the title...

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    My Locost was originally titles in AZ and it was allocated a VIN#. It has a sticker showing the VIN# but they put the sticker on the Aluminum bodywork, not a frame rail. I am thinking of replacing the body work. If I do I am going to take a lot of pictures and turn the sticker into a plate and rivet it to a frame rail.

    Graham

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    My car came with a VIN number but no chassis plate. It was quite a journey but I was eventually able to confirm that the VIN number on the DOT documents was in fact the VIN that the car came with from Caterham. I'm still can't decide if I should make up a chassis plate.
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