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18/85 question
November 2, 2019
5:23 pm
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Aircool
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Hi all, I need a bit of info, I am considering a 18/85 with a declared manufacturers date (log book) of 1946, the log book also states that first date of registration is 1990 and the registration number is not transferable, I assume that the original was taken some 30 years ago. More interesting is that there is a certificate with the car that states the engine was replaced again in 1946 this is borne out by the plate on the cylinder block that states Morris Motors replacement engine’ +.040″and gives the new number to be A74213.

The Wolseley body plate gives the following:
Type 18/85
Car No. 318/4366
Engine 7885

Strikes me as odd that the manufacturers date and the engine replacement are both 1946?

Could it be that the car was once a military registered vehicle (war service) and once discharged had a replacement engine?

Can someone point me in the direction of where I can cross reference the Car No. date?

November 2, 2019
7:19 pm
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Graham Button
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318/4366 would have indeed been registered in 1946, the date ties in with others with close chassis numbers. In so far as the engine is concerned it could well have been replaced in the same year under guarantee so there’s nothing unusual in that.
Regarding the original registration number it may have simply been the case that the cut off date was missed and the car was reissued with an age related number. If you have documentary proof of the original registration number it is possible that it could be reasigned if it wasn’t transfered to another vehicle or put on retention.
The register is able to help members with this process.
Graham.

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