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AndyL

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Re: Thumper goes to London
« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2014, 05:52:23 pm »
CD was a Brighton suffix.

Do you know if your car was Riviera blue or the lighter Azure blue?

You can see the original rear lights were the plastic lensed 3" types with built in reflectors, although the lenses were absent. I prefer the earlier glass lensed lights, think they suit the cars vintage better. Lee Turnham from the IOCGB wouldn't accept that this car had them, he said to me that Isettas were never fitted with the plastic lenses until later. He said they must have been retrofitted. Well that's possible I suppose, after all it had a few other mods, including the reversing lights added either side of the rear numberplate.

However under close inspection I could find no holes in the bodywork where the separate reflectors would have screwed into the shell if the car had originally had the earlier lights, and I highly doubt a past owner would have gone to trouble and expense of welding any holes up.
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« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2014, 06:29:42 pm »
Thats interesting because as you can see here mine has the glass type. Mine was registered in april 1960 chassis number 321692 but everyone tells me its a 59 car.
I have no way of knowing which blue it was, log book just said blue and it has been bead blasted since then so I guess I will never know.
Yes, I know CD is a Brighton suffix, its first owner was from Brighton.
I would be very interested to know what your cars chassis number is. It may help my cause to get it MOT exempt.
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Re: Thumper goes to London
« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2014, 06:32:51 pm »
My chassis number is 310558.
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« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2014, 06:50:50 pm »
Oh, thats odd as they were already up to 321102 by september 1958.

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Re: Thumper goes to London
« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2014, 06:53:21 pm »
That was taken from the V5, I'm pretty certain it matches the chassis plate. I'll take a piccy.
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« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2014, 07:14:31 pm »
All very confusing on several counts . Brighton is in Suffolk not Suffix that's getting all mixed up with Bunkum Bob in Essex  ;D prefix is the word for letters at the beginning of a registration number , suffix is when the letters are at the end of the reg. number  :-\  Nuffinks is what it all has to do with me   :D
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Re: Thumper goes to London
« Reply #21 on: October 30, 2014, 07:47:03 pm »
You've lost me there. I thought the letters were put on one side or the the other to stretch out the numbers. Brighton in Suffolk? Sussex surely.

I had a look at the chassis plate. Turns out the V5 has a number missing off the VIN number.

Full number reads 3105583. There's a mark between 8 and 3 that looks a bit like a dash but I think that's just wear and tear.



 
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« Reply #22 on: October 30, 2014, 07:53:47 pm »
Of course I meant Sussex - you see I even confused myself ! Yes but you referred to the letters on your car being a Brighton suffix - being at the beginning they are a prefix aren't they ? My brain hurts
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« Reply #23 on: October 30, 2014, 08:12:43 pm »
Ohh I see. Yes I should have said prefix for my plate.
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« Reply #24 on: October 30, 2014, 08:16:45 pm »
Richard, no one cares! ;D



I dont think so, I think the vin plate has too many letters.  There should be six not seven.
Now I'm wondering if your car is earlier and was re-registered  later in 1959???
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Re: Thumper goes to London
« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2014, 08:37:30 pm »
Sadly I can't offer any more insight, as I lack any information on the car prior to 1984. How very Orwellian!

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Re: Thumper goes to London
« Reply #26 on: October 30, 2014, 08:50:56 pm »
I wonder if Dave Watson could shed some light on it?

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« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2014, 10:28:30 pm »
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I did this and found out the original number for mine was 943CD
Would have been sold new by Redhill Motors in Brighton.  Is there a little red dealer plaque on the dash ?

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« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2014, 10:39:12 pm »
I wish there were but alas no.

I just checked the copy of the original log book and sure enough the first entry says Redhill Motors 104 North road Brighton.
What a clever clogs you are! ;D
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Re: Thumper goes to London
« Reply #29 on: October 30, 2014, 11:01:40 pm »
All cars supplied by Redhill motors had these dealer plaques fitted.  Must have got lost over the years. 
Speak to Dave Watson again, nicely and he might be able to help you out  ;)