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Old December 6th, 2017, 07:09 PM   #1
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Red face GM of Canada VIN's etc. etc.

Appraising a '55 Super 88 4 dr. sedan. Data tag says General Motors of Canada. Numbers don't match American numbers. Is there any source for this info? Thanks in advance,
damouserSource for decoding? This is GM of Canada. '55 Olds Super 88.
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Old December 6th, 2017, 07:16 PM   #2
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i sent away to GM Canada and had a search done for my 65, there must be some stuff just on the web though for your 55
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Old December 6th, 2017, 07:23 PM   #3
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Looked extensively online. Not much out there so far. Thanks for your reply
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The "Trim" code 381 for US cars was "Dark Gray Pattern 'Bolster' Light Gray Pattern Cloth" if that's of any help.


The "Model" number looks somewhat similar to the US body "Style No.", but without the two digit year prefix and with a dash added. For example, 553669D was used for a 1955 Super 88 Deluxe Four Door Sedan.


I'm probably still preaching to the choir, but the 1955 US car serial number began with 55xy where x would be 7 for an 88, 8 for a Super 88, 9 for a 98, and the Y was a letter corresponding to the assembly plant: A-Atlanta, B-Framingham MA, M-Lansing, L-Linden NJ, C-California, K-Kansas City, W-Wilmington, T-Arlington TX. So the serial looks totally different, and odd that it begins with a 53.


As you also probably already know, the paint code looks entirely different from the two digit US codes. Is it a two-tone car? I've seen examples where DuPont used a three digit number to indicate color combos back then.
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Thanks for your reply.

Interesting the Trim code number of 381 for the interior is indeed the gray color / pattern you describe. All redone and appearing very correct. The "53" prefix makes no sense to me though, that's why I inquired here.

The car is single color, turquoise, but has been repainted so it's not known whether this was two-tone originally. There is a deep scratch on the roof that shows some off-white color beneath, so it's possible this was white over turquoise. Again, that's why I was hoping to de-code the Data Plate.

Still have not found good source for decoding. Thank you, again.
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Would GM Vintage Vehicle Services be of any help on a car of this age? I know George Zapora is great with Canadian GM cars from the '60s and '70s.
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The 53 is not 53. It is 5-36-69-807086. Same as the model number 36-69D...I don't think George's info goes back that far (GM Canada). The starting serial number for that car is 800001

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Well. Yellowstatue, that is interesting. I would not have interpreted the number the way you did, but it makes sense. Sort of. Thank you, and all who have commented.
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Not applicable here, but I found this on the Buick site regarding 56-59 GM Canadian paint codes:

https://www.teambuick.com/forums/sho...int-Codes-help


DuPont of Canada has contact info on their website, maybe you could ask about the 1955 paint codes there.


http://www.dupont.ca/

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