VINs and Build Numbers May Vary

For almost all true Clenets, there is a number plate on the outside of the vehicle, on the door, on the body, or sometimes even on the hood. It may read 63/250 (meaning the 63rd car built out of 250 Series I cars planned) or perhaps 14/500 (meaning the 14th car built out of 500 Series III cars planned). This number may be called the production sequence number or build number; both terms have been used.

In many cases, this build number matches the last few digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) required by governments to identify the specific car. But VIN CLE-80-2072 is Series II Car 69/250. Why?

Series III Car 10/500 is the 10th Series III Asha built of 500 planned. The last few numbers of its VIN are 00010. That's logical. Series III Car 51 has a VIN ending in 30051. That's logical. But Series III Car 52 has a VIN ending in 43. Why?

Many of the build numbers in Series I Clenets do not match their VINs. Here are some examples:

Clenet Series I Numbering
End of VIN Build Number Difference
017 42 25
027 51 24
028 52 24
032 56 24
044 68 24
051 75 24
063 88 25
090 115 25
098 123 25
104 129 25
108 133 25
117 142 25
142 167 25
143 168 25
155 180 25
162 187 25
166 191 25
173 198 25
177 202 25
187 212 25
197 222 25
202 227 25
207 232 25
219 244 25


If you own a Clenet, especially a Series I, you can help improve our understanding of this mystery. Take photos of your build number plate outside the car and the official plates beside the engine, door, etc., and send them to info@dimoramotorcar.com. (And also send some high resolution photos of your Clenet, please!)

 

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