I agree with Steve and really appreciate the time and effort that he, Rich
and the other registrars devote to their lists. That being said, how many
Healey buyers - especially the newbies - are aware of the registries. I was
not when I bought mine some 15 years ago off of a used car lot and was
really not even fully aware of them until I started to get deeply involved
in my web site. At the time, I wanted a Healey, the price was right and I
love it even though not all the numbers match.
Point is, if you are deep into the hobby, you probably know of the
registries. If you are new to Healeys or, perhaps, just casual, you may not
be aware of them and therefore take your chances.
John Sims, BN6
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It would be much better to have a resource where the various numbers on a
car could be checked for validity before you buy it, wouldn't it?
The registries should provide that resource. The more owners who are aware
of and participate in the registries, the better the resource becomes.
A car was recently sold on eBay as HBJ8L/26110 -- a Phase 1 number, although
the car had all the features of a Phase 2 car. After the buyer checked in
with the BJ8 registry, we discovered from the gearbox and rear axle numbers
and the partially-legible number on the shock tower (the body plate was
missing) that the car was actually HBJ8L/30805. Then we learned that the
VIN plate had been stamped with the chassis number matching the engine in
the car, which did belong to 26110.
The buyer of the car could have been aware of the inconsistencies before he
bought it if he had checked with the registry first. Other than the
scrambled numbers the car is in excellent shape, so the buyer is satisfied.
He has a registry letter to back up his claim should he decide to do battle
with the DMV to change his title.
Havelock, NC USA
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