That is the correct location. But there could be two or three tags in that
location -- a narrow strip with the 'body number", beginning with "MGB" or
"101"; a larger plate labelled "Commission Number" (which might be in front
of the radiator diaphragm instead); and the chassis number, which is what we
would call the VIN. This plate would be black and silver, and say "The M.G.
Car Company, Abingdon-on-Thames".
Unfortunately, at this period the factory used screws, not rivets, for these
tags, so they are susceptible to loss (usually during painting) or
replacement (for whatever reason, not necessarily nefarious).
In theory, a US-spec car would also have the chassis number stamped "inside
the front right-hand side member in the engine compartment just behind the
fornt engine mount, adjacent to the starter motor." Also, "at least some
cars had the car number stamped in the floor pan in front of the right-hand
This info from "Original MGB". Hope it helps.
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the primer red one with chrome wires
on 10/3/05 10:54 AM, Patrick Opsahl at email@example.com wrote:
> Hello All, I purchased my 1968 MGBGT last year while living in Northern
> California and registered it with no issues. While it has been waiting to
> be restored I acquired a new job in the state of NM. We moved and had all
> of our cars inspected. The inspector could not find the VIN number on the
> MGBGT? I searched and found a beat up metal tag with a number (held on by
> one rivet - second rivet is missing) on the drivers side innner body panel
> (just to the right of the radiator) when looking inside the engine
> compartment. This number does NOT match the VIN number on my title? So, I
> have a problem with the DMV now. Can you tell me if this is the VIN tag?
> If not where do I find the VIN on the car?
> Thank You!
> Santa Fe, NM
Studio L'Image/Silicon Valley
650 386 5506
510 666 9799
Studio L'Image/New York
212 242 3366