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Thread: Decoding a 1946 Buick Super VIN

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    Decoding a 1946 Buick Super VIN

    Hello everyone, great to be here.

    A friend is restoring his 1946 Buick Super convertible that was delivered new to India. We are trying to ascertain the original combinations, can someone please assist with decoding the VIN details?

    14467716 (I assume commission number)

    1946 MOD
    STYLE No. 46-4567
    BODY No. 2239
    TRIM No. 65
    PAINT No. 14 (I believe Sequoia cream)
    TOP - B

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    Is it possible to learn more about the exact date of manufacture and dispatch, the dealer who ordered it etc? A birth certificate if you will.

    Looking forward to hearing from you guys, and would especially appreciate references for the upholstery patterns and finishes as well.

    Cheers
    Karl

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    14467716 = frame (car) serial number
    1 = final assembly at Flint, MI
    4467716 = sequential number, range for Flint was 4,364,445 to 4,524,130

    1946 MOD.
    STYLE No 46-4567
    BODY No L 2239
    TRIM No 65
    PAINT No 14
    TOP B ACC.

    MOD. = Buick model number (not stamped) = 56C
    (Fisher Body often didn't stamp the Buick model number because Fisher Body used the style number)

    4567 = Fisher Body style number
    4 = Buick
    5 = Series 50/Super
    67 = 2-door convertible, 6-passenger

    BODY No L 2239
    L = body built at Linden, NJ (shipped to Flint for final assembly)
    2239 = 2,239th style number 4567 built at Linden

    Trim 65 = Bedford Cord and Red Leather, available on model 56C only

    Paint code 14 = solid Sequoia Cream

    Top B = this looks to be added later, the top code was rarely stamped in 1946, but the correct designations were:

    1 = Black convertible top
    2 = Tan convertible top



    No records were kept for things like build date, ordering dealer, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buford26 View Post

    Trim 65 = Bedford Cord and Red Leather, available on model 56C only

    Paint code 14 = solid Sequoia Cream

    Top B = this looks to be added later, the top code was rarely stamped in 1946, but the correct designations were:

    1 = Black convertible top
    2 = Tan convertible top
    Thanks Sean, that was really helpful and really quick - appreciate it!

    Would you be able to assist with reference images of the correct interior, including the door pad patterns? Are there suppliers who provide correct interior kits?

    I have come across some images of this lovely 47 Roadmaster in what seems to be a similar combition - would this also be correct for our 46 Super?

    Thanks so much, cheers.

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    Might try contacting these places to see what they have available:

    https://smsautofabrics.com/
    http://www.lebaronbonney.com/
    Sean Smith
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    It will also have an engine number, stamped in a machined surface on the right under the plugs
    Also worth asking here ---> http://forums.aaca.org/forum/57-buick-post-war/


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