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ttotired
Posted 2022-02-21 6:03 PM (#619645)
Subject: Dodge Matadore tag



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The owner of this car believes it may have been a police car

What does this tag decode out to?

The 999 in the paint part makes me think that it was a special order

The body number is hard to read the second number





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Space Trukin Wagon
Posted 2022-02-22 11:23 AM (#619664 - in reply to #619645)
Subject: RE: Dodge Matadore tag



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Here's the link to the car listed on ebay

https://www.ebay.com/itm/334335605866?hash=item4dd7f47c6a:g:Y4kAAOSw...


This car came up for sale last fall. Here's another link with more pictures including better shot of the fender tag.

https://www.allpar.com/threads/1960-dodge-matador-possibly-ex-chp-or...


A standard Matador 4-door sedan is body code "643".
The body code on the fender tag looks to be "693". Which is interesting since its the same as the standard Matador except for the 2nd digit.
Not certain what code would designate a police package.

The "999" paint code is definitely special order. However, there is no way to determine the actual color. This hold true for all Mopars with paint code "999"


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frwl
Posted 2022-02-22 11:33 AM (#619665 - in reply to #619664)
Subject: RE: Dodge Matadore tag


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Space Trukin Wagon - 2022-02-22 11:23 AM

Here's the link to the car listed on ebay

https://www.ebay.com/itm/334335605866?hash=item4dd7f47c6a:g:Y4kAAOSw...

Can Not open it...



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frwl
Posted 2022-02-22 12:10 PM (#619667 - in reply to #619645)
Subject: RE: Dodge Matadore tag


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According to the Chrysler models numbering system, the second «0» in the serial number means Ambulances, while the «9» - Police Cars…
1960 Dodge full-size models first two digits of the serial number:

60 = Matador & Polara Fleet / Ambulance
61 = Matador
63 = Polara
65 = Matador Wagon
67 = Polara Wagon
69 = Police Cars

Serial Number 6903118310
6 = Dodge Matador / Polara
9 = Police Car
0 = 1960 Model Year
3 = Jefferson Assembly
118310 = 18310th Matador/Polara built…

Lower row on the fender tag:

SO NUMBER 0116 6026 (or 0616 6026) – Scheduled on January 16, 1960 (or June 16, 1960)
BDY 693 – Dodge (6), Police Car – Matador or Polara (9), Four Door Sedan (3)
TRIM 127 – Mauve Color Upholstery (because the last digit is «7») – see listings below; No info about what is this: an all-vinyl or a vinyl/cloth combination…
PNT 999 = Special Order Paint, as stated above; no info what is it exactly

MATADOR UPHOLSTERY CODES

220 = Vinyl and Cloth – Blue
221 = Vinyl and Cloth – Green
222 = Vinyl and Cloth – Tan
223 = Vinyl and Cloth – Gray and Black

POLARA UPHOLSTERY CODES

260 = Vinyl and Cloth – Blue
261 = Vinyl and Cloth – Green
262 = Vinyl and Cloth – Tan
263 = Vinyl and Cloth – Gray and Black
264 = Vinyl and Cloth – Red
266 = Vinyl and Cloth – Turquoise
267 = Vinyl and Cloth – Mauve

MATADOR & POLARA WAGON UPHOLSTERY CODES

270 = Vinyl – Blue
271 = Vinyl – Green
272 = Vinyl – Tan
273 = Vinyl – Gray and Black

Finally, the middle row on the fender tag:

N5 = 315 = Heater
X2 = 512 = Variable Speed Windshield Wipers; (X1 = 511 = Windshield Washer; X3 = 513 = X1 and X2 both)




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RDP
Posted 2022-02-22 1:06 PM (#619670 - in reply to #619645)
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I can see all photos
white, standard 57 Plymouth steering wheel, it's police equipment



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Posted 2022-02-22 1:10 PM (#619671 - in reply to #619667)
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Cruise Control??? Van Nuys What?



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Posted 2022-02-22 1:12 PM (#619672 - in reply to #619645)
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RDP
Posted 2022-02-22 1:21 PM (#619673 - in reply to #619671)
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56D500boy - 2022-02-22 7:10 PM

Van Nuys What?



A.N.G. - Air National Guard?



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56D500boy
Posted 2022-02-22 2:48 PM (#619679 - in reply to #619673)
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A.N.G. - Air National Guard?


Robert: I think you nailed it. Only one small thing - I think I read "Air Transport Wing". Must have be a precursor to AirLift Wing.

But good guess. I didn't see that the first time.

https://maps.roadtrippers.com/us/ca/services/van-nuys-air-national-g...



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RDP
Posted 2022-02-22 3:04 PM (#619681 - in reply to #619679)
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Yes, you're right Dave
and the sticker (without a sword) had to look like this:



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Posted 2022-02-22 3:41 PM (#619682 - in reply to #619645)
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Dave and Robert: Thanks a lot for the opened pictures!!!
Looks like the upholstery color is mostly TAN than MAUVE…
The mauve should be pinky-purpled, if I understood correctly.
Although if we take a closer look on the picture of opened right rear door, the cloth appears pink, and a vinyl insert on the door card is a purple, just they slightly faded.

I posted the picture of upholstery colors, the trim no. 262 stated by Dodge as TAN, though it really BROWN. The mauve upholstery probably showed in the lower row, second from the left…




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56D500boy
Posted 2022-02-22 4:37 PM (#619685 - in reply to #619682)
Subject: RE: Dodge Matadore tag



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I think that if we were to find out the history of this car we would find that it was a Military Police (MP) car, not a civilian/municipal police car. I am basing that guess on
a) the paint colour (some kind of military beige/desert sand) and b) the interior.

See if you can find examples of 1960 Dodge taxi cab interiors. I would bet that this is what this beige car has, a taxi cab interior.

Maybe



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hergfest
Posted 2022-02-24 8:36 PM (#619775 - in reply to #619645)
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CHP ordered so many cars from Chrysler that Mother Mopar would do anything they wanted on their cars. So there are many unique items that are only on CHP cars. The car has been messed with over the years but I see enough CHP items on the car I believe its a real CHP car.
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56D500boy
Posted 2022-02-24 8:55 PM (#619777 - in reply to #619775)
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hergfest - 2022-02-24 5:36 PM

CHP ordered so many cars from Chrysler that Mother Mopar would do anything they wanted on their cars.
So there are many unique items that are only on CHP cars. The car has been messed with over the years
but I see enough CHP items on the car I believe its a real CHP car.


That doesn't explain the faded Van Nuys Air National Guard sticker. Are you saying that the only "9" VIN cars in California are CHP cars?







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hergfest
Posted 2022-02-24 9:10 PM (#619778 - in reply to #619645)
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The inside rearview mirror on the roof is the giveaway. CHP ordered so many cars from Chrysler that Mother Mopar would do anything they wanted on their cars. So there are many unique items that are only on CHP cars. The car has been messed with over the years but the rearview mirror on the roof is a CHP only item so it has to be a CHP car.
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Posted 2022-04-04 12:38 AM (#620683 - in reply to #619645)
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I'm a bit late to this party, I have seen this car in person, it is a real CHP police car...the one tell tale sign of it being a Police car is the White neutral button...and i have looked the car over..You can see the Black and White paint scheme under the Tan paint job, plus also were the lights etc were...wiring in the truck etc
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