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Offline Old BS Guy

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low serial numbers
« on: November 15, 2016, 12:57:01 AM »
I was lucky enough recently to acquire a Trail 100, produced March of '68, with a serial number of "55". While scrounging through the local parts yard recently, I just happened to check the vin plate on another 100 trail remnant I found, and would you believe, #72? I don't know if any of this adds any significant value to these bikes, but these were obviously first month production units for their model. I'd like to hear more from others who might have significant low VIN's, especially high interest models like 350's or very early "B" models.
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Re: low serial numbers
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2016, 08:20:45 AM »
I recently started restoring a 1968 Bridgestone Trail. The serial number is 22E000806.
My understanding is the 22 means 100 Trail, E means it was built in May, 806 is the
production number.

It is interesting that Bridgestone built these prior to introducing the TMX.

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Re: low serial numbers
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2016, 08:40:39 AM »
...... snip.....  I don't know if any of this adds any significant value to these bikes, but these were obviously first month production units for their model. ..... snip..... 

I don't believe low vins on Bridgestones add any increased value. If there is, I've never noticed it.

There might be some if you had #1 of a particular model, but who knows?
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Re: low serial numbers
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2016, 11:28:33 AM »
Pup; Yeah, I tend to agree. They made a total of 12,500 of the tube frame single cylinder bikes according to the late Graham W.'s records. The two I've laid hands on now supersede anything on record by number and earliest production month, dating back to March. I'm not sure that the 000072 bike is restore-able at a cost worthy of it's possible value. The #000055 bike definitely is, and I'll keep it in the collection when done, just for the rare number.

Randy;  That's great to hear. I'll be anxious to see your finished product. I still find it exciting to find any vehicle that was produced within the first 10% of a production model run. You never know what little odd rare differences might show up. I know some of the bikes were pulled from production for tests, then later reinserted for final finish and shipping. It leads to all sort of odd scenarios.

I believe over all, any added value of a low number comes by way of presentation to a potential buyer, and what it might mean to them. Over time, as the numbers continue to dwindle, the lower numbers will have a more significant meaning.
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Re: low serial numbers
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2016, 12:07:06 PM »
It's funny how in some marques early production examples are now highly collectable/desired.

For years, the Datsun 240Z crowd pointed to the 1972 model as the one to get, as by then all the "kinks" had been worked out and thus there were less problems to encounter. Fast forward to today & the "first boat load" Z's up to serial #500 are the most desired, along with their unique parts.

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