[Healeys] eBay body/Vin plate auctions

BJ8Healeys sbyers at ec.rr.com
Tue Jun 20 18:08:02 MDT 2017

It probably isn't illegal to sell the tags, and I've seen others come up for
sale on eBay, but I believe most state DMVs would look dimly on someone
buying the tags to use on a car they didn't belong to.  That said, the
Healey community would be astounded to know how many BJ8s alone are running
around now with tags from other cars -- even those from "high-dollar"
restorations, and how many owners don't know that until I tell them.  I
spend a lot of my time as BJ8 Registrar trying to help people sort out
scrambled identities.  Depending on which state or province the owner lives
in, it can be simple or impossible to correct an incorrect VIN.

When I was trying to help one guy in North Carolina correct the VIN and
title of a BJ8 with a BJ7 VIN plate from New York, I was told by the DMV
representative that it is a felony to remove a tag, and only a
manufacturer's representative can do so.  The laws obviously are not written
to accommodate cars that haven't been manufactured in 50 years.


What amazes me is the tag seller thinks he can get $500 for an original tag,
when it is easy to buy a blank and have it stamped with whatever number you
want for just a few bucks.  The DMV guy almost went apoplectic when I told
him that.  From my point of view as keeper of the BJ8 Registry, I'm glad the
tags showed up on eBay.  They are probably the only clue to cars that went
to Healey Heaven long ago.


Steve Byers


BJ8 Registry

AHCA Delegate at Large

Havelock, NC  



From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Bob
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2017 6:25 PM
To: healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] eBay body/Vin plate auctions


Wow ... Wouldn't have thought this was legal (or is it?).



On 6/19/2017 11:41 AM, Olin Brimberry wrote:



Hope you are doing well.  As a keeper of the BJ* registry, I thought you may
need to note the information in the attached links.  Although, you are most
likely already on top of it.

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Olin K. Brimberry, PE
Principal Engineer
obrimberry at hunterbane.com
Office - 919.803.4274
Mobile - 919.522.1608

HunterBane Engineering, PLLC
PO Box 10314
Raleigh, NC 27605
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