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Most post-Studebaker Avantis I've seen have a date of manufacture on the drivers side door post under the lock receiver. It should be a large sticker stating the car meets all applicable standards (other than some possible exemptions) at the time of manufacture with the date showing.

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The Avanti II with this s/n is listed as 1984, but my directory shows RQB numbers thru 1985. The AAV numbers seem to start in 1987. I am curious when a car doesn't match the list.

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If I'm not mistaken, it was about 1981 when the government mandated the seventeen digit VIN for vehicles and the identifier would be assigned by the government. Avanti Motors may have had a waiver for a period of time to comply. The "AAV" is the identifier for Avanti Motors and would have begun at that point. The RQB and a few later RQ sequences were simply in-house accounting vehicle identifiers after that, but were no longer VIN numbers.

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