Join Date: Jan 2015
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Over the years, I've listed the VINs of a few very desirable Pontiacs & one Stage1 GS in Hemmings ads, never had a problem.. The main reason I listed the entire VIN is serious prospective buyers of such Pontiacs will typically will buy their own PHS, as unfortunately there are fraudulently altered invoice copy's out there on a few cars.
By X'ing out all of the last 6 digits, that doesn't help out those of us that are involved in valuable research. As an example, having owned one of very first '71 Judges off the Pontiac plant asm line, 242371P100xxx, an extensive amt of study of early production '71 Pontiac plant builds was undertaken. Several of us shared enough research that a handful of early '71 production pattern build promotional cars were identified. Just talking a handful of identically optioned same color combo Judges out of two specific asm plants. With all of the last 6 digits deleted, information for two of those cars would have never have been able to be confirmed. There are many other instances where the listing of at least the first 3 digits after the Plant code has immensely helped valuable research.