Just a question... What model and year would you say would hold a serial number of P138XX. Or call the last two digits zeroes for the sake of argument. I know generally the model isn't really specified by any part of the S/N, but wondered if there was a logic to the idea they may have been made in series or lots at the factories?
As for the VIN# P138XX, all I can tell you about it is that it is a 1968 Shasta VIN.
As for telling what Model it may be, that is rare. As far as I can tell, Shasta's were made to order. No rhyme or reason why they didn't run batches of the same Model. This was the case with the South Carolina plant.
However, one plant did. In 1959 and I would believe that a good part of that year, the Indiana plant produced Airflyte's. A Deluxe was built towards the middle of that year. Indiana did produce a few of the same Models at one time, but it looks like only 3 or 4 of one particular Model were produced, back to back.
Pennsylvania would produce small runs of the Compacts, about 4 to 6 at a time, from 1967 - 1969.
Thanks Ross. I had my suspicions about the year, but was never too sure about the runs and batches theory. I suppose in the context of the day it makes sense that the plants would produce what the dealers ordered, rather than putting out "runs" and possibly being left with excess inventories. (In today's context, it is hard to imagine "excess inventories" of Shasta...)
Funny, until the 1970s, all the cars we got were built to order. Every extra was ordered separately instead of buying a "package" of 8 things you didn't really care about to get the one thing you really wanted. We waited with wild anticipation for about 6 weeks for the dealer to call and tell us our car had arrived. What a great memory!
Great looking Compact. As for the Vin#, my Database is showing that you have a 1967 Compact, not a 1961. The body style would indicate this, as well. In 1961, the body would have been rounded, not so boxy.
Hope this helps and thank you for your Shasta's Vin#
Ross , I'm a new member and was hopeing you can confirm my idea of birth on my Shasta. I posted pic's on introduction page tonight if you need to look. I beleive my numbers are the oldest one's I've seen on this forum. vin # C4250 i'm sure about 1500 just not sure if 1954 or 1955. Thank You ! Brian.
Thank you Ross! That just confirm's what i figured it was, but i'm not sure what you mean by silverside? mine was origanaly sky blue bottom white on top in colar,If thats what you mean, Thanks again. I'm Going to post more pic's in the build section as soon as i can make them correct size. Bri.
Silverside refers to a Shasta or Scotty that was never painted. They were finished by just leaving the raw aluminum. Not sure if they were ever polished like an Airstream. I would assume that they were left in a "mill" finish.
My wife and I just bought a Shasta, but only have the VIN at this point. We are hoping you can shed some light on more information (year, model). It is self contained and has a rear door entrance. The VIN is: FS21771. Thank you!