Historic registration data from California DMV ?

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10 Jan 2014 09:00 #26626 by Kay
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Is there any chance to find out, who owned a certain car between 1937 and 1949 from the California DMV ?

I think I know the owner's name and address but would love to have an official confirmation. I only found something to check modern VINs, which of course doesn't show any results for a Cord 812s numbers (serial, engine).

Others should have had this problem too. Is this data available somewhere?

Any help or idea is highly appreciated. Thanks!
Kay

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-since 2012: Cord 812 S/C Custom Beverly
-Palm Beach Tan/Deep Maroon/matching #
-unrestored " Sleeping Beauty " condition
-same owner in Southern California '49-'12

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10 Jan 2014 12:33 #26627 by alsancle
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Given privacy issues most States that still have their old records (Massachusetts threw theirs out a long time ago) will not give the public access.

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14 Jan 2014 13:35 #26643 by Kay
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Thanks!

Now I'm a bit confused. To be honest I thought there were no privacy issues with 75 year old registration data.

In other cases much more sensible data is available in the internet, e.g the 1930/40 US Census data (including income data!).

Does anybody know whether the California DMV has historic data from the 1930s/40s and whether it can be accessed by current owners of a collectible car ?

www.TheFateOfTheSleepingBeauties.com
-since 2012: Cord 812 S/C Custom Beverly
-Palm Beach Tan/Deep Maroon/matching #
-unrestored " Sleeping Beauty " condition
-same owner in Southern California '49-'12

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14 Jan 2014 13:42 #26644 by Tom_Parkinson
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Hi,

And OHIO also....

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14 Jan 2014 15:24 #26647 by Steve Derus
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I could be wrong on this but I think CA drops vehicles from their system after several years of inactivity. Also I don't think they share information with the general public.

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14 Jan 2014 16:11 #26648 by DavidK
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I tried to get this information from the California DMV but was told that all the data more than 20 years old had been purged from their system. I was also told that they still have some micro phish files, but no one to search it.

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