I have a 1958 180d that i'm trying to register in California. The DMV
verifier looked inside the door and found a number, then looked under
the hood and found another number. Guess what, they don't match. The
number inside the door starts out as 850XXXX and the number under the
engine starts out as 851XXXX.
The Oregon title that i have has one of the numbers, the 851XXXX from
under the engine, on the title, but not the number on the door (the
850XXXX). So now the DMV says that i have to go to CHP to have them
Fine. What I'm hoping to do is have some reason a to why this is the
case. Obviously the CHP officer isn't going to know anything about
old Mercedes and their various engine and chassis numbers, so I'd like
to be able to help move the process along.