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The following vehicle ID plate is for a car for sale on Ebay. The most curious thing about it is the 8/00 build date. I thought they closed the factory during the month of August.
http://i5.yimg.com/5/13297a47/h/5cd74c53/Vehicle+SN+Plate.jpg

Second is the Vin number: It matches my number exactly with the exception of "0" before the "y" (this letter is the year 00, X would be for 99 and so forth) which must be the interior. The only difference between my car and this one is the interior; exclusive here and mine's extended. The last five numbers are the serial number.

This car was built 218 cars after my July build. My question is: What are the European vin numbers like? Could some of our overseas friends upload a picture of their plate? Are these serial numbers just for US production or consecutive in order for all M5 builds. Persons with July or August builds would be best.

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Jim,

Could be they closed for 4 calendar weeks beginning Monday, 8/7/00. The 1st was a Tuesday, so maybe there was production for a few days in August before they shut. Just a guess.

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Does anyone know what GMBH on that plate stands for?
 

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Well, my german is pretty bad.. alright, non-existant, but I think GMBH is an abbreviation for what we in the states would put as Co. or Inc.
I'm sure someone who knows German will chime in soon.
 

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Gesellschaft mit beschraenkter Haftung. Literally, company with limited liability. It does not imply a public listing, which in Germany is an AG (Aktiengesellschaft) or stock company. Closest comparison to a GmbH is an Ltd. or plc in the UK.
 

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Originally posted by Tom M:
Gesellschaft mit beschraenkter Haftung. Literally, company with limited liability. It does not imply a public listing, which in Germany is an AG (Aktiengesellschaft) or stock company. Closest comparison to a GmbH is an Ltd. or plc in the UK.
Thanks Tom, looks like what Anzir was saying and I suspected as well. The division in BMW that builds M cars is: BMW M, GmbH. The comma helps. I read in the book "BMW M-Series this division also does the "individuals and runs the Drivers school in motosport. Now we know more than we did.

Thanks for your contribution.

Jim

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