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Gerilyn
05-04-2010, 08:34 PM
:confused:I recently purchased a 1957 Mark II, Serial number C56S3925. I know the car was delivered to Joe Kerley Lincoln-Mercury in San Jose, CA on or about May 3, 1957. I am trying to ascertain ownership of this car from 1957-1983. The California DMV does not maintain records back that far and the Ford Benson Center could not offer me any help. Would appreciate if anyone has any knowledge of my vehicle.
Mark B. Eskander

Barry Wolk
05-04-2010, 09:21 PM
Hi Mark, you're probably SOL as many DMVs only go back 10 years. When I went to get plates for my '88 750iL it was no longer in the state's records.

Just curious as to why past ownership is important. Don't be offended, I just don't get it. I'd be happy to know the original owner of my car, as you do, but it was an Introductory Unit and not ordered for a specific person.

Interesting that this should come up because new federal regulations will require auto makers to follow a car from cradle to grave, so to speak.

There is one long shot. There is a database that's available to the legal community that's searchable. If the car's serial number was noted in some form of litigation there might be a record.

linc64
05-04-2010, 11:28 PM
Hi Mark
It's your lucky day! I have a copy of the 1973-74 LCOC Directory. Your car is listed as belonging to Lawrence P. Mooney of Reno Nevada. He's also listed in the 74-75 Western Region Directory, but not the '77 or '78-'79. I'm sure other forum members here have directories from other years, so hopefully they'll chime in too.

linmk2
05-04-2010, 11:34 PM
Welcome to the forum. At this point the most important owner of your car is YOU. :D I do understand you would like to know how many owners your car has had, but I find it doubtful you will ever find out. In the mean time, just enjoy your ownership.

linc64
05-04-2010, 11:42 PM
Well, you now have the name of at least one previous owner. I also have his address as of 1975. It's a long shot but maybe he or some of his relatives still live there. If you want I can e-mail you his address.
Oh, and welcome to the forum!

Barry Wolk
05-05-2010, 06:57 AM
I stand corrected.:o Good lead.

SLK
05-06-2010, 10:24 AM
Linc, could you look in the directory to see who may have owned my car (C56G3133)? I have a copy of the title document from 1976, but I'd like to trace back a bit more of it's history.

Thank you.

linc64
05-06-2010, 10:52 AM
No problem, I'll check when I get home later this evening.

Barry Wolk
05-06-2010, 12:03 PM
Could you look up mine, too?

linc64
05-06-2010, 09:20 PM
Barry, yours isn't listed, though C5681125 is.

Ben, your car is listed as belonging to Rudolph Laho of Illinois. No street address.

Barry Wolk
05-06-2010, 09:22 PM
How about 1120?

linc64
05-06-2010, 11:53 PM
How about 1120?
Sorry Barry, 1120 isn't listed either. The closest one to that is 1122. Both 1122 and 1125 were in Illinois.

markiient
05-07-2010, 02:57 AM
Sorry Barry, 1120 isn't listed either. The closest one to that is 1122. Both 1122 and 1125 were in Illinois.
C568-1120 is in Texas

SLK
05-07-2010, 04:17 PM
Ben, your car is listed as belonging to Rudolph Laho of Illinois. No street address.

Thank you Linc.

gumpyf
11-22-2010, 11:23 AM
not sure if you got your questions answered. Rudolph Laho did own the car in question. He passed away about 15 years ago or more. His last address was at 5n york road in bensenville, Illinois. His wife passed away as well. he still has a son in bensenville. Rudy owned a number of antique cars, inclduing the one in question. Rudy owned the True Value hardware store (later an Ace) in town. he was a heckuva guy! had more than one ride in that automobile!

SLK
11-22-2010, 05:49 PM
Thanks Gumpyf.

SLK
11-22-2010, 07:40 PM
not sure if you got your questions answered. Rudolph Laho did own the car in question. He passed away about 15 years ago or more. His last address was at 5n york road in bensenville, Illinois. His wife passed away as well. he still has a son in bensenville. Rudy owned a number of antique cars, inclduing the one in question. Rudy owned the True Value hardware store (later an Ace) in town. he was a heckuva guy! had more than one ride in that automobile!

Gumpyf, did he say when he purchased the Mark II?

gumpyf
08-16-2011, 03:04 PM
Boy, I remember when he bought the car but it is hard to remember exactly when it was. .....but I was working for him when he did. He bought an Avanti right at the same time he bought the Lincoln. I worked in his store from around 1967 to 1978 while in junior high through college....and it was in that time that he bought it. I am guessing it was in the early to mid 1970's..probably around 1973 to 1976 or so. An old mechanic who used to do a lot of work on Rudy's cars (he worked on the Lincoln as well) is still in town. He has to be 90 at this point. He would probably remember more if it would help at all. Sorry it took so long to answer. Was just happening to poke around on the internet.

SLK
08-16-2011, 03:07 PM
Thank you.