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In US that Certificate of Origin (COO) along with the gold CMC tag is the official title for the fiberglass kit body of the Speedster.  If it's on a VW pan, that and the VW donor car will get the replica registered in most states.  Often builders just use the VW title that matches the donor's pan VIN.

I have the same COO and gold id plate for my 1988 CMC.  I don't know where those COOs are registered (or if they are) but they are an official "title" issued thru State of Florida - they is no certificate of authenticity other than that watermarked document.  I don't know if FL records or tracks the COO (CMC went belly up in 1992). State titles use a similar paper.

Almost all states require a manufacturer's statement of origin (MSO), also referred to as a manufacturer's certificate of origin. This is a form provided by the kit manufacturer that shows where and by whom the kit was manufactured, and it usually provides a chassis number.

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OK, my penchant for telling tall tales here has caught up with me.

CMCSite02

This actually IS what the former CMC factory site looks like today - or at least part of it.



Wolfgang's photo shows what 16650 N.W. 27th Avenue, Miami looked like when CMC was in residence:

CMCFactoryFL02

And here, thanks to Google Maps, is what that site looks like today:

CMCSiteAerial

The strip mall in my first photo is in the foreground of the wider view. There's also a much larger shopping center and a Mobil truck stop there, too.

I wonder what the total monthly rent for that site is today.

Time marches on.

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The Old CMC building was much more attractive than another vacant mall!  I fortunately got all my parts from them.  Some like the radio provided were crap - even back in 1988.  They tried to screw me on shipping - FL to No. VA.  I arranged shipping thru my brother's company for $550.  I had told them I had arranged shipping and to notify me when it was ready to be picked up.  No call so I called and they said they had already shipped via Pilot COD for $1440.  Fortunately that was the same company my brother used so they used his prepaid shipping! Took several tries to get matching front turn signals and a few backordered items but did get them all eventually.  Even got an extra front hood!

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The Old CMC building was much more attractive than another vacant mall!  I fortunately got all my parts from them.  Some like the radio provided were crap - even back in 1988.  They tried to screw me on shipping - FL to No. VA.  I arranged shipping thru my brother's company for $550.  I had told them I had arranged shipping and to notify me when it was ready to be picked up.  No call so I called and they said they had already shipped via Pilot COD for $1440.  Fortunately that was the same company my brother used so they used his prepaid shipping! Took several tries to get matching front turn signals and a few backordered items but did get them all eventually.  Even got an extra front hood!

All you need now is to finish putting it together!

I'm willing to help.

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@WOLFGANG , it's possible that's just an artist's drawing of the old CMC building.

But you could build your very own 150,000 square foot showroom and factory from a CMC kit.

Following the well-illustrated, step-by-step instruction manual, you could have your factory up and running in, typically, just 40 hours, with average mechanical ability and ordinary tools.  Help from family and friends can help cut down on assembly time. Isn't it time for your dream to start shaping into reality?



Exactly, YOU and many others have finished theirs. The majority though get sold unbuilt/unfinished, then someone actually COMPLETES the car.

How do think Merklin made his fortune LOL!

I had an early 911 basket-case for about 5 years. I came to the conclusion that I'd never finish it, and sold it someone else who would, and did.

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I have two versions of same from CMC --- not Fiberfab.  Inside is also the color guide.  The second one is stamped 1989.

In one of the price lists the hard tonneau is listed for $550 in your choice of gel-coat colors.

I bought mine new in November 1988.  I also have the original computer print out of parts shipped with some saying backordered.  The sheets match the COO and the gold id sticker.  Someone said that number was the sales slip invoice # which seems to be true.

CMC 1 buying guideCMC 2 Buying Guidecmc colors

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