Hi, mine is A319 40163 – can anyone help suss this one out?
Are you sure the 4 isn't actually an A? If so, some of the earlier ones were in that format, with A3 presumably being a department within A. The 1 seems to be the year and the 9 the month, although they all seem to be 9s so that might be in doubt (unless they were all built at the same time, which is quite possible). That would make it a 1992 model.
Sorry Anthony, no wonder I've been confused for so long
I've been going by the original invoice from the shop where I bought the frame and forks. The paint was quite thick in the BB shell underside area, so it was always hard to decipher, and the number on the invoice seemed correct. I guess the shop owner transposed it wrongly at the time.
I've rechecked the frame number again on the bb shell. Since having the frame stripped, cleaned and powder coated recently, the number is much clearer now. Because of the lack of clarity before, I'm afraid I've always assumed the invoice was correct.
The actual number is A309 A0163.
Would this translate as September 1993?
thanks for your help,
Clockwork A309 A0163
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