...But the data plate on the driver's door indicates the transmission type. Mine originally came with a 4-speed toploader, but had a C4 when I bought it. I'm putting a T5 in eventually, already have all the parts, and with the original looking type shifter nobody will be the wiser.
You can get excellent replacement Warranty Tags that say anything you like.
You're right about the shifter, too.
Amateur restorer. Well, sometimes I have been paid for it. But not right now.
The Washington State VIN is the legal VIN on that car. As far as staying true to the the factory original equipment, most cars on this forum are modified in some way or another so build it the way you want and enjoy it. Don't worry about the next guy.
I fully intend to build the way I want and wife can enjoy, thanks! As far as the next guy, I'll just point out the issues, he/she can take or leave it.
Did he say if he looked for all three vins? I bought a coupe a few months back and the guy had gone through all the trouble of getting a state vin on his car because he replaced the front inner apron. When I got the car I pulled both fenders and found the original vins on both sides.
I have yet to pull the fenders. At first I though all VINs were visible from inside the engine compartment. I see that's not the case. I'll report back what I find.