I have to admit, that extra digit on the VIN plate is one of the coolest factory mistakes I have seen. How did they not catch this? So, I have to ask, what was the process for setting up and changing the VIN plate die? I used to think it was like the bank rubber date stamps where they would spin the dial place of the digit and the next number would come to the front. From what this mistake shows me, it appears the numbers are removed and replaced with the next die. Here, the factory worker slid out the ...532, mistakenly removed only one of the 5's, left the other 5 on the press machine, then grabbed an extra 5 and slid it back in place along with the two 3's, and BANG, pressed out the VIN we see today. The fact that it was never caught and made it out of the factory with the paperwork reflecting the mistake means that more than just one guy dropped the ball here.
I know that misstamped coins make for higer value and collectible status. Wonder how this affects the value, it at all. In the very least, cool story. I will say, if I didn't see the photo of the VIN, I would question this person's eyesight and was sure he was not reading the VIN right. However, seeing the actual VIN confirms it. If I was buying this car and saw this VIN, I would shy away and assume someone was trying to pull a fast one. I would also want to know where the other 2.5 million Camaros were.