Minolta Autocord Model?

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  1. ags

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    Hi All,

    I am thinking about buying a minolta autocord from an online source (with returns). They say the serial number is 11133XX. I checked this site : http://www.wctatel.net/web/crye/a-cord.htm but they all start with 12XXXX. Any ideas on what my seller has?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Wade D

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    Could the camera possibly be an earlier Minoltaflex or Minoltacord? They were introduced in 1952 & 1953 respectively. Several years earlier than the Autocord so that might explain the lower serial number.
     
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    Clayton Rye (owner of the page you refer to) wrote just above his serial # list:

    "These are serial numbers taken off of actual Autocords. They do not represent the beginning or end of a run. See where the serial number of your Autocord falls in this list and that will indicate the probable model you have."

    Got a photo? Autocords all say "Autocord". Earlier model Minolta TLRs identify themselves accordingly.
     
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    Good catch. I was tired when I read it and missed that part.
     
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    Thanks guys. I just noticed that the serial number I was given has 7 digits. Probably off of the lens? The serial numbers on the website all have 6.

    I bought the camera and it will be delivered tomorrow. Worst case scenario, I don't like it and I will send it back for a refund. Only out a few bucks for shipping. Best case scenario, I love it. I'll keep you posted.
     
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    Oh, btw, this was from adorama. No picture unfortunately. I have had very good luck with their used stuff recently, and figured Id give it a go.
     
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    Most earlier Autocords have two weak points: the first is a jamming focus lever and the second is a glitch in the winding mechanism which causes that the shutter won't get activated. Especially a stiff focus lever is typical for an unserviced Autocord.