Hello everyone. I recently acquired a 1944 M20 as a winter project. It appears to have mis matched frame and engine numbers. Frame is WM2038598 and engine number 104457. The PO told me that the gentleman he purchased the bike from 20 years ago told him that he had imported the bike to the States from Australia. I’m hoping that some of the resident experts can shed some more light on the history of this bike. Thanks in advance.
I calculate the WD serial number for WM20 38598 as C4355190. There were certainly some numbers fairly close to this that were sent to Australia. With a bit of luck, Rob Miller will be along shortly and can tell you from his databases if it had an Australian serial number, or if it appears in the post war British Army of the Rhine records which is the case with most of the WM20s in the U.S.
Thanks everyone for replies. It’s good to know some background on these bikes that are steeped in history. Looking forward to getting it back together and riding it when the weather warms up. Thanks again.