I agree it's 102, but what about the car that is bare metal with the number 8 in post #51? It looks much shorter to me...
We alos still don't know for certain if there were any 204 coupes, nor do we know how many 205s were made....
Im not sure I see number 8 as much shorter then number 630... look at post 41. If someone had AUTOCAD they could measure certain points to compare. Anyone?
Somehow, we can only find pictures with 3 distinct cars from the original period, and we have 3 distinct cars today. We can almost certainly trace the cars to the period pictures. Yes, i agree no certain confirmation exists that tells us that 630 and 8 are the same, but having a different front then 101 and 102, and seeing the profile (including the clearly blanked off fog lights in both 630 and #8 guise) leads me to believe unless otherwise shown, that 630 and 8 are the same. what is not 100% definite is that 102 and this car are one of the same. This, unfortunately, given the modifications on the present day 205-102 will be tough to ascertain. But having two cars, with blanked off fog lights, a 4 piece grill, raced by Cortese in bare metal etc.. is a bit too much to be a coincidence. Again not 100%, but just good solid logic.
With regards to the 204 (tubular chassis) no proof has been shown. Eager to see some trace of something that can substantiate what could be a marketing gimmick.
Back to our picture at the start of the MM, seems that now we know that it cant be 101, it is not 102 (per grill) and most likely would be 103 due to color, and grill construction. I say most likely, because we can never be sure, as none of us were in the 1951 MM, but its a pretty good chance this is correct.