The change to crinkle finish must have happened a bit later than serial number 23,200 as a pistol I recently acquired is smooth black finish & the serial number is 23,790 (c.1957).45flint wrote:this was posted to a site in 2002, looks like 23,200.
LP 53, Early versions with curved back of receiver, later
versions are straight. Brown or black plastic grips with Walther logo. Early
versions of the fitted case are blue and gray inside; later versions are
maroon. Finish is smooth blued steel until circa SN 23,200; then the more much
more common black crinkle enamel finish. Sights with two sets of extra inserts.
Sold from 1953 to 1984. (This pistol was made famous by appearing in a James
Bond poster). Exc = $400. Add 30% for fitted case, blue and gray inside. Add
25% for fitted case, maroon inside. Add 10% for original brown factory
cardboard box. Add 30% for original smooth blued finish. Add 25% for straight
back receiver. Add 15% for barrel weight. Subtract 5% for missing sight
inserts. Dr. Robert Beeman