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Leica SLRs Sorted by Model and Serial Number 1963 to 1996: Leicaflex to R8

The raw data was supplied courtesy of Leica, by Mr. Horst Braun with the approval of Leica's CEO, Mr. Cohn.   I'm sure I'm speaking for all Leica enthusiasts in thanking them for their help and generosity in sharing this information.   I sorted and edited the raw data into its present form to enhance readability.  In some cases notes were added and wording revised for clarity.

It's probably a fair guess that many variations and special models which get collector's notice, did not get that much notice at the factory, so the serial numbers were just mixed in with the regular production for that model.    The reality of it is that the list was not made with all the precision that Leica collectors might like, but then the list wasn't made by Leica collectors -- it was made by people simply trying to get their job done -- sometimes at the end of a long day at work. 

Cameras are sorted by type and serial number.  Cameras of high collector interest, such as the SL MOT, are grouped together. 

For perhaps the first time, Leica birthdays are also listed, to be more exact the assignment date of the serial block. You know what this means.   Another reason to have a birthday party.  Let's see, 6 Leicas, six new birthday parties. Hmm.

Date Camera Starting Ending Batch
10/10/1963 Reserved for Flex-Camera   (SLR not used) 1080001 1085000 5000

 

1/1/1965 Leicaflex (Exact Date Unrecorded) 1115001 1128000 13000
5/3/1966 Leicaflex 1145001 1155000 10000
12/28/1966 Leicaflex 1165001 1173000 8000
5/21/1968 Leicaflex 1173251 1174700 1500

 

5/21/1968 SL 1173001 1173250 250
5/21/1968 SL 1174701 1175000 300
7/30/1968 SL 1195001 1205000 10000
7/30/1968 SL 1215001 1225000 10000
5/29/1969 SL 1235001 1245000 10000
1/14/1970 SL 1255001 1265000 10000
10/12/1970 SL 1275001 1285000 10000
4/2/1971 SL 1295001 1296500 1500
11/16/1971 SL 1335001 1336990 1990
4/18/1972 SL 1337111 1338220 1110
7/21/1972 SL 1338301 1339870 1570
10/19/1972 SL 1339901 1341450 1550
1/15/1973 SL 1342020 1342020 550
2/2/1973 SL 1342051 1342900 850
3/10/1973 SL 1343001 1344400 1400
3/10/1973 SL 1344501 1345000 500
4/6/1973 SL 1365001 1365380 380
4/6/1973 SL 1365471 1366990 1520
5/10/1973 SL 1367091 1367950 860
7/22/1973 SL 1368021 1368850 830
7/22/1973 SL 1368901 1369800 900
10/23/1973 SL 1369876 1372440 2565
1/16/1974 SL 1372631 1374000 2370

  

4/18/1972 SL MOT 1336991 1337110 120
7/21/1972 SL MOT 1338221 1338300 80
7/21/1972 SL MOT 1339871 1339900 30
10/19/1972 SL MOT 1341451 1341470 20
1/15/1973 SL MOT 1342021 1342050 30
2/2/1973 SL MOT 1342901 1343000 100
3/10/1973 SL MOT 1344401 1344500 100
4/6/1973 SL MOT 1365381 1365470 90
5/10/1973 SL MOT 1366991 1367090 100
5/10/1973 SL MOT 1367951 1368020 70
7/22/1973 SL MOT 1368851 1368900 50
10/23/1973 SL MOT 1372441 1372630 190

  

10/23/1973 SL2 0 Series 1369801 1369875 75
6/7/1974 SL2 1385001 1386100 1100
7/3/1974 SL2 1386101 1386600 500
1/20/1975 SL2 1386701 1387450 750
1/20/1975 SL2 1387501 1391760 4260
2/22/1975 SL2 1392001 1393420 1420
6/9/1975 SL2 1393511 1394300 790
6/18/1975 SL2 1394601 1395000 400
7/22/1975 SL2 1415001 1415140 140
7/22/1975 SL2 1415231 1421000 5770
7/22/1975 SL2 1421151 1525000 3850
8/19/1975 SL2, including 1 SL2 MOT with unrecorded number 1440001 1443000 3000
3/26/1976 SL2 in the last two number blocks contains also SL2 mot, the numbers of those cameras are not in order and taken by chance. 1443501 1446000 2500

  

1/20/1975 SL2 MOT 1386601 1386700 100
2/22/1975 SL2 MOT 1387451 1387500 50
2/22/1975 SL2 MOT 1391761 1392000 240
6/9/1975 SL2 MOT 1393421 1393510 90
6/18/1975 SL2 MOT 1394301 1394600 300
7/22/1975 SL2 MOT 1415141 1415230 90
7/22/1975 SL2 MOT 1421001 1421150 150

 

R3 Production   LW = Leica Wetzlar  LP = Leica Portugal

11/18/1976 R3 LW Chrome 1446001 1446100 100
11/18/1976 R3 LP Chrome 1446101 1447100 1000
11/18/1976 R3 LP Black 1447101 1449000 1900
11/18/1976 R3 LW Black 1449001 1450500 1500
11/18/1976 R3 LW Chrome 1450501 1450900 400
11/18/1976 R3 LP Black 1450901 1468000 17100
9/30/1977 R3 LP Black 1470001 1477000 10000
12/1/1977 R3 LP Chrome 1479001 1480000 1000
3/3/1978 R3 LP Black 1485001 1491000 6000
3/3/1978 R3 Chrome 1492250 1491001 1250
7/18/1979 R3 Black 1523751 1523850 100
1/19/1979 R3 Chrome 1524851 1525350 500

 

3/3/1978 R3 MOT 1492251 1502000 9750
1/9/1979 R3 MOT 1508001 1510000 2000
1/19/1979 R3 MOT 1510001 1523750 13750

 

9/30/1977 R3 LP green  Safari 1468001 1470000 2000
3/3/1978 R3 LP green  Safari 1482001 1485000 3000

 

7/18/1979 R3 Gold 1523851 1524850 1000

 

6/20/1980 R4 Black 1533351 1543350 10000
6/16/1981 R4 Black 1552351 1562350 10000
11/10/1981 R4 Black 1564351 1574350 10000
11/30/1981 R4 Chrome 1574351 1576350 2000
11/30/1981 R4 Black 1576351 1586350 10000
5/15/1982 R4 Chrome 1590551 1592550 2000
5/12/1982 R4 Black 1592551 1602550 10000
8/13/1982 R4 Chrome 1602551 1604550 2000
12/14/1982 R4 Black 1606551 1616550 10000
12/14/1982 R4 Chrome 1616551 1618550 2000
5/18/1983 R4 Black 1622551 1632550 10000
10/29/1984 R4 Black 1659251 1664250 5000
12/12/1984 R4 Chrome 1664351 1665350 1000
4/22/1985 R4 Black 1669351 1674350 5000
6/4/1986 R4 Black 1694951 1696450 1500

 

3/14/1984 R4 Gold 1651251 1652250 1000

 

7/25/1983 R4s 1632551 1636550 4000
10/28/1983 R4s 1637551 1642550 5000
1/18/1984 R4s 1643751 1648750 5000
5/25/1984 R4s 1652251 1657250 5000
5/4/1986 R4s 1692951 1694950 2000

 

11/13/1985 R4s-2 1682951 1687950 5000

 

Please note the Factory Records sometimes mixed together the serial numbers of R5, R6, and R-E cameras together in the same batch.  They are so listed here.

6/4/1986 R5 Black 1696451 1701450 5000
3/23/1987 R5 Black 1714451 1719450 5000
3/23/1987 R5 Chrome 1719451 1720450 1000
3/23/1987 R5 Black 1720451 1724450 4000
10/14/1987 R6 Black made in Germany 1728451 1732450 4000
10/27/1987 R5 Chrome 1732451 1733450 1000
1/11/1988 R5 Black 1733451 1738450 5000
6/24/1988 R6 Black made in Germany 1745451 1755450 10000
11/9/1988 R5 Black made in Germany 1762451 1765750 3330
2/9/1989 R6 Chrome Germany 1765751 1768000 2250
2/21/1989 R5 Black made in Germany 1768001 1770220 2220
4/20/1989 R5 Black made in Germany 1770221 1770485 265
6/30/1989 R5+R6 Chrome 1770486 1772500 2015
3/2/1990 R5+R6 Chrome 1775001 1777000 2000
5/4/1990 R5,R6,R-E Black 1777501 1779000 2500
9/5/1990 R5,R6,R-E Black 1782001 1783000 1000
10/22/1990 R5,R-E Black 1786001 1788000 2000
1/7/1991 R5,R-E Black 1788001 1790000 2000
2/21/1991 R5,R-E Black 1791001 1793000 2000
6/4/1991 R5,R-E Black 1797001 1799000 2000
6/17/1991 R5,R-E Black 1799001 1800000 1000

 

 

7/4/1991 R-E,R6-2 Black 1900001 1903500 3500
11/25/1991 R-E,R6-2 Black 1907501 1908500 1000
2/28/1995 R6-2 Black 2177751 2178000 250
2/27/1996 R6-2 Black 2237501 2238500 1000
3/31/1995 R6-2 Chrome 2167001 2168000 1000
3/31/1993 R6-2 Chrome 1932003 1933000 998
2/14/1996 R6-2 Black 2236001 2236500 500
8/28/1995 R6-2 Black 2176701 2177000 300
9/25/1995 R6-2 Chrome 2178001 2179000 1000
8/21/1996 R6-2 Black 2283626 2284125 500
4/9/1996 R6-2 Black 2277001 2278000 1000
11/23/1993 R6-2 Chrome 1997001 1998000 1000
10/18/1993 R6-2 Black 1993001 1995000 2000
9/15/1994 R6-2 Chrome 2007001 2008000 1000
12/17/1991 R6-2 Black 1912001 1914000 2000
6/5/1996 R6-2 Black 2280501 2281000 500
9/7/1993 R6-2 Black 1937001 1937999 999
8/4/1992 R6-2 Chrome 1923001 1924000 1000
5/2/1995 R6-2 Black 2170001 2170500 500
5/2/1995 R6-2 Chrome 2170501 2171000 500

 

12/2/1991 R7 Black 1908501 1912000 3500
7/28/1992 R7 Chrome 1919021 1920000 980
7/28/1992 R7 Black 1920001 1923000 3000
8/12/1992 R7 Chrome 1924001 1926000 2000
4/15/1993 R7 Black 1933001 1934000 1000
5/25/1993 R7 Black 1934001 1935000 1000
9/15/1993 R7 Black 1938151 1940000 1850
9/23/1993 R7 Black 1940001 1941000 1000
12/8/1993 R7 Black 1998001 1999000 1000
2/3/1994 R7 Chrome 1999001 1999998 998
11/2/1994 R7 Chrome 2008001 2009000 1000
11/22/1994 R7 Black 2011001 2013000 2000
1/30/1995 R7 Chrome 2065001 2066000 1000
2/21/1995 R7 Black 2166001 2167000 1000
6/26/1995 R7 Black 2173001 2174000 1000
8/25/1995 R7 Black 2177251 2177750 500
10/11/1995 R7 Black 2181001 2181575 575
10/18/1995 R7 Black 2181576 2182000 425
10/27/1995 R7 Black 2182001 2183000 1000
11/30/1995 R7 Black 2183001 2184000 1000
2/20/1996 R7 Chrome 2236501 2237500 1000
3/13/1996 R7 Black 2238501 2239000 500
3/27/1996 R7 Black 2240001 2241000 1000
7/12/1996 R7 Black 2281401 2282400 1000

 

3/1/1994 R7 for WWF 2000001   1

 

6/8/1995 R7 Urushi paint 2171001 2171200 200

 

7/24/1996 R8 First Production 2285001    

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