Hi again, and thanks for your reply with additional information.
If the original owner's title was destroyed or can't be found, the vehicle will need to be 'traced' somehow, through it's VIN number. Once the last registered owner and/or sales history of the vehicle is established, you may be able to apply for a new title/registration if the vehicle was never stolen and you have the current bill of sale, identifying you as the owner. If it was not initially declared as salvage, the salvage title would not work, as you suspect.
The best alternative would be to trace the original title through the VIN number, via DMV records.
I hope everything works out for you!
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