Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and Cowl Tag Decoding

©2014, Full-Size Chevrolet Research Group
Edited by Warren Leunig
Version: Monday, 11-Aug-2014 03:21:20 EDT

VIN Information

  1. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  2. Body Style Number
  3. 1964-1966 Canadian VIN Format
  4. Partial VIN Definition and Location

Cowl Tag Information

  1. Cowl Tag Decode
  2. Plant Code Chart
  3. Paint
  4. Interior
  5. Fisher Body Accessory Codes

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for the fullsize Chevrolets built in the United States had 4 components – the model year, the body style, the assembly plant designation, and sequential serial number. 1964-1966 Canadian VIN’s had a different format, see Canadian. The VIN number plate can be found on 1964-1967 Chevrolets by looking at the A-pillar in the front door jamb. Starting in 1968, it was moved to the driver’s side dash panel and can be seen by looking through the windshield.

Up through 1964, the VIN number was 12 characters. This early format had the model year at the front followed by the body style, assembly plant designation and sequential serial number. Starting in 65, it changed to 13 characters. The only change was that the body style was now in front followed by the model year.

The year is identified by the last numeral in that year so 4=1964, 7=1967, 0=1970, etc.

Body Style Number

The body style number consists of three parts. The first part is always 1 to designate Chevrolet, 2nd for the series and 3rd for the specific body style. An odd third digit designates a 6 cyl. engine, while an even number designates an 8 cyl.

There were quite a few body style codes used from 1964-1970 due to the wide array of models available such as the Impala, Bel Air, Biscayne and Caprice. The Impala Super Sports even had their own body style code from 1964-1967. All body style codes in 1964 were four digits, which were changed to five for the 1965 model year. The basic format remained the same though.  In addition, the body style number also appears on the cowl tag, typically in a V8 format.

Sample 1964 body style breakdown – 1569
(1) Chevrolet
(5) Bel Air series (6-cyl)
(69) Four door sedan

Sample 1969 body style breakdown – 16639
(1) Chevrolet
(66) Caprice series (8-cyl)
(39) Four door sport sedan

Here is a chart showing all the body style numbers for each of the years. The majority of the assembly plants showed an 8 cyl. body style on the cowl tag, regardless of the engine size. However, some plants showed a 6 cyl. designation if the car was to have such an engine. When trying to figure out if your car had an L6 or V8, always go by the VIN number.

Here is a chart of VIN number assembly plant codes. Plant years in parenthesis

website page 1 assy plant vin chart

The last six digits of the VIN# are the sequential serial number. All assembly plants started at 100001 except in 1969. Number 2 would be 100002, etc. To find out your sequence number, you can subtract 100,000 from it. In 1969, all assembly plants except for Janesville and Lordstown start the sequence at 000001.

Sample 1964 VIN number decode – 41169S207810
(4) 1964
(1169) Biscayne 4-door sedan – 6 cyl. engine
(S) St Louis, MO assembly plant
(207810) 107,810th fullsize Chevrolet built at St. Louis, MO

Sample 1965-1970 VIN number decode – 164878J206840
(8) 1968
(16487) Impala 2-door sport coupe – 8 cyl. engine
(J) Janesville, WI assembly plant
(206840) 106,840th fullsize Chevrolet built at Janesville, WI

1964-1966 Canadian VIN Format

Before 1967, the Canadian VIN format was different than what was used in the U.S.  It started with the year followed by the body number and the sequential serial number.  No plant code was used.  The last six started at 000001.

Sample 1964-1966 Canadian VIN number decode – 516469012345
(5) 1965 (16469) Impala 4-door sedan
(012345) 12,345th fullsize Chevrolet built at Oshawa, Ontario

Partial VIN Definition and Location

In addition to the VIN plate, the partial VIN of the car was sometimes stamped on the body in up to two places.  Starting in 1967, the partial VIN was stamped on the top of the cowl (under the cowl vent panel) or on the firewall around the opening that would be covered by the heater or air conditioning box.

Cowl Tag Decode

The cowl tag is an aluminum tag attached to the firewall of the body. It contains interesting information pertaining to the body of the car such as what week it was built, the paint and interior colors and the options that would have required modifications to the body shell. In 1964, the cowl tag can be found on top of the firewall on the passenger’s side. Starting in 1965, it was moved to the front of the firewall on the driver’s side by the brake booster. The general format of the cowl tag remained the same from 1964-1970 and will be explained below. One exception is the cowl tags of cars built at Oshawa, Ontario (until 1967) and those assembled overseas. Those tags will be covered in a future update.

The body build date tells the month and week the body was produced. The date code starts with a number for the month, followed by a letter for the week. For the month: 01 = January, 05 = May, 09 = September and 12 = December, etc. For the week: A = 1st week of the month, B = 2nd, C = 3rd, D=4th and E=5th. In a few cases, the build date might vary such as the week being identified with a number. In 69, the location changed from the top line to under the interior code.

The top line can contain more information depending on the assembly plant. Some plants put a sequence number next to the date code or above the body number. The sequence number was used in the body plant for scheduling the shells to come down the line in order. A single letter can sometimes be found in this location as well, which usually identifies the interior paint code. That code can also be found on the protectoplate. During 1964 and 1965, the Euclid, OH plant, which produced convertible and wagon bodies for final assembly at Flint, MI stamped an F in that location. It is to denote the Flint plant and is not for the interior color.

2nd Line

The 2nd line (1st in 69/70) contains the year, body style number and assembly plant info. The year precedes the body style such as 64, 67, 70, etc. For information on decoding the body style, see the chart in the VIN number section. The body style on the cowl tag is typically in a V8 format, even if the car came with an L6 engine.  Some plants however, did stamp a L6 body style on the cowl tag if it was to be assembled with that engine.   In most cases, the assembly plant code is followed by either the sequential body number or the order confirmation number found on factory paperwork like the window sticker.

Plant Code Chart


  • Oshawa starting using OS in 1967.  In previous years there was no plant designation on the cowl tag.
  • Euclid produced convertible and station wagon bodies for the Flint plant in 1964 and 1965.
  • The plant code for Los Angeles/Van Nuys changed mid-year in 1969 from LOS to VN.

3rd Line


The paint code can consist of letters, numbers or both. It varied by year. It was a three digit number up to 1965 when it became a letter. It returned to a number in 1969. The numerical code is listed in parenthesis next to the paint name. Note: Wilmington put the color of the wheels as a third letter (or 2nd on convertibles) in the paint code for 1965.

website paint code list

Two-tone Paint Codes

The typical two-tone paint code was a combination of two of the available paint codes as suggested by Chevrolet. In 1964, the paint code was a single three digit number between 952 and 995.

952 – Meadow Green/ Bahama Green
954 – Meadow Green/ Ermine White
959 – Silver Blue/ Ermine White
960 – Silver Blue/ Daytona Blue
965 – Lagoon Aqua/ Ermine White
971 – Desert Beige/ Saddle Tan
975 – Ember Red/ Desert Beige
982 – Satin Silver/ Daytona Blue
988 – Ermine White/ Azure Aqua
993 – Palomar Red/ Desert Beige
995 – Palomar Red/ Satin Silver

Convertible and Vinyl Tops

The convertible and vinyl top codes appear after the paint code and sometimes after the interior code. A number was used up to 69 when they changed to a letter.

In 67, the tan vinyl top color became light fawn instead of beige.










The interior code is a three digit number that shows the color, fabric type and style of the seats. A single letter or number can follow it. The Wilmington, DE assembly plant listed the interior paint code after it 1964-1968. Some plants listed the top (vinyl or convertible) color in this location with a number and some other assembly plants used a letter in 1966 and 1967 to signify the front seat type and whether it had headrests.

See the below interior charts for your year.

860 [861]852 [855]876 [877]  x   x   x   x   x   x   x
Belair863850872823839   x   x   x   x   x
Impala cloth866853874826842811857   x   x   x
Impala vinyl870847886829836814859   x   x   x
Impala Super Sport - bucket seats856   x879n/a831815862805845878

Note for 1964: Biscayne sedan interiors were cloth except for the 865 fawn fleet-type vinyl.  Wagons got vinyl interiors.

860 [861]852 [855]876 [877]  x  x  x   x   x   x   x
Belair863850872823839   x   x   x   x   x
Impala cloth866853874826842811857   x  x   x
Impala vinyl870847886829836814859   x   x   x
Impala Super Sport - bucket seats856845879   x831815862845802805
Caprice858   x   x   x843817   x   x   x   x

Note for 1965: Biscayne sedan interiors were cloth except for the 865 fawn fleet-type vinyl.  Wagons got vinyl interiors.

1966FawnTurquoiseRedGreenBlueBlackIvoryBright BlueBronze
860 [861]   x876 [877]   x840 [832]   x   x   x   x
863 [867]850
872 [878]   x839 [833]   x   x   x   x
Impala cloth866853874826842811   x   x   x
Impala (all) & Caprice wagon (vinyl)870/859847871830836814   x   x   x
Impala Super Sport - bucket seats869/862846873830837813885844   x
(strato-bench in parenthesis)
857 (868)   x   x   x843 (834)817 (818)   x   x   x
Caprice - bucket seats856848879   x831815   x   x891

Note for 1966: Biscayne and Belair sedan interiors were cloth except for the 865 fawn fleet-type vinyl.  Wagons got vinyl interiors.  The 869 SS interior became 862 in January of 1966.

1967FawnTurquoiseRedGoldBlueBlackWhiteBright BluePlum
801 [802]   x   x   x840 [832]812 [812]   x   x   x
803 [804]850
  x   x839 [833]819 [820]   x   x   x
Impala cloth   x853874 (Maroon)888842811   x   x   x
Impala (all) & Caprice wagon (vinyl)   x847871889836814894845   x
Impala Super Sport - bucket seats (strato-bench in parenthesis)   x   x873 (870)890 (885)   x813 (810)895 (898)844 (848)   x
Caprice   x   x   x887843817   x   x860
Caprice strato-bench
[vinyl in brackets]
  x   x   x886 [884]834 [835]818 [821]   x   x862
Caprice - bucket seats   x   x   x891837815   x   x   x

Note for 1967: Biscayne and belair sedan interiors were cloth except for the 865 fawn fleet-type vinyl.  Wagons got vinyl interiors.  The 812 black vinyl interior was available in both sedans and wagons.

1968Saddle (wagon only)TurquoiseRedGoldBlueBlackParchmentTealGray/Green
Biscayne837   x   x831816
802   x   x   x

803, 811 [804]   x   x   x
Impala cloth   x842   x833820805   x   x853
Impala (all) & Caprice wagon (vinyl)839845 [wagon]866830821806858864   x
Impala Super Sport bucket seats   x   x868836   x812859862   x
[vinyl in brackets]
  x   x   x834822
  x   x852
Caprice strato-bench   x   x   x835823808   x   x856
Caprice - bucket seats   x   x   x840824809   x   x857

Note for 1968: The 802 black vinyl interior was available in both Biscayne sedans and wagons.  Black and blue vinyl interiors were available in all Belairs but wagons had a different code (804) for black than sedans (811).

1969Saddle (wagon only)TurquoiseRedGoldMed. BlueDark BlueBlackParchmentMed. GreenDark Green
Biscayne/Brookwood831   x   x   x816 [815 wagon]   x802   x849 (Biscayne)   x
[vinyl in parenthesis]
838   x   x   x818 (819)   x803, (804)   x850
[851 wagon]
Impala cloth   x844   x837   x820805   x852860
Impala (all) & Kingswood wagon (vinyl)(830)   x866   x   x821806858853861
Impala bucket seats   x   x867   x   x   x812859854   x
Caprice (knit in parenthesis)   x846   x840822(826)807 (813)   x856(855)
Caprice - bucket seats   x   x   x   x   x824809   x862857

Note for 1969: The 808 black Caprice interior was the only strato-bench seat available for 1969

1970Saddle (wagon only)TurquoiseRedGoldMed. BlueDark BlueBlackSandalwoodDark Green
Biscayne and Brookwood831   x   x843 (Biscayne)815   x802   x   x
[838]   x   x   x818 [819]   x803, 804 [804]   x848
Impala cloth   x844   x837820   x805   x860
Impala (all) & Kingswood wagon (vinyl)830   x866841821   x806828861
Caprice   x845   x840822826813870855

On some assembly plants (except Wilmington, DE) in 1966 and 1967, a letter was used after the interior code to indicate the front seat type.

  • A – Bench seat
  • B – Bucket seats
  • D – Strato-bench seat
  • E – Bench seat with headrests
  • L – Strato-bench seat with headrests
  • S – Bucket seats with headrests

Accessory Codes

Below is a table of Fisher Body codes for the 1964-1967 Fullsize Chevrolets.  There is no known factory documentation that lists every code so most of these were confirmed by comparing original cars to the codes on the tag.  If you have seen any not on this list or can help confirm any, please contact us.

website acc codes group 4


If you have any data to contribute to the research of these accessory codes, we would love to see it!

129 comments for “Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and Cowl Tag Decoding

  1. August 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Nice job, Warren! That sure was a lot of work to get it to this point.

    The only confusing thing I noticed was the comment line after each year’s interior codes. It’s not clear if the note applies to the box above or below without doing research. Not a major problem but something that confused me (which is not hard to do).

    If you need any help, please let me know.

  2. Richard
    November 9, 2014 at 12:24 am

    My accessory cose on a 1967 Impala convertible says 213766. What does that mean?

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      That’s the ident number. Will appear in the top right of the window sticker.

  3. Richard
    November 9, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Code, excuse me and its from the St louis plant.

  4. John stackowitz
    November 19, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I’m getting a 1966 Biscayne 2 door next week. the accessory codes are not adding up. I didn’t see anything on your acc chart to help identify the accessories. I will put the cowl plate info as it reads on tag. Thanks in 11C
    ST66-15411 BW00800 BODY
    TR865V AA paint

  5. Giorgio
    February 19, 2015 at 7:09 pm


    I need a help, I dont know what exaclty engine I have?, I know is a Chevrolet caprice 1966 hard top and automatic.

    VIN 616647016874
    STYLE 16647EXLD1-11-22
    BODY NO. 120051
    TRIM C48U80 879M35T-28
    D33 A31 A46C08D31

    I´ll be waiting.


    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Hi Giorgio,

      Sorry for the late reply to your question posted on my website. Neat car with nice
      options. Here is what I can decipher. Do you have a picture of the tag?

      VIN 616647016874
      STYLE 16647EXLD1-11-22
      BODY NO. 120051
      PAINT N
      TRIM C48U80 879M35T-28
      D33 A31 A46C08D31

      Car was built in Oshawa Canada. 16647 is a Caprice coupe. EXLD means it was built for
      export but a Left Hand drive. 1-11-22 means body was built 11/22/65 1st shift.
      N is Maroon paint.

      C48? not sure what that is
      U80 rear seat speaker
      879 is red bucket seats
      M35 powerglide trans
      T-28 is a vinyl top. Not sure what color.
      D33 remote mirror
      A31 power windows
      A46 power bucket seat
      C08 vinyl top
      D31 Inside day/night rear view mirror

      Since the car was built in Canada, you can order the original option info from vintage
      vehicle services.


      • Kurt
        November 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm

        C48 is heater delete.

  6. Glenn
    February 24, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I would like to know what the original options on my car and what are the matching engine and Trans numbers

    Vin- 164479R033691
    Engine compartment plate-
    69-16447 BTQ5355
    812. 51 B

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      I had this car in my research database from when it was on ebay in 2011. It’s a numbers matching 427/335HP motor with Turbo 400 transmission. Other options it has are bucket seats, air conditioning, disc brakes and power steering.

  7. Charlie Bisbee
    March 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    I have a 1964 Impala v8 sport coupe with W2S on the cowl tag.
    It is on the bottom I guess you would say the 4th line
    Do you have any idea what this would mean?

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      1W tinted windshield
      2S rear antenna

  8. Dale
    March 22, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Hi, I see mention of a future update to cover Canadian overseas cowl codes. I have a right hand drive Canadian built 65 wagon in Australia and am trying to work out original carpet, trim etc. Any info would be of great use. I can supply numbers if that is any help?


  9. Jay Cunliffe
    April 8, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Hello, this site is very informative thank you. I am having trouble determining if a 1968 Impala convertible I am interested in buying is a real SS or just a base impala. I can’t find any info on how to determine this. I don’t think its possible to tell from the VIN so any info would be helpful Thanks for your time.

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Sorry for the late reply. You would have to go by the interior code on the cowl tag. If it decodes to bucket seats, you are good to go.


  10. larry pharris
    April 13, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I have a 1967 caprice with bucket seats and console, factory air and 396 motor. The 2 accessory codes are CO8 and C60. I see the C60 code is the air conditioning but I do not know what the C08 code is. Thank,Larry

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Larry,

      C08 is vinyl top


  11. April 21, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Very helpful finding Month of build. Thank you Don

  12. David Galyean
    April 24, 2015 at 1:42 am


    Hi, My name is David Galyean from Rochester, Washington. I happen to own a factory originial ’69 Impala convertible since 2002. Here’s the cowl tag that I would like to learn furthermore about my car’s information.

    I’ve already knew most of the information expect for two remaining question that I have based on my car itself.

    1) ST 69 16467: 1969 Impala Convertible

    2) TAR208323: Tarrytown, New York GM plant but… what does this sequence number meant?

    3) BOY right after TAR208323: ???

    4) Trim: 806 (black vinyl bench seat) standard.

    5) Paint code 65: Olympic Gold B: I think mean Black convertible top

    6) 12B: I believe it’s a date build but when??? Also 422078???

    Again, Thank for your prompt assistance solving some of those cowl tag information on my ’69 Impala ragtop.


    David Galyean

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Hi David,
      Sent you an email with some answers to your questions.


  13. Exsar
    May 8, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Hi, Would you happen to know the trim tag code for power windows on a 1964 Impala SS? Also, I show a code of C60 as I’m assuming that’s for a/c?

    Thank you,

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      Yes. It would be A31 since your car shows the rpo codes on the tag. Some plants may only show C60 and not A31 though.

  14. David
    May 11, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Hello if I give you a picture of my body broadcast sheet would you be able to decode it for me?

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Yes! Think you found me on one of the forums since sending this message.

  15. May 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Is there anyway to tell what motor and trans came in a 64 ss convertible? Besides v8 or six and do u know how many 409 4 speed ss convertibles were made? Thank u for any help!

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      the cowl tag may have an accessory code for the transmission. That would be a clue. Engine could have been a 283, 327 or 409. There are no exact production figures for 409’s with 4spd.


  16. cortez Frank
    May 24, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    interested in knowing what type of engine was manufactured in St Louis Missouri that came in the 64 Impala SS 8 cylinder 2 door coupe

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Could have been a 283, 327 or 409. Engines were built in Flint, MI or Tonawanda, NY

  17. May 29, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    On my cowl tag after Body there is BT 2811.I know what the BT stands for but i can’t figure out what the 2811 represents.Can anyone help me. Thanks, John P.S. my car is a 1964 SS Impala

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      2811 is the sequential body number. 2,811th 64 Impala SS body built at Arlington, TX

  18. June 8, 2015 at 2:15 am

    I have a 64,SS, 327, auto w/buckets, console, tilt wheel. It has a strange piece of chrome on the side roof pillars in the shape of a 4 pronged star. Vertical points of star is longer than the side points. What does this mean?

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Got a picture?

  19. mike
    June 14, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I am having trouble decoding cowl tag. 65 impala. Looks like CCA paint.and 737 Bottom line. Can I send you a pic and get some help?

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      You sure can. I will send you an email.


  20. Murray Emerson
    June 29, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    MY CAR IS 1968 CHEV.CONV.SS BUCKET SEATS POWER BRAKES POWER STEERING FACTORY AIR POWER POP-UP- hidden- headlights-hidden- windshield wipers/327/ENGINE-POWER-CONV-TOP/TOTAL-RESTORATION-BUMPER-TO-BUMPER/COSTOM-PAINT/FRONT/DISK-BRAKES/NEW- rebuild-ENG.700R-4 transmission- rebuild-rear- new polished hood hinges. COSTOM- Chrome- new aluminum radiator all new braided hoses engine-under-HOOD-EL-BROCK-HEADER- how many Impala convertibles made with pop up headlights???, new Vintage Air, custom wheels 17″/all original Polish grill .carburetor-Down-Headers-ALL-NEW- mufflers ..and pipes. EVERY THING NEW!!! COSTOM-.DASH-RADIO- original NEW style upholstery, all .original triple plated chrome-bumpers-POWER- .antenna. 3point. Seat belts. How many Impala convertibles made with pop up headlights?? CAN YOU ANSWER THE HEADLIGHT question!! EM-MALL-ME. THANKS. MR.Murray Emerson.

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      HI Murray,
      There were 14,929 68’s built with Hidden Headlights. There is no breakdown available for how many Impalas were built with the option but it wasn’t many since the regular customer could only get it on a Caprice.


  21. Randy Krentz
    July 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I have a 1964 Impala SS with a 409ci/340hp engine with 4-speed.

    The last line on the cowl tag is:

    ACC: W 2LS 5V

    Can you help decipher?

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Randy,
      1W tinted windshield
      2L 4spd trans
      2S rear antenna
      5V custom deluxe front seat belts

      Does your car have the original engine?

      Thanks for the comment, Warren

  22. Earl Fisher
    July 6, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Hello I am trying to find out when chevy put vin # on the frame I have a 1951 chevy bel air try to get chp to sign off I don’t think there is one if you have any info it would great thank you Earl

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      I am not sure where it is located on a 1951 Belair.


  23. Dee Murray
    July 8, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Do you have decoding for the Regalite on the convertible rear window-64 Chevy Impala? Found 2 separate numbers AS-6 (or A5-6) and the code 5H4.

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Hi Dee,
      Haven’t figured out how to decode those yet.


  24. Jose Castillo
    July 9, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I rebuilding my 283 off my 67 impala and would like to paint it the exact color that was from the factory. It would be a great help if you could help me with the color code. Thanks for your time.

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Engine color for the 283 is Chevy Orange, Warren

  25. Steve Layne
    July 21, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I have a 1964 Impala SS with the Assy. code of W2MPSR. I’m having trouble decoding all of it, any ideas?

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Steve,

      They are listed on the chart on the numbers page but here you go:
      1W tinted windshield
      2M Powerglide trans
      2P comfort and convenience group
      2S rear antenna
      2R rear seat speaker

      Thanks for the comment, Warren

  26. July 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I’am the second owner of a 1964 Impala SS; of witch I believe to have been all org. car in 1994 when I got the car. The car has had a complete off frame restoration using the org. trim 878 (red&white) and the paint 922 (ember red).. The car does have these factory opinions codes on the cowl tag. EKM SRC 4W .. The engine is a 327 (300HP) w the correct metal emblems on the valve covers and with 461 double hump heads.. Next opinion consists of complete soft-ray safety glass.. Opinion #three is Padded dash.. Opinion #four is factory A/C (has been up-dated).. Opinion #five is a factory tilt steering wheel.. Opinion #six push button radio (org.) and a rear Q-finder mount ant. Opinion #seven is a 2-speed wiper W washer.. I’m not sure, what codes are which and some of these opinions may have been dealer installed?? Oh an, food for thought, the VIN # shows F (flint) and the cowl tag shows FC !!! Please reply signed Bobby Daniels Late Great Member since 1978..

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Hi Bobby,
      Sorry for the the late reply.
      Here is the breakdown for your accessory codes.
      1E tinted glass
      2K factory air
      2M powerglide trans
      2S rear antenna
      2R reat seat speaker
      3C padded dash
      5W deluxe front seat belts with retractors

      Flint was a little odd in the way they did the group numbers. The codes correspond to my chart except that they put the 4 to show everything after was in groups 4 and 5. makes it a little confusing!


  27. July 30, 2015 at 1:59 am

    I recently purchased a 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS. The data plate info is below and I can’t find some of the required info

    66-16837 BC 6945 Body
    862 VV Paint

    Don’t know what 01D,6945,or 862 mean can’t find these numbers in your data tables. Do you know what they mean?
    I would like to know if you could give me this information.
    Thank you for any help you may be able to give me.

    • admin
      August 26, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      01D means body was built 4th week of January.
      6945 is the 6,945th Impala SS coupe built at Southgate, CA
      862 is Fawn bucket seat interior

      What’s the vin?


    • May 14, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      I got some information from you about my 1966 Chevy Impala SS and you requested the Vin # here it is

      168376C123885 hope you can give me more information on my chevy

      • admin
        May 21, 2016 at 7:56 pm

        Didn’t have anything on that vin. Can you send the cowl tag info? V-V is Cameo Beige paint

  28. Tim
    August 9, 2015 at 7:14 am

    This helped decode my car tag. I had a E3C under my 866 TR code. The E you said is bench seat with head rest. Which seem to be missing on my car. The 3C is a padded dash. Which I found on another sight.I am tring to get the interior paint color and a good code so I can get it mixed. I have a Tilt I want to match the paint on my car. I will keep pluging away on my 1965 Impala with a 1990 Camaro TPI and a 700R4. Tim

    • admin
      August 18, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      The E is Tinted glass. E is bench seat with headrests for 67 when it is after the interior code.

  29. admin
    August 26, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Replied above.

  30. September 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Hey all,

    I have a 65 Impala and the data tag reads as follows,

    STYLE 16437 1-4-30
    BODY NO. 162669
    Paint A
    TRIM 874

    and there’s a B70 on the bottom.

    VIN is 516437060482 G.M. CANADA D.D.

    any help would be appreciated.


    • admin
      September 20, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Body built 4/30/65 1st shift. Tuxedo Black with red bench seat interior. B70 is padded dash

  31. Randy
    September 15, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    My code is on my 69 impala Custom Coupe..any help would be great…..mine says.
    Body by fisher
    ST 69. 16447. JAN 239204 BDY
    TR 859. 63 63 PÑT

    • admin
      September 20, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      Champagne custom coupe from Janesville with parchment bucket seats. Body built 4th week of October

  32. Gary
    September 16, 2015 at 11:24 am

    My 64 Biscayne 2 door built in the Flint MI. plant is a 283, PG, radio delete. The only Accessory code is M4V. Haven’t seen this code listed anywhere. The only accessory I can see is seat belts. Could this be the M4V?.

    • admin
      September 20, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      The M is actually 2M Powerglide trans the the 4V is actually 5V, which is on my accessory code list. They only put the 4 in to separate groups 1-3 from 4 and 5. But never used the 5 on the tag so it can be confusing figuring out which group the option was in.

  33. Mike
    September 17, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Have a 1966 impala 327ci engine with a stamped # on right front ledge of block t0314hch. Also block casting # 3858180. Car vin# 164676y100xxx. Can not find what the hch means. Is this a numbers matching engine? Help Mike

    • admin
      September 20, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      HCH is 327/275 with PG trans. But vin is from a very early car and engine is dated March 14th, long after the car was built.


  34. John Johnson
    September 25, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    My Cowl Tag:
    ST 66-16867 TAR 3681 BODY
    TR 813-B C-2 PAINT

    My is VIN 168676T273298

    I think this means I have a 1966 Super Sport Impala Convertible, with a black top, and tinted windshield, 283 engine, with black interior and Aztec Bronze paint. Built in Tarrytown in the fourth week of June. Is my translation of the codes correct? Can you tell me what the 4F on the cowl plate means? Thank you so much, your decoding information was very helpful.

    • admin
      October 14, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      Hi, you have the codes mostly correctly except that 2M is powerglide trans, 4F is convenience group with remote mirror and the paint code is ermine white with a black top.
      Glad you thought the info was helpful.

  35. Dan Gillitzer
    September 29, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Brother bought a 66 Impala conv. Seeems to have original 396 and TH400. Car also seems to have factory air but does not list any options on bottom line, only says “ACC” which I assume means “accessories” and none are listed, just blank other than ACC. Wondering if it is common for it not to list C60 or if someone at some time was planning on installing factory air, he has several components for the AC and the AC control panel in the dash.

    • admin
      October 12, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Where was the car built?

  36. Bob Alexander
    October 4, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I now own the car John Stackowicz asked about above. Any info on the trim tag decode? I know it is a Wilmington build in the third week of November 1966. I also know it is a fleet vehicle by the 865V trim designation. Any thoughts on what the 6Y27A and 454 codes are? This car appears to be a big block (fender flags say 427) 3 on the tree car. Thanks for your help!

    • admin
      October 14, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      email sent

  37. Richard
    October 10, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Need help on my 1966 impala vin is 153116L139568 code plat has 11C then it has Sl 66-16487 TR 814-A then JAN 8544 8CJY then AA paint then W2LR I no some I think should be black paint black bench seat and 4 speed it has 396 4 speed padded dash has tach in dash on rearend housing I found number 3852980 any help would help thanx.

    • admin
      October 14, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      email sent!

  38. marc
    October 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Need help on my 1965 impala
    Block code T08159F
    Car vin 16637L0S12973
    Is this a numbers machting engine?
    Thanks For Your Time

    • admin
      October 25, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Engine code is not 9F. Probably GF. 283 with PG trans

  39. Gary Bartlett
    January 10, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I have a ’66 Impala Cont. w/eng ID of T040IHCR.
    I have ID the first 7 alpha/numeric digits but what exactly does the ‘R’ stand for?
    Tonawanda 4/1 327ci/275HP.

    • admin
      March 21, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      R is Rochester Carb

  40. Joe
    January 26, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    I need some info on a 1964 ss Impala I bought. I own 3 other super sports an have never seen one with the ss on the front identification plate. Was this an error or is this just one that came off the ensemble line as a super sport or is it a one of a kind. I’ve been Around these cars for more than 23 years an have never seen this before.

    • admin
      March 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      I’d have to see a picture to be sure.

  41. Dean
    January 27, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I Have at 1966 Chevrolet Convertible I purchased with registration and trying to decode the Vin #… Hopefully someone can help me as I would like to see if its a SS and its approximate value?

    Was told it had a 396CC/Auto in it but was stolen from the car by a Family member. It got a 12 bolt Posi Rear end, Bucket seats but need a full restoration for someone that has the time/money.

    Vin # 616467046123

    • admin
      March 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      6 is 1966, 16467 is 66 Impala convertible. The rest is the serial number. Does the cowl tag show A51?

  42. January 31, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    My Trim Tag has an O3E before Detroit Michigan. What does this mean? Also it has a 6 after the Interior code 805. Does this mean it came with a Black Vinyl Roof?

    • admin
      March 21, 2016 at 12:55 pm


  43. Tony Nilsson
    February 1, 2016 at 2:55 am

    My name is Tony and Im from Sweden. I have an
    Impala SS -65 I imported from Arizona last summer. Is there any way to find out the car’s
    original story with which engine it came with and
    also the gearbox, rear axle, paint and upholstery.
    My vincode is 164375L137602 and my plate is
    Arizona AZK7004. I cant find any cowl tag on the vehicle. Also, I have trouble to find out
    the type of engine in the vehicle now. Engine
    numbers are F0102MA and 3789935. Hope some
    one can help me. Regards Tony

    • admin
      March 21, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Vin shows 65 Impala sport coupe from Los Angeles with a V8 engine. Cowl tag is not by the master cylinder on the firewall? It may be missing.

      I think F0102MA may be a 327. I’ll have to do some checking.

  44. brad nayler
    February 5, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Is it possible to have a 1965 Impala or Caprice with a blue vinyl top from the factory? According to your chart, it says in 1965 there was a vinyl top color code of “8” which is listed as blue. So for example, “C 8” would be ermine white lower with blue vinyl roof covering. Please advise.

    Excellent website and information, thank you for sharing it all. Brad

    • admin
      March 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Yes that is correct!

  45. Jay Huskey
    February 6, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Got a 64 2 door Biscayne with an accessory code of W5V. Didn’t see anything listed.

    • admin
      March 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Tinted windshield and custom seat belts.

  46. Mike
    February 9, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I’m trying to figure out if this engine and Tranny is a numbers matching to the 66 impala ss, that I’ve verified on the vin, can you help? Here’s the engine code: TI203IGH 6A140533

    • admin
      March 21, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Yes. T1203IGH is a 396/325 with PG trans from a 66 fullsize Chevy. The 6A140533 matches the end of your vin.

  47. Tommy
    February 21, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    i cant find my my vin number on any site i wondering why its not possible to decode my number ?
    my number is 16339GX101822 , on my vin plate it also says General Motors Continental Antwerp
    is it possible that the car was built i Antwerpen Belgium

    • admin
      March 21, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Yes it was.

  48. James H
    March 9, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Hello, I have a 1964 Impala V8 4 door sport sedan. When I bought the car it had a 327 which looked to be stock. The cowl tag reads as follows:

    STYLE 64-1839 BODY VN 11388
    TRIM 853 PAINT 988
    ACC W 2MP

    I interpret this to mean it is a 1964 Impala V8 four-door sport sedan, Azure cloth interior, two tone pain of Azure Aqua on top and Ermine White on bottom. Accessories would be Power Glide transmission, tinted windshield and something regarding comfort. Am I correct? Also, the vehicle has addition accessories which appear to be stock. A few examples; Rear antennas, push button radio and AC. Was it common to put additional accessories on the vehicle and not list them on the cowl tag?

    Final question: Can you tell me based on this cowl tag information if my Impala came with a 283 or 327? If not, can you guide me in the right direction?

    Thank you for you time,
    James H

    • admin
      March 21, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      You are right on the decode. 2P is comfort and convenience group. Tag does not show AC so car didn’t have it originally. Some of those options could have been added.

      The numbers on the front engine pad will help confirm if the 327 is the original block or not.

  49. walter
    March 11, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I have a 1966 Impala and trying to bring her back to the original colour she was born with but, no one can figure out the code.
    Cowl reads as follows;
    Style 16437 2-6-3
    Body No. 175186
    Paint RG
    Trim 874

    I know the R stands for Regal Red but, what is the G for as it was born a two tone.

    • admin
      March 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      That’s a good question and I’m really not sure of the answer. The G may refer to the Canadian only paint code.

      874 is read cloth bench seat so it would make sense that the bottom exterior color was red.

  50. Norm McIntosh
    April 6, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I have a 1961 Canadian (built in Oshawa) Chev Impala convertible which is missing the cowl trim tag. I can get a new tag made up as I know all the details colour, trim etc. except I do not know what the fisher body number is. Is there a location that the fisher body number was stamped on the car that I could retrieve? Thanks Norm

    • admin
      May 10, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      That number was only stamped on the cowl tag and maybe printed on the original window sticker.

  51. Kristian Hall
    April 18, 2016 at 5:42 pm


    My father owns an Impala 1976 in Sweden and I’m trying to help him find out where on the frame the VIN number is located, and also we would like to know where the car was manufactured. The VIN number is 1L69U61112649, and also it says that the type is Chevrolet 1BL695. Thank you.


    • admin
      May 10, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Looks like the car was built at Oshawa Canada. You can contact vintage vehicle services for the options list for your car. Warren

  52. Trace
    April 21, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Long story made short I had a land contract go bad – after getting the people out they left behind a “66ish” Chevy Impala – they appear to have been in the middle of restoring- unfortunately I don’t see any VIN plates in the window or door column- is their anything else I can use to identify what I have ? And attempt to get it in my name? Thanks

    • admin
      May 10, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Partial vin should be stamped on top of rear drivers side frame rail. Is cowl tag still on firewall by master cylinder?

  53. April 26, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Im able to find all info on cowl plate except W2KM below trim number and 5W below W2KM .all help appreciated.thanks

    • admin
      May 10, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      1W tinted windshield
      2K air conditioning
      2M powerglide trans
      5W deluxe front seat belts with retractors

  54. Jacob Frost
    May 2, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Where do I find the engine code I’ve found the cowl tag bought a roller curious as to what it came with 67 bel air

    • admin
      May 10, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      In front of passengers side cylinder head

  55. May 3, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Hello and thank you for what you do. I’m Orlando I just purchased a 64 Impala SS 2 dr Sport Coupe, all original except the tree, no motor or trans, In a Almond Fawn, I have never saw a magic mirror Acrylic Lacquer is this rare?

    ST __ E64-1447 BODY 334
    TRIM 856
    AC C C60 PAINT 920
    This car Finished with
    Magic Mirror Acrylic Lacquer
    Body By Fisher

    • admin
      May 10, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      They were all painted with Magic Mirror Acrylic Lacquer.

  56. Randolph Dull
    May 20, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Hello, thanks for the great information. I have found answers to most of my cowl tag questions yet there is one code I do not find. My ’65 Impala SS V8 PG trans has the following info in the exact order listed. Can you enlighten me as to the meaning of the “928” code, the “E” after 815 and the presence of two As in the paint code?

    Thanks for your assistance with this matter.

    05C 65-16637
    815E BW13915
    928 C60

    • admin
      May 21, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      The paint code WAA is W Glacier Gray lower, A Tuxedo Black upper and A Tuxedo Black wheels.

      928 is the body run number found in the top right of the build sheet. Do you have the build sheet?

  57. dennis struble
    May 22, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Hello sir, this site is so informative and I thank you for this, I have a confusing question for you and hopefully you will shed some light to this- my lady is a 1967 impala sport coupe 2dr hardtop. I have been trying to decipher two things …
    1- the cowl plate information
    2- there is no stamp on this tag saying body by fisher
    here is the exact tag set up
    style 16487 1-3-8
    body no. os 144497
    paint 9 cc
    trim 811
    the 16487 matches the vin number but what does the 1-3-8 mean?
    body no. os is Oshawa plant … what does 144497 represent
    what does the cc in the paint code mean?
    and the trim means black cloth interioras I understand…. please help if you can and I thank you for your time…
    dennis.. 33yrs an impala guy

    • admin
      May 26, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Hi Dennis,
      1-3-8 is March 8th, 1st shift.
      144497 is the ident number. No specific meaning, just used internally.
      811 black cloth bench seat
      CC is Ermine White paint

  58. Ken Fardie
    June 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I have a 58 impala conv that I am restoring with the vin plate missing. is there any place on the body or frame that has the number? Once I id the number is there any place to get a replacement plate for the door post.

    • admin
      June 17, 2016 at 9:20 am

      I’m not certain about 1958, but there may be a partial vin number stamped on the top of the frame rail somewhere.

  59. Bradley Thomas Glisson
    June 14, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Hey guys I´m trying to figure out more about my impala. Four door sedan 64 .
    But the vin is not making sense according to many online sites.
    Please any help would be much appreciated …..Tag is as following G.M. CANADA D.D 41839070826

    • admin
      June 17, 2016 at 9:23 am

      4 – 1964
      1839 – Impala sport sedan
      070826 is the 70,826th 64 built at Oshawa Ontario.


  60. Robert Mikuszewski
    July 4, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    What could you tell me about mine? Vin# 41269 A 103714. Any info would be helpful. I think I might ask have the original engine in mine. Thanks

    • admin
      July 5, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Vin shows a Biscayne 4dr sedan V8 built at Atlanta, GA. Send me the cowl tag info and I will decode that for you too.


  61. Alex
    July 14, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    There is a large “2” stamped in the middle of my trim tag (1966 caprice custom coupe) any idea what that would denote? The rest of the info on the trim tag lines up with what the car is equipped with currently based on the above info. I can supply a photo if that helps. Thanks!

    • admin
      July 15, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Probably inspectors stamp

  62. Michael Branton
    July 23, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Friend of mine has a real deal 68 SS427 Convertible, do you know how many where built?

    • admin
      August 2, 2016 at 10:20 am


  63. Wayne
    September 8, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I have a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 its missing the cowl tag (body tag). I have asked the pervious owners wife, she is unable to locate the tag. Is there someone I can contact or go and have the Vin looked up to obtain a new tag?


    • admin
      September 10, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Not that I know of

  64. Gary Hofmeister
    September 27, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    On a 1964 Impala window sticker, what does the six digit number in the upper right indicate? Did these numbers increase in order similar as the vehicles coming out of the plant? Do they have anything to do with the dealer order number?

    • admin
      September 29, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      That’s the ident number. Was used in the ordering process but does not decode to anything.

  65. Jim H.
    October 15, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I just purchased a 1967 Chevrolet which is badged as a 427SS. I believe it to be a clone but would like to verify one way or another. VIN is 168877C125460. After the word Chevrolet on the VIN tag the letters “DD” are stamped. Does this have any significance?

    The Cowl tag reads:

    ST 67-16887 BC 3552 BODY
    TR 813 GG PAINT

    The previous owner had no paperwork with the car. I am curious if there is any “official records” regarding the build of the car or sale of the car or dealer info in California etc. that might confirm or deny authenticity.

    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • admin
      October 15, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      I didn’t have any info on this car in my list. If it were a 427, I believe it would have had L36 stamped on the tag since it’s a Southgate car.

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