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 seats869/862846873   x837813885844   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

1970SaddleTurquoiseRedGoldMed. 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.

If you have any data to contribute to the research of these accessory codes, we would love to see it!  In addition to these codes, some plants used the full RPO code on the cowl tag.  You can find most of these in the above charts but there are a few you won’t see there.

M11 – 3spd manual transmission on the column (if optional transmission not ordered)

B80 – Roof drip molding

B90 – Door window frame moldings

C08 – Vinyl top

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

  1. Rob
    December 23, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I have a 64 Impala SS with Canadian Cowl Tag which reads:
    Style 1447 2-11-27
    Body No. 119516
    Paint F
    Trim 831

    I know the B70 is padded dash and M35 is Powerglide, but what is the U63?

    • admin
      January 6, 2018 at 11:12 am

      pushbutton AM radio

  2. Ed Thompson
    January 7, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Hello You asked to report any accessory codes not found. I have a 1964 Impala 4 Dr HT with tinted power windows, factory A/C, Powerglide xmission, Padded dash and 327 250 HP engine.
    My acc codes are: EX2KMS3G. None of these codes appear on the charts shown above. According to the charts above, A/C is C60; Padded dash B70: Tinted glass A01: Tinted W/S A02: Power windows A31: and Powerglide M35. My car is equipped with all of these accessories but show none of these codes on my body tag The date code is 10E. I hope this is a help to you. Please let me know if I can be of further help.

    • admin
      January 15, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Actually I have all those codes on the charts except the 3G, which is actually 3C for padded dash. E and X are in group 1

  3. Lorne
    January 13, 2018 at 8:21 am

    some time ago (1970)I had a 1966 Impala Sport Sedan (4drht) with a 396/TBH400. I am trying to find another but cannot seem to locate any at all. Do you have the production #’s on these cars. Mine was Marina blue with blue cloth interior

    • admin
      January 15, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      I don’t have exact production figures but can tell you how many sports sedans were made and how many 396’s were made.

  4. Timo
    January 15, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    I’m a Little bit confused…

    06B L
    ST 65-16437 STL029128 Body
    TR 814 V-V Paint

    What Color is the TR and what does V-V, w2S and 3c mean?
    814 is the Black vinyl, right?


    • admin
      January 15, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      V-V is Cameo beige paint. W tinted windshield, 2S rear antenna, 3C padded dash and 814 is black vinyl interior

  5. Daniel mowery
    January 26, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    What is the 2368 on the tag in 2 row right side beside the plant BT. It is on a 1966 Chevy impala

    • admin
      January 28, 2018 at 9:38 am

      body number

  6. Tom Miller
    January 31, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    which number of the vin indicates a true ss model

    • admin
      February 20, 2018 at 10:00 am

      3rd digit

  7. February 7, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Did 65 Impala SS have the (partial) vin stamped on the engine pad and frame? Don’t see vin on the engine pad and haven’t checked the frame. Great site, keep up the excellent work and thanks!

    • admin
      February 20, 2018 at 10:15 am

      300HP and higher had the partial vin stamp on the engine pad. Partial vin should be stamped on frame, driver’s side, top, behind rear wheel well

  8. Keith Bonds
    February 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    My 66 impala has 251090 on the last line where the accessory code should be. It also has an 8 stamped “”into” (indented) in the center of the plate. Do you know what these mean?

    • admin
      February 20, 2018 at 10:16 am

      251090 is the ident number found in top right of window sticker. 8 is the inspector’s numbers

  9. Lenny
    February 22, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    On my cowl tag right below TR 853 is L2KSR what does it mean is that my engine size?

    • admin
      March 4, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Not sure what the L is. Might be a different letter. 2K is a/c, 2S is rear antenna and 2R is rear speaker.

  10. Yannick Jahn
    March 8, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Can you help me to decode a cowl tag of a 1962 impala built in antwerpen? couldnt find anything about this.

    Paint 111
    Trim 866

    Thanks Yannick

    • admin
      March 14, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      866 is Fawn cloth interior. Not sure on that paint code. Never seen one that started with a 1

  11. Scott
    April 4, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Does anybody know or have numbers under the option code letter?
    Mine is 5Y 150403

    • admin
      April 21, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      That’s the ident number that appears in the top right of the window sticker.

  12. Scott
    April 4, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Ok I get the six digit Indent #
    anybody know what 5Y is?

    • admin
      April 21, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      deluxe belts

  13. April 7, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Does anyone know what 5Y 150403 is? 5Y is the question, the other is the Ident# I’m told
    It right below W which is tinted windshield
    Also is the only VIN number inside the drivers door frame?

    • admin
      April 21, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      partial vin is stamped on the rear, driver’s side of the frame on the top.

  14. Danny J Gitterle
    April 18, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    1969 SS 427 Impala Convertible 16467 LOR193237 / TR812 / BDY 10-B / 03A. Can you tell me what you know looking at these numbers. Thanks Danny.

    • admin
      April 21, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      black paint, black top and black bucket seats. built 2nd week of October in 1968 at Lordstown. I actually helped you with the numbers a few months ago.

  15. May 20, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    11B R
    st 68-16467. stl 000414
    tr 858- 27. y-1

    1968 impala convertible
    is this a 396 SS?? has 12 bolt posi and factory 4 speed
    and a big block in it.
    was sold as a SS. on title as model???? help

    • admin
      June 2, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      Hi Mike, I decoded that one for you in the 68 group

  16. Javier lopez
    May 21, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Having trouble locating vin on 68 impala, nothing on the door and the chp wants more than the dash window vin. Engine is not original. Any help would be great, I’m covered in grease from searching the frame.

    • admin
      June 2, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      Should be on top of frame, drivers side behind rear wheel well

  17. Timothy Hendley
    May 22, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    I have a 1964 impala ss I’m know it came with a V8 how do I find out what V8

    • admin
      June 2, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      What does it have for fender emblems?

  18. May 27, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    I have a 1964 Impala SS. My question is right next to the Plant Code Chart which is SL for St. Louis MO. there is a number 21400 what does it stand for and the last line reads 2S5W what is that for?

    • admin
      June 2, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      211400 is the sequential body number. 2S rear antenna. 5W deluxe front seat belts with retractors

      • July 1, 2018 at 3:27 am

        I like to thank you for helping me with decoding my 1964 Impala Super Sport – Cowl Tag.

  19. John Boettcher
    June 16, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    I have a 1966 Impala SS with cowl tag:
    ST 66-16837 Jan-2359 BODY
    TR 813-B C-2 PAINT
    W 2LFR

    I think I understand all except the “2LFR” component. Please help me with this.


    • admin
      June 21, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      2L 4spd trans
      2F console gauges
      2R rear speaker

  20. PAUL
    June 21, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Front engine pad for the 69 Impala 18L104605 V08 4 HM stamped on front of engine and tag 3914678

    TR B06. 65B PNT

    • admin
      June 21, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      That’s a 68 Impala 327/250 engine in your 69.

  21. Aaron
    June 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    1962 impala ss. Has been repainted. Best i can figure is ermine white. Would like to get more info on the vehicle though. I have cowl tag info but not a vin. (Car is in very tight quarters at the moment 🙂 will get that asap.
    Tag on firewall:
    has 05D on it…?
    At18509. I assume Atlanta factory. body number 18509. Not sure if that number corresponds to just the body or the entire car.
    Trim: 875 dont know what this refers to. Paint: 936. Ermine white i believe?
    Acc: SPORT X1
    Any help appreciated .


    • admin
      August 6, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      SPORT on your cowl tag means SS. X1 is tinted windshield. 936 is Ermine white. The 875 is red bucket seat interior. Look for the numbers stamped on the front engine pad.

  22. Todd G
    July 11, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    I have a 1966 Chevy Caprice and I hav figured out most of the codes. Here is what I would like knowledge on.

    Third Line 817-A F-F
    Fourth Line W 2KM 3B
    Fifth line 5Y

    Thank you

    • admin
      July 11, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      817-A is a black bench seat
      F-F is Marina blue paint
      W tinted windshield
      2K air conditioning
      2M powerglide trans
      3B rear defogger
      5Y deluxe belts

  23. Van
    July 26, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    I have a 1967 2-door sport coupe Impala that is a factory big block and 4-speed car. It is not an SS model. I tracked down the original owner who said he ordered the car with a bench seat ( newly married and wanted the wife to sit next to him ) and minus the SS trim. Is this car more rare than an SS? Does anyone know how many of these cars were produced? This car was built at the Southgate California Assembly Plant. BTW, the car is a beautiful daily driver. Thank you.

    • admin
      August 2, 2018 at 5:35 am

      Sent you an email

  24. Octavio Guerra III
    July 27, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Wow, that’s awesome that you take the time to reply admin! Okay here is my 66 SS conv 396

    ST 66-16867BODY BT. 148
    TR 837-1 PAINT DD-1

    • admin
      August 2, 2018 at 5:36 am

      sent you an email

  25. Paul
    July 29, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Sorry I asked for a vin plate decode and forgot to attach the info.

    Seems in good condition ( not too rusty but needs lots of work) and says it’s original with numbers matching 307

    Made in Canada
    ST 68 16487 OS129485
    TR 862 1-1-8 9DD

    • admin
      August 2, 2018 at 5:36 am

      email sent

  26. Mike
    August 1, 2018 at 6:37 am

    having difficulty with my new-to-me 65 Impala SS.

    I’ll list each line from left to right as it appears top to bottom.

    ST 65-16637 BODYBA 13234
    TR 879 Paint NN
    ACC. C60

    Damn… that’s almost to scale!!!

    what I think I’ve determined.

    06B – Built the 2nd week of June/1965
    ST – NO IDEA
    65 – 1965
    16637 – 2D Impala SS / V8
    BodyBA – Tuxedo Black…? Not sure what the “B” is in there for.
    13234 – NO IDEA
    879 – Red Vinyl Interior
    NN – NO IDEA
    ACC. C60 – A/C???

    • admin
      August 2, 2018 at 5:36 am

      email sent

  27. Leland C, Johnson
    August 4, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Help with this would be appreciated!

    ST 65-16637 ATL 7660
    TR 831- E-E
    E 2KWSR 3C

    • admin
      August 6, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      05A body built 1st week of May 65
      65-16637 65 Impala SS coupe body
      ATL 7660 7,660th 65 Impala SS coupe body built at Atlanta GA
      831 blue bucket seat interior
      E-E dark blue paint
      1E tinted glass
      2K air conditioning
      2M powerglide trans
      2S rear antenna
      2R rear speaker
      3C passed dash
      L is standard seat belts

      What’s the vin and what engine does the car have?

  28. Joe phillippe
    August 4, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Having a very hard time decoding a 64 impala convertible. I think it’s Canadian.

    If anyone can tell me what this is and what the numbers stand for that would be awesome. I know a few of them but that’s it.

    Style: 1467 2-5-26
    Body no. 177229
    Paint C
    Trim 879

    M35u63tp02 b70m3

    • admin
      August 6, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      Yes, built at Oshawa.
      1467 Impala SS convertible body
      The body number in this case has to do with when the car was ordered.
      C is white paint
      879 red bucket seats
      M35 powerglide trans
      U63 PB AM radio
      TP02 black top
      B70 padded dash

      What’s the serial number? Does it start 01467?

    August 6, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Could I send you two pictures of my cowl tag from 1967 Impala 427 SS along with the stamp off the engine, please? I think we have an IF code 427 engine and I cant find HP rating.

    • admin
      August 6, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      email sent

  30. admin
    August 6, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Check under the seats for a build sheet

  31. Chad W
    August 7, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Could you tell me about my new-to-me 1965 impala 2 door ss hard top 327 automatic.

    What plant is 7th digit, D?

    What is the Body BA 8686?

    What does the TR mean?

    ACC, C60?

    • admin
      August 8, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      D is Doraville, GA.
      BA 8686: 8,686th 65 Impala SS coupe built at Doraville, GA
      C60 is air conditioning.

      What’s the paint and trim codes on the tag? Check behind the drivers side rear armrest panel for a build sheet.

  32. Matthew Buxton
    August 13, 2018 at 12:47 am

    I have a 66 Caprice cowl Tag i need help with.
    first line right side reads BODY BC 638.
    i am having trouble finding what this means

    • admin
      August 14, 2018 at 8:47 am

      638th Caprice body (would either be 2dr or 4dr) built at Southgate, CA

  33. Bruce Guilford
    August 15, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Could you please help me decide my cowl tag?

    1st line ST-65-13680. Body BF3837
    2nd line TR 772 D
    3rd line ACC. 31044

    • admin
      August 18, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      that’s a 65 El Camino from Fremont
      772 is red bench seat interior
      Is the D to the right of the interior code. D is mist blue paint but that doesn’t jive with a red interior
      31044 is an internal tracking number

  34. josey jones
    August 17, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Can you tell me what the code WW means under paint. Just bought a 1964 impala SS and can not figure what that code references’
    Thanks, Josey

    • admin
      August 18, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Daytona Blue paint

  35. Thomas
    August 18, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Hello, could you please assist with the decode of this Cowl tag? This is how its written top to bottom,
    01D F
    ST 65-16637 STL009130 Body
    TR 856 SS Paint
    3C 19

    • admin
      August 18, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Lets’s see. What’s the vin?
      01D body built 4th week January 65
      F is Fawn interior
      65-16637 Impala SS coupe body
      STL 9130 9,130th 65 Impala SS coupe body built at St Louis MO
      856 Fawn bucket seats
      SS Sierra Tan paint
      E tinted glass
      2K a/c
      2M p/g trans
      2R rear speaker
      3C padded dash
      19 inspector’s number

  36. Sean Condon
    August 18, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Need a little help with my cowl tag for my 1965 Impala SS 2DR Coupe

    Cowl tag reads the following:

    TR 845- which is the trim color but two are listed Aqua or White/Aqua. How do I know which one is correct?

    K-6 Paint…Artesian Turquoise w/vinyl top, black I believe. Is that correct?

    Accessory Codes: First Group is EO. E is tinted glass but what is O. Charts above say two-tone paint. So, what does that mean? Fourth Group is F. What is C&C Group B?

    Thanks for the help…Sean

    • admin
      August 22, 2018 at 8:17 am

      845 is a White/aqua two tone interior.

      O is two tone paint. Some early cars with vinyl top got the two tone paint code for unknown reasons.

      C&C Group B is Comfort and Convenience group with remote mirror

  37. Russ bonar
    August 23, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Ok got one for ya, 1964 impala ss vin 41447L100071
    So that makes it a 64 impala built in LA w/ V8 engine
    Body VN California
    Trim 845
    Paint 936
    ACc “W 2M 3C” is that a W = ?? (2M powerglide?) 3C=???

    • admin
      August 26, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      936 is white paint
      845 is white/aqua interior
      W is tinted windshield
      3C padded dash

      What’s the rest of the codes on the cowl tag? Date code above 64-1447 and Body number next to VN?

  38. Joe p
    September 2, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Whoever admin is knows his stuff. I appreciate your past response to my questions. I got one more I would love to get some insite on. I do know one or two codes but having trouble with the rest.
    I just bought this 59
    Cowl tag says
    Style 59-1837
    Trim 809 (which I think is grey)
    Paint 936A
    Acc EZI IP
    Body VN13116

    It’s supposed to be an original LA car with a 348.
    I also am having trouble finding out if he #’s match on the motor.
    Any insite would be greatly appreciated

    • admin
      September 3, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      936 is Ermine White paint
      EZI is tinted glass
      IP is padded dash
      VN means Van Nuys Assembly plant, which is followed by the sequential body number

  39. Andy McDougall
    September 2, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Hi What a wonderful Job you are doing ……
    Think I have figured it out but if you could decode
    that would be cool that’s exactly how it appears – Cheers

    ST 68-16487 BC01754 BODY
    TR 833 C C PAINT

    • admin
      September 3, 2018 at 5:12 pm

      White on gold 68 Impala fastback from Southgate CA. built 3rd week of October

  40. Kevin
    September 7, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Just purchased, 67-16887 BPTQTT
    TR 848 FF Paint
    So far I got 16887 – 67 Impala 2door coupe Super Sport,
    (848) Impala super sport Strato Bench in parenthesis
    Paint code F Marina Blue
    Interior 67 Bright Blue
    What is the BPTQTT, and A 53 M11
    I thought it said M11 is 3 on the tree, if they did not pick from BPTQTT, can you help, Please thanks, Kevin

    • admin
      September 17, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      A53 is strato bench seat interior. M11 is 3spd manual on the column. The code after 67-16887 is the body number. Maybe starts BT then the body number

  41. george Ramos
    September 10, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    1966 Impala ss 396. I need to know where the hidden partial vin numbers are. I am buying one and want to make sure it is correct. My email is schwinman45 at
    thank you

    • admin
      September 17, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      only place is on top of frame rail, rear driver’s side behind wheel well

  42. Dan Chidester
    September 12, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Hi, This sight is well done. I’m hoping you might have an answer. I have a 1966 caprice station wagon woody with a numbers matching 396 and 3 speed auto. Every site I can find has production numbers excluding station wagons. Would you have any Idea how many were made and how many came with a 396?
    Thank you

    • admin
      September 17, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      That info is not known at this time but hopefully some time in the future.

      • Dan Chidester
        September 26, 2018 at 9:03 pm

        Thank you for the reply. One other question. The trim tag says
        ST 66-16635 LOS 1605 Body
        TR 847-A C-C Paint
        W 2Z

        I figured out most of it. I was just wondering if that would be the 1605th car or station wagon built on the last week of 1966?

        • admin
          September 26, 2018 at 2:31 pm

          That would be the 1,605th 66 Caprice 2 seat wagon built at Los Angeles (for that model year). 2Z TH400 means it had a 396. What’s the vin?

          • Dan Chidester
            September 27, 2018 at 8:45 pm

            It says Chevrolet DD 1 66


          • admin
            October 1, 2018 at 7:33 pm

            Does it still have the original 396?

  43. Mike Hartung
    September 18, 2018 at 9:59 am

    I have a 1962 Chevy Impala SS conv. Whose trim tag is missing The vin is G1867106475. I know the color was corona cream with black interior. Paint 925 and interior 815. Based on the vin number what do you think the approximate body number and body build date code would be. Options include 409/409, close ratio 4 speed, 411 Posi, Tach, deluxe seat belts, power metallic brakes, 14×6 wheels. What ACC. codes would be on the trim tag based on these options. The car also has a heater and radio delete if this means anything. Thanks, Mike

    • admin
      September 19, 2018 at 8:33 pm

      My research doesn’t get earlier than 64 at this time so I can’t help you on those questions. Too bad the tag is missing

  44. Chris
    September 18, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    At bottom of my 66 rag have bottom left
    W 2M

    • admin
      September 19, 2018 at 8:33 pm

      tinted glass, powerglide trans and deluxe seat belts

  45. Joe
    September 20, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    1968 impala 164878U162586 cqne u decode has SS427 badges on it

    • admin
      September 26, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      Shows Impala fastback from Lordstown. What’s the cowl tag say?

  46. Mikko
    September 28, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I´m having difficulty with my -70 Impala and would need a assistance to figure out this tag

    I’ll list each line from left to right as it appears top to bottom.

    ST70 116467 LOA094426 BDY
    TR 866 10 B PNT

    VIN :164670U176681

    Thanks in advance.

    • admin
      October 1, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      12C body built 3rd week of December
      866 is red vinyl interior
      10 B is Classic White with black convertible top
      70-16467 is a 70 Impala convertible and LOA is the Lordstown plant

  47. Ken
    October 1, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Hi, great site. How can I tell if a 68 impala convertible i am looking to buy is a factory 396 car (I am told dealer installed a replacement block so not able to verfiy block number. it looks original but would like to confirm. data plate does not contain info. also how do you verify what options the car came with since no Accy info is on data plate.
    68-16467 BC00107
    TR 806 G-2

    • admin
      October 1, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Couple of things you should check. First what’s the vin? 2nd, does it have the original Turbo 400 transmission?

      Cowl tag shows a Gold 68 Impala convertible with black top and interior built at the Southgate, CA plant in September

  48. Dan Chidester
    October 2, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Hi, Yes it has the original 396 matching numbers. The block #’s are TI2IOIVR 6 L 150862 I have pictures to document. I’m the 3rd owner and have the original salesman’s card from the dealer here in Washington State. Also I have the service book with metal card inside that they used to swipe when doing service, the owners manual and other items. The car runs and drives great shows 120K on the odometer. It needs a new interior and paint but the body is straight, the chrome and stainless are near perfect. It’s a shame that no one has documents on how many of these with a big block were produced.

    • admin
      October 2, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      Sent you an email. Some of those documents were recently discovered.

  49. Johan Nilsson
    October 4, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Hello. Does anyone know where I can find the stamped VIN on the frame of my ’71 Impala Custom Coupe?
    Where should it be located?

    Thanks from Sweden.

    • admin
      October 8, 2018 at 9:39 am

      Probably on top of frame behind rear wheel well

  50. October 8, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Hi can you help me to work out my body by fisher plate please.
    This is what I see.


    ST 70 – 16447 BW03093BD

    TR 820C8C 25 C PNT

    10C 0687

    Can you please help me I think I have worked ou some bits but some I am not sure.

    • admin
      October 8, 2018 at 9:41 am

      70-16447 is a 70 Impala custom coupe
      BW 03093 is the 3,093rd 70 custom coupe body built at Wilmington, DE plant
      820 is blue interior
      C8C is blue vinyl top
      25-C is Astro blue with blue vinyl top
      10C is 3rd week of October build.
      0687 is the body run number found in top left of the build sheet? Have you looked for or found a build sheet in the car? What’s the vin?

      • October 8, 2018 at 3:16 pm

        Hi thanks for the information . I had worked out some of the information but some I didn’t know. I have not found a built sheet yet any idea where it would be?
        VIN no164470Y112131
        and my motor is a 454 big block.
        No T0721PLB how can I work out if this is the original motor?
        Thanks again
        Regards Mark

        • admin
          October 24, 2018 at 6:40 pm

          Build sheet could be under any of the seats or inside the front bench seat

  51. Alex Ham
    October 13, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Question: Is there a distinction between “accessories” as listed in your charts and “options”? I am surmising that the Fisher Body accessory codes relate to options that perhaps require a modification in production of the body (an added tab, or additional hole) in order to accommodate a particular option. Am I correct in that assumption?

    Again: Great site!

    • admin
      October 24, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Yes, that’s right. In the case of those codes, accessories and options are the same thing

  52. Danny
    October 21, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    How can u tell if a 1964 impala convertible is a 409 car?

    • admin
      October 24, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      There are several things to look for. Does it have a ballast resistor on the firewall? Can you get both tag numbers? Check the front engine pad numbers too

  53. Daniel
    October 26, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Got some help on a forum to decode most of my tag. But wan’t sure of the 2nd line of the accessory codes, 5Y is the custom seat belts but what is the PY?

    it is a 1967 396 SS conv



    • admin
      November 3, 2018 at 9:28 am

      I’m the one who helped you on the forum.

  54. Aguatin Meza
    October 26, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Can you help me identify this code 3C5W

    • admin
      November 3, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Padded dash and deluxe seat belts with retractors

    November 1, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    production number 119539 what does it mean 1 gm divison 39 body style T ASSEMBLY Plant tarrytown NY

    • admin
      November 3, 2018 at 9:32 am

      That’s just the sequence number. What comes before it?

  56. Winston
    November 4, 2018 at 7:07 am

    I bought my Chevy in 67 and imported into england. It’s a right hand drive impala convertible made in Canada VIN 516467046719

    Engine ID 805491886

    Which number tells me that it’s a right hand drive? And can I potentially get all the part to do it up ?

    • admin
      November 11, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      Look on the trim tag on the firewall. May say something about RHD there. What does that tag show for codes?

      • Winston Harrold
        November 15, 2018 at 11:46 pm

        Thanks for your help. please can you give the meaning of my ID numbers below.
        Cowl tag
        Style 16467EXRD 2-3-23
        Body no 139030
        Paint E
        Trim 836
        870 C30TP2

        Engine casting no 3849852 it’s a 283 .
        I’m trying to find out the cost an availability of parts to restore it ?
        Thanks, Winston.

        • admin
          November 19, 2018 at 10:40 pm

          Let’s see. 16467 plain Impala convertible
          EXRD Export Right (Hand) Drive
          2-3-23 Body built 3/23/65 2nd shift
          139030 is the body number, in this case doesn’t decode to anything
          E is Danube Blue paint
          836 blue vinyl bench seat interior
          870 is probably B70 padded dash
          C30 I’m not sure what that is. Maybe C80?
          TP2 is black top

          Does it have a automatic trans?

          Parts to restore it are readily available in the states.


          • Winston Harrold
            November 22, 2018 at 3:41 pm

            Thanks .
            It’s an automatic transmission.
            I wonder how many were made ? And what the value would be when fully restored
            I think it’s the original 283 engin as same ID 805491886 as on my reg log book.
            Re the parts for her in US, please can you refer me to some Company’s ?

          • admin
            November 26, 2018 at 10:58 pm

            Are you on Facebook?

  57. Greg harris
    November 6, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Hello I have a 1966 impala SS comfortable It’s Turquoise on turquoise interior and has a 427 /390 hp with air condition 37,000 mile power seat power window I need to find out how where Produce with this motor combination this have 80% .org paint . thanks Greg

    • admin
      November 11, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      According to some production records shared with me from the GM Heritage Center, there were 309 66 convertibles built with the 427/390 engine. That includes plain Impala and SS. Is it matching numbers?

  58. Bill Saul
    November 9, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    On a 1970 Chevelle built in Baltimore with a Muncie 4 speed where on the trans is the vin stamped

    • admin
      November 11, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      Should be by the date code. See my drivetrain page for where the date code is located on a Muncie.

  59. Terry Criner
    November 29, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Hi. I have a 1964 Impala 4 door sedan and need a little help with the accessory codes. I have some figured out but not all.


    Thanks in advance!

    • admin
      December 3, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      1E tinted glass
      1Y power seat
      2K a/c
      2M powerglide trans
      2P comfort and convenience group
      2S rear antenna
      3C padded dash
      5O seat belt delete

  60. Jay Trumble
    December 7, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    I’m considering a 67 Impala SS Conv. purchase. Any idea the production numbers for SS rag tops in 67? I haven’t been able to find it yet. Thx.

    • admin
      December 8, 2018 at 4:12 pm


  61. December 8, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Is there any way possible to tell what size engine came in my 1964 impala vin 41447074213. I would like to know if it was a 327 or a 409.

    • admin
      December 10, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      You can request the option info from Vintage Vehicle Services

  62. Mark
    December 17, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Hay iv got a 64 impala . Bottom of the plate has W2KMPSR3C5W can you please tell me what all that means . Please thank you

    • admin
      December 23, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      tintied w/s, a/c, p/g trans, comfort and convenience group, rear antenna, rear speaker, padded dash, deluxe seat belts with retractors

  63. Winston Harrold
    January 2, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Thanks for your help.
    Re my 66 Chevy impala rhd convertible I sent you details for your records last year.
    It would be great to find out how many were made and where they were built Canada or America please ?
    Thanks, Winston.

    • admin
      January 6, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      Look up vintage vehicle services online

  64. Cynthia R Tinoco
    January 17, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    i need help please I have a 1965 white chevy coupe trying to verify vin # i can make out some of the numbers 01D st 65 16437 stl 01026 not sure if 6 is correct. interior trim 814 options might be 2K SR
    trying to get title for this car it was lost in moving divorce. thankyou

    • admin
      January 20, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      That’s not the vin#. Vin# is on the tag on the driver’s door pillar

  65. Rick Klotz
    January 22, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Was an L79 ever used in a 1965 Impala? I saw a recent sale on eBay where the seller stated the car had the rare L79 option. It was in a 1965 Impala SS, sold for 17,000 I think. It appeared to be an unrestored car in much better than average condition. My 66137 power glide car has 03A as the assembly date. Is engine code T0223HC correct for my car? Engine casting date is B 15 5. Car was built in Southgate Ca

    • admin
      January 27, 2019 at 1:40 pm

      Yes that’s probably the original engine. lines up nice with the build date. No L79 was ever offered in the Impala

  66. Chantel
    January 27, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Hello needing help confirming info on my 64 impala
    Tag reads as follows:

    Style 64-1447 body BC 11922
    Trim 831 Paint FC
    Acc B70

    Would the paint be a combo of the silver blue and ermine white? And what’s the 11922 number for? Thank you !

    • admin
      January 27, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      Yes, you are right on the paint code. 11922 is the sequential body number. What’s the date code in the top left and the vin? Must be a later built car

  67. Jason
    February 1, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Hello. So I have a 1963 Impala convertible SS built in Canada. I’ve been unable to find some of the info on the cowl tag.

    Style 1867 (convertible) TOP-10 (?)
    Body No. 141177 (?)
    Paint K
    Trim 862 CSL-14G (862 is bucket seats in saddle, not sure what the rest is)
    BSO A31 Power windows, A50 Bucket seats, B70 Padded dash, D55 Center console, Z03 Super sport.
    My vin does start 31867***** ( last 5 being the number of production)

    I’m not sure if you have any additional information. All help is appreciated

    • admin
      February 2, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      Top-10 is the top color. Either black or white.

      141177 is the ident number found on the window sticker.

      Not sure what 63 paint code K is for Canada.

      And not sure on that CSL-14G. Have you requested the docs for it from Vintage Vehicle Services? That may provide some more clues.


  68. Jason
    February 1, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Do you have information on 1963 impalas

    • admin
      February 2, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      I have some. What would you like to know.

  69. February 16, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Hi! On a 1965 Impala confirmed SS, there is a 4th line on the Trim/Cowl Tag that states:

    EXO 2KMCK 3C

    Any ideas?
    There’s no info here for a 4th line.
    Thanks for your help.

    • admin
      February 18, 2019 at 9:47 am

      E tinted glass
      X power windows
      O two tone paint (or the car may have a vinyl top in a few cases)
      2K a/c
      2M p/g trans
      3C padded dash

      not sure what the 2CK is. Can’t have the same letter twice in group 2. Maybe it’s something else

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