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

Notes:

  • 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

Paint

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior

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.

1964FawnAquaRedGreenBlueBlackSaddleSilverWhite/AquaWhite/Red
Biscayne
[wagon]
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.

1965FawnAquaRedGreenBlueBlackSaddleWhite/AquaWhite/BlackSlate
Biscayne
[wagon]
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
Biscayne
[wagon]
860 [861]   x876 [877]   x840 [832]   x   x   x   x
Belair
[wagon]
863 [867]850
[854]
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
Caprice
(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
Biscayne
[wagon]
801 [802]   x   x   x840 [832]812 [812]   x   x   x
Belair
[wagon]
803 [804]850
[854]
  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
[817-wagon]
802   x   x   x
Belair
[wagon]

[838]
843
[844]
  x832818
[819]
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
Caprice
[vinyl in brackets]
  x   x   x834822
[815]
807
[814]
  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
Belair/Townsman
[vinyl in parenthesis]
838   x   x   x818 (819)   x803, (804)   x850
[851 wagon]
848
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
Belair
[Townsman]
[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

72 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
    B70U63M35

    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

    Hi!
    I’m a Little bit confused…

    06B L
    ST 65-16437 STL029128 Body
    TR 814 V-V Paint
    W2S
    3C

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

    Thanks
    Timo

    • 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

    Hello,
    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

    Hi
    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:
    11A
    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.

    Thanks,

    • 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
    F103

    • 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 .

    Thanks

    • 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

    Hello
    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

    11B
    ST 66-16867BODY BT. 148
    TR 837-1 PAINT DD-1
    ACC60
    THIS CAR FINISHED WITH
    MAGIC MIRROR FINISH LACQUER
    BODY BY FISHER

    • 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
    M40Z03
    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.

    O6B
    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!

    05A
    ST 65-16637 ATL 7660
    TR 831- E-E
    E 2KWSR 3C
    L

    • 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?

  29. SCOTT FREY
    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. 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.

    VIN-166375D148189
    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.

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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
    E2KMR
    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

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