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

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

  1. 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

      • Fred
        June 21, 2019 at 12:43 pm

        Great info:
        Can you help me with my cowl info ?

        64-1447 BA 5196
        815 912

        • admin
          June 24, 2019 at 8:03 am

          body built 4th week of July. 64-1447 is a Impala SS coupe. BA 5196 is the 5,196th SS coupe body built at Doraville. 815 is black bucket seats. 912 is Silver blue. The last thing is ACC for accessory but the car had none that appears on the tag

  2. Alex Ham
    October 11, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Hats off! This is a VERY informative site. I suspected my ’66 Caprice of being a 4spd conversion due to the horribly hacked hole in the transmission tunnel. However, your option codes (L) confirm M-20 4spd. Perhaps the Saginaw 4spd in there now required some trimming for the shifter to fit. I’m pleased as punch to learn this information. Keep up the great work.

  3. 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

  4. joseph f spaziani
    February 23, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    i found the file for the car that i have not looked at since i bought the car in 2005. it contained the original build sheet which shows under fifth group the number 13. the next group is titled F & S -COPO that is where the 185226 is. after reading more of your posts it must be the ident number ,not associated with the vin. do you know anything about the number 13 in group five.

    • admin
      March 4, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      Hi Joe,
      I sent you a email but want to respond here as well in case you don’t get it. I’m not sure what the 13 is but all those Flint seat tags have a number under group 5. I’d love to see pics of that sheet and the vin/cowl tag as I don’t have this car in the SS427 registry!

  5. Martin
    March 15, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    thanks for making this web site have done so much research’ however i hit some dead ends. i have a 1966— 16437 V8 car. with a two speed power glide. everything tells me it was a bone stock 66-V8 car but the options on the car is not listed on the tag. like a padded dash/ A/C the wiring harness tells me it was a Cop car or federal car built in LA have any idea?

    • admin
      March 20, 2019 at 6:56 pm

      It may not have been built with any options that were listed on the tag. Built at Los Angeles and not Southgate?

      • Martin
        May 27, 2019 at 2:15 pm

        sorry for the late response. the car is a LOS on the cowl tag . i tryed to make a copy of the cowl.
        Cowl Tag Form
        General Motors C orporation
        ST 66- 16437 LOS 174 BODY
        TR 866-A M-M PAINT
        W 2W

        • admin
          June 2, 2019 at 5:48 pm

          09B body built 2nd week of September 1965
          66-16437 66 Impala coupe
          LOS 174 174th 66 Impala coupe body built at Los Angeles, CA
          866-A fawn bench seat
          M-M aztec bronze
          W tinted windshield
          2M powerglide trans

          What’s the vin? That’s a very early car. Probably within first 1,500 built for the model year at that plant.

          • Martin
            June 9, 2019 at 10:57 pm

            thanks for all of your help. Vin


            I heard that the LOS plant put the build sheets under the fuel tank i just dropped the tank to find the build sheet. however” the sheet was long gone.

            soon ill put the car transformation on youtube.
            LS Swap LQ9. 6.0
            trans 4l80
            New Discs breaks kit all four corners.
            New CCP tubular uppers and lowers front and back suspension all new.
            new fuel delivery

          • admin
            June 10, 2019 at 3:07 pm

            Earliest I’ve seen a build sheet above a Los Angeles gas tank is 69 but still good to look.

          • Martin
            June 17, 2019 at 3:34 pm

            did you find anything on the vin?

          • admin
            June 20, 2019 at 8:56 am

            I didn’t have any record of it in my database

  6. Richard
    March 18, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Hi this is super helpful thanks. I am looking at a right hand drive 307ci 1968 pillarless 4 door Impala here in Nairobi Kenya (East Africa). It was exported from the GM Oshawa, Ontario plant, and has fibreglass dash (not metal) which I think was standard for the RHD. Cowl tag style is 68 16439RDEX. I assume “RDEX” means right hand drive for export? Paint code is 9LL which doesn’t match any of the tables I can see? It would be good to know so I can restore to original colour. It also has an accessories code M35 which I think is Powerglide. Trim is 820 (which is Impala cloth I think) followed by 1-1-5, any idea what that means?

    • admin
      March 20, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      LL is Teal Blue. 1-1-5 means body was built 1/5/68 1st shift. If you contact vintage vehicle services, you can request the option info and some other data

  7. Tim
    April 8, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Hello Warren,
    Amazing site. So much great information. Thank you very much for the hard work.
    I rescued a ’66 SS but I am having trouble finding the motor/trans combo it had as there is nothing in it now. The center console (whats left) leads me to believe it was perhaps a 4spd car, but can’t be sure…below is the trim tag

    813-B NN
    W 2M
    5Y (or maybe V-can’t be sure)

    I know this car was produced in 3rd week of Apr ’66, it is a V8 car, with Madiera Maroon exterior and black interior trim, possibly vinyl (?)…based on the accessory id’s it appears it had a powerglide, tinted windshield and custom from deluxe seatbelts with retractors…?
    Any way to know what 8cyl and trans package this car had?

    Your expertise is greatly appreciated.

    • admin
      April 8, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      2M is powerglide trans so it had an automatic. Probably was a small block. 10 bolt rear axle, right?

      • Tim
        April 9, 2019 at 7:41 pm

        It is a 12 bolt…

        • admin
          April 15, 2019 at 6:14 pm

          I’d be interested to know what the code is. Could have been a 396 with PG trans when new.

  8. Nathan
    April 19, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    This is an absolutely wonderful site and tool for coding the vin. I picked up a 67 Impala SS and I’m trying to understand my cowl tag. Any thoughts?

    10D R
    67-10887 STL001146 BODY
    844-B C-C

    • admin
      April 21, 2019 at 8:01 pm

      Sure. What’s the vin?
      10D body built 4th week of October 1966
      R – bright blue interior
      67-16887 Impala SS coupe
      STL 1146 – 1,146th Impala SS coupe body built at St Louis MO
      844-B bright blue bucket seat interior
      C-C Ermine White Paint
      1E tinted glass
      2E air conditioning
      2M Powerglide trans
      2S rear antenna
      2R rear speaker
      119096 is the ident number found in top right of window sticker

  9. Al Henson
    April 27, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    65-16467 EUC 10370
    845. P1
    ED 2ZGS 3C

    • admin
      April 28, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      That’s a repro cowl that doesn’t match. 16467 is a plain Impala convertible and 845 is the SS turquoise interior

  10. Javier
    May 2, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    I purchased a 1962 Impala SS convertible and am trying to figure out from the VIN if it is a true SS. The VIN is 21867S167180. Can you help me out?

    • admin
      May 23, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      You would need to go by the cowl tag info

  11. Odd Solli
    May 4, 2019 at 8:07 am


    What a great site this is. I have a Impala in Norway Europe and the cowl tag is ?

    ST 65-16637 Jan11897 Body
    TR 831 D-D Paint
    W 2M 3CB

    Engine number is F0803GF is that the original engine to this car ?

    On the frame it is a another number that says 166375 J 197881

    Can you help ?

    • admin
      May 23, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      02D body built 4th week of February 65
      65 16637 is a Impala SS coupe
      JAN is Janesville WI plant
      831 blue bucket seat interior
      D-D Mist Blue paint
      1W tinted windshield
      2M powerglide trans
      3C padded dash
      3B rear defog
      5W deluxe front seat belts with retractors

  12. Rick
    May 10, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Can you tell me if this 1968 impala is an SS? VIN 164878S161895

    • admin
      May 23, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Can you post the full cowl tag info? That will tell

  13. Kregg Reynolds
    May 20, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for the site.
    It has helped me figure out most of it. I saved it from a barn it’s been parked on blocks since 1978. only has 80,000 miles on it and in great shape,
    32732 body
    905 paint
    W3C what are these codes ?

    • admin
      May 23, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      07D body built 4th week of July
      32732 is the sequential body number
      826 green bench seat interior for Impala
      905 Meadow Green paint
      W tinted windshield
      3C padded dash

      What’s the vin and what else is on the cowl tag?

  14. Tom Bowen
    June 4, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    1965 Impala
    Purchased: 08/30/2016
    Owner: Me
    VIN: 16437Y168778 164 = Series – Impala, 37=Model,
    Y: Wilmington DE Asemb Plant, 168,778=Seq Prod #
    Year: 1965
    Body Style 2S

    Mostly looks fine, but I think they made a typo and left the 5 that should be before the 7 in the VIN. That’s the indicator it’s a 1965.

    The data on the cowl is correct. But of course it doesn’t carry all the VIN infor and if you haven’t guessed by now, the real VIN plate in the drivers door is missing.

    Hmmm…can I insert HTML here? Guess not. Maybe you can just copy and paste this link to see the cowl.

    Any tips on how to straighten this out? Thanks.

    • admin
      June 8, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      Cowl tag is from an Atlanta car. Should start 164375A

      You could check the top of the frame, rear driver’s side, for a partial vin stamp.


  15. June 6, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Hello! I’m from Brazil. Congratulations on the site. could you help me decode the vin and the cowl tag of my 1963 Impala. It’s is from Canada. the VIN is 3176977601, only 10 digits.
    the tag is:
    STYLE 1769 EX LD,
    BODY N 163805,
    PAINT E,
    TRIM 866,
    C48 U63.
    Thank you!

    • admin
      June 8, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      1769 Impala 4dr sedan 6cyl
      EX LD is export left hand drive
      The N is before 163805?
      E is blue paint I think. Normally in 63 it’s a number but Oshawa may have done it differently.
      866 is fawn interior
      C48 heater delete
      U63 AM pushbutton radio

  16. Frank
    June 8, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Great site! I am hoping that you can explain my ’65 Impala cowl code, thanks.

    12A E
    65-16637 STL004518
    815 WW

    • admin
      June 8, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Try looking there and I can help with anything you can’t decode. what’s the vin?

  17. Tom Moshier
    June 11, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Very informative site and information!
    Am I correct – in 1968 Chevrolet did not have a separate VIN number for a Super Sport. A SS car was a purchase option ($179) but there was not a unique VIN number? My car is a 1968 Impala Convertible made in The 2nd week of October ’67) cowl code 10B, STL – St Louis factory, there are eight (8) ‘SS’ emblems on the car …. Front grill, rear trunk lid, L & R side behind the front wheel wells, steering wheel, glove box and one each on the front door inside panels. The orig car was white w gold interior. The car has bucket seats, console and floor shift auto trans w a 327CI engine, power top and windows.
    Thank you, TM

    • admin
      June 20, 2019 at 8:53 am

      That is correct. You would go by the interior code on the cowl tag. Can you send me the vin and full cowl tag info? I’d like to add the car to my research database and decode it for you as well.

  18. Geoff Goss
    June 12, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Hi we have just come into procession of my late father inlaws 1964 Chev Belaire, the car is an Australian import and the body tag appears quite different to those listed here. was wondering if you might still be able to help? The tag is written vebatium below:

    General Motors Holden Pty Ltd
    Correspondence must bear these numbers
    BODY 64-114-1497
    TRIM 826-D10
    PAINT 587-5096
    TOP 568-5084

    Underneath the body tag is a small tag W090653

    • admin
      June 20, 2019 at 8:55 am

      Wow, that’s completely different. None of those codes look similar except 826 is green interior for Belair.

      W090653 is probably the Holden serial number. No tag on the driver’s door jamb?

  19. curtis woodkey
    June 17, 2019 at 6:50 am

    I am looking to purchase a 1963 chevy/nova SS and cannot determine if the car is truly an SS as the cowl/trim tag has been removed.The VIN is 30437K160854 and is a 400 series sport coupe.It should show a Z on the cowl tag to be an SS but the owner says it was blacked out.He also says on the original title it shows the model as Nova which he says means its definitely a SS.Can you help me with this?The only absolute part that shows that it could be an SS is the 1 inch 5 piece chrome trim that runs down horizontally on the dash and the full pack of four instrument gauges.

    • admin
      June 20, 2019 at 8:54 am

      Interior code on the cowl tag should be for bucket seats

  20. Carl Redmond
    July 8, 2019 at 8:37 am

    I have a 63 SS Convertible, L-31 409 car.
    Using information here and elsewhere, I’ve been able to determine its a numbers-matching engine, and original paint color. I can’t seem to find any info on the “ACC” code on the cowl tag. Mine reads “F-G-Y”

    Per information found, I know its a rare bird. trying to figure out if the tach is in fact original, and if the red interior is original. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • admin
      July 8, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      F tinted windshield, G SS (if a St Louis car) and Y may be seat belts

      • Carl Redmond
        July 10, 2019 at 6:49 am

        She’s a St. Louis car, and has seatbelts. Thank you! Would there be any way of finding out production numbers?

        • admin
          July 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

          There are some out there but I don’t have access to them at the moment

  21. seb
    July 9, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    What a great site!
    Hi, I am Seb I live in France, I bought an 1968 Impala SS 307 in Canada
    The cowl tag is:

    ST 68 16487 OS236318 BODY
    TR 812 2-2-7 9PP PAINT

    I can’t decode the paint and the options … I would appreciate some any help


    • admin
      July 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

      PP is Seafrost Green. M35 Powerglide trans and Z03 is Super Sport. What’s the vin? Did you know you can contact Vintage Vehicle Services and get the original options list and other info?

  22. Wayne Davis
    July 12, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    How do I find imfro on my 1967 El Camino. Here is my cowl tag imfro

    1. 01b 7653
    2. T. 67-13420 man. 1761 766-a. R-2
    4.w 21’

    Line 4 is difficult to read & line2 May have a 3 in front of the t. Thank you.

    • admin
      July 16, 2019 at 8:28 pm

      I think MAN is probably KAN for Kansas City plant. R-2 is red with black vinyl top. W is tinted glass and 2L is M20 4spd

  23. Steven Hart
    July 12, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I have a 64 Impala with vin 41847L191953

    Cowl Tag
    Chevrolet Div. General Motors Corp.
    06C Detroit, Michigan
    Style64-1847 BodyVn18678
    Trim 842 Paint 912
    Acc W 2M 3C 5W

    • admin
      July 16, 2019 at 8:35 pm

      silver blue Impala sport coupe built 3rd week of June at Los Angeles. 842 blue cloth bench seat. W tinted windshield, 2M powerglide trans, 3C padded dash and 5W deluxe front belts with retractors

  24. Matt
    July 12, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you for all this great info. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind decoding mine. I doubt it’s an SS but couldn’t find the 16487 code. Thanks

    Body By Fisher

    ST 68-16487 BT03673 Body
    TR 833 GT Paint

    VIN: 164878R126446

    • admin
      July 16, 2019 at 8:35 pm

      You’re right. Plain Impala sport coupe. GG gold painy, 833 gold bench seat interior. 11E built 5th week of November at Arlington, TX

  25. Danny Diaz
    July 13, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Bought a first generation 1969 camaro. The vin number seems to be off when comparing it to the cowl tag assembly date. Off by atleast 3 months. In my opinion the vehicle orginal vin was replaced when the vehicle was restored inside and out. Is there a possible way to track down the orginal vin?

    • admin
      July 16, 2019 at 8:29 pm

      Look on the top of the cowl and behind the heater box for the partial vin

  26. Mike
    July 21, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Thanks Warren for this awesome site.
    My cowl tag is as follows:
    65-16637 FL213196
    802- P-P
    W. 2LSR. 3C
    5W- 330599
    Thanks to this site it was easy to decode and verify that everything is spot on with the car. My question is on the bottom line after the 5W seatbelt option code what does the 330599 mean? And would I be correct in assuming that being this was a late June production date and such a high number that this car was near the end of the production run. Thanks in advance for any info.

    • admin
      July 21, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      330599 is the ident number found in the top right of the window sticker. Flint production lasted into early August. Last built was 5F340026

      • Mike
        July 22, 2019 at 3:55 pm

        Thanks for the info. Is the ident number different than the production number? Is the 213196 the production number? thanks again.

        • admin
          July 22, 2019 at 5:16 pm

          FL2 is Flint body plant 2 and 13196 is the body number

  27. Everette Furr
    July 25, 2019 at 6:56 am

    I’ve tried using your examples to decode this to no avail , could you help? 9D Detroit Michigan 2line 65-16437 body BW 1776 3line 814L paint NNA 4line 338 Thanks for your help this is an wonderful site

    • admin
      July 26, 2019 at 9:33 am

      9D body built 4th week of September
      65-16437 Impala sport coupe
      BW 1776, 1,776th Impala Sport coupe body built at Wilmington, DE
      814L is black vinyl bench seat interior
      NNA is Maroon paint with black wheels
      338 is the body run number found in top right of build sheet. What’s the vin and do you have the build sheet from it?


    July 29, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Can you help me with my cowl info ?

    ST 65-16637 FL211521 BODY
    TR 815 A-A PAINT
    W 2MS 3C
    5W 293983

    • admin
      July 31, 2019 at 10:33 pm

      Sure. What’s the vin?
      05D body built 4th week of May 1965
      65-16637 65 Impala SS coupe
      FL2 11521 11,521st 65 Impala SS coupe body built at Flint
      815 black bucket seat interior
      A-A Tuxedo Black paint
      W tinted windshield
      2M powerglide trans
      2S rear antenna
      3C padded dash
      5W deluxe front seat belts with retractors
      293983 is the ident number found on the window sticker

  29. David M.
    July 29, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Great site, I could identify a few things from the cowl tag for my 67 impala sport coupe. Here’s the info on mine and hopefully we can help each other out.
    10A E217
    ST. 67-16487 LOS 1884
    TR. 888-A C-C
    EX 2EMSR
    Vin # 164877L105922

    • admin
      July 31, 2019 at 10:37 pm

      sure. tag shows body was built 1st week of October 1966. E217 is the work order number, internal plant use
      67 Impala coupe built at Los Angeles, 1,884th of that body style
      White with gold interior
      tinted glass, power windows, air, powerglide trans, rear antenna, rear speaker and deluxe seat belts

  30. Linley harris
    August 1, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Hey guys I have a 1968 Impala but I don’t know what the vin number means, can you please help, thanks in advance.

    • admin
      August 8, 2019 at 7:41 am

      68 Impala four door hardtop built at Los Angeles, CA. post the info from the trim tag on the firewall and I can tell you more about the car

  31. James Watkins
    August 9, 2019 at 12:03 am

    1969 Impala Sports Coupe 427 400 12bolt, Barn find 59000 miles, every thing works and runs great. Vin # 164379J117354. Thanks in advance

    ST. 69. 16437. JAN138075. BDY
    TR 837. 61. 63 PNT

    • admin
      August 10, 2019 at 11:23 pm

      09C body built 3rd week of September
      top line is 69 Impala sport coupe from Janesville. 138075 is ident number found on the window sticker
      837 gold cloth bench seat interior
      61 63 is Burnished brown with Champagne roof. Cool color combo! Would love to see pics!

  32. Mario Blackburn
    August 14, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    I just buy a Chevy Impala 1968 convertible. It is a Canadian model with a 13 digits NIV. I can’t find a decoder for that. It was 1646782175408. The body tag is that:
    7B M35
    ST68 16467 ST579419 BODY
    TR 806 203024 QQ PAINT
    Can you help me?

    • admin
      August 17, 2019 at 11:11 am

      vin shows a 68 Impala convertible built at the St Therese plant in Canada.
      M35 is powerglide trans.
      7B means body was built 2nd week of July.
      806 is black interior and QQ is the paint code, which I am not sure of off hand as it’s Canadian only for 68.

  33. August 15, 2019 at 6:56 am

    I plan on purchasing a 1966 Impala SS. Could you please tell me the Cowl information

    ST 66-16837 ATL 2631
    TR 837-8 or TR 837-3 (INSCRIPTION HARD TO READ)
    EX 2KMFSR 1

    • admin
      August 17, 2019 at 11:07 am

      light blue Impala SS coupe with blue interior built 1st week of December at Atlanta.
      tinted glass, power windows, air, pg trans, console gauges, rear antenna and rear speaker. What’s the vin?

  34. Tyler
    August 16, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    On the Cow Tag I have a four digit number that I am not sure what it represents(1827). It is at the far right of Cow Tag. It may be the body style but not sure, any help is more then what I have.

    • admin
      August 17, 2019 at 11:07 am

      sequential body number of whatever body style the car is

  35. Ronn Roberson
    August 18, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    What does the 4D code on the lower left of the cowl tag mean on an 1967 Z-24 option car or SS-427
    car I have noted some have this and some don’t. Can you help?

    • admin
      August 21, 2019 at 11:39 pm

      4D means SS427 package but not all assembly plants used that style of accessory codes.

  36. William Preusch
    August 21, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    I have a 1967 Impala SS convertible produced in Canada. The Vin plate on the “A” pillar says :


    My title indicates the VIN as 16867F2134878. This car has been sold and re-titled several times and I presume that sometime during the course of new titles being issued some DMV employee made a mistake in typing the the new title and the “incorrect Vin” has followed it on the subsequent titles.
    As the first 5 digits of the VIN indicate body style and engine and the last 6 digits are the sequential serial number, what do the 6th and 7th digits represent? There doesn’t appear to be a letter for the assembly plant in the VIN plate on my car.. Before I have the title “corrected” can you tell me what my VIN is indicating? I presume I should have the title changed to match the Vin plate.

    I have a couple other questions. I understand there was an option Z24 which was the 427 S.S. option, Did this option have the unique hood
    (with aluminum scoop (look) and different badging than non Z24 Super Sports? I’ve seen photos of many so-called Super Sports (some maybe bogus) and I notice that badging is often different (some have the SS Impala badge behind the front wheels others do not and some have the SS Impala badge on the trunk lid above the right tail light and other say Impala in script).. Many of them have the white plastic lenses (or tits) just to the outside of the headlights where as others are black and silver metal (as are mine) that match the grill;. I know of one 427 SS (not a Z24) that is authentic / original that has the black and silver.. What is the difference?.
    Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    • admin
      August 25, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      I emailed you a reply but will do so here too. First 5 of vin is body style, then year, then plant then last 6 of serial. Plant code 2 is St Therese.

      Can you post the cowl tag info?

  37. Don Heitzman
    August 23, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    I am considering a 65 impala SS in pretty bad shape. No motor, seats are gone but body still in pretty good shape.

    Great site, thanks for all the info

    Cowl Tag
    65-16637 Jan14671
    802 A-A
    E 2LP 3C

    166375 J 240354

    • admin
      August 25, 2019 at 8:16 pm

      Nice car! Tuxedo black with the ivory bucket seat interior. build 4th week of April at Janesville. options on tag are tinted glass, wide ratio 4spd, comfort and convenience group and padded dash. Guessing it probably had a 327 engine when new?

    September 2, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    I have a build out of Oshawa Ontario.

    Style 16637 (SS) 2-7-26 ???
    Body No. 182661
    Paint A (Tuxedo Black)
    Trim 815 (Black Bucket Seats SS model)
    B70M35 (Padded Dash / Powerglide Transmission)

    What does the 2-7-26 represent?

    • admin
      September 3, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      7-26 July 26th and the 2 in front of it is 2nd shift I believe

  39. Robert Smith
    September 9, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Had my 64 Impala SS for 27 years.

    Mine says GM Canada on the VIN plate but not sure if it was made in Oshawa or Oakland
    as I thought some west coast cars were built in CA

    VIN: 41447O19841
    Cowl tag reads:
    Style 1447 2-11-27
    Body No. 119516
    Paint F
    Trim 831

    What is the U63 in the accessory code?


    • admin
      September 10, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      That’s definitely an Oshawa car. U63 is pushbutton AM radio. The 2-11-27 means body was built 11/27, 2nd shift

  40. Kevin Stock
    September 17, 2019 at 10:22 am


    Very informative site. Thank you.

    I’ve decoded most of this tag but the last bit of information is difficult:

    STYLE 16467 (V8 Convertible) 2-4-14 (2nd shift – Apr – 14th)
    BODY NO. 158447
    PAINT R (Regal Red)
    TRIM 814 (Black Vinyl)

    U75T-10 (Power Rear Antenna, ???)

    VIN 616467057649 (66 V8 Convertible built in Oshawa, #57649)

    What is that last part of the options line…T-10?



    • admin
      September 21, 2019 at 9:55 pm

      Neat car! Yes U75 is power antenna and the T-10 is the convertible top color. Think that’s white. Have you got the option info from vintage vehicle services on this car?

  41. Michael Jones
    September 22, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    I have a Fisher body that vin says sport coupe but the badging is all ss. Has factory air factory and spinner style 14″ ss but has bucket seat and its automatic
    Fenders do not appear to be molested nor the grill all bolts and clips show like have never been removed at all.
    All trim is present and ss. Any thoughts would be appreciated

    • admin
      September 25, 2019 at 9:04 pm

      What year?

  42. Roccino Cerenzie
    September 22, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Bought a storage locker and inside is a, or what I believe is a 1965 impala SS 4 speed convertible, Can you please decode the Vin# and cowl tag for me .we would really appreciate it if you could help us out



    STYLE 166671-6-8
    BODY NO, 176814
    TRIM 879

    REALLY INTERESTED IN the size of motor that would have come with the car

    • admin
      September 25, 2019 at 9:07 pm

      vin shows 65 SS convertible built at Oshawa Canada
      cowl tag shows same but body built 6/8 1st shift
      Z is the paint code, not familiar with that one
      879 is red bucket seats
      B70 padded dash
      M20 wide ratio 4spd
      TOP10 is the convertible top color. Might be white but not certain

      Looks up vintage vehicle services. you can get the original option info for the car!

  43. jim
    September 27, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    I am looking at a 1969 Caprice that has 427 badges. Has a12 bolt rear, no trans or motor. Vin is 166479c019647. cowl 69-16647 bc02074 bdy tr-856 59 59 pnt tr 856 12 c thanks

    • admin
      September 29, 2019 at 6:24 pm

      cowl tag shows 69 Coupe built 3rd week of December at the Southgate, CA plant. 59-59 is frost green paint and 856 is med green bench seat interior

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