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)870/859847871829836814   x   x   x
Impala Super Sport - bucket seats869/862846873830837813885844   x
(strato-bench in parenthesis)
857 (868)   x   x   x843 (834)817 (818)   x   x   x
Caprice - bucket seats856848879   x831815   x   x891

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

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

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

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

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

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

1969Saddle (wagon only)TurquoiseRedGoldMed. BlueDark BlueBlackParchmentMed. GreenDark Green
Biscayne/Brookwood831   x   x   x816 [815 wagon]   x802 (810 Fleet)   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

359 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

      • January 20, 2020 at 8:01 pm

        Can you help me with the cowl tag on my 1966 impala ss 2 door hardtop.

        ST 66-16837 LOS 9081 BODY
        TR 862-B Y-Y PAINT

        I don’t know what the 9081 means and the W2MS stands for? Everything else I understand. Thanks Curtiss

        • admin
          January 26, 2020 at 7:20 pm

          9081 means it was the 9,081st 66 Impala SS coupe body built at Los Angeles. W is tinted windshield, 2M is powerglide trans and 2S is rear antenna. What’s the vin?

          • Joseph
            March 8, 2020 at 4:31 pm

            What is paint code Y-Y please? Please send me an email. Thank you so much

          • admin
            March 9, 2020 at 8:39 pm


        • Jerry Barnhill
          July 26, 2020 at 9:43 pm

          What does the 28 stand for its located underneath the paint code and to the right of the option codes thanks and have a blessed day.

          • admin
            July 27, 2020 at 8:36 pm

            That’s probably the inspectors number from St Louis

      • Mitch
        February 14, 2020 at 7:16 pm

        I’m a little in the dark on my car, any help would be appreciated. 4th line info is where I’m confused. I clearly have a number 2 in the second character space. It has tinted glass all around, A/C and is an SS Impala with bucket seats. Here is the 4th line:

        • admin
          February 21, 2020 at 10:20 pm

          W is tinted windshield
          2K is a/c
          2M powerglide trans
          2S is rear antenna

          The 2 was used to show that the K, M and S were group 2 options

      • Veronica
        July 3, 2020 at 2:38 am


        I have a 64 Impala SS convertible, how can I tell if I have the original 327 motor? Here is my Vin# 41467 L 193656
        This number is on the engine F06I6S

        Please help with the ACC code
        W 2MP 3C

        • admin
          July 3, 2020 at 7:03 pm

          What’s the rest of the codes on the cowl tag? That will help. So far it seems to line up with the vin. W is tinted w/s, 2M powerglide trans, 2P comfort and convenience and 3C padded dash

    • November 10, 2019 at 10:17 am

      Hey I’m not around the car but I have a original Numbers matching SS impala silver black bucket seats 4 speed what size engine is in it I have the original engine 53,173 miles it’s not a hole in the seats paint looks like it just came outta GM original I even have the original Hub Caps not a scratch or the car I wanna know the engine I thought it was the 409-427 V8 but I don’t see the 409 all it needs is some under dash is missing but everything else is original I have a real rare collection available as far as American cars our concerned and I’m not going to say a lot but I got nice things all American and what do u know all 64 all original all original engine’s and factory paint 1 owner on all of them and the other 2 out convertible 64 droptop bonniville 23,440 miles 400 big block engine all it need is top restored but not a chip on the paint and 64 all original matching Numbers on all of them all the way down to the seat belt 34,153 miles on my droptop Galaxy 500 XL numbers matching all original not a crack on the seats or the top all to the bone factory paint look like it just was paint engine original but the impala is what everyone seem to have there focus on for some reason but I need a lil advice on the SS I also got a original 86 T-top 442

      • admin
        November 10, 2019 at 11:40 am

        Can you send some numbers from the car? That would give some clues probably. Vin and cowl tag info

        • Jay
          February 13, 2020 at 12:09 am

          Gm of Canada Style 1767 /body no 142662/ paint T/ trim 866 / bso 6A 348 1961 impala convertible

          • admin
            February 21, 2020 at 10:19 pm

            866 is fawn interior. 1767 is 6cyl convertible. Sounds like an Oshawa car. Not sure what paint code T is. Probably a fawn or tan color

        • Matthew
          July 19, 2020 at 5:58 am

          Hey can anyone tell me what body by fisher means on my 66 impala???

          • admin
            July 22, 2020 at 8:32 pm

            Fisher made the body

    • Stephen Dudla
      June 8, 2020 at 10:18 pm

      Hello I can not find what my acc codes are I was able to decode the first 2 but not the last 2
      As follows
      Acc. W. M. S. C
      IT IS A 1964 SS IMPALA
      Any help would be greatly appreciated

      • admin
        June 9, 2020 at 9:39 pm

        W tinted w/s, M powerglide trans, S is rear antenna and C is padded dash

  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

    • Chris Harrison
      July 13, 2020 at 6:35 pm

      Hi there
      I’m having trouble telling whether a 66 caprice we have is a factory 396 car.
      Tag details are

      66-16674 LOS 5001
      815-B W2
      E 2ZN

      Vin tag is 166476L126532


      • admin
        July 14, 2020 at 10:54 am

        Does it have the engine in it? Accessory code 2Z is Turbo 400, which was only available with a big block. So it was a big block from the factory. Also has E tinted glass and 2N stereo

  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?

      • Seb
        May 26, 2020 at 10:31 am


        thanks, the VIN is 164.878.1134192

        • admin
          May 26, 2020 at 8:58 pm

          Can you send the cowl tag info too?

          • Seb
            May 31, 2020 at 10:29 am

            The cowl tag is:

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

            and the VIN:

          • admin
            June 1, 2020 at 9:49 pm

            Let see:
            M35 Powerglide transmission
            Z03 Super Sport
            68-16487 is a 68 Impala sport coupe (fastback)
            OS is Oshawa Canada plant followed by ident number found on window sticker
            812 is black bucket seats
            2-2-7 shows body was built 2/7/68 2nd shift
            9PP is Seafrost Green paint

            Can you post the front engine pad numbers?

          • Sébastien
            June 21, 2020 at 4:00 am


            the front engine pad numbers are: 181134192 K02 0_6DR

          • admin
            June 21, 2020 at 7:30 pm

            K0206DR: 68 Impala 307 engine used with PG trans and built on 2/6/68 at McKinnon Industries. The partial vin to your car is also stamped on there so it’s matching numbers.

          • Sébastien
            July 14, 2020 at 3:30 am


            some people say that the car can’t be a SS because it is a 307CI engine.
            Can you give me your point of view ?

            Merci, Sébastien

          • admin
            July 14, 2020 at 10:49 am

            You could order a 68 Impala SS with any V8 engine

  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

    • Luke Lacasse
      January 29, 2020 at 8:35 pm

      I have a 65 impala cowl code. 02A , st 65-16637, TR 862, body BC then right next to it like almost printed on top it says 6541. Paint JJ. Vin. 166375C116249. Any help would be awesome!!!!

      • admin
        February 1, 2020 at 4:41 pm

        02A body built first week of February
        65-16637 Impala SS coupe
        BC 6541, 6,541st Impala SS coupe body built at Southgate CA
        862 saddle bucket seat interior
        JJ Cypress Green paint
        Is there a C60 under 862? That would be air conditioning

  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 rxsale24. 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.

      • Ronn Roberson
        October 25, 2019 at 8:57 pm

        HI Again

        Did the STL plant use the 4D code for their SS-427 cars?

        • admin
          October 27, 2019 at 12:33 pm

          yes, they used 4D for SS427. sending you an email with a decode. let me know here if you don’t get it

  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

  44. Richard Kropp
    October 3, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    How can I get some help decoding a trim tag. I believe I am looking at a 67 SS 427 (or what’s left of one). I am considering buying the remains and resurrect the car.

    First line 10D. = 4th week of October
    Second line. ST 67-16887 STL001082
    Third line. T? 813-B. Y-Y. Paint
    Fourth line. W2LR
    Fifth line. 4D5Y 118186. And then there is a stamp that looks like three dots and 15

    • admin
      October 21, 2019 at 9:30 pm

      Sent you an email to the address provided

  45. Jill
    October 4, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Hello, I need help decoding my cowl tag
    ST 65-1367 KAN 2060 BODY
    TR 772 A-A PAINT
    2MP 4P 5

    • admin
      October 19, 2019 at 6:56 pm

      09B body built 2nd week of September
      65-13637 65 Chevelle Malibu coupe
      KAN 2060 2,060th 65 Chevelle Malibu coupe built at the Kansas City plant
      772 Medium Red interior
      A-A Tuxedo Black paint
      2M powerglide trans
      2P comfort and convenience group
      4P unknown, related to 2P

  46. October 12, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Hi, great site !
    This is for my Impala wagon.

    Vin: 41845L135316

    Cowl says:

    Style: 64-1845
    Body: VN 750
    Trim: 870
    Paint: 920
    Acc: E, 2KM, 3C, 5V

    • admin
      October 19, 2019 at 7:07 pm

      Almond Fawn 3 seat Impala wagon with fawn vinyl interior
      built 3rd week of December at Los Angeles
      E tinted glass
      2K factory air
      2M powerglide trans
      3C padded dash
      5V deluxe front seat belts

  47. John Chlian
    October 20, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks for your great site. Hope you can help on this one. Have a 66 Impala 2 dr hdtp. A pillar tag has 164396 followed by J236892. Then the cowl Vin tag has 03E \ 66-16437 Jan 22055 \ 814A L-2 \ E 2W \ 5Y.
    Both tags have the original rivets in them.
    Also, what number should the title show for a vin in this case?

    • admin
      October 21, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      Vin should show 164376 to start. If it actually says 164396, it could be a factory error. If so, I’d like to see some pictures.

  48. David Morris
    October 26, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Can u help me with my cowl tag pls I was left a 1969 impala custom coupe cowl tag is
    St 69 16447 jan343597 bdy
    Tr 837 40 40 pnt

    • admin
      October 27, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      Yellow 69 Impala custom coupe with gold interior built at Janesville, WI first week of June. What’s the vin?

  49. David Morris
    October 30, 2019 at 8:05 am

    164479j271239 is the vin sir

    • admin
      November 3, 2019 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks. Didn’t have that car in my database. I have entered 164479J271222, a custom coupe built very close to it!

  50. tom
    October 30, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    hello, great website! can you help me decode my vin? I recently purchased a 1964 ss convertible, it has teal blue paint, aqua blue interior, white convertible top, 409 motor with a 4-speed manual trans.

    top left corner 3B
    Style 64-1467
    Body JA 1436
    Trim 805-1
    Paint 948
    ACC W M R C J

    • admin
      November 3, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      Sending you a direct email

  51. RICK
    October 30, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Hi there, I am about to buy an impala 67. The VIN is 16339GLU00315N according to the seller. This does not seem to jive first because instead of a “7” we have a “G”, but G is the 7th letter, so is this a different way to say it is an impala 67? The L means it was made in Los Angeles, but the U I dont understand either, it should be a list of six numbers, and the N at the end I don’t know if it is a typo or extra letter.

    The owner seems a very nice man, he says the VIN tag fell off the door frame, I am going to ask him to show me a picture. First is it possible for the VIN to “fall off”? Aren’t these things stamped on the frame, so they can’t “fall off”?

    Lastly, is there another place where you can see the VIN stamped in the car to double check? It says above that it is in the “Cowl” passenger side, is that the wall on the other side of the dashboard, inside the engine compartment? Is there anywhere else where the actual VIN is on the car?

    Thanks for your help


    • admin
      November 3, 2019 at 9:12 pm

      Where are you located? I believe that is an accurate vin but for a car built at a foreign assembly plant. The GLU probably is the assembly plant. Is that the number on the tag that is missing? I’m not sure foreign plants stamped the vin on the cowl. It would be interesting to figure out which assembly plant it was built at.

      • November 5, 2019 at 5:42 pm

        Hi there, thank you very much for your reply. I live in Northern California but the impala is in Central mexico. I am trying to get a pic of the tag that supposedly fell off to confirm the number I gave above.

        Another question for you, reading on your blog and other places it says that there is an actual second full VIN stamped on the car that we could double check with (not the one on the door jamb, a second almost hidden one and not the cowl tag either). However, I don’t fully understand where it actually is. It says “behind the rear wheels” on the frame and that you might need a mirror to see it etc, but I don’t fully understand exactly where this is so I can look. Do you have a picture of where it is or a more precise description of exactly where on the frame it is and whether parts need to be removed to see it? I am not well versed on the various parts of the car so I don’t understand the references I have found so far as to the exact location.

        Thanks again and regards,


        • admin
          November 5, 2019 at 8:57 pm

          It may be stamped on top of the frame rail behind the drivers wheel. The actual vin tag is normally on the door jamb and riveted to that pillar so it can’t fall off.

  52. FRANK
    November 3, 2019 at 1:14 pm


    VIN# 168376J193138


    • admin
      November 3, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      Not sure. Need better pictures of engine pad numbers and other drivetrain dates

  53. Mike mcEachin
    November 4, 2019 at 10:43 am

    1968 Impala, 427/425 hp, rock crusher 4 speed. Bought this car in the 70’s and sold few years later. The only vin number I have is from invoice when purchased. Any way to find out if it is still registered somewhere? I had it in Fla. vin 164878d180605. Thanks, Mike

    • admin
      November 4, 2019 at 7:35 pm

      I didn’t have the car in my research database but will add it! What color combo was it? Was it an SS427 with the domed hood? And/or Super Sport with bucket seats? I’m not sure how to search states records. I know some will do it. Would be awesome if the car was still out there.

  54. Mic Paulino
    November 5, 2019 at 8:24 am

    I need some help decoding my cow tag
    1st line 10D
    2nd line 64 1447 3805
    3rd line 856 932
    4th line WX 2KMPSR 3C 26

    10D Oct 4th week
    64 1447 1964 Impala SS V8
    3805 ????
    856 Fawn Seats
    932 Saddle Tan Paint
    WX Tinted front windshield & Power windows
    2 ???
    K AC
    M Power glide trans
    P ???
    S Rear antenna
    R Rear speaker
    3C Padded dash
    Any help would be great

    • admin
      November 5, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      2 is the group number for the group 2 options. 2P is comfort and convenience.
      3805 is the sequential SS coupe body number
      26 should be day of the month body was built, which makes sense for 4th week of October

  55. Gord Galbraith
    November 9, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    I am about to buy a 66 Impala that doesn’t have an engine. Can you kindly give me a hand for what I don’t know? Thanks.
    Cowl tag is as follows:
    First line: 10 A (built during first week of October)
    Second line: 66-16437 FL2 3170 (SS 8cyl) FL2 is Flint Michigan…. but what does the 3170 mean?
    Third Line: 814-A (Would that mean tuxedo black vinyl seats?)
    Fourth Line: 4F (“Convenience Package”? …..what all is included in that? 5Y (Custom frt/rear seatbelts with front being retractable 11167…..What’s that?

    Thank you so much. Also, which of the numbers would tell me what the original engine and tranny were?
    Thanks again. This website has been extremely helpful.

    • admin
      November 10, 2019 at 11:39 am

      3170 is 3,170th 16437 body built at Flint, MI (16437 is plain Impala coupe, not SS)
      814-A is black vinyl seats. The A means regular bench seat. The paint code is under the 3170
      4F is comfort and convenience package with remote mirror. also got day night rear view mirror with that
      11167 should be a 6 digit number. that’s the ident number found on the window sticker.
      No transmission code on the cowl tag so it was an automatic or 3spd on the column. No way to tell the engine unless it has the original fender emblems

  56. November 10, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I have a 1966 Impala conv. Vin 164676T141057. Cowl Tag built in Tarrytown on the 3rd week of Nov., trim 814-A, Y-2 paint. Below trim I have W455Y. do you know what this means? Car has a 396/powerglide

    • admin
      November 11, 2019 at 9:47 am

      W is tinted windshield. 45 is probably 4F, convenience group with remote mirror. 5Y is deluxe belts. What’s the TAR body number? Original engine?

  57. November 19, 2019 at 6:42 am

    What is the proper way to tell what driver train actually came im my 68 impala convert?
    The car has 396-325 hp ,400 trans,and 12 bolt all with 68 date codes but how do I tell if it came off the assy line this way?


    • admin
      November 24, 2019 at 6:16 pm

      Look for the engine pad numbers stamped on front of pass side cylinder head

  58. Alex
    November 24, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Style 64-1447
    Body BC 1419
    Trim 815
    Paint LL
    ACC B70
    I decoded everything but the paint.

    • admin
      November 28, 2019 at 12:24 pm

      Palomar red

  59. J Rivera
    November 27, 2019 at 11:45 am

    I am trying to help out my father in law. He bought a 1968 convertible impala back in the early 80’s and did not get a title. he’s trying to register and filing for lost title, but the DMV has no record and VIN doesn’t come up.

    Not sure if it has the cowl plate, I asked them to look on the firewall but the VIn# is: 164678R124264

    • admin
      November 28, 2019 at 12:24 pm

      Yeah see if you can get the cowl tag info

  60. john
    December 7, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    hi i have a 64 bel air 1635 6 pass wagon with acc code of EK2MP3C50

    • admin
      December 10, 2019 at 9:39 pm

      tinted glass, air, powerglide trans, comfort and convenience group, padded dash and seat belt delete

    December 20, 2019 at 9:17 pm


    • admin
      December 21, 2019 at 10:24 am

      Original engine gone?

  62. terry abney
    December 21, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Can someone help decode my tag ? I know most of it ,but the last line group

    ST 65 16637 FRA-72
    TR 879 RR
    W2MPSR 3C 4P SW

    • admin
      December 24, 2019 at 7:52 am

      That’s a really early car! Might be one of the earliest I’ve seen! What’s the vin?
      W tinted w/s
      2M powerglide trans
      2P comfort and convenience group
      2S rear antenna
      2R rear speaker
      3C padded dash
      4p (probably related to comfort and convenience)
      5W deluxe front seat belts with retractors

      • terry abney
        December 27, 2019 at 6:01 pm

        166375 g 100391 is the vin tag on door pillar , couldnt see on frame

        • admin
          December 29, 2019 at 12:13 pm

          That fits in with the cowl tag date. You won’t be able to see the vin on the frame unless the body is lifted off it

  63. December 27, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    have a 1967 impalla 2 door ss , with 21 accessory code . was wanting more information on it or guide to the correct direction.

    • admin
      December 29, 2019 at 12:07 pm

      Where was the car built? Could actually be a work order code used for internal plant purposes

  64. Bill Cochran
    December 29, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Warren, great info!
    I’ve been looking at a 1967 Doraville, GA built Z24, low option car. My question, Did the Doraville Plant stamp the 4D on the cowl tag? I’ve been told if does’nt have the 4D on the cowl tag it’s not a real Z24.

    Thanks you

    Bill C

    • admin
      December 29, 2019 at 10:44 pm

      Doraville didn’t use the 4D code. Best chance to confirm on that car would be the build sheet. Doraville stuck a build sheet on the backside of the driver’s side rear armrest panel

  65. Arturo bautista
    January 2, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Can you help me with my Caprice?
    ST. 66-16647 BC 7324 Body
    817. HH

    • admin
      January 8, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Green caprice coupe with black bench seat interior built at the Southgate, CA plant

      • Sergio
        April 8, 2020 at 11:17 pm

        Can you help me whit this impala registration said 66 but most off the parts when I go to the store have to ask fora 67 parts thas why I don’t know if the car is 66 or 67 this is the inf.
        Chevrolet DD
        Vin: 164397L121825

        • admin
          April 9, 2020 at 6:16 pm

          That’s definitely a 67 vin. 67 Impala four door hardtop built at Los Angeles. Can you send all of the info off the trim tag on the firewall above the master cylinder?

  66. Shawn Ellis
    January 7, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Hi there,

    Great site with invaluable information!! I recently purchased a 70 Impala convertable that’s red with black interior, 19k miles, 300hp 350 2brl, zero rust (and it’s been in Ohio for ~30yrs), completely original, including paint and spare tire. Runs and shifts great too! I’m very excited to get it cleaned up and some cruising this summer. I could use a little help decoding my cowl tag though. Any help would be much appreciated.

    ST70 16467 STL214586 BDY
    TR 806 75 B PNT
    12B 1(in white & almost appears scratched in)

    • admin
      January 8, 2020 at 4:59 pm

      75-B is Cranberry Red with black top
      806 is black vinyl bench seat
      12B body built 2nd week of December
      The 1 is a handstamped inspectors number
      70-16467 is a 70 Impala convertible
      STL is St Louis plant and the number after that is the ident number found on the window sticker

      What’s the vin? Any original manuals or paperwork? Sounds like a great car.

      • Shawn Ellis
        January 21, 2020 at 7:51 pm

        Thanks for the reply. Yea, I’m very fortunate to have found it. Unfortunately I do not have any of the original paperwork. It does still have the original Pasadena, CA dealer frame around the license plate though.
        VIN is 164670S159561

        • admin
          January 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm

          What was the name of the dealer on it? Jack Wall Chevrolet?

  67. Cal
    January 18, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Have a 65 Impala Convertible. Trying to determine more information about the car. I have the vin number and cowl tag info. And help would be appreciated.

    VIN: 164675S274264

    1st line: 07B
    2nd Line: 65-16467 STL002638
    3rd Line: 814 R-1
    4th Line: W
    5th Line: 3C4P5W

    Thanks Again

    • admin
      January 19, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      tag shows a 65 Impala convertible built the 2nd week of July at St Louis
      Red with white top and black vinyl bench seat interior
      W tinted windshield
      3C padded dash
      4P confort and convenience group
      5W deluxe front seat belts with retractors

  68. Mathias Nansen
    January 22, 2020 at 3:57 pm


    Interesting website.

    How much can You tell mee abaut my car. 1967 Impala SS Convertible.
    Bought on Ebay a few Years ago and now in Denmark.
    Ill think the car have been modified a few times over the Years. The center console was missing, but still have the hole in the floor pan – was converted to column shift….
    Have found center console and floor shift for it. (Hard to find 🙂 )
    Can You tell mee all the original specifications for this car ?

    Trim Tag:
    07B R
    ST 67-16967 STL000723 BODY
    TR 844-B F-4 PAINT
    5Y 233459

    Looking forward to hear from You.
    Best Regards from Denmark Mathias Nansen

    • admin
      January 26, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      Tags show the following: vin shows 67 SS convertible with V8 engine from St Louis MO.
      cowl tag shows SS convertible built 2nd week of July at St Louis MO.
      F-4 is marina blue with blue top and 844-B bright blue bucket seats.
      W tinted windshield
      2M powerglide trans
      2R rear speaker
      5Y deluxe belts

      Can you look for the rear axle code?

      • Mathias Nansen
        February 7, 2020 at 12:11 pm

        Hello and thank´s

        I can look for the Rear axle code next time im near the car, its winter here in Denmark… Cold and rainy….
        Does the cawl tag tell anything abaut what V8 engine the car was born with ?

        M Nansen

        • admin
          February 7, 2020 at 2:21 pm

          2M is Powerglide trans so it most likely came with a small block. Very small chance it was a 396 but would have to have a 12 bolt rear

  69. Casin Mason
    January 26, 2020 at 1:37 am

    First off great site with great info!

    I just picked up a 1968 Impala SS and was hoping for some help to see if it is a real SS, original engine/trans and if there is anything special about it! Thanks in advance!

    VIN: 164478S125890

    10B K

    ST 68-16447 STL004451

    TR 859-25 (the 25 looks to be more indented/different font than the rest of the numbers) D-6

    • admin
      January 26, 2020 at 7:41 pm

      cowl tag shows a Grotto blue Impala custom coupe with white vinyl top and parchment bucket seat interior. Bucket seats means it is an SS!

      Tag also shows it was built at St Louis MO. The tags will not show engine size or transmission. Does it have an engine or trans? 12 bolt rear?

  70. Chavis williams
    January 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Hi, could you possibly help me understand mine a bit better.

    05-10437 jan17114
    2mps 3c

    • admin
      February 1, 2020 at 4:37 pm

      01D body built 4th week of January
      65-16437 plain Impala coupe
      JAN 17114 17,114th plain Impala coupe body built at Janesville
      866 fawn interior
      2M powerglide
      2P confort and convenience group
      2S rear antenna
      3C padded dash
      5W deluxe front seat belts with retractors

      paint code should be under body number. what’s the vin?

      • Chavis
        February 3, 2020 at 3:48 pm

        I’ll try to look for the vin Wednesday when I work go to work on it, since the dash is kind of cracked up, is there a place on or in the car or anywhere that I should look for the vin?

        • admin
          February 3, 2020 at 9:55 pm

          Drivers door pillar. Should be a tag attached to it

  71. Phil waltner
    January 31, 2020 at 9:24 am

    I am trying to find out how many 1965 Impala SS were built with white exterior & white interior? I Haven’t been able to find any and this is 100% original car so know the paint wasn’t changed. Thank you

    Cowl Tag show 845

    Vin # 166375L129593

    • admin
      February 1, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      Can you send the full cowl tag info?

      Ermine White paint for 65: 308,015 built
      845 white/aqua bucket seat interior: 16,365 built

      This info from production info courtesy of the GM Heritage center

      • Phil waltner
        February 1, 2020 at 6:23 pm

        12 D

        ST 65-16637 LOS 5644 Body
        TR 845 C-C Paint

        E 2KMR 3C

        • admin
          February 2, 2020 at 12:31 pm

          E tinted glass
          2K air
          2M PG trans
          2R rear speaker
          3C padded dash

    February 1, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    hi awesome site ! I have two ? actually i have a 68 impala 327 ac pb ps 350 turbo trans 2dr custom how do i tell l30 or l73 option and i noticed in the chart that 68 69 70 no ss listing not made in those yrs ?

    • admin
      February 2, 2020 at 12:33 pm

      In 68, SS was now an option.

      Look for the engine pad numbers stamped on front of pass side cylinder head

        February 8, 2020 at 7:09 pm

        ty for your response I do not have the original motor it was a roller when I got it so it could be a ss but no way to prove or dispute it? without a build sht witch I do not have . in my honest opionion its not a ss there are no markings indicating it ever was but once again ty for your insite great site john Russell

        • admin
          February 10, 2020 at 8:51 pm

          Oh it’s easy to prove a 68 as an SS! Can you post vin and cowl tag info?

  73. Hector
    February 12, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    I’m looking at purchasing a 1964impala SS convertible the vin tag is not there but is there a way to de code the trim tag to find out what the full vin is ?

    Trim tag
    Body JA 29 (There is another number next to it but can see it on pic Help if u know what number it is
    Paint 948
    Acc W L R C J

    Also does the JA mean the factor that it came out of ?

    • admin
      February 21, 2020 at 10:18 pm

      Tag shows Palomar Red with red bucket seats and white convertible top. W is tinted windshield, 2L is wide ratio 4spd trans, R is rear speaker, C is padded dash and J is seat belts. You would need to find the partial vin stamped on the frame

  74. Stewart Whiteley
    February 14, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    I have Chev Impala 1968 Vin 164698N703006 engine 3914636 is this the original engine for this car.

    • admin
      February 21, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      Can you check the vin again? 164698 makes sense, the rest does not. Also post cowl tag info. To check engine, you need to look for the front engine pad numbers. 3914636 is a 68 307 engine so that’s a good sign

    February 19, 2020 at 12:42 am

    Admin I got a 1966 Chevrolet impala SS396 convertible it has just about every option that was available for that car just a little confused on interior. The interior is original and is gold in color ( vinyl ) , I look up info on that year and It seems like gold was not offered please help me decode body tag or was it a special order? GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATIN RIGHT BELOW IT 02B ST 66-16867 LOS TR 862-S EXT 2KZFN 4F 5Y BODY PAINT 647 T-1

    • admin
      February 22, 2020 at 12:23 am

      Hi George, loaded car! What’s the vin? I don’t see anything on the tag to denote special order. Could have been an executive’s car originally but would need the window sticker to know that. Could have been a customer order too.

      02B body built 2nd week of February
      66-16867 66 SS convertible
      LOS 647 647th SS vert body built at Los Angeles, CA
      862-S 862 is fawn bucket seat interior and the S is headrests for bucket seats
      T-1 is Sandalwood Tan with white top
      E tinted glass
      X power windows
      T power bucket seat
      2K a/c
      2Z Turbo 400 (means 396 engine)
      2F console gauges
      2N stereo
      4F convenience group with remote mirror
      5Y deluxe seat belts

        February 27, 2020 at 12:46 am

        How’s it going admin want to thank you for the information you have given here is the vin# 168676L169405 maybe that can tell us something? I was looking at papers given to me and found owner protection plan book with protecto plate and card in it telling me it was owned by office manager from Robert hall Chevrolet in Tujunga California. I am still confused on interior fawn color is light and my interior is more like a gold color maybe was a special order.

        • admin
          February 29, 2020 at 1:55 pm

          That’s awesome. I’m sending you an email directly. I’d love to see some photos of it

  76. Will Hohenstein
    February 21, 2020 at 12:54 am

    Can you please help me with my cowl tag codes. My VIN is 166675 J 115817. I know (think anyways) my car is a1965 SS Convert built in Janesville, Wi 4th week Sept 1964. Not sure about the rest so here it is
    ST 65-16667 Jan 184 Body
    TR 802 p-2 Paint. (While this comes up as evening orchid, the car is currently black. The only other color I can find
    W 2KMPR 3C through the chips appears to be Regal Red.)

    • admin
      February 22, 2020 at 12:17 am

      Yes SS convertible built 4th week of September at Janesville, WI.
      802 is Ivory bucket seat interior
      P-2 evening orchid with black top
      W tinted w/s
      2K a/c
      2M p/g trans
      2P comfort and convenience group
      2R rear speaker
      3C padded dash
      5W deluxe front seat belts with retractors

  77. Semion Androne
    February 21, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you so much for providing this information. the only problem I am having is decoding the body number that is located be hind the plant code. Can you help please?


    • admin
      February 22, 2020 at 12:10 am

      FL2 is Flint, MI body plant 2. 206000 is the ident number found on the window sticker or seat tag found in the seats

      • Kevin
        May 24, 2020 at 9:55 pm

        Thanks for this terrific site, have an Impala 64 convertible with uncertainty about SS or not. Can you help with the cowl tag and vin info?
        Vin 41867 G 195987

        Cowl tag
        Style 64-1867 Body FR 6293
        Trim 870 T-16 Paint 920
        ACC. 3C 50. Finished with acrylic lacquer

        • admin
          May 25, 2020 at 8:18 pm

          What’s the date code above 64-1867?
          64-1867 is a 64 Impala convertible (non SS). 6,293rd of that body style built at Framingham
          870 is fawn vinyl interior
          T-16 is the top color. Not sure what color 16 is. May be beige?
          920 is Almond Fawn
          3C padded dash
          5O seat belt delete

  78. February 25, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I have a 396ci with the block stamped T08IIIV – which tell me its was made at the Tonawanda engine plant on August 11th, with a TH400 transmission. The casting code is 3916323 which gives me the year, model and power. (1968 Caprice L35 325hp) My question lies with the partial VIN 18L108200. I understand the assembly plant is Van Nuys, CA sequence number 108200. What doe the 18 mean in front of the “L”?

    • admin
      February 29, 2020 at 2:01 pm

      With the 18, 1 is Chevrolet and 8 is 1968. You have just the block right, no car?

  79. Sal
    February 28, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Was able to decode entire trim plate except for 3 digits to the right of “BODY VN”
    353 are the digits.
    Car is 64 BelAir wagon 9pass

    Anyone know what the 353 stands for?

    • admin
      February 29, 2020 at 1:59 pm

      That’s the body number. The 353rd 64 Belair 3 seat wagon from Los Angeles. Can you send the vin and full cowl tag info? I’d love to add it to my research database.

  80. March 6, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    I have a 66 impala ss, I have plenty of documents to provide It’s a true ss. But here’s the problem, the trim color code reads 830-B but i looked this code up and it was not available on the ss models. Was only available for all non ss models. Could the B on the trim code stand for buckets? Or was it possible that this car was a special order from the dealer? Any info is greatly appreciated.

    • admin
      March 9, 2020 at 9:09 pm

      Yes The B in 830-B stands for buckets. If I sent you an email, could you send me a few photos of the tag and docs? Curious if the plant goofed on the tag

  81. Mark Reding
    March 9, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Hi, Great site. Hoping you could give me some help decoding. I have a 1967 Impala SS.

    Vin # 168677 J 211423

    Cowl Tag – 03A
    ST 67-16867 J – 703 BODY
    TR. 813-S. C-2 PAINT
    W 2LU

    Thank-you, look forward to any info you may have.

    • admin
      March 9, 2020 at 9:14 pm

      Hi Mark,
      03A body built 1st week of March
      67-16887 is a 78 Impala SS coupe
      JAN is Janesville, WI assembly plant. Can you double check the 4 digits after that? That’s the sequential body number.
      813-A is black bucket seats and the S is headrests for bucket seats
      C-2 is Ermine White paint with black vinyl top
      W is tinted windshield
      2L is M20 wide ratio 4spd
      2U is 8 track player

      What engine does the car have?

      • Mark Reding
        March 10, 2020 at 8:14 am

        Hi, Thanks for the info. I did transcribe the numbers wrong…. should have been 67-16867 . There is a 396/325hp engine (matching number). Funny thing is you decoded this car as Ermine White with a black vinyl top but it is a black convertible. Did you by chance mean convertible? Currently there are no headrests on the seats but the seats appear to be original and might have the means to install them. I have only had this car for about 6 months and don’t know a whole lot about it. Learning as I go. Also the 8 track must of been swapped out at some point. Currently there is a pushbutton AM radio that appears correct for the year. By chance do you have this VIN in your database? Any info would be appreciated. Thank-you, Mark

        • admin
          March 15, 2020 at 8:02 pm

          Didn’t have this car in my database. LOL I was misreading your first message! It is a SS convertible. Makes perfect sense. 813 is black bucket seats. Not sure why typed 813-A. The letter after is S, which is headrest for bucket seats. It could also be a B for regular bucket seats.

  82. Rick Wilkins
    March 11, 2020 at 11:43 am

    Hi, I have a 1966 SS. This cars cowl tag reads 11D 66-16837 ATL 2493 885-B N-N E 2KZS 5YL . Also has a large 4 stamped from the outside right above the word Fisher. What is that? The car also has options not shown on the tag. What do you think? Thanks Vin # 16837 6A 121136 Engine # T1I07IJ – 18J278940

    • admin
      March 15, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      11D – body built 4th week of November 1965
      66-16837 66 Impala SS coupe
      ATL 2493 2,493rd 66 Impala SS coupe body built at Atlanta
      885-B parchment bucket seat interior
      N-N Maroon Paint
      E tinted glass
      2K factory air
      2Z Turbo 400 – means big block engine
      2S rear antenna
      5YL is deluxe seat belts.

      The 4 is probably an inspectors stamp.

      Those engine pad numbers show a 68 427/385 with turbo 400 from a Janesville car. Can you check the tag on the side of the turbo 400 transmission? I wonder if it is original to the car.


      • Rick Wilkins
        March 16, 2020 at 5:13 pm

        Hi Warren . The trans tag reads CA 66 36088 319 The rear end cast # is 3894860 EQ 0517 G , cast date D257. Seems to be from a 67 Camero ? Looks like I don’t have an orginal car. Darn it! When would production of the 1966 models start and stop? Only has a 6000 RPM tach. A real 427 car would have a 7000 tach? Thank You for your info on this.

        • admin
          March 19, 2020 at 6:09 pm

          The trans is original! CA is Turbo 400 with 396 engine so it was a 396, not 427 originally. But that checks with the 2Z code on the cowl tag for Turbo 400. And also the date code on the trans 319, I have another 66 396 from Atlanta in my database, which has the same transmission date as yours so that’s good. The axle is not original, odd they would switch it out unless that was done a long time ago. EQ is a 2.73 posi from a fullsize car but definitely from the 67 model year. 66 model year ended in early July at the latest. 66 396 and low perf 427 had the same tach, which was different than the L72 tach.

          • Rick Wilkins
            March 21, 2020 at 10:03 am

            Great information. Thank you. Is there a way to trace a vin # on the block to the Chevy model it came from?

          • admin
            March 21, 2020 at 7:06 pm

            No. I didn’t have the car it came from it my database yet so I added the info in case the car surfaces. Was probably an Impala or Caprice

  83. Antonio Cardillo
    March 22, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Hi, I have another question regarding block casting number. I need to know if it matches the vin number. Here is the info:
    block casting number: 9V989 6 4

    STYLE 16667 1-4-7
    BODY NO. 154231
    TRIM 802


    • admin
      March 25, 2020 at 6:47 pm

      I’m not familiar with either of those black casting numbers. The tags show a evening orchid Impala SS convertible with ivory interior, power windows, padded dash, powerglide trans and black top. You should request the option info from

      That should have the engine code, which you could try and match to your car.

  84. March 26, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Im in the process of purchasing a 1967 Impala 22 427 but the VIn numbers i cant confirm or verify?


    Also the Cowl Tag is not adding up, Like should it say Z24 ?

    511 11D
    67-16887 LOR 1736 BODY
    844-B D-D PAINT

    Please can someone help me confirm this is a 1967 SS 427 Impala.

    it does not have the Tri badge on top of the hood, Also no Brake Booster is on the vehicle, The badging does not have SS 427 in the center of the grill, it does say SS on the upper right. Also on the rear trunk lid it says Super sport but no 427 in the center.
    Also on the side front fenders it does’nt say 427, it says 427 Super Sport in one line below the V emblem.

    • admin
      March 26, 2020 at 6:28 pm

      I had that car in my research database. It is not a Z24 with the SS427 package. It is a Impala SS ordered with the 427 engine so it doesn’t have the domed hood or special trunklid molding. IMO rarer than a Z24 but probably not as desirable.

  85. Frederik Mattsson
    March 28, 2020 at 1:24 am

    Hello everyone.
    I’m looking at an Impala 65 ‘

    Will hear if anyone will help me decipher that cowl Tag

    NOR 6577
    2MP 3C

    Hope to hear from someone 🙂

    Have a nice day

    Frederik Mattsson

    • admin
      March 28, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      I don’t see the paint code listed. Should be under NOR 6577. That’s the body number of the car and NOR is Norwood assembly plant.
      01D body built 4th week of January
      E black interior
      65-16637 65 Impala SS coupe
      815 black bucket seas
      2M powerglide trans
      2P comfort and convenience group
      3C padded dash
      5L standard seat belts

  86. Frederik Mattsson
    March 29, 2020 at 1:56 am

    Hey Admin

    Thank you very much for quick response.

    Yes I forgot the color code.
    Can see it then is Crocus Yellow
    if i look right 🙂

    I’m also interested in the engine in which is now a 283, is it born with that engine? and how can i check it out from no.

    Set no is:

    What can be seen from this frame no?

    If I now put a 327 / 350 engine in, if I can be ‘discovered’ in it? 🙂

    Looking forward to hearing from you …


    • admin
      March 29, 2020 at 9:47 am

      I actually have this car in my database. It had a 283 originally. You should have the dealer invoice to it? I have a copy of it and it shows engine code as F0825GF. That should be stamped on front pass side cylinder head. Vin should be stamped on top of frame, rear driver’s side behind wheel.

  87. J
    March 29, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Lookin at a 64 Biscayne. Sell stays it’s a 409 car. It doesn’t have # matching block. But period correct block with a 4 speed. Intake and carbs and air cleaner are correct. The vin is 41211r114736. Was this a 409 car?

    • admin
      March 29, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      There is no way to tell from just the vin. Can you post the full cowl tag information?

  88. March 31, 2020 at 8:30 am

    I have a 66 Chevy Impala SS, can you please assist me with the decoding.
    12A- I figured out the car was built the first week in December
    ST 66-16837 ATL-2631
    TR 837-B ; Impala SS Bucket seats Blue D-2- Body color is Mist Blue with black Vinyl Top

    Any assistance you provide me will be very helpful, my goal is to get the car back to its originality. Currently the car has a white vinyl top; after during the research I see it came with a black vinyl top.

    • admin
      April 3, 2020 at 8:35 pm

      Yes black top is correct. The options are as follows: E tinted glass, X power windows, 2K a/c, 2M powerglide trans, 2F console gauges, 2S rear antenna, 2R rear speaker, L standard seat belts

  89. Doug
    April 1, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Posted earlier, sry found Cowl tag data, thanks

    Jan 1526

    • admin
      April 3, 2020 at 8:39 pm

      Got your posts. What’s the vin? Cowl tag shows a plain Impala convertible and decodes as follows:
      02D body built 4th week of February
      65-16467 JAN 1526. 1,526th plain 65 Impala convertible body built at Janesville, WI.
      866 fawn bench seat interior
      V-1 Cameo Beige with white top
      E tinted glass
      X power windows
      2M Powerglide transmission
      2P comfort and convenience group
      2S rear antenna
      2R rear speaker
      3C padded dash
      5W deluxe front seat belts with retractors

      • Doug
        April 28, 2020 at 8:00 am

        thx for the info. VIN is 164675 J 197404

        • admin
          April 30, 2020 at 11:36 am

          Thanks. What does it have for an engine? 283 or 327?

  90. Jeff S
    April 4, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    I am having some trouble with decoding. I can see my care was built in Oshawa, Ontario Canada and had a V8 but would like to know more. It is a 1970 4 door Impala. Anything you can tell me would be appreciated. VIN 1646901199976

    Cowl tag shows
    70 16469 OS391520
    7A C60M40

    there is a TR before the 837 but in the middle with the 7A also a BDY and PNT to the far right of the tag.

    • admin
      April 5, 2020 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Jeff,

      Neat car, one of the last built at Oshawa for the 70 model year. They only built about 2,650 in July. Last was 201604, yours is 199976 so very close to the end. I hadn’t seen one built that month yet. Do you know you can get the breakdown of options, engine code and dealer shipped to from Vintage Vehicle Services?

      70-16469 is a 70 Impala 4dr sedan. OS is Oshawa assembly plant. The number after that is the ident number found on the window sticker.
      837 is gold cloth interior
      5555 is Champagne Gold paint
      7A means body was built 1st week of July
      C60 is air conditioning
      M40 is Turbo Hydramatic transmission. They used that code for Turbo 350 and Turbo at Oshawa. Probably has a Turbo 350 in it. And 350 engine, right?

  91. Rikard Hansen
    April 6, 2020 at 8:20 am

    HI can i get some help with decoding my impala?
    VIN 164395 J 198732

    Cowl tag

    ST 65-16439 JAN14691
    TR 857 S-V
    WO 2MPR 3C
    4F 5W
    Thanks in advance

    • admin
      April 7, 2020 at 5:29 pm

      02D body built 4th week of February
      2nd line shows 14,691st 65 Impala four door hardtop built at Janesville, WI
      857 is Saddle cloth interior
      S-V is Sierra Tan with Cameo Beige roof
      W tinted windshield
      1O two tone paint
      2M powerglide trans
      2P comfort and convenience group
      2R rear speaker
      3C padded dash
      4F remote mirror (comes with comfort and convenience group type B)
      5W deluxe front seat belts with retractors

      327 engine? Any original manuals or paperwork by chance?

      • Rikard
        April 8, 2020 at 7:37 am

        Hi thanks.
        No sorry no paperwork on the car.
        It was imported here in Sweden 2 years ago. Every thing you list is accurate on the car today. Yes it’s a 327. But unfortunately it lost the heads some time. It has pp heads from a 283 dated 1966.

        • admin
          April 9, 2020 at 6:14 pm

          What are the front engine pad numbers?

          • Rikard
            April 15, 2020 at 7:44 am


          • admin
            April 15, 2020 at 7:33 pm

            That lines up with the build week, 2nd week of February so it’s probably the original block. HC is 327/250hp with PG trans.

  92. April 8, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Can you please verify the original engine on my 66 Chevy Impala SS; the engine number is T0529EE. The VIN is 168376A122317

    I would also like to know the color code for the interior paint for the medal.


    • admin
      April 9, 2020 at 6:15 pm

      837-B is blue bucket seat interior. T0529EE is not the original engine. EE is a Chevelle code

  93. Bob Jacobs
    April 12, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    I have a 65 impala wagon that I’m trying to decode the cowl tag. It reads as follows. Thanks in advance. Bob

    St 65-16435 Los 6591 body
    Tr 836 – CC Paint
    EG 2K 3C

    • admin
      April 15, 2020 at 8:00 pm

      06C body built 3rd week of June
      2nd line shows 6,591st 65 Impala 2 seat wagon body built at Los Angeles
      836 blue vinyl interior
      CC Ermine white paint
      1E tinted glass
      1G power tailgate
      2K A/C
      3C padded dash
      5Y deluxe front seat belts with retractors

  94. April 13, 2020 at 9:09 am

    I have a 65 impala ss 396 original I hope could you confirm the firewall ID plate It says.
    ST 65-16637 Jan 7260 body
    TR 815 A-5 SS paint
    2PS 4F
    I don’t know what all this means it has a 4 speed Trans. is that original?
    Any other info you might be able to give me would be appreciated its a gorgeous car, And I want to find as much about that I can.
    Thank you very much

    • admin
      April 15, 2020 at 8:05 pm

      What’s the date code above 65-16637 and what’s the vin?
      The 2nd line says it was the 7,260th 65 Impala SS coupe body built at Janesville
      S-S is Sierra Tan
      815 i black bucket seats
      2P is comfort and convenience group
      2S is rear antenna
      4F is comfort and convenience group type B with remote mirror

      The tag does not have a transmission code so it most likely had a 3spd on the column originally.

  95. Bill L
    April 14, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    1965 Bel Air 2-door sedan 327 250 HP currently 4 speed Turquoise/Turquoise
    Everything looks very original, great car.
    65-15611 OS 2364
    E 2KP 3 G (or C)
    VIN 15611L197004
    Is it an original 4 speed transmission?

    • admin
      April 15, 2020 at 8:14 pm

      What’s the paint code under LOS 2364?
      It’s not an original 4spd since it doesn’t have 2L on the tag.
      You can also tell it was originally a PG trans based on the HC suffix code. HC is 327/250hp with PG trans. Lines up with the body built date of 06A (first week of June) as does the axle code. DD is a 3:31 open axle, which makes sense with the 327 engine.
      Don’t see many Belairs with 327!

  96. Tom Berger
    April 15, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Great site, I have a 1968 SS427 Impala Vin # 164478S166754.
    The question I have is about the CE Block in the car. There is very little information on the CE blocks
    Coiuld you shed any light on this block. CE863114.
    Thanks Tom B.

    • admin
      April 15, 2020 at 8:16 pm

      That’s a Chevrolet replacement engine, probably from warranty work. CE is Chevrolet engine and the 8 is 1968. The rest refers to the built number of the engine.

  97. April 21, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks in advance for all your help to us. My cowl tag is rough
    on a 64 2 dr Biscayne:

    Style E64 1211BODY BA 4390
    TRIM 852 Paint 988
    ACC in blank

    VIN 41111C167319


    • admin
      April 21, 2020 at 7:20 pm

      Hi Ray, happy to help:
      1st line: body built 3rd week of May
      2nd line: 4,390th 64 Biscayne 2dr body built at Doraville, GA
      3rd line: 852 Aqua interior and 988 Ermine white/Azure aqua 2 tone paint

      Vin shows it was a 6cyl originally

  98. Maarten Stolp
    April 24, 2020 at 2:50 am

    I haven’t figured out the paint code on our 67 4dr pillarless. Was sold new in Singapore, privately imported to New Zealand in 1971 ( New Zealand Air Force staff transfer back to Ohakea ). Engine 250 ci, 6 cyl with Powerglide Trans. Been repainted at least two times.Been in our family since 1973.
    Firewall tag reads:
    STYLE 16339EXRD 2 – 1 – 6
    BODY NO. os 131525
    PAINT 9 GT
    TRIM 888
    Your thoughts Please, Maarten

    • admin
      April 25, 2020 at 9:32 pm

      Sure I can help. What’s the vin? I’d like to add this one to my research database. Also, head to and you can order the full option breakdown for this car. Would be neat to see given it was exported originally.

      16339 is a 6cyl Impala 4dr hardtop. EXRD is export right hand drive
      2-1-6 means body was built January 6th, 2nd shift
      9 GT is Granada Gold/Caprice Cream 2 tone paint
      888 is gold cloth interior
      D99 is 2 tone paint
      M35 is Powerglide transmission


  99. April 26, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    You have been so helpful in my past searches, and before I haggle/spend the sellers wanted price I request that you help to decode this 63 Green Bel Air Coupe

    63-611 VN-2731
    823 908
    F 2M 29 Q

    Vin # 31611L205367

    • admin
      April 27, 2020 at 7:33 am

      I’m going to have my 63 expert email you

  100. Conner Michael Van Hine
    April 26, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Hello, could you help me?

    04C G
    66-16469 STL020313
    826-A H-C
    5Y 242705

    • admin
      April 27, 2020 at 7:37 am

      Sure. What’s the vin? Would like to add it to my research database.
      1st line: Body built 3rd week of April. G is green interior color
      2nd line: 20,313th 66 Impala 4dr body built at St Louis
      3rd line: Green interior and Green/white 2 tone paint
      4th line: tinted w/s, 2 tone paint, air conditioning
      5th line: deluxe seat belts and 242705 is the ident number found on the window sticker.

      There should be the handstamped inspectors number on the tag as well. Warren

      • Conner Michael Van Hine
        April 27, 2020 at 6:25 pm

        Hello, vin is 164696S236626

        Thanks for the help!


        • admin
          April 30, 2020 at 11:36 am

          welcome. What does it have an engine/trans? 283/Powerglide?

  101. Maarten Stolp
    April 27, 2020 at 12:45 am

    VIN: 1633971129420
    Have made inquiry to
    Thanks, Maarten

    • admin
      April 27, 2020 at 7:32 am

      Excellent! Let me know how you make out

  102. Jaime
    April 27, 2020 at 2:27 pm


    I just purchased a 1964 impala convertible and I decoded most of the cowl tag. The car has AC, power windows, power seats, tinted glass, tilt steering. just wanted to see if it was all from the factory. the ACC is WX2MSR5V.

    Also, the body is SL which is St Louis MO but it reads SL00927. I also see a 53 stamped different than all stamping on the tag on one side is unclear is over the right rivet. what does that mean

    the VIN is 41867S188611

    Thank you for your assistance

    • admin
      April 30, 2020 at 11:38 am

      I’m going to send you an email directly. Can you get a photo of the tag?

      option codes on the tag are: W tinted w/s, X power windows, 2M powerglide trans, 2S rear antenna, 2R rear speaker, 5V seat belts.

      Many options were not coded on the tag such as tilt wheel but A/C and power seats should be on the tag if it had them from the factory.

    April 27, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Decode trim tag 1978 impala

    78 1BL47 C 116357

    62NA52W61LW M61T

    02C 120002 73030



    • admin
      April 30, 2020 at 11:41 am

      I don’t know much about that year. C is Southgate, CA assembly plant and 02C means body was built 3rd week of February

  104. Mark Reding
    April 28, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Hi, I am replacing the lifters on my 1967 Impala SS 396 325hp. The local auto parts (NAPA) asked if the engine was high performance. Apparently their database lists a different lifter for a high performance 396. How would I determine if the engine I have is high performance? Here’s the vin and trim tag info if that helps somehow. Thanks for any info you can give me. Mark

    Vin # 168677 J 211423

    Cowl Tag – 03A
    ST 67-16867 J – 703 BODY
    TR. 813-S. C-2 PAINT
    W 2LU

    • admin
      April 30, 2020 at 11:42 am

      You need to find the front engine pad numbers stamped in front of the passenger’s side cylinder head. Let me know what you find.

      • Mark Reding
        April 30, 2020 at 5:56 pm

        Hi, The front engine pad numbers are T02I4IA 70211423. Hope that helps. Thanks, Mark

        • admin
          May 6, 2020 at 8:14 pm

          Nice. That’s the original 396/325HP engine

  105. skip Powelson
    May 3, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Got a 67 SS I think it is pretty Rare as the color seems to be Only 67 It has 396 4 Speed
    332 12C
    ST 67-16887 LOR 2526 Body
    TR 813-B M-M Paint
    W 2LR
    4R 5Y
    Thank You in Advance for decoding this and maybe it has something different than most your looking for

    • admin
      May 6, 2020 at 8:38 pm

      332 is an internal plant code
      12C body built 3rd week of December
      67-16887 Impala SS body. LOR 2526 is the 2,526th 67 Impala SS coupe body built at Lordstown, OH
      813-B is black bucket seats
      M-M is Royal Plum paint
      W is tinted windshield
      2L is M20 4spd trans
      2R rear speaker
      4R fender skirts
      5Y deluxe seat belts

      That’s an unusual car. It’s from Lordstown so there could be a broadcast sheet under the back seat, under the bucket seat or possibly under the front pass side carpet

  106. Ashley
    May 4, 2020 at 9:24 pm


    Can you please help decode this VIN #164376 D 122472 for my 66 impala? I can not find any info on it anywhere.

    • admin
      May 6, 2020 at 8:42 pm

      16437 is a Impala coupe. 6 is 1966. D is Doraville, GA and 122472 means it was the 22,472nd 66 from that assembly plant (Doraville).

      Post the cowl tag numbers from the tag on the firewall and we can find out more. Since the car is from Doraville, there could be a build sheet behind the rear armrest panel on the driver’s side or under the back seat bottom.

  107. Owen Lutz
    May 5, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    The rest of your website was very helpful but still need some help with the bottom of the cowl tag. It is a 65 ss that was made in Flint

    after the interior and paint line:
    E 2L 3G (or possibly C)

    thanks for the great website!

    • admin
      May 6, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Sure. E is tinted glass, 2L is M20 4spd wide ration and 3C is padded dash. 250538 is the ident number found on the window sticker.

      I’d love to add this car to my research database. Can you send the vin and rest of the cowl tag info?

  108. Mikael Johansson
    May 6, 2020 at 2:11 am

    My cowl tag is as follows:
    ST 65-16667 JAN 734 BODY
    TR 831 E-1 PAINT
    E 2MPSR
    i think i figured out the most of it but im not sure what the last row “E 2MPSR” means
    car located in Sweden
    best regards

    • admin
      May 6, 2020 at 8:47 pm

      Hi Mike, happy to help. What’s the vin? Would love to add it to my research database!
      E tinted glass
      2M Powerglide trans
      2P comfort and convenience group
      2S rear antenna
      2R rear speaker

  109. Walter Naeder
    May 8, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Looking at a 68 Impala with vin 164878T107353

    • admin
      May 8, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Walter, that one was built really early. It shows a 68 Impala fastback with V8 engine built at Tarrytown. Can you send the cowl tag info so I can decode it further for you?

      • Walter Naeder
        May 9, 2020 at 6:52 pm

        Got picture of cowl tag.
        ST 68-16487 TAR102345 body
        TR 802- L-L
        It is hard to make out some of it. But this is what I was able to make out.

        • admin
          May 10, 2020 at 9:33 pm

          09B body built 2nd week of September
          68-16487 is 68 Impala fastback. TAR is Tarrytown assembly plant. After that is the ident number found on the window sticker.
          L-L is Teal paint.
          802 is not a valid interior code for 68 Impala. It is probably 805 or 806 for black bench seat. Or maybe 812 black bucket seats. See if you can confirm.

          • Walter
            May 11, 2020 at 4:28 pm

            Sorry I think its a B20. It’s hard to read it well and I miss typed at the same time

          • admin
            May 17, 2020 at 12:29 pm

            That makes sense. blue interior

  110. Lillemor Sjöholm
    May 13, 2020 at 9:14 am

    My cowl tag is
    ST 65-16437 BW15027 Body
    TR 811E PPA Paint

    The car is in Sweden and when i order it didnt have any paper. I want to know the original color, it seems that the car i painted whit brusch or somthing..anyway It’s not looking good.
    I want to know everything the cowl nr

    • admin
      May 17, 2020 at 12:39 pm

      What’s the vin#? Does it have the original black interior? Could be a build sheet in the seats.
      1st line: Body built 3rd week of March
      2nd line: 15,027th 65 Impala coupe built at Wilmington, DE
      3rd line: 811E black cloth bench seat interior, PPA is Evening Orchid paint with black wheels. (car had wheel covers when new)
      4th line: 448 is body run number found on build sheet

  111. Héctor Jairo cepeda
    May 14, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Buen día, agradezco me colaboren con el siguiente VIN; este está debajo de la toma de aire.
    Es un Impala 64 ss coupé 6L

    ST 64-1447TA 14980 BODY PALM
    TO. 831. 959

    En el 831 estoy confundido xq no sé si es el 831 o 931
    Una pregunta adicional, el motor de mi carro venía pintado en algún color específico o no venía pintado, gracias quedó atento.

    • admin
      May 17, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      ¿Qué dice la etiqueta en el poste de la puerta? 41447T____?

      Primera línea: 07D – Carrocería construida la cuarta semana de julio
      2da linea: 1964 Impala SS construdio en Tarrytown, NY, cuerpo numero0 14,980
      3ra linea: 831 asientos de cubo azul. 959 pintura azul con tapa blanca

      ¿Algo en la cuarta línea?

  112. Jonathan
    May 15, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Can you help me decode my 66 impala cowl tag. The part that gets me is plant and body number
    Its BA08/42

    • admin
      May 17, 2020 at 12:30 pm

      Probably BA 8142? BA is Doraville, GA and the rest is the sequential body number

  113. VICTOR S
    May 18, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    can u help me with mines


    ST 66-16467 FL2 2069 body paint

    TR 859-A M6

    • admin
      May 18, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      Sure! What’s the vin?

      1st line: body built 3rd week of January
      2nd line: 2,069th 66 plain Impala convertible body built at Flint, MI
      3rd line: 859-A is fawn bench seat. M6 is Aztec Bronze with beige convertible top. Does it have a beige top?
      4th line: 149821 is the ident number found on the window sticker

  114. jim cogozzo
    May 19, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Hope I’m not reposting but if I am my bad.I have a 12 bolt out of a early 1966 Impala trying to find out what it is? Casting date on center section is A-31-6 and 3852980-N casting. The number and lettering on the axle tube is not right or was stamped wrong I think? Pass side axle tube is stamped BBG0309B with a E under it. Anybody help me out on this? Thank you.

    • admin
      May 20, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      Pretty sure that’s a 3.07 posi out of a police car. If I send you an email, can you send me a pic of the stamping?

  115. May 20, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Since my Impala has a Chevelle 327 cu in, is it possible for you to tell me whether the engine is 300 or 325 HP, based on the information listed below?

    T0529EE is not the original engine. EE is a Chevelle code


    • admin
      May 20, 2020 at 7:51 pm

      If 65, it is a 250hp 327

  116. David B.
    June 1, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Just a heads up if you don’t know about this already, there is a 68 Impala CBC THM 350 for sale on ebay right now. It’s in pretty rough shape, but there is a pic of the trim tag.

    • admin
      June 1, 2020 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks! Trying to get more info from the seller on it. Only the third known to exist as per my database

  117. Larry Kiefer
    June 3, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Have a 66 Biscayne and cannot fine out what the 4th row stands for
    Any help would be grateful .


    • admin
      June 3, 2020 at 11:11 am

      That’s the Fleet and Special Order number from Los Angeles. Unfortunately it doesn’t give any info as to what was special about the order

  118. les rickey
    June 3, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    i have a 1965 ss sn #166375j166449 had a 1959 283 in took it out put in a l78 block cast #3855962 840 heads 1 st line 018 line2 st 65 1cc37 jan8186 body line3tr 802 pp paint line 4 w 2lcr 3c line 5 dw

    • admin
      June 4, 2020 at 7:56 am

      Wonder what engine it had originally. Any numbers on the L78 engine pad? Here is how the tag breaks down

      01B – body built 2nd week of January
      65-16637 65 Impala SS coupe
      JAN 8186 8,186th 65 SS coupe body built at Janesville WI
      802 white bucket seats
      P-P Evening Orchid paint
      W tinted w/s
      2L wide ratio 4spd
      2C is probably 2S for rear antenna
      2R rear speaker
      3C padded dash
      dw is 5W deluxe front seat belts with retractors

      • Glen Canham
        June 14, 2020 at 9:04 pm

        What can you tell me about this VIN 1646792037224 ? Chev Impala convertible. Think its a 1969? Thank you

        • admin
          June 16, 2020 at 8:20 pm

          I don’t have any data on this car in my database. Can you send all of the info off the trim tag on the firewall?

  119. Hector
    June 16, 2020 at 2:52 am

    Hi, trying to figure out what the cowl tag states since it had additional letters I couldn’t figure out. O4D, ST TR, 65-16437, LOS19520, 814-, Y-Y, W, 3C

    • admin
      June 16, 2020 at 8:21 pm

      2st line body built 4th week of April
      2nd line 19,520th 65 Impala coupe body built at Los Angeles
      3rd line black vinyl bench seat and Crocus Yellow paint
      4th line W tinted w/s and 3C padded dash

  120. Ryan
    June 22, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Has anyone ever seen the code SS-6 on a cowl plate? It is stamped right after paint and I do not see any other markings about the paint.
    O4C 3rd week of April
    ST- 65-16637 65 Sport Coupe
    Body- 12026
    TR- 862-6 Saddle interior / vinyl
    Paint- SS-6 ?????????
    C60 Air Conditioning
    The car seems like an odd ball. Owner thinks Regal Red is the original color – but it has a White Vinyl roof. I have never seen a red SS coupe with a white vinyl top other than this one. Any insight on that paint code or anything in regards to this combo would be greatly appreciated.
    VIN checks out as a V8 SS from Austin, TX.


    • admin
      June 24, 2020 at 3:49 pm

      The -6 with the interior and paint codes for black vinyl top

  121. Jose Rosas
    June 23, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    I got a 65 Vert I u/stand most just wanna verify option codes E2 LSR3C.
    Thanks Jose R

    • admin
      June 24, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      E tinted glass, 2L 4spd, 2R rear speaker, 3C padded dash

  122. Christoffer Nilsson
    June 23, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    I have a hard time decoding some parts. Can you help me?

    Vin # 41839u139959

    This is from the tag under the hood.
    Style 64-1839
    Body bc 7661
    Trim 866
    Plint RR
    Acc. B70
    This car finished with magic mirror acrylic lacquer.

    Is there and way to see what engine it came with? 283 or a 327?

    • admin
      June 24, 2020 at 4:04 pm

      Tag shows a Desert Beige 4dr hardtop Impala with fawn interior built at Southgate, CA 3rd week of May. Can’t tell engine size from the tags.

  123. Chase Good
    June 26, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Hello, I was wondering if you could just verify my cowl and VIN info for a ’66 impala ss im looking at. Im pretty sure i got it deciphered but just want to be sure.

    VIN: 168376D205955

    66-16837 BA 06840
    844-B F-F
    E 2KMS

    • admin
      June 28, 2020 at 11:09 am

      That doesn’t add up. The vin and cowl tags show 66 Impala SS from Doraville but the cowl tag has the fisher body codes (E 2KMS), which Doraville didn’t use.

  124. Julien
    June 29, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Can you help me with my cowl info ?

    10D 0561
    68-16487 BW03053
    853R C60B8 VV

    thanks a lot !

    • admin
      June 30, 2020 at 7:06 am

      Sure! What’s the vin? Do you happen to have a build sheet from the car?
      first line: body built 4th week of October. 0561 is the body run number found on the build sheet.
      2nd line: 3,053rd 68 sport coupe body built at Wilmington, DE
      3rd line: 853R gray/green bench seat interior, C60 air conditioning, B8 roof drip molding and VV Sequoia Green paint

      • Julien
        June 30, 2020 at 3:09 pm

        The VIN is 164878Y121826.
        My Impala look and motor is SS 427. This Impala is a SS Car or is just a clone ? Motor : GM1 3883948 . I don’t know if it is factory motor.

        • admin
          June 30, 2020 at 6:14 pm

          I’m sending you a direct email

  125. kelvin amy
    July 1, 2020 at 6:37 am

    could you please help me identify 67

    vin number 3901645s181


    • admin
      July 1, 2020 at 7:39 pm

      Those numbers don’t make sense to me. where are you finding them?

  126. David Stiltner
    July 6, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Hi, I have a 1969 Chevy c10, all I have is the vin# CE149A844648, the build sheet in the glove box is gone, is it possible to get any more information on this truck. Perhaps matching the vin to a build sheet , any information would be helpful.

    • admin
      July 6, 2020 at 9:19 pm

      I don’t have any info on trucks. Is the sticker with the option codes still present?

  127. Steve Davidson
    July 10, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Trying to decode if you can help would be much appreciated
    487. 10c
    67-16487 LOR 5322
    845-A. C-C
    2V OR 2Y

    • admin
      July 12, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      487 is internal tracking number
      10C – body built 3rd week of October
      845-A bright blue bench seat interior
      C-C Ermine White paint
      2M is Powerglide trans. Be sure to check under the back seat for a build sheet!

  128. Judith A Cromwell
    July 13, 2020 at 11:11 am

    I’m not sure if my original post ever made it to you and have checked daily for a response, but here is the Cowl info again.
    BODY BF6208
    TRIM 741

    VIN# 45837H120866


    • admin
      July 14, 2020 at 10:52 am

      That’s a 64 Chevelle SS built at Fremont 6D (4th week of June).

      BF 6208 means it was the 6,208th SS body built at Fremont.
      741 is blue bucket seats
      FCA is Silver blue with white painted top and black wheels.

      The 22271 is an internal plant code

  129. allen hallett
    July 15, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    i am looking to buy a 1968 impala ss. any way to tell if its an ss? cowl plate first line is 05C204. next line is ST 68-16487 BT07996. next line is TR 833 G2

    • admin
      July 17, 2020 at 8:05 am

      That’s not an SS. 833 is Gold cloth bench seat interior, which means it was a plain Impala

  130. allen hallett
    July 17, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    i thought that might be the case but it has a console with the horseshoe or staple shifter. the console wasnt in the car at the time i looked at it but the w bracket that holds it on the hump was there and the hole for the cable is there and looks like it was stamped in the floor pan from the factory. its a rust free car that is complete except for the engine. did the plate indicate air conditioning? it has factory air. wondering if it is worth 4500.00?

    • admin
      July 22, 2020 at 8:32 pm

      Are you certain the interior code is 833?

  131. buddy
    July 27, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    06c n372
    st68-16447 los 14829
    tr812 paint e-e

    Can anybody help me with what the n372 code means. It’s a 68 impala ss 427 car with the original drive train unrestored.

    • admin
      July 27, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      N372 is the work order code from Los Angeles. Just an internal plant number. It would have been the 372nd body built that day

      • buddy
        July 27, 2020 at 8:57 pm

        thank you for the information.Any idea where I could possibly find the build sheet for a 68 b body los angeles car? Any help is appreciated. I had the rear seats out and looked under the front bucket seats and did not find one. I looked under the hood insulation too.Gas tank top maybe?

        • admin
          July 28, 2020 at 7:29 am

          Small chance above gas tank. Could be under carpet too

  132. Nav
    August 1, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Hey can you help if this car was originally a 396 and how would I find out if it has the original 400 turbo transmission here is what the
    Vin # is 164479y021508
    cowl tag reads
    69-16447. BW04433
    853. C8SC60B8. 59. S
    11C 0870
    Any help would be much appreciated
    Thank you in advance

    • admin
      August 2, 2020 at 10:52 am

      I would start by looking in the seats for a build sheet. The car was built at Wilmington so it should have one or two if the interior is original. look under both halves of back seat and under the front seats. Above the hood insulation too if it still has it. The turbo 400 should have a metal tag riveted to the side of the case and the partial vin should be stamped along the bottom edge of the case near where it meets the pan. If you find the build sheet, you will know exactly how the car was equipped when new. Let me know how you make out.

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