Here is how to decode the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on American made 1960 through 1964 Chevrolet B-body (full size) cars.

Locate the VIN tag on the left door jamb. It should be spot welded to the hinge pillar.

Note: This cowl, or trim tag style only applies to Chevrolet cars produced in the USA.
The first digit represents the year. 0=1960, 1=1961, etc.
The second and third digits represent the series.
11 Biscayne 6 cylinder
12 Biscayne 8 cylinder
13 Biscayne Fleetmaster L6 (1960-1961) or Impala SS L6 (1964)
14 Biscayne Fleetmaster V8 (1960-1961) or Impala SS V8 (1964)
15 Bel Air L6
16 Bel Air V8
17 Impala L6
18 Impala V8
The fourth and fifth digits represent the body style.
11 2 door sedan
15 2 door station wagon, 2 seats
19 4 door sedan
21 2 door utility sedan
35 4 door station wagon, 2 seats – 6 passenger
37 2 door sport coupe (bubble top)
39 4 door sport sedan
45 4 door station wagon, 3 seats
47 2 door sport coupe
67 2 door convertible
69 4 door sedan
80 2 door sedan pickup (El Camino)
The sixth letter represents the manufacturing plant. See a detailed chart.
The last six digits represent the production sequence number, starting at 100001.

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