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One of the most important numbers on a Vette is the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Each Vette has a unique number that is assigned, in sequence, during vehicle assembly. This number is stamped on a plate that is attached to each Vette. The VIN has changed format over the years but always contains the year the Vette was built and when the Vette was built relative to other Vettes.

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Here are a few VIN facts:

Where Is The VIN?
Year
VIN Location
1953 to early 1960Driver-side door post
1960 to 1962Steering column in the engine compartment
1963 to 1967Instrument panel support brace under the glove box
1968 to PresentDrivers side top of the instrument panel or windshield post (A-pillar)

1953 to 1959
10 digit VIN Explination
Position
DescriptionCode
1Series E or J = Chevrolet Corvette
2 & 3Model Year53 = 1953, 54 = 1954, 55 = 1955
56 = 1956, 57 = 1957, 58 = 1958, 59 = 1959
4Assembly plant or locationS = St. Louis
F = Flint
5 to 10Production sequence number?

1960 to 1964
12 digit VIN Explination
Position
DescriptionCode
1Model Year0 = 1960, 1 = 1961, 2 = 1962
3 = 1963, 4 = 1964
2 & 5Series0867 = Chevrolet Corvette
6Assembly plant or locationS = St. Louis
7 to 12Production sequence number?

1965 to 1971
13 digit VIN Explination
Position
DescriptionCode
1GM division 1 = Chevrolet
2Car line or series9 = Corvette
3Engine type4 = V8
4 & 5Body style3 & 7 = two door coupe
6 & 7 = two door convertible
6Model year GM decided to give the car5 = 1965, 6 = 1966, 7 = 1967
8 = 1968, 9 = 196, 0 = 1970, 1 = 1971
7Assembly plant or locationS = St. Louis
8 to 13Production sequence number 100001 - ?

1972 to 1980
13 digit VIN Explination
Position
DescriptionCode
1GM division 1 = Chevrolet
2Car line or seriesZ = Corvette
3 & 4Body style3 & 7 = two door coupe
8 & 7 = two door coupe(1978 to 1980)
6 & 7 = two door convertible
5Engine type1972 -> K = base, L = LT1, W = LS5
1973 -> J = L48, T = L82, Z = LS4
1974 -> J = L48, T = L82, Z = LS4
1975 -> J = L48, T = L82
1976 -> L = L48, X = L82
1977 -> L = L48, X = L82
1978 -> L = L48, 4 = L82
1979 -> 8 = L48, 4 = L82
1980 -> H = LG4, 8 = L48, 6 = L82
6Model year GM decided to give the car2 = 1972, 3 = 1973, 4 = 1974, 5 = 1975
6 = 1976, 7 = 1977, 8 = 1978, 9 = 1979, A = 1980
7Assembly plant or locationS = St. Louis
8 to 13Production sequence number 400001 - ?

1981 to Present
Standardized 17 digit VIN Explination
Position
DescriptionCode
1Country the car was manufactured in1 = USA
2Corporation that built the carG = GM
3Make of the car1 = Chevrolet
4Car line or seriesY = Y-body series
5Additional information about the VetteUsually a Y but a Z = ZR1
6Body style1 = two door coupe
3 = convertible
7Restraint system3 = late model seat belts warning and air bags
8Engine type8 = L98, P = LT1, J = ZR1, 5 = LT4
9Randomly generated check digit0 - 9
10Model year GM decided to give the carB = 1981, C = 1982, D = 1983, E = 1984, F = 1985, G = 1986
H = 1987, J = 1988, K = 1989, L = 1990, M = 1991, N = 1992
P = 1993, R = 1994, S = 1995, T = 1996, V = 1997, W = 1998
X = 1999, Y = 2000, 1 = 2001, 2 = 2002, 3 = 2003, 4 = 2004
5 = 2005, 6 = 2006, 7 = 2007, 8 = 2008, 9 = 2009, A = 2010
B = 2011
11Assembly plant or location5 = Bowling Green
12 to 17Production sequence numberExample: 800001 = ZR1

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Corvette Black Book     Catalog of Corvette Id Numbers 1953-93 (Matching Number Series)     Illustrated Corvette Buyer's Guide    


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