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Decoding 1969 Trim Tags

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Decoding your trim tag is easy if you have all the information you need. Fortunately, we're going to provide that information for you here.

Listed below is each position on the trim tag and how to interpret it.

Model Year

Very simple, it will appear as "69" for all 1969 Chevrolets

Series Number or Division Series

Regardless of the series, this 3 digit code will always start with a "1" indicating Chevrolet Motor Division. The next two digits indicate if it is an Impala, Caprice, Bel Air, or Biscayne, but unlike the VIN they DO NOT indicate if it has 6 or 8 cylinders. This is because Fisher Body did not follow exactly the same system as the Chevrolet VIN. For example, if your VIN indicates you have a 6 cylinder car, let's say the first 3 digits are 155, the trim tag will read 156, and will not reflect that information. This is why some cars with 6 cylinder VINs may appear to have 8 cylinders by the trim tag.

154 = Biscayne

156 = Bel Air
164 = Impala
166 = Caprice

Body Style or Body Type

These two digits indicate the body style as per the chart below:

11 = 2-door sedan, 6 passenger
36 = 4-door station wagon, 6 passenger
37 = 2-door sport coupe, 5 passenger
39 = 4-door sport sedan, 6 passenger
46 = 4-door station wagon, 9 passenger
47 = 2-door custom coupe, 5 passenger
67 = 2-door convertible, 5 passenger
69 = 4-door sedan, 6 passenger

Assembly Plant

The assembly plant is determined by a 2 or 3 digit code. The chart below shows codes only for assembly plants where full size Chevrolets were produced.

BC = Southgate, California
BA = Atlanta, Georgia (Doraville)
FL1 = Flint, Michigan
FL2 = Flint, Michigan
JAN = Janesville, Wisconsin
LOS = Los Angeles, California
BT = Arlington, Texas
STL = St. Louis, Missouri
TAR = Tarrytown, New York
LOR = Lordstown, Ohio
BW = Wilmington, Delaware
OS = Oshawa, Ontario
ST = St. Therese, Quebec

Unit Number

This is a unique number assigned to each car by the factory it came from. It is the sequential build number for the body, but has no correlation whatsoever to the VIN or any other number, nor does it relate to the vehicle assembly unit number in the VIN.

Time Built Code

The time built code on most tags is a 3 digit alpha numeric code consisting of two numbers and a letter. The first two numbers indicate the month the car was built, while the letter represents the week. See the chart below:

01 = January 07 = July A = First Week
02 = February 08 = August B = Second Week
03 = March 09 = September C = Third Week
04 = April 10 = October D = Fourth Week
05 = May 11 = November E = Fifth Week
06 = June 12 = December  

Therefor, a time built code of "03D" would equal 4th week of March, 1969.

Some Canadian built cars have a different system on early 1969 tags. They consist of three hyphenated numbers. At this time we do not have an exact reference to understand these codes, but will list it here once available.

 

 

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