Decoding Corvette VINs - It's Old VIN Time Again

Decoding your Corvette's Vehicle Identification Number. Part 1: '72-'82

Christopher R. Phillip Mar 24, 2011 0 Comment(s)
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1978
Example: 1Z8748S123456
1 - Division Code (1=Chevrolet)
2 - Series (Z=Corvette)
3-4 - Body Type (87=Coupe, two-door hardtop)
5 - Engine Code (L=350ci/175hp, 185hp, 4=350ci/220hp)
6 - Last Digit of Model Year (8=1978)
7 - Plant Code (S=St. Louis, Missouri)
8-13 - Production Sequence Number (Starts at 400001 through 440274; Limited Edition Corvette Pace Car starts at 900001 through 906502)

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1979
Example: 1Z8749S123456
1 - Division Code (1=Chevrolet)
2 - Series (Z=Corvette)
3-4 - Body Type (87=Coupe, two-door hardtop)
5 - Engine Code (8=350ci/195hp, 4=350ci/225hp)
6 - Last Digit of Model Year (9=1979)
7 - Plant Code (S=St. Louis, Missouri)
8-13 - Production Sequence Number (Starts at 400001 through 453807)

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1980
Example: 1Z876AS123456
1 - Division Code (1=Chevrolet)
2 - Series (Z=Corvette)
3-4 - Body Type (87=Coupe, two-door hardtop)
5 - Engine Code (8=350ci/190hp, H=305ci/180hp, 6=350ci/230hp)
6 - Model Year (A=1980)
7 - Plant Code (S=St. Louis, Missouri)
8-13 - Production Sequence Number (Starts at 400001 through 440614)

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1981
Example: 1G1AY8760B5123456
(All VINS change to 17 digits)
1 - Country of Origin (1=U.S.)
2 - Manufacturer (G=General Motors)
3 - Make (1=Corvette)
4 - Restraint System (A=Nonpassive/manual belts)
5 - Series (Y=Corvette)
6-7 - Body Type (87=Coupe, two-door hardtop)
8 - Engine Type (6=350ci/190hp)
9 - Check digit (Varies by VIN)
10 - Model Year (B=1981)
11 - Plant (S=St. Louis, Missouri, 5=Bowling Green, Kentucky)
12-17 - Production Sequence Number (Starts start at 400001 through 431611; Bowling Green production starts at 100001 through 108995)

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1982
Example: 1G1AY8781C5123456
1 - Country of Origin (1=U.S.)
2 - Manufacturer (G=General Motors)
3 - Make (1=Corvette)
4 - Restraint System (A=Nonpassive/manual belts)
5 - Series (Y=Corvette)
6-7 - Body Type (87=Coupe, two-door hardtop)
8 - Engine Type (8=350ci/190hp)
9 - Check digit (Varies by VIN)
10 - Model Year (C=1982)
11 - Plant (5=Bowling Green, Kentucky)
12-17 - Production Sequence Number (Starts at 100001 through 125408)

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