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Subject: automotive verification
Category: Sports and Recreation
Asked by: kniwwink-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 28 Aug 2005 06:56 PDT
Expires: 27 Sep 2005 06:56 PDT
Question ID: 561380
ineed all of the info available thru a vin; model, eng, equip, build
code, dates etc.  vin 114278W247061 a 1968 chev nova

Request for Question Clarification by byrd-ga on 28 Aug 2005 08:47 PDT
Hi Kniwwink-ga,

As you may already know, it isn't possible to run a Carfax or
NDA-style VIN check on cars built before 1981. The most information
available from a VIN on older cars such as yours will include Make,
Model, Engine, Body style, where manufactured, and production number,
and I have located that information for the VIN you supplied. If you'd
like to accept that as the answer to your question, please let me know
and I'll post it in the answer box. If not, then perhaps another
Researcher might be able to assist you.


Clarification of Question by kniwwink-ga on 28 Aug 2005 09:48 PDT
yes i'll take what you have  thank you
Subject: Re: automotive verification
Answered By: byrd-ga on 28 Aug 2005 11:29 PDT
Hi Kniwwink-ga,

Pre-1981 VIN numbers like the one you gave are broken down thus: 

1st digit = GM division or make of vehicle
2nd digit = Series/model
3rd digit - Engine type
4th & 5th digits = Body style
6th digit = Year
7th digit = Assembly plant
8th through 13th digits = Sequential production number

For the VIN number you gave, here is the information: 

1 =      Chevrolet
1 =      Series II Nova
4 =      V8
27 =     2-door sedan
8 =      1968
W =      Willow Run, Michigan
247061 = Sequential production number (begins at 100001)

This information was compiled/verified using three sites, i.e. 1968 VIN Codes:

Gas Pump Classics - Chevrolet VIN information:

1963 (they provide info for 1958 through 1969): 

There are also fee-based services that can provide additional
information on older VIN codes. One such service is "Classic Car VIN
Decoding" on However, although they say they can
often such additional info as transmission, rear axle, paint, trim and
options, they do caution that not all information is always available
for all makes/models. Also, the information I?ve given you IS what is
available for VIN numbers. But apparently more information may be
available from the number on the ?body plate.?  Here?s a quote from
their site:

?VIN from 1950 to 1980
Around 1950 American automobile manufacturers began stamping and
casting identifying numbers on cars and their parts. The obvious
purpose was to give an accurate description of the vehicle when mass
production numbers were starting to climb in very significant numbers.
As years progressed, manufacturers increased the scope of the VIN.
Information available varied from manufacturer to manufacturer and
from year to year. As we progressed into the late 1950s, 1960s and
1970s manufacturer's VIN information increased. The type of
information often available included year, make, model, body style,
engine and what assembly plant that the car was manufactured at. In
addition the Body Plate included codes for paint, trim, rear end,
transmission, price class, body type, build date, etc.?

So if you can find that body plate number, and  would like to try this
service to see if they can provide you with additional information, it
costs $9.95 and they promise a report within 24 hours:

I hope this information is helpful to you. If anything needs further
clarification, please use the ?Request Clarification? feature to ask
before rating and closing your question, so I can be sure you have
what you need.

Best wishes,

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[VIN information 1968 chevrolet nova]
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[free VIN decoder pre-1981 OR "before 1981" OR classic ?carfax]
Subject: Re: automotive verification
From: peterjfuller-ga on 15 Jan 2006 19:57 PST
I would appreciate it if you can assist me with the following VIN number:
It is a 1972 Chevelle without a motor/tranny. I intend to restore it
back to its original specs/ Thanks for your help.

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