1964 Chevelle Fisher Body Number Plate General Information

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  • In-depth analysis of 1964 Fisher Body Number Plates

  • Decode your 1964 Chevelle Fisher Body Number Plate

  • Generally, in 1964 the series/model designation on the trim tag is a trim level and not an indication of the engine type installed in the vehicle as Fisher Body did not care what engine type was to be installed. Fremont and Oshawa are the only two known plants to match the Fisher Body style number with the series/model of the VIN. Atlanta, Kansas City, and Van Nuys are known to use a style number with an even 3rd digit regardless; Baltimore and Euclid are not certain so only the Vehicle Identification Number plate can determine whether the model was delivered with a V8 or L6 engine.

  • The Malibu SS series was produced with both the L6 engine and the V8 engine in both the 2 door sport coupe and convertible models and the VIN for this series is unique from the Malibu.

  • Indications are the body numbers are sequential for the particular series/model per plant. 

  • A popular publication states, "The model designation number will coincide with the firewall trim tag model number on V-8 equipped cars only. The firewall trim tags were only stamped with a V-8 designation even if a six-cylinder was installed from the factory." This is an incorrect statement for 1964 Chevelles. There are numerous examples of trim tags with an odd 3rd-digit style on this website and even trim tags with an even 3rd digit and the VIN having an odd 3rd digit.

  •  Group option Trim Codes

  • Links to Fisher Body Number Plates (a.k.a. trim tag, cowl tag, firewall tag, etc.)

  • AT ~ Atlanta, Georgia
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    • Assembly month padded with leading zero where applicable.
    • Almost all have a hand-stamped number visible. Believed to be the body assembly platform number.
    • The body number is padded with leading zeros (0) when necessary to make a 6-digit number.
    • Includes group option codes.
    • Numbers are used to designate paint code.
    • Several body plates from Euclid, Ohio (EP) with final assembly at Atlanta, Georgia.
  • BA ~ Baltimore, Maryland - El Camino
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    • Does not include the model year (64) before the model/series number at least for the 1963 calendar year (at least up to 12E body date). It is reported that this changed sometime during the 1964 calendar year.
    • Does not include group option codes.
    • Numbers are used to designate paint code.
      El Camino bodies built at Euclid, OH.
  • BF ~ Fremont, California - El Camino
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    • Assembly month not padded with leading zero where applicable.
    • Both BODY and PAINT text precedes the body assembly plant and paint codes like Van Nuys.
    • Unique to 1964 Fremont Chevelles, letters are used to designate paint code and a third letter designates the wheel color. Sometimes there is a space between the paint and wheel code, sometimes not. Black painted wheels generally indicate optional wheel covers were ordered. When wheel color is the same as the body color it generally indicates optional wheel covers were not ordered and standard hub caps were furnished. At least one very early example with no body date and body number of 2 has paint coded like other plants with a 3-digit code.
    • Unique to 1964 Fremont Chevelles is the first paint code letter is the upper body color and the second paint code letter is the lower body color.
    • Early in Chevelle production, Fremont used the more common (for 1964) 3-digit paint code. Just when or why the change was made is unknown.
  • EP ~ Euclid, Ohio - El Camino
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    • Euclid was a Fisher Body plant that shipped bodies to other plants for final assembly. Examples are shown for Atlanta, GA., Baltimore, MD. and Kansas City, MO. final assembly with the designated final assembly noted by a single letter usually located below the Fisher Body unit number. The bodies seem to be primarily station wagon and El Camino series but one example above is a Malibu SS convertible with final assembly at Atlanta.
  • KC ~ Kansas City, Missouri - El Camino
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    • Several with body dates such as '923,' '024,' '030,' N04,' and 'D02' found. VIN sequences and body numbers indicate these may be early date styles such as September 23, October 24, November 04 and December 02 respectively. The first trim tag body date that corresponds to the 'typical' month/week style appears around 12D.
    • Assembly month padded with leading zero where applicable as of January, 1964.
    • Includes group option codes.
    • Numbers are used to designate paint code. Where 4 numbers exist on convertibles, the last number is the color of the top.
    • El Camino bodies built at Euclid, OH.
  • VN ~ Van Nuys, California - El Camino
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    • Assembly month not padded with leading zero where applicable.
    • Both BODY and PAINT text precedes the body assembly plant and paint codes like Fremont.
    • Includes group option codes.
    • Numbers are used to designate paint code. Convertibles do not use a 4th number to designate the top color as there are on the KC body plates.
  • Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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    • Wording and data presentation is different than any U.S. assembly plant.
    • Body date is completely different from U.S. assembly plant counterparts. Instead of a month and week letter, a real date is shown such as 4-13 for April 13. There is also a number ("1" or "2") preceding the date. It's been reported this leading number is a shift number for the Oshawa plant.
    • RPO codes for options requiring some type of modification are listed on the tag such as B70, C06, M35, etc. much like U.S. plants (Atlanta, Framingham & Kansas City) that use group codes.
    • A single letter is used for paint code.

Anyone having a clear picture of 1964 Chevelle Body Number Plates (trim tags), please contact me here.

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Here's a rather unusual example. Not only is there no body assembly date, there is no final assembly plant shown. Due to the format and verbiage of just "GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION' on the top line, it is believed this is a Kansas City plant trim tag.

Just for fun: Chevy II, Buick Skylark, Olds Cutlass, and Pontiac Lemans trim tags from 1964.

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Chevy II station wagon

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Buick Skylark

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Olds Cutlass

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Pontiac LeMans

International Trim Tags

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Malibu 4-door sedan from Suisse S.A. Bienne Switzerland
Courtesy ~ Valery Martin

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Chevelle 300 4-door sedan from Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Courtesy ~ Kragen Govender of South Africa.