1969 Chevelle Vehicle Identification Number Plate
1969 VIN Breakdown
Do not confuse the Vehicle Identification Number plate information with that found on the Fisher Body Number plate (trim tag). The series depiction on the VIN plate does NOT have the meaning as the Fisher Body Number plate.
The Vehicle Identification Number plate (VIN) has similar information to the trim tag such as the model, year, and assembly plant. One difference is the last six numbers relating to the assembly plant sequence as opposed to the trim tag's Fisher Body sequence and the series will designate a 6-cyl (odd 3rd digit) or V8 (even 3rd digit) on the VIN plate where the 3rd digit on the trim tag does not.
A typical 1969 Chevelle VIN might read: 136679B410561 being a Malibu V8 2-dr convertible assembled in Baltimore, MD. and is the 110,561st 1969 model year Chevelle sequenced at the Baltimore, MD. assembly plant.
The VIN plate is located on the forward part of the dash so the VIN plate could easily been seen through the windshield of the car. The VIN plate was riveted to a special bracket with unique 'rosette' rivets.
First Character: Division of General Motors
1 - Chevrolet
Second and Third Character: Series Designation *
31 - Nomad, 6-cylinder
32 - Nomad, 8-cylinder
33 - 300 Deluxe, Greenbrier, 6-cylinder
34 - 300 Deluxe, Greenbrier, 8-cylinder
35 - Malibu or Concours station wagon, 6-cylinder
36 - Malibu or Concours station wagon, 8-cylinder
38 - Concours Estate station wagon, 8-cylinder
Fourth and Fifth Character: Body Style/Model
27 - 2-door coupe
35 - 4-door station wagon, 2-seat, conventional tailgate
36 - 4-door station wagon, 2-seat, dual tailgate
37 - 2-door sport coupe
39 - 4-door sport sedan
46 - 4-door station wagon, 3-seat, dual tailgate
67 - 2-door convertible
69 - 4-door sedan
80 - 2-door sedan pickup
Sixth Character: Year of Production
9 - 1969
Seventh Character: Final Assembly Plant
A ~ Atlanta, Georgia
B ~ Baltimore, Maryland
G ~ Framingham, Massachusetts
Z ~ Fremont, California
K ~ Kansas City, Missouri
1 ~ Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Eighth through Thirteenth Characters: Sequential
The sequential starting number for the 1969 Chevelle was 300001 at all Chevelle assembly plants. Each assembly plant sequenced Chevelles of all series/models without regard to specific series/models. For example, if a series 13435 station wagon followed a 13667 Malibu convertible, the sequence number would be one unit higher for the wagon. It's also entirely possible to have the same sequence number from all five 1969 U.S. assembly plants (six if you include Oshawa, Ontario) with the only difference between the VINs being the plant code.
At least 817 Oshawa-built early Chevelles have a starting sequence
number of 100001. These were 1969 Chevelles built in Canada for sale
in Canada. It is not known just when the sequence number of the
9,612 Chevelles built in Canada for sale in Canada changed to a 300001
format but all indications point to the beginning of the 1969 calendar
year. Here are two early (September of 1968) SS396 Chevelles with sequence
numbers of 1008xx and both happen to be SS396 optioned as well but note
the M A L I B U script on the rear quarter panel.
Update December 15, 2014: A third SS396 built at Oshawa has just been submitted to the SS396 Registry with a sequence of over 101173. This car also has the M A L I B U script on the rear quarter panel and has a body date of early September. It has just been rescued and is in the long process of being restored.
Production at the Baltimore assembly plant in July and the Kansas City plant exceeded 100,000 units in February 1969 so the VIN sequence from those time frames to the end of production would be 4nnnnn for the Baltimore and Kansas City plants.
* The El Camino is not a separate series nameplate but rather a body style in both the 300 Deluxe (33/34) and Malibu (35/36) series although it's often listed as such. The base (33/34) El Camino Deluxe is a 2-dr sedan pickup body style with 300 Deluxe trim where the (35/36) El Camino Custom is a 2-dr sedan pickup body style with Malibu trim.
** No known convertibles or station wagons were built at Atlanta or Framingham in 1969.
VIN plate location
Oshawa, ON. (underside)
1969 VIN Assembly Plant Codes
|Letter Code||Assembly Plant||Series *|
|B||Baltimore, Maryland||4 **|
|D||Atlanta, Georgia (Doraville)||1|
|K||Kansas City, Missouri||4 **|
|L||Los Angeles, California (Van Nuys)||1, 5|
|S||St. Louis, Missouri||1, 2|
|T||Tarrytown, New York||1|
|W||Willow Run, Michigan||3|
|Z||Fremont, California||4 **|
|1||St. Therese, Canada||1|
|* 1-Passenger; 2-Corvette; 3-Chevy II; 4-Chevelle;
** Included El Camino
1969 Chevrolet VIN Sequence Numbers