1970 Chevelle Vehicle Identification Number Plate
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1970 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 1970 Chevelle VIN might read: 136370A135979 being a Malibu V8 2-door sport coupe assembled in Atlanta, GA. and is the 35,979th 1970 model year Chevelle sequenced at the Atlanta, GA. 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 a special bracket with unique 'rosette' rivets.
First Character: Division of General Motors
1 - Chevrolet
Second and Third Character: Series Designation *
31 - Nomad station wagon, 6-cylinder
32 - Nomad station wagon, 8-cylinder
33 - Standard, Greenbrier station wagon, 6-cylinder
34 - Standard, Greenbrier station wagon, 8-cylinder
35 - Malibu or Concours station wagon, 6-cylinder
36 - Malibu or Concours station wagon, 8-cylinder
38 - Concours Estate station wagon or Monte Carlo, 8-cylinder
Fourth and Fifth Character: Body Style/Model
36 - 4-door station wagon, 2 seat
37 - 2-door sport coupe
39 - 4-door sport sedan
46 - 4-door station wagon, 3 seat
57 - Monte Carlo 2-door sport coupe
67 - 2-door convertible
69 - 4-door sedan
80 - 2-door sedan pickup
Sixth Character: Year of Production
0 - 1970
Seventh Character: Final Assembly Plant
R ~ Arlington, Texas
A ~ Atlanta, Georgia
B ~ Baltimore, Maryland
F ~ Flint, Michigan
K ~ Kansas City, Missouri
L ~ Van Nuys, California
1 ~ Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Eighth through Thirteenth Characters: Sequential
The sequential starting number for the 1970 Chevelle was 100001 at most Chevelle assembly plants with Arlington and Oshawa being the exceptions. Arlington started Chevelle numbering at 200001, and Oshawa, Ontario started Chevelle numbering at 500001. 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 four 1970 U.S. assembly plants (Atlanta, Baltimore, Flint, and Kansas City) with the only difference between the VINs being the plant code. This would only apply to Arlington sequence numbers from 200001 through 222339 since Arlington sequence numbers began with 200001 and Baltimore's last reported sequence being 207939 and Kansas City's last reported sequence being 222339.
It should be noted that the Monte Carlo and Chevelle were built on the same assembly lines at Baltimore, Flint, and Los Angeles (Van Nuys) and sequencing numbers would be the same range. This means that if the Monte Carlo shown with the inspector was sequence number 123456, the Chevelle next in line would be sequence number 123457.
Production at the Baltimore assembly plant in early June, the Kansas City plant exceeded 100,000 units sometime in early May, and the Van Nuys plant exceeded 100,000 units sometime in mid to late June so the VIN sequence from those time frames to the end of production would be 2nnnnn for the Baltimore, Kansas City, and Van Nuys plants and those last sequence numbers could also match some from Arlington since their sequence numbers started with 200001.
* The El Camino is not a separate series nameplate but rather a body style in both the base Standard (33/34) and Malibu (35/36) series although it's often listed as such. The base (33/34) El Camino is a 2-dr sedan pickup body style with standard trim where the (35/36) El Camino Custom is a 2-dr sedan pickup body style with Malibu trim.
VIN plate location
These photos are of 1970 Chevelles, the location is the same for 1968 through 1972 VIN plates; 1965 through 1972 VIN plates used special rivets. Note the two different styles of riveting done.
1970 VIN Assembly Plant Codes
|Letter Code||Assembly Plant||Series *|
|B||Baltimore, Maryland||4 **, 6|
|D||Atlanta, Georgia (Doraville)||1|
|F||Flint, Michigan||4 **, 6|
|K||Kansas City, Missouri||4 **|
|L||Los Angeles, California (Van Nuys)||4 **, 5 (after January), 6|
|R||Arlington, Texas||1 (before December)
4 (after December)
|S||St. Louis, Missouri||1, 2|
|T||Tarrytown, New York||1|
|W||Willow Run, Michigan||3|
|1||Oshawa, Canada||1, 4|
|2||St. Therese, Canada||1|
|* 1-Passenger; 2-Corvette; 3-Chevy II; 4-Chevelle;
5-Camaro; 6-Monte Carlo
** Included El Camino
1970 Chevrolet VIN Sequence Numbers
|Chevy II||100001||Willow Run|
100001 (December 1969)
200001 (January 1970)
|All except Arlington/Oshawa
|Camaro||500001||Los Angeles, Norwood|