1971 Chevelle Fisher Body Number Plate General Information

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  • In-depth analysis of 1971 Fisher Body Number Plates

  • Decode your 1971 Chevelle Fisher Body Number Plate

  • Generally, in 1971 the series/model designation on the trim tag is not only a trim level but also an indication of the engine type installed in the vehicle. Arlington, Baltimore, Kansas City, and Van Nuys are the only three known plants to match the Fisher Body style number with the series/model of the VIN. Oshawa is not certain but Oshawa has done this from 1965 through 1970 and 1972 so it's fair to assume they did this in 1971 as well, I just do not have any examples to prove or disprove it.

  • The SS option package (RPO Z15) was changed from a performance option to more of a dress-up option and the SS option package RPO Z25 was dropped. Any optional V8 could be ordered with the SS Equipment option on a Chevelle sport coupe, convertible, or pickup. The Monte Carlo only offered the SS454 package (RPO Z20) with the 454 engine.

  • Arlington and Van Nuys continued the 1-3/4" x 4" trim tag size while Baltimore, Kansas City & Oshawa retained their 2-3/16" x 3-1/2" size.

    1971 model year plant 1-3/4" x 4" 2-3/16" x 3-1/2"
    Arlington yes  
    Van Nuys (Los Angeles) yes  
    Baltimore   yes
    Kansas City   yes
    Oshawa   yes

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

  • R ~ Arlington, Texas
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    • Assembly month padded with leading zero where applicable.
    • Three digit number after assembly date is a data processing tracking number and has no significance today. The number is found in block 10.
    • Special paint trim tags show blank space(s) but will have vinyl or convertible top color as applicable.
    • Special Paint Chevelles did not have data processing number found in block 10 of build sheet after the body date.
  • B ~ Baltimore, Maryland ~ El Camino/GMC Sprint
    CHEVELLESTUFF  All Rights Reserved  CHEVELLESTUFF  All Rights Reserved
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    • Assembly month padded with leading zero where applicable.
    • All examples of 2-door sport coupes (37) and 2-door convertibles (67) have either the letter "B" or the letters "B" and "D" following the assembly date. The meaning of these letters is not known. It is suspected the "D" is for SS cars but not confirmed.
    • The 4-digit number at the bottom right is a data processing tracking number and has no significance today. This number is found in block 24 of the build sheet.
  • K ~ Kansas City, Missouri ~ El Camino/GMC Sprint
    CHEVELLESTUFF  All Rights Reserved  CHEVELLESTUFF  All Rights Reserved
    Click either tag for more Kansas City examples...
    • Assembly month padded with leading zero where applicable.
    • A 5-digit number follows the assembly date. This is a data processing tracking number and has no significance today.
  • L ~ Los Angeles, California ~ El Camino/GMC Sprint
    CHEVELLESTUFF  All Rights Reserved  CHEVELLESTUFF  All Rights Reserved
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    • Assembly month not padded with leading zero where applicable.
    • Two pair of 6-digit numbers are found on the last line. These are data processing tracking numbers and have no significance today. The first 6-digit group and the last 4 digits of the second 6-digit group are found on the build sheet in block 24. The first 2 digits of the second 6-digit group are found on the build sheet in block 10.
  • OS ~ Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
    CHEVELLESTUFF  All Rights Reserved
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    • Assembly month NOT padded with leading zero where applicable.
    • Paint color names differ from U.S.-built paint color names. Canadian color name is listed with U.S.-built color name in parentheses.
    • MADE IN CANADA text no longer appears on tag.
    • RPO Codes no longer listed on tag.