1972 Chevelle Production Numbers by Individual Plant
|Month||Arlington-R||Baltimore-B||Kansas City-K||Van Nuys-L||Oshawa-1|
|Just for fun...Daily Production|
|1972||Arlington||Baltimore||Kansas City||Van Nuys||Oshawa|
(1) Chevrolet's published figure for the 1972 model year is 631,661 units and include Monte Carlo production so there does not appear to be an accurate way to know what the last Chevelle VIN would be for any given plant/month. Chevrolet's Accumulative Production Report shows 17,608 units less than reported VIN's. July end of month VIN's were not reported so there would have to be even more units built than Chevrolet's report.
There are Fisher Body Number plates with build dates in July of 1972 (at least for Van Nuys) but GM figures above are only up through June.
(2) This figure does include Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Canadian Classic Chevelles puts Canadian production totals at 60,775 for 1972, a difference of 22,955 units.
(3) VIN sequence number as high as 702,443 has been reported for Baltimore with a June, 4th week body date (06D).
(4) Examples of known Chevelles with VIN number higher than end of the month reported VIN.
Caveats and Disclaimers:
The numbers shown are reported last VINs from each plant per month. The numbers above those in red are instances of matching VIN and Fisher Body plates to show VINs/body dates outside the published numbers. The Fisher Body Number plate build week not match the calendar week; meaning an example body date of 04A may not be the first physical or even calendar week of April. Productions are scheduled well in advance of actual build date and given it takes 3 to 4 days to physically build the car once it is scheduled, you can see where the body date will not always match up with the VIN sequence. Obviously the body plates, and the associated information, are stamped when the cars are scheduled, not as they roll by a particular station. Cars with 04A body dates may run into week 04B of production. GM wouldn't just toss out the existing body number plates with 04A just because the car didn't physically get completed until the following week.
In reality, don't place too much emphasis on the body date as opposed to the last reported VIN for a given month. The anomalies shown are shown for that very reason. It does happen and that should not be a basis for worry that your car may have had the body plate (trim tag) and/or VIN altered.
If you have trim tags/VINs plates with dates and sequence numbers that don't fall into the range of those shown below, please email me the trim tag and sequence number and I'll post the oddity. Email it to me via my contact page.