Classic Mustang Vin Decoder


Classic Mustang Vin Decoder

Finding the VIN plate is the first step.  The first two year models have the VIN under the hood on the edge of the driver side fender, 1968 models display the VIN at the base of the front windshield where it meets the dash on the passenger side while later models display the VIN on the driver side.  Another thing to look for is the data plate that may be riveted to the jamb of the driver side door. Note that you may not find the original data plate, reasons for this could include cases where the door has been previously swapped out, the plate was removed or lost over the years.

The data plate holds a plethora of information.  If you can find the original one for your Mustang you can determine the original colour, trim style, the date it was manufactured, District Sales Office number, rear axle identification, and transmission. If the data plate VIN info is different than the VIN plate on the fender or windshield, you’ll need to investigate further.  Search online for Mustang VIN and data plate decoders to help you decipher the information for your classic Mustang.

The VIN decode follows a basic standard. From left to right the first digit is the last digit of the model year, the code for the assembly plant (1 digit), body style (2 digits), engine code (1 digit), followed by the consecutive unit number.  Each model year has some variation on the Mustang parts; the model years are decoded below.

*Key

cu = Cubic Inch Displacement

2B or4B = 2 or 4 Barrel Carburetor

1965 (1964½ to enthusiasts, but no model year 64½ actually exists)

5=Last digit of Model Year (1965)

F=Assembly Plant (F-Dearborn, R-San Jose, T-Metuchen)

08=Body Code (07-hardtop, 08-convertible, 09-fastback)

U=Engine Code((early 1965 or1964½- U-170cu V6, F-260cu V8, D-289cu V8), (late 1965: A-289cu V8 4B, C-289cu V8 2B, K-289cu V8 4B HP, T-200cu V6)

100005=Consecutive unit number – the order this Mustang was built in the factory.

1966

6=Last digit of Model Year (1966)

F=Assembly Plant (F-Dearborn, R-San Jose, T-Metuchen)

08=Body Code (07-hardtop, 08-convertible, 09-fastback)

A=Engine Code((A-289cu V8 4B, C-289cu V8 2B, K-289cu 4B HP, T-200cu V6)

100005=Consecutive unit number

1967

7=Last digit of Model Year (1967)

F=Assembly Plant (F-Dearborn, R-San Jose, T-Metuchen)

01=Body Code (01-hardtop, 02-fastback, 03-convertible)

C=Engine Code((A-289cu V8 4B, C-289 cu V8 2B, K-289cu 4B HP, S-390cu V8 4 B Big Block, T-200cu V6)

100005=Consecutive unit number

1968

8=Last digit of Model Year (1968)

F=Assembly Plant (F-Dearborn, R-San Jose, T-Metuchen)

01=Body Code (01-hardtop, 02-fastback, 03-convertible)

C=Engine Code((C-289 cu V8 2B, F-302cu V8 2B, J-302cu V8 4B, S-390cu V8 4B Big Block, R-428cu V8 4B Cobra Big Block, W-427cu V8 4B Big Block, T-200cu V6)

100005=Consecutive unit number

1969

9=Last digit of Model Year (1969)

F=Assembly Plant (F-Dearborn, R-San Jose, T-Metuchen)

01=Body Code (01-hardtop, 02-Sportsroof, 03-convertible)

F=Engine Code((F-302cu V8 2B, G-302cu V8 4B Boss, H-351cu V8 2B, L-250cu V6, M-351cu V8 4B, Q-428cu V8 4B Cobra Jet Big Block, R-428cu V8 4B Cobra Jet Big Block Ram Air, T-200cu V6, Z-429cu V8 4B Boss)

100005=Consecutive unit number

1970

0=Last digit of Model Year (1970)

F=Assembly Plant (F-Dearborn, R-San Jose, T-Metuchen)

01=Body Code (01-hardtop, 02-Sportsroof, 03-convertible, 04-Grande, 05-Mach 1)(

F=Engine Code((F-302cu V8 2B, G-302cu V8 2B Boss, H-351cu V8 2B, L-250cu V6, M-351cu V8 2B, Q-428cu V8 2B Cobra Jet Big Block, R-428cu V8 2B Cobra Jet Big Block Ram Air, T-200cu V6, Z-429cu V8 2B Boss)

100005=Consecutive unit number

1971

1=Last digit of Model Year (1971)

F=Assembly Plant (F-Dearborn, R-San Jose, T-Metuchen)

01=Body Code (01-hardtop, 02-Sportsroof, 03-convertible, 04-Grande, 05-Mach 1)(

F=Engine Code((C-429cu V8 2B Cobra Jet, F-302cu V8 2B, H-351cu V8 2B, J-429cu V8 2B Cobra Jet Ram Air, L-250cu V6, M-351cu V8 2B, Q-428cu V8 2B Ram Air, R-351cu V8 2B Boss)

100005=Consecutive unit number

1972

2=Last digit of Model Year (1972)

F=Assembly Plant (F-Dearborn, R-San Jose, T-Metuchen)

01=Body Code (01-hardtop, 02-Sportsroof, 03-convertible, 04-Grande, 05-Mach 1)

F=Engine Code((F-302cu V8 2B, H-351cu V8 2B, L-250cu V6, Q-351cu V8 2B, R-351cu V8 2B High Output)

100005=Consecutive unit number

1973

3=Last digit of Model Year (1973)

F=Assembly Plant (F-Dearborn, R-San Jose, T-Metuchen)

01=Body Code (01-hardtop, 02-Sportsroof, 03-convertible, 04-Grande, 05-Mach 1)

F=Engine Code((F-302cu V8 2B, H-351cu V8 2B, L-250cu V6, Q-351cu V8 2B)

100005=Consecutive unit number

Sorce: Various

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