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Decoding your GM A-Body's
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

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Oldsmobile Buick Pontiac
1964-67  -  Located on the left front door hinge pillar
1968-70  -  Located on left side of instrument panel (dash), visible through windshield.

V.I.N. Location

Oldsmobile

Sample V.I.N. (Vehicle Identification Number)For complete information on decoding an Oldsmobile cowl tag, refer to the Deciphering The Cowl Tag page.

Pictured at left:  sample 1967 Oldsmobile 442 VIN plate, found on the left front door pillar.

1965-1971 Oldsmobile Models
  • 1st digit - GM Division
    1 = Chevrolet
    2 = Pontiac
    3 = Oldsmobile
    4 = Buick
    5 = GMC
    6 = Cadillac
  • 2nd and 3rd digits - Series
    31 = F85 L6 (1968-71)
    31 = Cutlass L6 Hardtop Coupe (1971)
    32 = F85 V8 (1968-71)
    32 = Cutlass V8 Hardtop Coupe (1971)
    33 = F85 Standard V6 or L6 (1965-67)
    34 = F85 V8 (1965-67)
    34 = Vista Cruiser Standard Wagon (1966-67)
    35 = F85 Deluxe V6 or L6 (1965-66)
    35 = Cutlass L6 (1967-71)
    36 = F85 Deluxe V8 (1965-66)
    36 = Cutlass V8 (1967-71)
    38 = F85 Deluxe Vista Cruiser (Custom) (1965-66)
    38 = F85 Cutlass (1965-66)
    38 = Vista Cruiser Custom V8 (1966-67)
    38 = Cutlass Supreme V8 (1967)
    42 = Cutlass Supreme V8 (1968-71)
    44 = 442 V8 (1968-71)
    48 = Custom Vista Cruiser V8 (1968-71)
    52 = Jetstar Eighty-Eight V8 (1965-66)
    52 = Delmont 88 w330 V8 (1967)
    54 = Jetstar 1V8 (1965)
    54 = Starfire V8 (1966)
    54 = Delta 88 Custom V8 (1967)
    54 - Delmont Eighty-Eight V8 (1968)
    54 = Delta Eighty-Eight V8 (1969-71)
    56 = Dynamic 88V8 (1965-66)
    56 = Delmont 88 w425 V8 (1967)
    58 = Delta Eighty-Eight V8 (1965-67)
    64 = Delta Eighty-Eight V8 Custom (1969-71)
    66 = Starfire V8 (1965)
    66 = Delta Eighty-Eight Royale V8 (1969)
    84 = Ninety-Eight series V8 (1965-67)
    86 = Ninety-Eight series V8 (1965-67)
    86 = Ninety-Eight Luxury V8 (1965-71)
    94 = Toronado V8 (1966-70)
    96 = Toronado DeluxeV8 (1966-67)
    96 - Toronado V8 (1971)
  • 4th and 5th digits - Body code
    07 = 2d Club coupe or Sports Coupe (post)
    17 = 2d Holiday coupe (hardtop)
    27 = 2d Club coupe
    35 = 4d Station Wagon
    36 = 4d Station Wagon
    37 = 2d Holiday coupe
    39 = 4d  Holiday sedan (hardtop)
    55 = 4d Vista Cruiser (6 passenger)
    56 = 4d Vista Cruiser (8 passenger)
    57 = 2d  Holiday coupe (hardtop)
    65 = 4d Vista Cruiser
    66 = 4d Vista Cruiser
    67 = 2d  convertible
    69 = 4d Town sedan (post)
    77 = 2d Club coupe
    87 = 2d Holiday coupe
  • 6th digit - Model year
    5 = 1965
    6 = 1966
    7 = 1967
    8 = 1968
    9 = 1969
    0 = 1970
    1 = 1971
  • 7th digit - Assembly plant
    F-85 bodies are coded as follows:
    'LAN' - Lansing, Michigan;
    'BF' - Fremont, California;
    'FRA' - Framington, Mass

    Other Olds codes:
    B = Baltimore, MD
    C = Southdate, CA
    D = Doralville or Atlanta, GA
    E = Linden, NJ
    G = Framingham, MA
    K = Kansas City, KS
    L = Van Nuys, CA
    M = Lansing, MI
    R = Arlington, TX
    W = Willow Run, MI
    X = Fairfax or Kansas CIty, KS
    Z = Fremont, CA
    1 = St. Therese, Canada
    2 = Oshawa, ON Canada
  • Last 6 digits - Sequential production number starting with 100001.

 

1972 Oldsmobile Models
  • 1st digit - GM Division
    1 = Chevrolet
    2 = Pontiac
    3 = Oldsmobile
    4 = Buick
    5 = GMC
    6 = Cadillac
  • 2nd Digit - Series
    D = F85 4-door sedan
    F = F85 2-door coupe
    G = Cutlass
    J = Cutlass Supreme
    K = Vista Cruiser
  • 3rd and 4th Digits - Body Style
    36 = 4-Door Station Wagon
    39 = 4-Door Supreme
    56 = 4-Door Vista Cruiser Wagon
    57 = 2-Door Supreme
    66 = 4-Door Vista Cruiser Wagon
    67 = 2-Door Convertible
    69 = 4-Door Sedan
    77 = 2-Door Club Sedan
    87 = 2-Door Coupe
  • 5th Digit - Engine Code
    H = 350-2bbl V8 160 hp
    J = 350-2bbl V8 175 hp dual exh.
    K = 350-4bbl V8 180 hp
    M = 350-4bbl V8 200 hp dual exh.
    U = 455-4bbl V8 250 hp dual exh.
    V = 455-4bbl V8 270 hp dual exh.
    X = 455-4bbl V8 300 hp (W30)
  • 6th Digit - Model Year
    2 = 1972
  • 7th Digit - Assembly Plant
    G = Framingham, MA
    M = Lansing, MI
    R = Arlington, TX
    Z = Fremont, CA
  • Last 6 Digits - Sequential production number

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Buick
1965-1971 Buick Models
  • 1st Digit - GM Division
    1 = Chevrolet
    2 = Pontiac
    3 = Oldsmobile
    4 = Buick
    5 = GMC
    6 = Cadillac
  • 2nd and 3rd Digits - Series
    33 = Special V6 (1965-67)
    33 = Deluxe L6 (1968-69)
    33 = Skylark L6 (1970-71)
    34 = Special V8 (1965-67)
    34 = Special Deluxe V8 (1968-69)
    34 = GS350 (1968-70)
    34 = GS (1971)
    34 = Skylark V8 (1970-71)
    34 = Sportwagon V8 (1970-71)
    35 = Special Deluxe V6 (1965-67)
    35 = Skylark V6 (1968-69)
    35 = Skylark 350 (1970-71)
    36 = Special Deluxe V8 (1965-67)
    36 = Skylark V8 (1968-69)
    41 = Sportwagon V6 (1965)
    42 = Sportwagon V8 (1965)
    43 = Skylark V6 (1965-67)
    44 = Skylark V8 (1965-67)
    44 = Skylark Custom (1968-71)
    44 = Sportwagon V8 (1967-69)
    46 = Skylark Gran Sport (1964-66)
    46 = GS400 (1967-69)
    46 = GS455 (1970)
    48 = Sportwagon Custom V8 (1967-69)
  • 4th and 5th Digits - Body Code
    07 = 2 Door Post Coupe
    17 = 2 Door Hardtop Coupe
    27 = 2 Door Post Coupe
    35 = 4 Door Station Wagon
    36 = 4 Door Station Wagon
    37 = 2 Door Hardtop Coupe
    39 = 4 Door Hardtop Sedan
    55 = 4 Door Sportwagon
    56 = 4 Door Sportwagon Custom
    65 = 4 Door Sportwagon
    66 = 4 Door Sportwagon Custom
    67 = 2 Door Convertible
    69 = 4 Door Sedan
  • 6th Digit - Model Year
    5 = 1965
    6 = 1966
    7 = 1967
    8 = 1968
    9 = 1969
    0 = 1970
    1 = 1971
  • 7th Digit - Assembly Plant Code
    B = Baltimore, MD
    C = South Gate, CA
    D = Atlanta, GA
    G = Framingham, MA
    H = Flint, MI
    I = Oshawa, Ontario (Canada)
    K = Kansas City, MO
    V = Bloomfield, IL
    X = Kansas City, KS
    Y = Wilmington, DE
    Z = Fremont, CA
  • Last 6 Digits - Sequential production number starting with 100001.

1972 Buick Models

  • 1st Digit - Division
    1 = Chevrolet
    2 = Pontiac
    3 = Oldsmobile
    4 = Buick
    5 = GMC
    6 = Cadillac
  • 2nd Digit - Series
    D = Skylark
    F = Sportwagon
    G = GS
    H = Skylark Custom
  • 3rd and 4th Digits - Body Style
    27 = 2 Door Post Coupe
    36 = 4 Door Station Wagon
    37 = 2 Door Hardtop Coupe
    39 = 4 Door Hardtop Sedan
    67 = 2 Door Convertible
    69 = 4 Door Sedan
  • 5th Digit - Engine Code
    H = 350-2bbl V8
    J = 350-4bbl V8
    K = 350-4bbl V8 (GS)
    U = 455-4bbl V8 (GS455)
    V = 455-4bbl V8 (Stage 1)
  • 6th Digit - Model Year
    2 = 1972
  • 7th Digit - Assembly Plant
    C = South Gate, MI
    G = Framingham, MA
    H = Flint, MI
    X = Fairfax, KS
    Y = Wilmington, DE
    Z = Fremont, CA
  • Last 6 Digits - Sequential production number

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Pontiac
1965-1971 Pontiac Models
  • 1st digit - GM Division
    1 = Chevrolet
    2 = Pontiac
    3 = Oldsmobile
    4 = Buick
    5 = GMC
    6 = Cadillac
  • 2nd and 3rd digits - Series
    33 = Tempest (1965-1970)
    33 = LeMans T-37 (1971)
    35 = Tempest Custom (1965-1970)
    35 = LeMans (1971)
    37 = Tempest Lemans (1965-1970)
    37 = LeMans Sport (1971)
    39 = Tempest Safari (1967-1969)
    42 = GTO (1966-1971
  • 4th and 5th digits - Body Code
    07 = 2-dr sedan (post)
    17 = 2-dr hardtop
    27 = 2-dr sedan (post)
    35 = 4-dr station wagon, 2-seat
    36 = 4-dr station wagon, 2-seat, dual action tailgate
    37 = 2-dr hardtop
    39 = 4-dr hardtop
    46 = 4-dr station wagon, 3-seat, dual action tailgate
    67 = 2-dr convertible
    69 = 4-dr sedan
  • 6th digit - Model Year
    5 = 1965
    6 = 1966
    7 = 1967
    8 = 1968
    9 = 1969
    0 = 1970
    1 = 1971
  • 7th digit - Assembly Plant
    B = Baltimore, MD
    C = Southgate, CA
    D = Doraville, GA
    E = Linden, NJ
    G = Framingham, MA
    K = Kansas City, MO
    P = Pontiac, MI
    R = Arlington, TX
    U = Lordstown, OH
    V = Bloomfield, IL
    X = Kansas City, KS
    Z = Fremont, CA
  • Last 6 digits - Production sequence starting at 600001 at all plants, except V8 models which started at 100001
1972 Pontiac Models
  • 1st digit - GM Division
    1 = Chevrolet
    2 = Pontiac
    3 = Oldsmobile
    4 = Buick
    5 = GMC
    6 = Cadillac
  • 2nd digit - Series
    D = LeMans
    G = Luxury LeMans
  • 3rd and 4th digits - Body Style
    27 = 2-dr sedan (post)
    36 = 4-dr station wagon, 2-seat
    37 = 2-dr hardtop
    39 = 4-dr hardtop
    46 = 4-dr station wagon, 3-seat
    67 = 2-dr convertible
    69 = 4-dr sedan
  • 5th digit - Engine Code
    D = 250 1-bbl L6 110 hp
    M = 350 2-bbl V8 160 hp
    R = 400 2-bbl V8 180 hp
    S = 400 4-bbl V8 200 hp (single exhaust)
    T = 400 4-bbl V8 250 hp (dual exhaust)
    X = 455 4-bbl V8 300 hp (dual exhaust)
    Y = 455 4-bbl V8 250 hp (dual exhaust)
  • 6th digit - Model year
    2 = 1972
  • 7th digit - Assembly plant
    A = Atlanta, GA
    C = Southgate, CA
    D = Doraville, GA
    G = Framingham, MA
    L = Van Nuys, CA
    N = Norwood, OH
    P = Pontiac, MI
    W = Willow Run, MI
    X = Kansas City, KS
    Z = Fremont, CA
    2 = St. Therese, Quebec, Canada
  • Last 6 digits - Production sequence starting at 10001 at all plants.

 

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