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American Motors Corporation VIN Decoding, 1966-1988

We are just starting our AMC VIN decoding section and it is still rather incomplete.

AMC cars, 1966-1969

A thirteen digit vehicle identification number (VIN) plate is welded to the top of the right wheel-house panel under the hood.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8-13

A - American Motors Corp.

Year Plant Transmission Body Type Class of Body Series, Engine Serial Number

Year (last digit of year)

  • 6 - 1966, etc.

Plant:

  • K - Kenosha
 

Body Type:

  • 4 - 2-dr station wagon
  • 5 - 4-dr sedan
  • 6 - 2-dr sedan
  • 7 - 2-dr convertible
  • 8 - 4-dr station wagon
  • 9 - 2-dr hardtop

Class of Body:

  • 0 - 550
  • 2- 880
  • 5 - 770, 990
  • 7 - Rebel, Marlin, “DPL”
 

Transmission:

  • S - Standard Column shift 3-speed
  • O - 3-speed overdrive column shift
  • A - 3-speed automatic column shift
  • F - 4-speed floor shift
  • C - Automatic floor shift, 3-speed

 

1970-1980

The VIN is stamped on a metal plate which is riveted into a depression at the upper left corner of the instrument panel and is also printed on a non-removable label affixed to the left front door adjacent to the door latch. There is some question as to whether this system lasted to 1980 on some cars.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8-13

A - AMC

Year Transmission Series Body Type Group

Engine

Plant, Serial Number

Year:

  • 0- 1970
  • etc. - Last digit of year

Series:

  • 0 - Hornet, Concord
  • 1 - Rebel, Matador 2-dr
  • 3 - Spirit, AMX
  • 4 - Gremlin
  • 6 - Pacer
  • 7 - Javelin
  • 8 - Ambassador, Matador 4-dr
 

Body Type:

  • 3 - 2-dr "hatchback" or liftback
  • 5 - 4-dr sedan
  • 6 - 2-dr sedan or hatchback
  • 8 - 4-dr station wagon
  • 9 - 2-dr hardtop

Group:

  • 0 - Basic-Hornet, Rebel, Gremlin (2 pass.)
  • 1 - SC/360 Hornet
  • 2 - Basic-Ambassador, Ambassador "DPL"
  • 3 - Gremlin Standard
  • 5 - Javelin, DPL, Gremlin (4 pass.), Ambassador SST, Gremlin Custom
  • 7 - SST, AMX, Hornet, Javelin, Matador, Amabassador, Brougham, Pacer, Spirit, Concord
  • 8 - Javelin "AMX"
  • 9 - AMX
  • P - Police
 

Transmission:

  • S - Standard Column shift 3-speed
  • O - 3-speed overdrive column shift
  • A - Automatic column shift, 3-speed
  • F - 3-speed floor shift
  • C - Shift Command - Console mounted
  • M - 4-speed manual floor shift
  • E - 3-speed manual floor shift
  • D - 3-speed manual floor shift w/overdrive

 

The serial number is 100,001 through 699,999 if the vehicle is Kenosha built and it is 700,001 through 999,999 if it is Brampton built.

1981-1988

The VIN was a seventeen digit number, the last 6 digits being a serial number. The model year started at “A” in 1980. This system may have started in 1980 on Eagle Premier, 1981 on other cars. [This section is rather incomplete]

1 2 3 4 5 6&7 8 9 10 11

Country

X - American Motors (Canada) Inc.

Type Engine Transaxle Series

Restraint System/Trim Package

Check Digit Year Plant

Country:

  • 2 - Canada

Type:

  • M - Passenger car
 

Transaxle:

  • T - AR4 - Auomatic 4-speed column
  • P - ZF - Automatic 4-speed column
  • W - 4-speed automatic, A/C, Power Steering
  • X - 4-speed automatic, power steering

Series:

  • 55 - Premier Intermediate 4-dr sedan
  • 58 - 4-dr Premier
 

Restraint System/Trim Package:

  • 5 - Normal Roof (LX)
  • 6 - Normal Roof, Cruise Control (LX)
  • 7 - Manual Belt Restraint - Eurosport (ES), Sunroof (LX)
  • 8 - Sun roof, cruise control (LX)
  • 9 - Manual Belt Restraint - Luxury (LX)
  • A - Normal Roof (ES)
  • B - Normal roof, Cruise control (ES)
  • C - Sun roof (ES)
  • D - Sun roof, cruise control (ES)

Model Year:

  • J - 1988

Assembly Plant:

  • A - Bramalea

 

Engines built for sale in Georgia and Tennessee have an additional, nonrepeating number, on the engine block.

Engine Codes (see AMC engines page)

A
    (1970) 199 OHV six, 1V
    (1971-1979) 258 OHV six (4.2 liter), 1 barrel
B
    (1980+) 2.5 liter four-cylinder
C
    (1979+) 258 (4.2 liter) OHV six, 2 barrel
E
    
(1970) 232 OHV six, 2V
    (1971-1979) 232 (3.8) OHV six, 1V
F
    (1966-1970) 232 OHV six, 1V
G
    
(1966-1970) 232 OHV six, 2V
    (1977-79) 2-Liter Four, 2V
H
    (1966-1979) 304 V8, 2V
J
    (1966) 327 V8, 2V (Low Comp.)
    (1988) 3.0L (182 CID) V6, MPI, Renault, Gas
K
    (1966) 327 V8, 4V (High Comp.)
M
    (1966) 232 OHV Six, 2V
    (1974?) 304 (5.0) V8, 2V, 210 hp
N
    
(1966) 287 V8 (low comp.) 2V
    (1970-1978) 360 V8, 2V

 

P
    (1966) 327 V8 (low comp.) 2V
    (1970-1976) 360 V8, 4V
Q
    (1966) 327 V8 (high comp.) 4V
S
    (1966) 232 OHV six 2V
T
    
(1966) 287 V8 (high comp.)
U
    (1966) 327 V8 (high comp.) 4V
W
    (1966) 327 V8 (low comp.) 2V
X
    (1970) 390 V8, 4V, 325 HP
Y
    (1970) 390 V8, 4V, 340 HP
Z
    (1971-1976) 401 V8, 4V
    (1988) 2.5L (150 CID) I-4, TBI, AMC, Gas

 

Body plate decoding

A unit body number plate riveted to the left front door below the door lock is visible when the door is open. Milwaukee built bodies start with Body Number 000001. Kenosha Main Body Plant built bodies start with Body number 000001. Kenosha Lake Front Plant built bodies started with Body Numbers A-1 and R-1. Brampton built bodies start with body number 700001. This plate includes the model, body, trim, paint code, and car built sequence numbers. The model number identifies the body style. This number when followed by numbers 2-5 or 7 designates the different groups of optional appointment built into the car as original equipment. The numbers on the plate must be listed when any references are made to the body or when ordering parts and material for the body. When reference is made to various parts of the body, both the name of the part and its location are essential. For example, a door, seat cushion, seat back, or fender should referred to as right or left, front or rear.

A A A X B B X C C C X D D D D D D D D X
  • A - 2XM - Passenger car built in Canada by American Motors (Canada) Inc.
  • B - Engine
  • C - Trim
  • D - Model year & serial number
  • E - Primary Color
  • M - PWR ANT - Power antenna
  • N - SR - Sun roof
  • O - LR - Luggage Rack
  • F - Secondary Color
  • G - Interior
  • H - AC - Air conditioning
  • J - CC - Cruise control
  • K - PDL - Remote Fuel Release
  • L - FULL CON - Full console, MINI CON - Mini console
E E X F F X G G G X                    
H H X J J X K K K X                    
L L L L L L L X M M M X M M M X        
N N X O O                              
                                       

Engine:

  • ZT - 4-cyl. auto
  • JP - 6 cyl. auto

Trim:

  • 55 - 4-dr sedan
  • 556 - Base Trim Level
  • 557 - Eurosport Trim Level
  • 559 - Luxury Trim Level
 

Primary Color:

  • CA - Pearl White
  • 3D - Sterling Met.
  • CC - Dover Grey Met.
  • P1 - Classic Black
  • CD - Light Baltic Met.
  • CJ - Vivid Red Met.
  • CB - Buff Yellow
  • CE - Dark Baltic Met.
  • CK- Dark Vivid Red Met.
  • BB - Light Driftwood Met.
  • CL - Dark Driftwood Met.
  • CT - Dark Cherry Met.

Secondary Color:

  • P1 - Classic Black
  • CE - Dark Baltic Met.
  • CK - Dark Vivid Red Met.
 

Interior:

  • BF2 - 45/45 cloth, charcoal
  • BF3 - 45/45 cloth, navy
  • BF5 - 45/45 cloth, cordovan
  • BF9 - 45/45 cloth, brownstone
  • SF2 - 55/45 cloth, charcoal
  • SF3 - 55/45 cloth, navy
  • SF5 - 55/45 cloth, cordovan
  • SF9 - 55/45 cloth, brownstone
  • SV2 - 55/45 vinyl, charcoal
  • SV3 - 55/45 vinyl, navy

 

 

Model Codes

Model

 

Description

  Model   Description
Rambler Classic (6610 Series)   Ambassador (6680 series)
6615   4-dr sedan "550"   6685-2   4-dr sedan "880"
6615-5  

4-dr sedan "770"

  6685-5   4-dr sedan "990"
6616   2-dr sedan "550"   6686-2   2-dr sedan "880"
6617-5   2-dr convertible "770"   6687-5   4-dr convertible "990"
6618   4-dr station wagon "550"   6688-2   4-dr station wagon "880"

6618-5

  4-dr station wagon "770"   6688-5   4-dr station wagon "990"
6619-5   2-dr hardtop "770"   6689-5   2-dr hardtop "990"
6619-7   2-dr hardtop "Rebel"   6689-7   2-dr hardtop "DPL"
Marlin (6650 Series)   "Rebel" 10 Series
6659-7   2-dr hardtop   7015-0   4-dr sedan
"Hornet" 01 Series   7015-7   4-dr sedan "SST"
7005-0   4-dr sedan   7018-0   4-dr station wagon
7005-7   4-dr sedan "SST"   7018-7   4-dr station wagon "SST"
7006-0   2-dr sedan   7019-0   2-dr hardtop
7006-7   2-dr sedan "SST"   7019-7   2-dr hardtop "SST"
7303-7   2-dr "hatchback"   "Matador" (10 series)
7305-7   4-dr sedan   7315-7   4-dr sedan
7306-7   2-dr sedan   7318-7   4-dr station wagon
7306-7   4-dr sedan wagon "sportabout"   7319-7   2-dr hardtop
"AMX" 30 Series   "Ambassador" 80 Series
7039-7   2-dr sports coupe   7085-2   4-dr sedan
"Javelin" 70 Series   7085-5   4-dr sedan "DPL"
7079-5   2-dr hardtop   7085-7   4-dr sedan "SST"
7079-7   2-dr hardtop "SST"   7088-5   4-dr station wagon "DPL"
"Gremlin" (40 series)   7088-7   4-dr station wagon "SST"
7346-5   2-dr 4-passenger   7089-5   2-dr hardtop "DPL"
7346-5   2-dr 4-passenger "X"   7089-7   2-dr hardtop "SST"
"Javelin" (70 series)   7385-7   4-dr sedan "Brougham"
7379-7   2-dr hardtop   7388-7   4-dr station wagon "Brougham"
7379-8   2-dr hardtop "AMX"   7389-7   2-dr hardtop "Brougham"

Note: The seconds varies depending on the year of production. For example, a 0 would represent 1970, a 1 would represent 1971, and so on.

Paint Code Numbers and Corresponding Colors

When reference is made to paint or obtaining paint from local DuPont or Ditzler Paint Dealers, furnish them with the paint code numbers, name and color required. For example: Paint code number P-1A would indicate the car is painted a solid black. Paint code number P-1A-72A would indicate the lower color is black and upper or accent color is P-72A Frost White. The paint color code numbers and color names together with the Ditzler and DuPont numbers are listed in the forepart or the Parts Catalogue for convenience.

Paint Code

 

Description

 

Paint Code

 

Description

  Paint Code   Description
Exterior Colors   Exterior Colors   Interior Colors
P-1   Classic Black   A1   Snow white   Semi-Gloss Finish
P-3   Antigua Red   C8   Grasshopper Green Met.   N-45   Black
P-15   Brisbane Blue, Metallic   D4   Cordoba Brown Met.   R-24   Dark Blue, Met.
P-16   Britannia Blue, Metallic   D7   Trans AM red   R-25   Dark Green, Met.
P-17   Crescent Green   E1   Diamind Blue Met.   R-26   Red

P-18

  Granada Green, Metallic   E2   Olympic Blue Met.   R-27   Medium Aqua, Met.
P-19   Balboa Aqua   E3   Fairway Green Met.   R-29   Medium Tan, Met.
P-20   Cortez Aqua, Metallic   E4   Tallyho Green Met.   R-87   Off-white
P-21   Marquessa Mauve, Met.   E5   Pewter Silver Met.   Suede Finish
P-23   Samoa Gold, Metallic   E6   Fawn Beige   R-86   Black
P-24   Caballera Tan, Metallic   E7   Copper Tan Met.   R-34   Dark Blue, Met.
P-25   Apollo Yellow   E9   Mellow Yellow   R-35   Dark Green, Met.
P-72   Frost White   F1   Blarney Green   R-36   Red
P2   Big Bad Blue   F2   Maxi Blue   R-38   Medium Tan, Met.
P3   Big Bad Orange   F3   Fresh Plum Met.   R-37   Medium Aqua, Met.
P4   Big Bad Green   F4   Daisy Yellow   Low Gloss Finish
P39   Matador Red   F5   Vineyard Burgundy Met.   70-R-13   Medium Blue Met.
P58   Hialeah Yellow   6P   Firecracker Red   70-R-14   Medium Green Met.
P79   Bittersweet Orange Met.   8A   Khaki   70-R-16   Brown Met.
P82   Bayshore Blue Met.   8B   British Bronze Met.   70-R-22   Black
P84   Commodore Blue Met.   8C   Quick Silver Met.   69-R-95, 71R8   Red
P85   Sea Foam Aqua Met.   9A   Alpaca Brown Met.   73R27   Black
P86   Mosport Green Met.   9B   Olympic White   73R1   Blue
P87   Glen Green Met.   9C   Russet Met.   73R3   Tan
P90   Golden Lime Met.   9E   Wedgwood Blue   73R2   Green
P91   Tijuana Tan Met.   9H   Cumberland Green Met.   72R30   Black
P94   Moroccan Brown Met.   9K   Sable Brown Met.   72R1   Blue
P95   Sonic Silver Met.   9L   Saxon Yellow   72R2   Green
9M   Starboard Blue Met.   9N   Morocco Buff   72R23   Tan
9P   Bordeaux Met.   9Z   Misty Beige Clearcoat   Striping Colors
A2   Canary Yellow   B4   Charcoal Gray Met.   72R40   Black
C2   Stardust Silver Met.   C3   Skyway Blue   72R35   Gold
C4   Jetset Blue Met.   C5   Admiral Blue Met.        
C6   Surfside Turquoise   C9   Hunter Green Met.        
D1   Jolly Green Met.   D2   Yuca Tan Met.        
D3   Baja Bronze Met.   D5   Butterscotch Gold        
D8   Sparkling Burgundy   D9   Wild Plum Met.        
A4   Skyline Blue (Light)   A5   Midway Blue, Met. (Medium)        
A7   Limelight Freen, Met. (Light)   A8   Meadow Green, Met. (Medium)        
A9   Raven Green, Met. (Dark)   B2   Burnished Brown, Met.        
B3   Quick Silver, Met.   B5   Deep Maroon        
B6   Electric Blue, Met. (Bright)   B7   Brilliant Green, Met. (Bright)        
B8   Mustard Yellow   B9   Matador Red (1970 carry over)        
C1   Golden Lime, Met. (1970 carry over)   G6   Sienna Orange        
G7   Alpine Orange   G9   Medium Blue Met.        
H4   Dark Cocoa Met.   H8   Autumn Red Met.        
6B   Seaspray Green   6C   Evergreen Met.        
6D   Sand Tan   6E   Burnished Bronze Met.        
6J   Silver Frost Met.   6K   Limefire Met.        
6R   Brilliant Blue   6T   Nautical Blue Met.        
6V   Sunshine Yellow                

All cars were painted with acryl enamel and have the letter "A" following the paint code number.

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