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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 26th, 20, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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Cant figure out this VIN Tag

I was looking at an Apparent late 60's Beaumont Convertible recently. But I could not figure out if this is really a Beaumont, and what its VIN Tag, and Trim tag mean. I looked through a bunch of information on this site and others. Its badged as a Beaumont, and looks like a Beaumont.

The problems is the Door Jam Tag, the red one, starts with a 6 and then is only 12 digits long. I don't know any car in this era that starts with a 6. If you ignore the 6 the VIN starts to make sense, except that it is not long enough.
The Firewall tag looks like the Canadian built ones, but I just don't know enough about these tags to figure them out.

I have a feeling most of this car is wrong, but, like I said, Just cant really figure this out.

If you are able to decode this, please also send some reference material that covers this, as I just cant seem to find the right material.

Thanks for any help ahead of time!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old May 26th, 20, 10:49 AM
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Re: Cant figure out this VIN Tag

welcome to the site.
check out info in this link for your answers;
https://www.chevelles.com/forums/gts...%20tag%20codes

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Re: Cant figure out this VIN Tag

Ask these guys: https://m.facebook.com/groups/Chevelles.Beaumonts/

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Re: Cant figure out this VIN Tag

7 is the first digit for a Beaumont. It’s a different division of GM. The rest of the numbers follow the conventions for GM A bodies.
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Re: Cant figure out this VIN Tag

Thanks for the pointers!

My biggest concern is the 6 at the start of the 12 digit vin on the door. Its hard to match the door tag to the trim tag, and I cant find any GM cars of this era that start with 6. Any ideas on that #6?
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Re: Cant figure out this VIN Tag

In 1965 & 1966 in Canada, the 1st character of the V.I.N. is the model year. For example, if you own a 1966 Beaumont Custom V8 convertible, your VIN would start out 673667. There is no plant code in the VIN in 1965/66 because there only was one plant in Canada turning them out at that time (Oshawa, ON). The Ste. Thérèse PQ plant opened in 1965 & started producing big 1966 Chevrolets for the U.S. market only, complete with U.S. paint methods & materials.
For 1967 GM Canada adopted the same VIN sequence as the U.S. The model # was moved from the 1st character to the 6th, and the plant code was added as the 7th character in the VIN. 1 for Oshawa, 2 for Ste. Thérèse (who only made Big cars at that time)

The interior codes were different between the Chevelles & Beaumonts in 1966 because the Beaumont Custom & Sport Deluxe used a unique mixing of Chevelle seats & Le Mans door panels. 393 is probably Bronze bucket seats for a Beaumont SD (I need to see if I can find a reference, 391 is for black buckets) MM paint in 1966 is for Aztec Bronze, TP-10 is for a white convertible top. A51 makes your 736 Beaumont Custom into a Sport Deluxe (note that console was not coded because it was included automatically unless you had a 3-speed column shift). M35 is for Powerglide & therefore console on a Sport Deluxe. C06 is for a power top, which was very popular. Not coded on the trim tag: radio. Normally it would not have any reference on the trim tag unless Fisher Body had to rough in a rear antenna (U73). Also the engine option would not normally be coded on the trim tag that year unless it was an L34 396. The 283 or 327 (or 194 vs. 230 six) would not be indicated in the trim tag.
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Re: Cant figure out this VIN Tag

See this page on Oshawa VIN numbers.
1966 Chevelle VINS

6=1966
7=Beaumont
36=Custom (Malibu equivalent)
67=2 Dr convert
0=Oshawa
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old May 27th, 20, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Wow! Thank you Guys! This is some real good information! Finding this history on these cars can be a real challenge. There seemed to be some consistency, but not to much... Thank you for all your help. I bookmarked those pages for future reference. Thanks again!
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