1955-57 Cowl Tag Identification

1955-57 Chevrolet cowl tags or trim plates were attached to the right hand side of the cowl panel. The plates represented a vehicle’s most basic body characteristics to Fisher Body, the coachworks contracted to build vehicles for Chevrolet Motor Division. Codes listed include Model Year, Model Identification Code, Assembly Plant, Interior Trim Code, Paint Color Code and Vehicle Option Codes. The cowl tag provides invaluable information to the car’s original paint color, interior color and material, and the location of the plant at which the vehicle was built.

A - Model Year Code

The first two digits of the style number represent the model year. For Tri-Five Chevy models, there will either be a “55”, “56” or “57” .

Code - Model Year
 
55 - 1955
 
56 - 1956
 
57 - 1957
 

B - Model Identification Code

The second set of digits in the style number code represents the style of the vehicle’s bodywork. Within this code, the first two numbers represent the Series Identification - “10” for 210 or Bel Air, “12” indicating 150 Series. The last two numbers represent the bodywork style of the vehicle. A detailed list can be found below. Note: Up to two letters can also be found after the four numbers. A “D” as the first letter represents a Bel Air Series model while an “F” in either location represents a station wagon model. Example: 1062DF can be identified as a Bel Air 4 door wagon

Code - Body Style
 
1211- 150 2 Door Sedan
 
1219- 150 4 Door Sedan
 
1263- 150 2 Door Wagon
 
1271- 150 2 Door Sedan Delivery
 
1011- 210 & Bel Air 2 Door Sedan
 
1011A- 210 Del Ray Club Coupe
 
1037- 210 & Bel Air 2 Door Hardtop
 
1019- 210 & Bel Air 4 Door Sedan
 
1039- 210 & Bel Air 4 Door Hardtop
 
1062- 210 & Bel Air 4 Door Wagon
 
1063- 210 2 Door Wagon
 
1064- Bel Air Nomad 2 Door Wagon
 
1067- Bel Air 2 Door Convertible
 

C - Assembly Plant Code

The assembly plant code is a combination of two codes, a letter representing the assembly plant location and a sequence number. The list below details the letter code. The numbers after the assembly plant code provide a sequence number indicating the specific assembly plant’s sequence or rotation number and should not be confused with the V.I.N. sequence.

Code- Assembly Plant
 
F- Flint, Michigan
 
T- Tarrytown, New York
 
S- St. Louis, Missouri
 
K- Kansas City, Missouri
 
O- Oakland, California
 
A- Atlanta, Georgia
 
N- Norwood, OH
 
B- Baltimore, Maryland
 
L- Lansing, Michigan
 
J- Janesville, Wisconsin
 
VN- Van Nuys, California
 
CL- Cleveland, Ohio
 

D - Interior Code

This three digit number represents the interior color and materials for a given vehicle. Codes and patterns are different for each year, but color combinations may cross over. See next page for a detailed list of interior trim codes for each year.

E - Paint Color Code

The paint color code represented in three numbers the exterior paint colors and their locations on the vehicle. Two-tone paint schemes were available from 1955-57 and because of this, separate codes were offered for each color combination. From 1956-57, a letter would sometimes follow the three digit code. An “A” would represent a single paint color and a “B”, “C”, “D” or “E” represented a two-tone paint scheme. Please see the chart on the next page for a detailed list of exterior color codes by model year.

F - Vehicle Option

If a particular vehicle was to be built with optional equipment, the codes for these extras would be stamped below the exterior paint color code. However, even vehicles with options sometimes did not have a stamping on the cowl tag. Minor options were not indicated on the cowl tag. Major options, such as a partial list below, were included.

Code- Vehicle Options
 
AC- Air Conditioning
 
CP- Padded Dash
 
WS- Power Windows and Seats
 
EZI- Tinted Glass

Interior trim codes indicate the color and material combination for a given vehicle. This list offers a reference for owners who wish to restore their interior trim to original specifications.

1955 - Interior Trim Codes

Code- Interior Color- Trim- Model
 
500- Gray- C- 1200
 
501- Straw/Brown- C- 127
 
502- Straw/Brown- V- 1263F
 
503- Blue- C- 1011-19-37
 
504- Green- C- 1011-19-37
 
505- Tan/Brown- C- 1011-19-37
 
506- Blue/Beige- V- 1011A
 
507- Green/Beige- V- 1011A
 
508- Black/Ivory- V- 1011A
 
509- Blue- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
510- Green- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
511- Brown/Beige- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
513- Turquoise/Ivory- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
514- Blue/Beige- V- 1062F-63F
 
515- Green- V- 1062F-63F
 
516- Brown/Beige- V- 1062F-63F
 
517- Beige- C/V- 1062F
 
518- Beige/Blue- C/V- 1062F
 
519- Beige/Blue- C/V- 1037D
 
520- Beige/Green- C/V- 1037D
 
521- Beige/Red- C/V- 1037D
 
522- Beige/Turquoise- C/V- 1037D
 
524- Green- V- 1263F
 
525- Red/Beige- V- 1067D
  
526- Green- V- 1200
 
527- Blue- V- 1067D
 
528- Brown/Beige- V- 1067D
 
530 - Gray/Coral- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
532- Gray/Coral- C/V- 1037D
 
533- Gray/Coral- V- 1067D
 
537- Turquoise/Ivory- V- 1067D
 
547- Gray/Black- V- 1211
 
549- Gray/Ivory- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
550- Gray/Ivory- C/V- 1037D
 
551- Gray/Ivory- V- 1067D
 
 

1956 - Interior Trim Codes

Code- Interior Color- Trim- Model
 
560- Gold- C/V- 1200
 
562- Green/Gold- V- 1263F
 
564- Charcoal- V- 1011-19-37-39 
 
565- Green- C- 1011-19-37-39
 
566- Blue- C- 1011-19-37-39
 
567- Black/Ivory- C- 1011A
 
568- Green/Ivory- V- 1011A
 
569- Turquoise/Ivory- V- 1011A
 
570- Green- V- 1062F-C-63F
 
572- Turquoise- V- 1062F-C-63F
 
573- Charcoal/Ivory- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
574- Green- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
575- Blue- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
577- Turquoise- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
578- Charcoal/Yellow- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
579- Charcoal/Ivory- C/V- 1011D-39D
 
580- Green- C/V- 1011D-39D
 
581- Blue- C/V- 1037D-39D
 
584- Turquoise- C/V- 1037D
 
585- Charcoal/Yellow- C/V- 1062F-63F
 
587- Turquoise- C/V- 1062DF
 
588- Charcoal/Yellow- C/V- 1062DF
 
590- Green- C/V- 1064
 
591- Blue- C/V- 1064
 
593- Red- C/V- 1064
 
594- Turquoise- C/V- 1064
 
595- Charcoal/Yellow- V- 1064
 
602- Charcoal/Ivory- V- 1067D
 
603- Turquoise/Ivory- V- 1067D
 
604- Charcoal/Yellow- V- 1067D
 
605- Red/Ivory- V- 1067D
 
606- Green- V- 1067D
 
607- Blue- V- 1067D
 
609- Charcoal- V- 1062F-C-63F
  
610- Charcoal/Ivory- C/V- 1062DF
 
611- Charcoal/Ivory- C/V- 1064
 
615- Gray/Gold- V- 1271
 
616- Gray/Gold- V- 1263F
 
617- Copper/Tan- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
618- Tan/Copper- C/V- 1037D-39D
 
619- Tan/Copper- C/V- 1062DF
 
620- Tan/Copper- C/V- 1064
 
621- Copper/Tan- V- 1067
 
626- Charcoal/Cream- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
627- Char./Yellow/Cream- C/V- 1037D-39D
 
628- Red/Taupe/Red- C/V- 1039D
 
629- Red/Taupe/Red- C/V- 1062DF
 
630- Char./Yellow/Cream- C/V- 1062DF
 
631- Charcoal/Cream- V- 1067
 
632- Char./Yellow/Cream- C/V- 1064
 
633- Red/Taupe/Red- C/V- 1064
 
 

1957 - Interior Trim Codes

Code- Interior Color- Trim- Model
 
650- Black/Gray- C/V- 1211-11B-19
 
651- Black/Gray- V- 1271
 
652- Black/Gray- V- 1263F
 
653- Green/Gray- V- 1263F
 
654- Charcoal/Ivory- V- 1011-19-37-39
 
655- Green- C/V- 1011-19-37-39
 
656- Blue- C/V- 1011-19-37-39
 
657- Charcoal/Ivory- V- 1011A
 
658- Green- V- 1011A
 
659- Beige/Copper- V- 1011A
 
660- Charcoal/Ivory- V- 1062F-FC-63F
 
661- Green- V- 1062F-FC-63F
 
662- Copper/Beige- V- 1062F-FC-63F
 
663- Black/Silver- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
664- Black/Green- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
665- Black/Blue- C/V- 1011D-19D
  
666- Black/Turquoise- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
667- Blk/Copper/Beige- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
668- Black/Yellow- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
669- Black/Red- C/V- 1011D-19D
 
670- Black/Silver- C/V- 1037D-39D
 
671- Black/Green- C/V- 1037D-39D
 
672- Black/Blue- C/V- 1037D-39D
 
673- Blk/Turquoise- C/V- 1037D-39D
 
674- Blk/Copper/Beige- C/V- 1037D-39D
 
675- Black/Yellow- C/V- 1037D-39D
 
676- Black/Red- C/V- 1037D-39D
 
677- Silver/Ivory- V- 1067D
 
678- Green- V- 1067D
 
679- Blue- V- 1067D
 
680- Turquoise/Ivory- V- 1067D
 
681- Copper/Beige- V- 1067D
  
682- Silver/Yellow- V- 1067D
 
683- Silver/Red- V- 1067D
 
684- Black/Silver- C/V- 1062DF
 
685- Green- C/V- 1062DF
 
686- Black/Blue- C/V- 1062DF
 
687- Blk/Turquoise- C/V- 1062DF
 
688- Blk/Copper/Beige- C/V- 1062DF
 
689- Black/Yellow- C/V- 1062DF
 
690- Black/Red- C/V- 1062DF
 
691- Black/Silver- C/V- 1064DF
 
692- Black/Green- C/V- 1064DF
 
693- Black/Blue- C/V- 1064DF
 
694- Black/Turquoise- C/V- 1064DF
 
695- Blk/Copper/Beige- C/V- 1064DF
 
696- Black/Yellow- C/V- 1064DF
 
697- Black/Red- C/V- 1064DF