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1955-57 Cowl Tag Identification


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
1271
 
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
 
Code
Interior Color
Trim
Model
 
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
 
Code
Interior Color
Trim
Model
 
526
Green
V
1200
 
527
Blue
V
1067D
 
528
Brown/Beige
V
1067D
 
531
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
 
Code
Interior Color
Trim
Model
 
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
 
Code
Interior Color
Trim
Model
 
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
 
Code
Interior Color
Trim
Model
 
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
 
Code
Interior Color
Trim
Model
 
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
 
 
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