Decoding an Imperial VIN number:
I found a plate in my Imp's glove-box which Chrysler historical department could not explain.
The vehicle number is 9204113772.
Can anybody else help?
"9" = Imperial
"2" = Crown (1=Custom, 3=LeBaron)
"0" = 1960 model year (1=1961 etc.)
"4" = Warren Avenue Plant (all Imperials and only Imperials from 1959 to 1961 were made at the Warren avenue plant)
Remaining six digits are production numbers beginning with 100,001. So, this was the 13,772 Imperial (or Chrysler) made for 1960.
There should be a plate on the radiator support (on the passenger side, facing the front) that has a bunch of numbers all over it. That plate's code will tell you the original inside & outside colors of the car.
The "SO" is the date the chassis starts the down assembly line.
The "NUMBER" is the chassis number, or the order the car is on the assembly line.
WEBMONSTER NOTE: We don't have any idea how to decipher the A-Z codes,
if you have any information please contact us and let us know.
Courtesy of Club Member Tom Wilson (January 2022)
Some of the codes below are shown on the above Punch Card, others have been added to help identify other codes.
|Line No.||Line Description||Punch Code||Code Explanation|
|11-15||Dealer Code||8309||Tom Harrigan Inc., Oak Park, IL|
|9770||Briley Motors, Omaha, NE|
|16-18||Dealer Order No.||16||???|
|19-21||Body Type||925||Imperial, Crown, Convertible|
|934||Imperial, LeBaron, 4 dr HT|
|888||Special order - Crown Interior, Blue, w/cloth inserts|
|25-27||Paint||661||WW1 - Alaskan White|
|29||Power equip.||298||Power Door Locks|
|31||A/C and Heaters||311||A/C with Heater|
|33||Convert. top, Trunk, Defoggers||332||White Convertible Top|
|339||Defogger, Rear Window|
|34||Foam Seats, Bumper Guard, Lighter, Steering Wheel, Deck||348||Flite-Sweep Deck Lid|
|37||Record Player, Lights, Mldgs, Locking Diff, Handle||375||Auto Beam Changer|
|376||Door Edge Protectors|
|38||Lights, Mirrors, Luggage Rack||383||Mirror, Left Outside, Remote Control|
|385||Mirror, Right Outside, Manual|
|387||Mirror-Matic Interior Mirror|
|42||Radios and Rear Speakers||423||AM Golden Touch w/Pwr Ant., no rear spkr, and foot control(??)|
|428||AM Golden Touch w/rear Spkr & Pwr Ant.|
|44||Solex Glass||441||Tinted Glass all around|
|47||Swivel Seats, Shields, and HD Springs||472||Manual Swivel Seats|
|473||Automatic Swivel Seats (w/Power Seats only)|
|53||Generators||535||40 Amp Generator|
|55-56||Tires||76||8.20 x 15 Nylon w/Whitewalls|
|60||New Car Service, Sold Car||602||Sold Car, Expedite|
|77-80||Shipping Date||1014||October 14, 1959|
|1022||October 22, 1959|