How do I Decode a 1962 Chevy Body Tag?

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Chevrolet is an American automaker and is a division of General Motors. The least expensive 1962 Chevrolet was the Biscayne and was offered in base form with very little trim and six-cylinder power. The mid-level Bel Air had more luxurious trim and hardtop body styles. The top-of-the-line 1962 Chevrolet was the Impala, which was even more luxurious and was available with V-8 engines. The 1962 Chevy body tag -- or cowl tag -- was a metal identification plate that was mounted under the hood on the driver's side. The body tag was stamped with information regarding the car's original color, trim and manufacture date.

  • Open the hood and locate the body tag mounted to the cowling on the driver's side of the car above the firewall. Decode the month and week the car was assembled by observing the group of three characters on the top left of the tag. The first two numbers indicate the month, while the letter indicates the week, with "A" indicating the first week, "B" the second week and so forth.

  • Locate the letter "ST" on the top left of the tag. The first two numbers to the right of the tag should be "62," to indicate model year. The second number should be a "1," to indicate the Chevrolet division, and the remaining numbers indicate the body style of the car, such as four-door sedan, two-door hardtop or convertible.

  • Observe the top right of the tag near the "BODY" field to determine the assembly plant where the car was manufactured and the sequential serial number the car was given at the factory.

  • Locate the letters "TR" on the left side of the tag, approximately midway down from the top. The first set of characters in this field indicates the type and color of interior trim installed in the car, while the second set of characters indicates the type of seats installed.

  • Observe the "PAINT" field located on the right side of the tag, approximately midway down from the top. The first character in this code indicates the main body color of the car, while the second character of the code indicates the color of the roof. A car that has the same color body and roof will only have one character.

  • Check the bottom of the tag. On the left side there may be a three-digit code or a series of three-digit codes. These codes indicate special accessories installed at the factory. Many tags will be blank at the bottom with no accessory codes imprinted.

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