VIN Plate Decoding.

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VIN Plate Decoding.

Postby 58limited » Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:48 am

This is from the Chassis Service Manual

For data plate decoding, go here: http://www.1958buickforum.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=254

The first digit indicates the series:

4=Special
5=Super
6=Century
7=Roadmaster
8=Limited (this was NOT in any of my books, but this is the first digit of my Limited's VIN number)

The next digit is the letter E for 1958.


The third digit identifies the plant where the car was produced:

1=Flint
2=South Gate
3=Linden
4=Kansas City
5=Wilmington
6=Atlanta
7= Framingham
8=Arlington

The remaining 6 digits are the car's individual serial number.

Example: 4E8010123 (Kevinm22's car)

4 = Special
E = 1958
8 = Arlington

I believe the serial number started at 1,000 so this was the 9,123rd car made, but I could be wrong.
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Re: VIN Plate Decoding.

Postby CoyoteJim » Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:51 pm

Hello all. i am a new member and a new proud owner of a '58 Century...at least that is what i believe. there appears to be an issue with my VIN number. My title has the VIN as E1067037. The tag inside the driver door jamb also has that number but it looks like it has been replaced at some point. The VIN should start with a 6, right? Any ideas? Thanks.

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Re: VIN Plate Decoding.

Postby Smartin » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:01 am

Hi Jim,

Can you post a photo of the tag?
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