Vintage Thunderbird
1958 - 1966
Data Plate Decoder

1958 thru 1961 Data Plate (Same codes on 1962 - 1966 Data Plate)
H - Engine Code
8 - Model Year (1958)
Y - Assembly Plant (Wixom)
H - Body Style (Thunderbird)
109299 - Consecutive Unit Number

Production Totals
Original List Prices

63A - Body Type
A - Body Color
XG - Trim Color
24 - Day of the Month
M - Month
4 - Axle
1 - Transmission
On data plates starting with 1960, the VIN took the following form:
First digit - Model Year
Second digit - Assembly Plant
Third & Fourth digits - Model Number
Fifth digit - Engine
Last six digits - Consecutive unit number

NOTE: In the interest of brevity, some years are grouped together. Not all codes shown may have been used for each year. However, there are no conflicts, and you can interpret your data plate correctly. Therefore, the information below is for data plate decoding only, and is not to be used as a list of options for any given year.

Engine
YearCodecidCarb.Horsepower Comp Ratio
1958H
G
352
332
4V
4V
30010.2
(export)
1959H
J
352
430
4V
4V
300
350
9.6
10.1
1960Y
J
352
430
4V
4V
300
350
9.6
10.1
1961Z3904V3009.6
1962M (mid-year)
Z
R
390
390
390
3 - 2V
4V
4V
340
300
10.5
9.6
(export)
1963M
M
Z
9
390
390
390
390
3 - 2V
3 - 2V
4V
4V
340
340
300
10.5 (early)
10.8
10.8
(export)
1964Z
9
390
390
4V
4V
300
10.1
(export)
1965Z
9
390
390
4V
4V
30010.1
(export)
1966Z
Q
8
390
428
428
4V
4V
4V
315
345
10.5
10.5
(export)

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Transmission
YearCodeType
19581
2
3
4
Conventional
Overdrive
Cruise-O-Matic (w/export G engine)
Cruise-O-Matic
1959-19601
2
4
Conventional
Overdrive
Cruise-O-Matic
1961-19644Cruise-O-Matic
196543-Speed Dual Range Automatic
19664
8
3-Speed Dual Range Automatic
Cruise-O-Matic (dropped mid-Nov 1965)

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Axle
YearCodeRatio
1958-19591
3
0
3.10
3.70
2.91
19603
8
9
3.10 (installed in 352 cid, Cruise-O-Matic)
2.91 (installed in 430 cid, Cruise-O-Matic)
3.70 (installed in 352 cid, Std./Overdrive)
19611
3
6
A
H
F
3.00
3.10
3.00
3.00 (Equa-Lock type)
2.91 (Locking)
3.10 (Equa-Lock type)
1962-19631
2
3
6
A
B
H
F
3.00
3.10 (M-series only)
3.10
3.00
3.00 (Equa-Lock type)
3.10 (Equa-Lockw/M-series)
2.91 (Locking)
3.10 (Equa-Lock type)
1964-19661
3
4
6
A
D
3.00
3.20
3.25
2.80
3.00 (Equa-Lock type)
3.25 (Equa-Lock type)

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Model Number
YearModelBody Type
1960-196171
73
2-Dr. Hardtop
Convertible
1962-196681
83
85
87
89
2-Dr. Landau Special (1966 81 Town hardtop)
2-Dr. Hardtop
Convertible
2-Dr. Landau
Convertible, Sports Roadster
196681
87
2-Dr. Town hardtop (painted roof-blind qtr. pillar)
2-Dr. Town landau (vinyl top/Landau bar, blind qtr. pillar)

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Body Type
YearCodeBody Type
1958-196063A
76A
2-Dr. Hardtop
Convertible
1961-196363A
63B
76A
76B
2-Dr. Hardtop
2-Dr. Landau Hardtop (Vinyl Roof)1962 & 1963
Convertible
Convertible, Sports Roadster 1962 & 1963
1964-196663A
63B
63C
63D
76A
2-Dr. Hardtop (1966, Conventional Roof)
2-Dr. Landau Hardtop
2-Dr. Town hardtop (Blind Quarter Painted Roof, 1966 only)
2-Dr. Landau Special (1966, Blind Quarter Vinyl Roof)
Convertible

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Body and Trim Codes & Colors
Note: Two-Tones: Body Color/Roof Color
YearCodeBody ColorTrimMaterialColorConv.Top/Lining
1958A
B
C
D
E
I
K
M
O
P
S
V
W
X
X
Y
Z
Raven Black
Winterset White
Desert Beige
Palamino Tan
Colonial White
Grenadier Red Met.
Everglade Green Met.
Gulfstream Blue
Platinum Met.
Primer
Special Order
Casino Cream
Cameo Rose
Cascade Green
Peach (mid-year)
Monarch Blue Met.
Regatta Blue
XA
XB
XC
XK

XE
XF
XG
XH
XL
XM
Cloth/Vinyl
"
"
"

Vinyl
"
"
"
"
"
Blue/Blue
Green/Green
Black/Black
Turquoise/Turquoise

Blue/White
Green/White
Red/White
Black/White
Tan/White
Turquoise/White
Black/Gray
White/Gray
White/Blue
White/Green
White/Buff
Lt. Green/Green
Lt. Blue/Blue
YearCodeBody ColorTrimMaterialColorConv.Top/Lining
1959A
C
D
E
F
G
H
J
K
L
M
N
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
Z
Raven Black
Baltic Blue
Indian Turquoise
Colonial White
Hickory Tan
Glacier Green
Tahitian Broze Met.
Steel Blue Met.
Sandstone Met.
Diamond Blue
Doeskin Beige
Starlight Blue
Primer
Sea Reef Green Met.
Brandywine Red
Special Order
Flamingo
Cordovan Met.
Casino Cream
Tamarack Green Met.
Platinum Met.
54
55
56
57

82
84
85
86
87
Cloth/Vinyl
"
"
"

Leather
"
"
"
"
Beige
Red
Black
Turquoise

Blue
Pearl Beige
Red
Black
Turquoise
Black/Black
White/Black
White/Blue
White/Turquoise
White/Buff
Lt. Blue/Blue
Turquoise
YearCodeBody ColorTrimMaterialColorConv.Top/Lining
1960A
B
C
E
F
H
I
J
K
M
N
P
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
Raven Black
Kingston Blue Met.
Aquamarine
Acapulco Blue
Skymist Blue
Beachwood Brwn Met
Pale Turquoise
Monte Carlo Red
Sultana Turquoise Met.
Corinthian White
Diamond Blue
Primer
Moroccan Ivory
Briarcliffe Green Met.
Meadowvale Grn Met
Rose Glow Met.
Palm Springs Rose
Adriatic Green
Royal Burgundy Met.
Gunpowder Gray Met.
Platinum Met.
52
53
54
55
56
57

72
73
74
76
77

84
85
86
87
Vinyl
"
"
"
"
"

Cloth/Vinyl
"
"
"
"

Leather
"
"
"
Dk./Lt. Blue
Dk./Lt. Green
Dk./Lt. Beige
Red/White
Black/White
Dk./Lt. Turquoise

Dk./Lt. Blue
Dk./Lt. Green
Dk./Lt. Beige
Black/Lt. Gray
Turquoise

Tan
Red
Black
Turquoise
Black/Black
White/Black
Blue/Black
YearCodeBody ColorTrimMaterialColorConv.Top/Lining
1961A
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
L
M
N
P
Q
R
S
T
V
W
X
Y
Z
Raven Black
Aquamarine
Starlight Blue Met.
Laurel Green Met.
Desert Gold
Tawney Beige
Chesapeake Blue Met.
Green Velvet Met.
Monte Carlo Red
Sahara Rose
White
Diamond Blue
Nautilus Gray Met.
Silver Gray Met.
Cambridge Blue Met.
Mint Green
Honey Beige
Palm Springs Rose
Garden Turquoise Met.
Heritage Burgundy Met.
Mahogany Met.
Fieldstone Tan Met.
52
53
54
55
56
57

72
73
74
76
77

82
84
85
86
87
Vinyl
"
"
"
"
"

Cloth/Vinyl
"
"
"
"

Leather
"
"
"
"
Blue/Blue
Green/Green
Beige/Beige
Red/Red
Black/Black
Turquoise

Blue/Blue
Green/Green
Beige/Beige
Black/Gray
Turquoise

Blue
Beige
Red
Black
Turquoise
Black/Black
White/Black
Blue/Black
YearCodeBody ColorTrimMaterialColorConv.Top/Lining
1962 &
1963
A
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Z
Raven Black
Oxford Gray Met.
Patrician Green Met.
Acapulco Blue Met.
Skymist Blue (1962)
Silver Mink Met.
Caspian Blue Met.
Castillian Gold Met.
Rangoon Red
Chalfonte Blue
Sahara Rose
Corinthian White
Diamond Blue
Green Mist Met.
Silver Moss Met.
Tucson Yellow
Cascade Green Met.
Sandshell Beige
Deep Sea Blue Met.
Chestnut Met.
Rose Beige (1963)
Burgundy Met.
Fieldstone Tan Met.
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
70
72
74
76
77
80
82
83
84
85
86
87
89
Vinyl
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
Cloth/Vinyl
"
"
"
"
Leather
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
Silver Blue
Rose Beige (1963)
Blue
Green
Pearl Beige
Red
Black
Turquoise
Gold (1963)
Chestnut
Silver Blue (1962)
Blue
Pearl Beige
Black/Gray or Black/Black
Turquoise (1962)
Silver Blue
Blue
White (1963 Monaco Lan)
Beige
Red
Black
Turquoise (1962)
Chestnut (1962)
Black/Black
White/Black
Blue/Black

Landau Top
Cobra-grain
Black
White
Brown
Blue
Rose Beige
YearCodeBody ColorTrimMaterialColorConv.Top/Lining
1964A
B
C
E
F
G
G
H
I
J
L
M
N
O
P
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Z
Raven Black
Pagoda Green
Princton Gray Met.
Silver Mink Met.
Arcadian Blue
Prairie Tan
Praire Bronze (mid-yr)
Caspian Blue Met.
Florentine Green
Rangoon Red
Samoan Coral
Wimbledon White
Diamond Blue
Silver Green Met.
Praire Bronze
PraireTan (mid-yr)
Brittany Blue Met.
Phoenician Yellow
Cascade Green Met.
Navaho Beige
Patrician Green Met.
Sunlight Yellow
Rose Beige Met.
Vintage Burgundy Met.
Chantilly Beige.Met.
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59

71
72
74
76

82
83
85
86
89
Vinyl
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"

Cloth/Vinyl
"
"
"

Leather
"
"
"
"
Rose Beige
Silver Blue
Blue
White/Black accents
Pearl Beige
Red
Black
Turquoise
Aztec Gold
Palomino

Silver Blue
Blue
Pearl Beige
Black

Blue
White/Black accents
Red
Black
Palomino
Black/Black
White/Black
Blue/Black

Landau Top
Cobra-grain
Black
White
Brown
Blue
YearCodeBody ColorTrimMaterialColorConv.Top/Lining
1965A
B
C
E
F
G
H
J
M
N
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Z
4
7
Raven Black
Midnight Turq Met
Honey Gold Met
Silver Mink Met.
Arcadian Blue
Pastel Yellow
Caspian Blue Met
Rangoon Red
Wimbledon White
Diamond Blue
Praire Bronze Met
Brittany Blue Met
Ivy Green Met
Charcoal Gray Met
Navaho Beige
Patrician Green Met.
Emberglo Met(Sp Lan)
Rose Beige Met
Vintage Burgundy Met
Chantilly Beige Met
Frost Turquoise
Phoenician Yellow
12,42*
16,46*
19,49*
21,51*
22,52*
23,53*
24,54*
25,55*
26,56*
27,57*
28,58*
29,59*
G2.P2*
G3,P3*
G4,P4*
G5,P5*
G6,P6*
G7,P7*
G8,P8*
G9,P9*
7D,XD*
32,62*
33,63*
35,65*
36,66*
H2,Q2*
H3,Q3*
H4,Q4*
H5,Q5*
H6,Q6*
H7,Q7*
H8,Q8*
H9,Q9*
* with headrest
Cloth/Vinyl
"
"
Vinyl
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
Leather
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
Blue
Black
Palomino
Silver Blue
Blue
Burgundy
Beige
Red
Black
Turquoise
Ivy Gold
Palomino
White/Blue accents
White/Burgundy accents
White/Beige accents
White/Red accents
White/Blk & White accents
White/Turquoise accents
White/Ivy Gold accents
White/Palomino accents
Parchment/Emberglo accents
Blue
Burgundy
Red
Black
White/Blue accents
White/Burgundy accents
White/Beige accents
White/Red accents
White/Blk & White accents
White/Turquoise accents
White/Ivy Gold accents
White/Palomino accents
Black/Black
White/Black
Blue/Black
Tan/Black

Landau Top
Cobra-Grain
Black
White
Brown
Blue
YearCodeBody ColorTrimMaterialColorConv.Top/Lining
1966A
B
C
E
F
G
H
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
T
U
V
X
Z
2
4
7
Raven Black
Midnight Turq. Met
Honey Gold Met
Silver Mink Met
Arcadian Blue
Pastel Yellow
Caspian Blue Met
Rangoon red
Nightmist Blue
Honeydew Yellow
Wimbledon White
Diamond Blue
Silver Rose Met
Antique Bronze Met
Brittany Blue Met
Ivy Green Met
Candyapple Red
Tahoe Turquoise
Emberglow Met
Vintage Burgundy Met
Sauterne Gold Met
Mariner Turquoise
Frost Turquoise
Phoenician Yellow
12,42*
16,46*
17,47*
1D,4D*

21,51*
22,52*
23,53*
24,54*
25,55*
26,56*
27,57*
28,58*

62*
65*
66*

B2,K2*
B3,K3*
B4,K4*
B6,K6*
B7,K7*
B8,K8*
B9,K9*
G1,P1*
G2,P2*
G3,P3*
G4,P4*
G6,P6*
G7,P7*
G8,P8*
G9,P9*

L2*
L3*
L4*
L6*
L7*
L8*
L9*
* with headrest
Cloth/Vinyl
"
"
"

Vinyl
"
"
"
"
"
"
"

Leather
"
"

Vinyl
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"
"

Leather
"
"
"
"
"
"
Med./Dk. Blue
Black
Aqua/Aqua
Parchment

Silver Blue
Blue
Burgundy
Emberglo
Red
Black
Aqua
Ivy Gold Met.

Dk. Blue
Red
Black

Parchment/Blue
Parchment/Burgundy
Parchment/Emberglo
Parchment/Black
Parchment/Turquiose
Parchment/Gold
Parchment/Palomino
White/Silver Mink
White/Blue
White/Burgundy
White/Emberglo
White/Black
White/Aqua
White/Ivy Gold
White/Palomino

White/Blue accents
White/Burgundy accents
White/Beige accents
White/Blk&White accents
White/Turquoise accents
White/Ivy Gold accents
White/Palomino accents
Black/Black
White/Black
Blue/Black

Landau Top
Levant-Grain
Black
White
Sage Gold
Parchment

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Month of Manufacture for All Years
1st Year2nd Year
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
J
K
L
M
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
N
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

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Dealer Code for All Years (Sales District Office)
CodeSales Office CodeSales Office CodeSales Office
11/SD
14/PI
22/CE
25/RP
32/CL
35/FX
42/RG
45/DQ
53/KS
61/DP
64/NR
72/SK
81/CA
82/EX
83
84/HO
85
89
Boston
Pittsburgh
Charlotte
Richmond
Cleveland
Lansing
Fargo
Danenport
Kansas City
Dallas
New Orleans
San Jose
Ford of Canada
FMC Export Ops NJ
Government
FMC Trans & Equip Dept
American Red Cross
Transportation Services
12/bf
15
23/DI
26/DC
33/DD
36/LX
43/KE
51/DN
54/NB
62/SU
65/KL
73/SC
Buffalo
Newark
Philadelphia
Washington DC
Detroit
Louisville
Rockford
Denver
Omaha
Houston
Oklahoma City
Sal Lake City
13/BX
21/NK
24/KJ
31/CI
34/NP
41/CX
44/SP
52/DS
55/SL
63/GB
71/LP
74/SE
New York
Atlanta
Jacksonville
Cincinnati
Indianapolis
Chicago
Twin Cities
Des Moines
St. Louis
Memphis
Los Angeles
Seattle
In January, 1966, the following changes occurred.
37
17
Buffalo
Washington DC
38
27
Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
16
28
Philadelphia
Louisville

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Production Totals
YearTotalHardtop
incl. Landau
ConvertibleSports
Roadster
1958
1959
1960
37,892
67,456
90,843
35,758
57,195
78,983
2,134
10,261
11,860
 
1961
1962
1963
73,051
78,011
63,313
62,535
68,127
56,945
10,516
8,457
5,913

1,427
455
1964
1965
1966
92,465
74,972
69,176
83,267
68,126
64,127
9,198
6,846
5,049
 

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Original List prices - US Dollars
YearHardtopConvertibleSports
Roadster
Landau 2-drLtd. Edition
Landau
Town
Hardtop
Town
Landau
1958
1959
1960
3631
3696
3755
3929
3979
4222
     
1961
1962
1963
4170
4321
4445
4637
4788
4912

5439
5563

4398
4548


4748
  
1964
1965
1966
4486
4486
4395
4953
4953
4845
 4589
4589

4639
 

4452


4552

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