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1978 Malibu & El Camino VIN Information







First Digit: Identifies the Chevrolet Division (1=Chevrolet)
Second Digit: Identifies the series
SERIS  CODE 
Malibu T 
Malibu Classic, El CaminoW 
 
Third & Fourth Digits: Identify the body Style
BODY STYLE CODE 
4 Door Sedan19 
2 Door Notchback Coupe27 
4 Door Station Wagon35 
2 Door Pickup Delivery80 
 
Fifth Digit: Identifies the engine
TYPEOPT.CARBCIDTRANS CODE 
V6L262 Barrel200M15,M29,M38M 
V6LD52 Barrel231AM15,M20,M29,M33,M75A 
V8LG32 Barrel305UM20,M29,M38U 
V8LM14 Barrel350LM20,M21,M29,M38L 
 
Sixth Digit: Identifies the model year (8=1978)
 
Seventh Digit: Identifies the assembly plant
ASSEMBLY PLANTCODE 
Baltimore, MDB 
Doraville, GAD 
Arlington, TXR 
Fremont, CAZ 
Oshawa, Canada1 
    
Last Six Digits: Represents the basic production numbers




1978 Malibu & El Camino Body Name Plate


Located under the hood on the top left side of the firewall near the windshield wiper arm shaft. It identifies the model year, car division, series, style, body assembly plant, body number, trim combinations, paint and build date.






EXAMPLE:
78Model Year (1978)
1Car Division (Chevrolet)
AWSeries (Malibu Classic)
27Style (2 Door notchback coupe)
RAssembly Plant (Arlington, TX)
100001Production Sequence
74VTrim (Dark Carmine vinyl)
15Lower Body Color (Silver Poly)
15Upper Body Color (Silver Poly)
09DBuild Date (September, 4th week)
AV7Seat Type (50/50 Front Seat)
 
THE STYLE NUMBER: is a combination of the make, series and body style
MALIBU
STYLECODE
4 Door Sedan1AT19
2 Door Notchback Coupe1AT27
4 Door Station Wagon1AT35
  
MALIBU CLASSIC
STYLECODE
4 Door Sedan1AW19
2 Door Notchback Coupe1AW27
4 Door Station Wagon1AW35
 
EL CAMINO
STYLECODE
2 Door Pickup Delivery1AW80
 
THE ASSEMBLY PLANT CODE: indicates the plant where the body was built
ASSEMBLY PLANTCODE
BaltimoreB
DoravilleD
LeedsK
ArlingtonR
FremontZ
Oshawa, Canada1
 
THE BODY NUMBER: is the production serial number of the body.
  
THE TRIM NUMBER: is the key to trim color and material for each model series
MALIBU TRIM
COLOR
CLOTH
VYNYL
LEATHER
CODE
White
11N
Black
19C
Blue
24C,24N
Dark Sage Green
44C
Dark Camel Tan
62N,62C
Dark Carmin
74N
 
MALIBU CLASSIC TRIM
COLOR
CLOTH
VINYL
LEATHER
CODE
White
11V
Black
19V
Black
19D
Light Blue
24D
Light Blue
24V
Dark Sage Green
44D
Dark Camel Tan
62D
Dark Camel Tan
62V
Dark Carmin
74V
Dark Carmin
74D
 
EL CAMINO TRIM
COLOR
CLOTH
VINYL
LEATHER
CODE
Black
19V
Black
19D
Light Blue
24D
Light Blue
24V
Dark Sage Green
44D
Dark Camel Tan
62D
Dark Camel Tan
62V
Dark Carmin
74V
Dark Carmin
74D
 
Seat Type Code
TYPECODE
BucketA51
BenchA52
Bucket Reclining BackAR9
55-45 Front SeatAM6
50-50 Passenger Seat ReclinerAT8
50-50 Front Seat (non-reclining)AV7
  
THE PAINT CODE: is the key to the exterior paint color. 2-tones are indicated by the bottom and top colors respectively.
COLORCODE
Antique White11
Silver Poly15
Gray Poly16
Black19
Pastel Blue21
Light Blue Poly22
Ultramarine Blue Poly24
Dark Blue Poly29
Orange34
Medium Green Poly44
Dark Green Poly45
Dark Blue Green Poly48
Bright Yellow51
Gold Poly56
Camel Beige61
Camel Tan Poly63
Saffron Poly67
Dark Camel Poly69
Red75
Carmine Poly77
Dark Carmine Poly79
  
VINYL ROOF COLORS
COLORCODE
White11T
Silver Poly15T
Black19T
Light Blue Poly22T
Medium Green Poly44T
Camel Beige61T
Dark Carmine Poly79T
  
ACCENT COLORS (STRIPING)
COLORCODE
White11A
Black19A
Blue27A
Green49A
Gold54A
Red75A
Orange80A
Buckskin95A
  
THE BUILD DATE: indicates the month and the week the vehicle was built
CODE
MONTH
CODE
WEEK
01
Jan
A
1st
02
Feb
B
2nd
03
Mar
C
3rd
04
Apr
D
4th
05
May
E
5th
06
Jun
07
Jul
08
Aug
09
Sep
10
Oce
11
Nov
12
Dec
 



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