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1981 Malibu & El Camino VIN Information







First Digit: Identifies the country in which the vehicle was built
COUNTRY  CODE 
U.S.A. 1 
Canada2 
 
Second Digit: Identifies the automotive manufacturer (G-General Motors)
Third Digit: Identifies the automotive division
DIVISION  CODE 
Chevrolrt 1 
Oldsmobile3 
Buick4 
 
Fourth Digits: Identify the restraint system type
TYPE CODE 
Non-Passive Restraints (manual seat belts)A 
Passive Automatic beltsB 
Passive InflatableC 
 
Fifth Digit: Identifies the series
SERIES  CODE 
Malibu T 
Malibu Classic, El CaminoW 
 
Sixth & Seventh Digits: Identify the body Style
BODY STYLE CODE 
2 Door Notchback Coupe27 
4 Door Station Wagon35 
4 Door Notchback Sedan69 
2 Door Pickup Delivery80 
 
 
Eight Digit: Identifies the engine
TYPEOPT.CARBCIDTRANS CODE 
V6LC32 Barrel229MV9,M31,M38,M64K 
V6LD52 Barrel231MX2,MV9,M31A 
V8L392 Barrel267MV4,M31,MV9,M33J 
V8LG44 Barrel305MV4,MV9,M31,MW9H 
M33,M67,M24 
V8LM14 Barrel350MV4,MX3,M24,M38L 
 
TYPE CODE 
THM350CMV4 
THM200MV9 
THM350MX2 
THM350MX3 
THM200MW9 
THM250M31 
CBC350M33 
THM350/375M38 
 
Ninth Digit: Check digit
 
Tenth Digit: Identifies the model year (B=1981)
 
Eleveth Digit: Identifies the assembly plant
ASSEMBLY PLANTCODE 
Baltimore, MDB 
Doraville, GAD 
LeedsK 
Arlington, TXR 
Fremont, CAZ 
Oshawa, Canada1 
    
Last Six Digits: Represents the basic production numbers




1981 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:
81Model Year (1981)
09DBuild Date (September, 4th week)
1Car Division (Chevrolet)
AWSeries (Malibu Classic)
27Style (2 Door notchback coupe)
RAssembly Plant (Arlington, TX)
100001Production Sequence
77VTrim (Dark Maple vinyl)
15LLower Body Color (Silver Poly)
15UUpper Body Color (Silver Poly)
LPaint Type (Lacquer)
A51Seat Type (Bucket Seat)
 
THE STYLE NUMBER: is a combination of the make, series and body style
MALIBU
STYLECODE
2 Door Notchback Coupe1AT27
4 Door 2-Seat Station Wagon1AT35
4 Door Notchback Sedan1AT69
  
MALIBU CLASSIC
STYLECODE
2 Door Notchback Coupe1AW27
4 Door Station Wagon1AW35
4 Door Notchback Sedan1AW69
 
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
Dark Blue
26C,26N,26R
Dark Willow Green
44N
Camel Tan
62C,62N,62R
Dark Claret
77C,77N,77R
 
MALIBU CLASSIC TRIM
COLOR
CLOTH
VINYL
LEATHER
CODE
Dark Blue
26D,26E
Dark Blue
26V
Medium Waxberry
45V
Medium Waxberry
45E
Medium Jadestone
47V
Medium Jadeston
47E
Light Sandstone
63E
Medium Doeskin
64D
Medium Doeskin
64V
Dark Maple
77D,77E
Dark Maple
77V
 
EL CAMINO TRIM
COLOR
CLOTH
VINYL
LEATHER
CODE
Dark Blue
26D
Dark Blue
26V
Medium Waxberry
45V
Medium Jadeston
47D
Medium Doeskin
64D
Medium Doeskin
64V
Dark Maple
77D
Dark Maple
77V
 
Seat Type Code
TYPECODE
BucketA51
BenchA52
Bucket Reclining BackAR9
55-45 Front SeatAM6
50-50 Passenger Seat ReclinerAT8
  
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 Poly16
Black19
Bright Blue Poly20
Light Blue Poly21
Medium Blue Poly22
Dark Blue Poly29
Pastel Waxberry35
Light Waxbery Poly36
Medium Waxberry Poly37
Light Jadeston Poly45
Dark Jadestone Poly47
Dark Green Poly48
Bright Yellow51
Gold Poly54
Yellow56
Citris Orange Poly57
Orange Poly58
Pastel Sandstone63
Dark Brown Poly67
Medium Sandstone Poly68
Dark Sandstone Poly69
Light Maple Poly72
Spectra Red75
Dark Maple Poly77
Charcoal Poly84
  
VINYL ROOF COLORS
COLORCODE
White11T
Black19T
Dark Blue Poly29T
Light Waxberry Poly36T
Light Jadestone Poly45T
Pastel Sandstone63T
Doeskin64T
Dark Maple77T
Medium Slate Poly85T
  
ACCENT COLORS (STRIPING)
COLORCODE
Blue27A
Waxberry34A
Jadestone46A
Gold54A
Pastel Sandstone63A
Light Maple72A
  
PAINT TYPE CODE
TYPECODE
LacquerL
EnamelE
WaterW
  
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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