VOLVO Vehicle Identification Plates - Up to 1960
Body Number plate
The main identification and body number plates shown above are both located in the engine compartment. For the 444, 544, 210 and 445 the plates are screwed on the firewall, on the right side of the engine compartment. For the 120 Series the main plate is on the left side of the car and the body number plate is srcewed on the left inner fender.
The type starts with a "P" followed by 5 numbers and a letter. The table below shows 2 examples.
|The first 3 digits of the type identifies the chassis.
||The 4th digit of the type is not known.
|The 5th digit of the type identifies the version, including the engine and
transmission. Click here for more engine information
544 and 210 Versions
121 and 122 Version
|A letter identifying the production batch, which is closely related to the year. Please refer to the production tables to determine the year(s) corresponding to each letter. For example the 1951 444 is production ID = "B". Before 1961 the same production batch could be sold for a few years without any changes. For example the same "A" batch of 444 was sold from 1948 to 1950.|
Chassis Number (Ch. Nr)
A consecutive number assigned to each chassis produced. Each chassis style (2 doors, 4 doors and wagon) have a unique set of number. The year can be determined with the chassis number (Ch. Nr.) by looking up it the production tables. Note that the chassis number was not reset to zero when the 444 was changed to 544.
The upholstery code identifies the style, colors and materials covering the interior of the car. The code is different for 2-door, 4-door and station wagon models. The materials and colors changed almost every year and therefore many codes exists for the same car. For example there are 7 different upholstery codes just for the 1963 120 4 door.
A consecutive number assigned to each completed car as it rolls down the production line. The difference between body number and chassis number is not clear, but it is supposed that the body number was assigned only to completed cars ready for sale. Some chassis were scraped during production or used for development and testing purposes. This explains why the body number is always smaller than the chassis number. In any case you should always use the CHASSIS number.
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