VOLVO Product Plate - 1961 to 1966

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Type
Chassis Number
Color Code
Upholstery code

The product plate and body number plates are both located in the engine compartment.

Type

The type starts with 5 numbers, followed by a letter or a number. The 7th digit is a letter but it is not always present. The table below shows 2 examples.

Digit # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  1 2 2 9 6 V L
  1 1 2 4 4   F

Type digits decoding

Digit # Description
1,2
Chassis
The first 2 digits of the type identifies the chassis.
11 544
21 210 (wagon 544 series)
12 120 (4 door 120 series
13 130 (2 door 120 series
22 220 (wagon 120 series)
18 1800
3
Engine
The 3rd digit of the type identifies the engine
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1 B16A, B18A (single carburetor)
2 B16B, B18D (dual carburetor, low compression)
3 B18B (dual carburetor, high compression)
4
Destination market
The 4th digit of the type identifies the destination market.
1 Frame only
2 Standard model
3 Export model
4 US export model
5 Norwegian Export model
6 Danish Export model
7  
8  
9 CKD model built in Canada, Belgium or South Africa
5
Transmission
The 5th digit of the type identifies the transmission.
1 or 2 M30 3 speed
3 M31 3 speed + overdrive
4 M40 4 speed
5 M41 or M410 4 speed + overdrive
6 BW35 automatic
7  
8 M40 4 speed with column shifter
6
Steering position
The 5th digit of the type identifies the steering Position
1 or V Left hand drive
2 or H Right hand drive
7
Production ID
Letter identifying the production ID. The model year can be determined from that letter as follow:
  120 130 220 544 210 1800
1961 D     B A A
1962 E A A C B A
1963 F B B D C A,B
1964 G D D E D D
1965 K E E F E E
1966 L F F G F F

Please refer to the production tables for each model and year. The production identification letter is not always present on the identification plate. If the letter is not present, the year of the car can be determined with the chassis number (Ch. Nr.) by looking up it the production tables.

Example decoding

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Digits
1 2 2 9 6 V L
  • 12 = 120 series, 4 doors
  • 2 = B18D engine
  • 9 = built in Canada,
  • 6 = BW35 automatic transmission,
  • V = left hand drive
  • L = 1966
  • The year can also be checked with the chassis number 216805 in the 120 production table. The 120 4 door chassis number 216805 turns out to be a 1966.
1 1 2 4 4   F
  • 11 = 544
  • 2 = B18D
  • 4 = US export model
  • 4 = M40 4 speed transmission
  • F = 1965
  • The year can also be checked with the chassis number  544 production table.

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.

Upholstery Code

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.

 

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