VOLVO Product Plate - 1967 to 1971 544, 120, 1800

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Type

Color Code
Upholstery code
Special Equipment

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 8 4 4 5 1  
  1 3 3 9 5 1 M

Type 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 B18A, B20A (single carburetor)
2 B18D (dual carburetor, low compression)
3 B18B, B20B (dual carburetor, high compression)
4 B20E (fuel injection, high compression)
5  
6 B20F (fuel injection, low 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 model year:
M 1967
P 1968
S 1969
T 1970
U 1971

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 8 4 4 5 1  
  • 18 = 1800 series
  • 4 = B20E engine
  • 4 = built for US export
  • 5 = M41 or M410 transmission
  • 1 = left hand drive.
  • To determine the year the chassis number 32124 is looked up in the 1800 production table. Chassis number 32124 turns out to be a 1970 1800E.
1 3 3 9 5 1 M
  • 13 = 130 (2 doors 120 Series)
  • 3 = B18B engine
  • 9 = Built in Canada
  • 5 = M41 4 speed + overdrive transmission
  • 1 = left hand drive
  • M = 1967

Note that this is a 123GT because only the 123GT had the B18b engine in 1967, as described in the 120 Production Tables.

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.

S- Special equipment code

This code identifies the special equipment on the car.

 

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