VOLVO Product Plate
1967 to 1974  140, 164
1972 to 1973  1800E,ES

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Type

Color Code
Upholstery code
Special Equipment

Type

The contains 7 numbers followed by an optional letter. The table below shows 2 examples.

Digit # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  1 4 4 3 4 4 1 P
  1 8 3 6 3 5 3  

Type digits decoding

Digit # Description
1,2,3
Chassis
The first 3 digits of the type identifies the chassis.
142 142 (2 door 140 Series)
144 144 (4 door 140 Series)
145 145 (4 door station wagon 140 series)
164 164
182 1800E (2 door 1800 Series)
183 1800ES (station wagon 1800 Series)
4
Engine
The 4th digit of the type identifies the engine.
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3 B18B, B20B (dual carburetor, high compression)
4 B20E (fuel injection, high compression)
5  
6 B20F, B30F (fuel injection, low compression)
5
Destination market
The 5th 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
6
Transmission
The 6th digit of the type identifies the transmission.
4 M40 4 speed
5 M41,M410 4 speed + overdrive
6 BW35 automatic
7
Steering position
The 7th digit of the type identifies the steering Position
1 Left hand drive
2 Right hand drive
3 Left hand drive USA and Canada
4 Left hand drive California
8
Production ID
Letter identifying the model year.
M 1967 U 1971
P 1968 W 1972
S 1969 Y 1973
T 1970 A 1974

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 8 Digits
1 4 4 3 4 4 1 P
  • 144 = 144 (4 door 140)
  • 3 = B18b dual carb engine,
  • 4 = US export model
  • 4 = M40 4 speed transmission
  • 1 = left hand drive
  • P = 1968
1 8 3 6 3 5 3  
  • 183 = 1800ES (station wagon 1800)
  • 6 = B20F low compression fuel injection engine,
  • 3 = export model
  • 5 = M41 4 speed + overdrive transmission,
  • 3 = left hand drive for USA and Canada
  • To determine the year the chassis number is looked up in the 1800 production table. For example chassis number 1577 turns out to be a 1972 1800ES.

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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