Q: Deviations from Normal Codes on a 1969 Body Tag
I recently purchased a 1969 Firebird with a body tag as follows:
ST 69-22367 VN514538 BDY TR 206 73 G PNT 12C S093
What I am puzzled over is the G in the body tag. I have pictures with what is supposed to be the original top and I have the original boot. Both items match the color of the interior which is midnight green. What does the G stand for????
A: I’d have to say that the “VN” is just a variation for the Van Nuys Plant loc. code. There are others within the Registry with this same variation. One is a “2B” date code….. VN512949 and the other is a “12C” date code….. VN513857. “73” is obviously the Fisher Body code ofr Verdoro Green. The only listing I find using the “G” is Pontiac Factory Coding which used “G” for Antique Gold. This may be a legit color that has just not been published in any lists yet or, it could be a typo or mis-read. My guess is that the paint was Verdoro Green and the conv. top was Antique Gold which is listed on the 1969 Order Form as an “Upper Color”… “G”.. Antique GoldPlease fwd. the photo again of the Trim Tag (as a .jpg please). I couldn’t get it to open.
A: The information that is found on Fisher Body tags, especially the 1968-9 tags, don’t tell you anything about a car, except the body style, color and the trim. Even then, I’ve seen some deviations in this information, from one plant to another and even from shift to shift at the same plant! Remember these cars were built in “BC” (Before Computer) and a lot was left to human interpetation.
For the most part Fisher Body used the GM corporate codes for body color and top color, as opposed to the codes that were used by the divisions, in this case Pontiac. Code “73” converts to Pontiac code “Q”, for Verdoro Green. The “G” that immediately follows, converts to Pontiac code “9” for Dark Green. At least the trim codes are the same for #206, or Standard Green Vinyl. Confussed??? So are all of us so-called experts!!! 1969 is the worst of the bunch!
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