Decode A Classic

Decode A Classic

Ever wonder how to determine if a classic car was restored to its original specs? I will show you how to figure out what this 1967 Chevy Camaro looked like when it was originally built.


In this particular vehicle there is a cowl tag located under the hood on the drivers side firewall.

This one is painted over but still legible enough to get the numbers and letters  to make out the original specs.


This tag will describe the basic characteristics of the vehicle:


Build Date: May 5th week of the month


Model: 1967 SS Model  Assembled in Norwood Ohio

Seats: Standard bucket seats / standard A50 Strato bucket seats with NO headrest.


Color:  G-G = Granada Gold inside and out


Options: Center Console Automatic Trans.


This little tag will give you a lot of information on a vehicle and I always find them interesting and love investigating all the codes and numbers.


It is important to find all the plates and stamped vin's when determining a vehicles authenticity as well as all the paperwork and receipts from the owner of all the work that was done. However, once again the fakes and thieves had found a way to forge all kinds of documents. Read more about it here


These reports can take some time and you have to know what you are looking for. It is in your best interest to be sure you are getting the real deal and can appropriately value the vehicle.


Most people will hire a certified appraiser to do a full inspection to verify the vehicle's condition and its authenticity as well as vin matching before ever purchasing it. As you know some of these vehicles come with a hefty price tag and you need to be 100% sure it is an original. I am just giving you a quick way find out some basic information about a classic but much much more needs to be done.





If you would like to see a sample of a full appraisal report please contact me.

Courage + Confidence, 
Lori & Girls Guide to Car Buying
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