71 Corvette

1971 Chevrolet Corvette VIN Numbers

VIN Range 194371S100001 – 194371S12180
1 (First Digit) Make/Manufacturer.  1 – Chevrolet
9 (Second Digit) Model series.  9 – Corvette
4 (Third Digit) Engine type.  4 – V8 Engine (all types)
37 (Fourth and Fifth Digits) 37- Corvette Coupe / 67 – Corvette Convertible
1 (Sixth Digit) Model Year.  1 – 1971
S (Seventh Digit) Vehicle Assembly Location. S – St. Louis, Missouri
1XXXXX (Seventh thru Twelfth Digits) Plant Sequence Numbers.

The last six digits begin at 100001 and run thru 121801, accounting for all 21,801 Corvette Coupes/Convertibles built in 1971. Each Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is unique to an individual car.

1971 Corvette Vehicle Serial Number Plate

For all 1971 Corvettes, the location of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is stamped on a plate attached to the left front body hinge pillar. (See Figure 1 below.)

1971 Corvettes VIN Location
1971 Corvettes VIN Location

1971 Corvette Body Number Trim And Plate

  • Location: On the driver’s side upper left-hand door hinge pillar.
  • Example:
1971 Corvette Body Number Trim & Point Plate
1971 Corvette Body Number Trim & Point Plate
  • A01 – Body build date code
  • A – Designates the Month (See Chart Below).
    • A – Aug., 1970., B – Sep., 1970., C – Oct., 1970., D – Nov., 1970., E – Dec, 1970., F – Jan., 1971., G – Feb., 1971., H – Mar., 1971., I – Apr., 1971., J – May, 1971., K – June, 1971., L – Jul., 1971
    • 01 – Designates the Day of the Month.
    • 400 – Interior Trim code. 400 – Black (Vinyl)
    • 905 – Exterior Color Code. 905 – Nevada Silver

1971 Corvette Engine Identification & Engine Number

  • Location:
    • All engines are stamped on the top front of the right-hand bank of the cylinder and case.
  • Engine Identification Example:
    • T0127CPJ
      • T – Engine build location.
      • T – Tonawanda, NY. (All big-block engines.)
      • V – Flint, MI. (All small block engines.)
      • 0127 – Date Code. Month and Day. 0127 – January 27.
      • CPJ – Type Designation. CPJ – 454ci 365hp, automatic transmission.
  • Engine Number Example:
    • 71S100001
      • 7 – Model. 7 – Corvette
      • 1 – Model year. 1 – 1971
      • S – Assembly Plant Designation. S – St. Louis
      • 100001 – VIN Sequential Serial Number

1971 Corvette Transmission Identification & Transmission Number

  • Location:
    • 3 & 4-Speed Manual (Saginaw) – Stamped on right-hand side of case in the upper forward corner.
    • 4-Speed (Muncie) – Stamped on the top right-hand side of the case.
    • Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic – Name plate tag on right-hand side of case.
  • Transmission Identification Example:
    • P1E13A
      • P – Type Designation
      • P – Muncie
      • 1 – Year. 1 – 1971
      • E13A – Production Month and Date.
        • E – Designates Month (See Chart Below.)
        • A – Jan.B – Feb.C – Mar.D – Apr.E – MayF – JuneG – July
        • 13 – Designates Day of the month.
        • A –  M20, or B – M21
  •  Transmission Number Example:
    • 71S100001
      • 7 – Model. 7 – Corvette
      • 1 – Model year. 1 – 1971
      • S – Assembly Plant Designation. S – St. Louis
      • 100001 – VIN Sequential Serial Number

1971 Corvette