1978 Corvette

1979 Chevrolet Corvette VIN Numbers

VIN Range 1Z8789S400001 – 1Z8789S453807 (Corvette Coupe)
1 (First Digit) Make/Manufacturer.  1 – Chevrolet
Z (Second Digit) Model series.  Z – Corvette
87 (Third and Fourth Digits) 87- Corvette Coupe
8 (Fifth Digit) Engine Type. L – Base Engine / X – L82 Engine
9 (Sixth Digit) Model Year.  9 – 1979
S (Seventh Digit) Vehicle Assembly Location. S – St. Louis, Missouri
4XXXXX (Eighth thru Thirteenth Digits) Plant Sequence Numbers.

The last six digits for the Corvette Coupe begin at 400001 and run thru 453807, accounting for all 53,807 Corvette Coupes built in 1979. 5,227 Corvettes were sold in Canada. Each Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is unique to an individual car.

1979 Corvette Vehicle Serial Number Plate

For all 1979 Corvettes, the location of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is stamped on a plate attached to the left front body hinge pillar.

1979 Corvette Vehicle Serial Number Plate
1979 Corvette Vehicle Serial Number Plate

1979 Corvette Body Number & Point Plate

  • Location:
    • On the driver’s side upper left-hand door hinge pillar.
1979 Corvette Body Number & Point Plate
1979 Corvette Body Number & Point Plate
  • Example:
    • A01 – Body build date code.
      • A – Designates the Month (See Chart Below).
        • A – Aug., 1978B – Sep., 1978C – Oct., 1978D – Nov., 1978E – Dec., 1978F – Jan., 1979, G – Feb., 1979H – Mar., 1979 I – Apr., 1979 J – May, 1979 K – Jun., 1979 L – Jul., 1979, M – Aug., 1979N – Sep., 1979
      • 01 – Designates the Day of the Month.
      • 592 – Interior Trim code. 592 – Light Beige (Leather)
      • 10 – Exterior Color Code Upper. 10 – Classic White

1979 Corvette Engine Identification

  • Location:
    • All engines are stamped on the top front of the right-hand bank of cylinder and case.
  • Engine Identification Example:
    • F1210ZAA
      • F – Source Designation.
      • F – Flint, MI
      • 1210 – Date Code. Month and Day. 1210 – December 10.
      • ZAA – Type Designation. ZAA – 350ci 195hp, 4-speed manual transmission.

1979 Corvette Transmission Identification

  • Location:
    • 4-Speed (Muncie) – Stamped on the top right side of the case at adapter.
    • 3-Speed Automatic – Name plate tag on right-hand side of case above filler plug.
  • Transmission Identification Example:
    • SS R9E01
  • SS – Type Designation.
    • SS – 4-Speed Manual
    • 6TB – 3-Speed Automatic
  • R – Source Designation.
    • R – Muncie
    • Y – Toledo
  • 9 – Year. 9 – 1979
  • E01D – Production Month and Date.
    • E – Designates Month (See Chart Below.)
      • A – Jan. / B – Feb. / C – Mar. / D – Apr. / E – May / H – June / K – July / M – Aug. / P – Sept. / R – Oct. / S – Nov. / T – Dec.
    • 01 – Designates Day of the month.
    • D or N – Designates Day or Night Shift on Automatic only.

1979 Corvette