Firebird VIN Decoder

First, a basic overview of what a VIN is, and what you’re looking at. A VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is a group of letters and numbers that create a specific VIN for each car. This is used to determine everything from what Make, Model, Body type, and even more.

Below is a great picture to show you what you are looking at with a VIN:

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1967 to 1971:

1st Digit: Make:

  • 2= Pontiac

2nd Digit: Vehicle Type:

  • 2 = Firebird
  • S = Base Firebird
  • T = Esprit
  • U = Formula
  • V = Trans Am

3rd Digit: Model:

  • 3 = Standard Model
  • 4 = Espirit (V8)
  • 6 = Formula (V8)
  • 8 = Trans Am (V8)

4th and 5th Digits: Body Type Code:

  • 37 = Sports Coupe
  • 67 = Convertible
  • 87 = Standard Model

6th Digit: Model Year:

  • 7 = 1967
  • 8 = 1968
  • 9 = 1969
  • 0 = 1970
  • 1 = 1971

7th Digit: Assembly Plant:

  • L = Van Nuys, California
  • N = Norwood, Ohio
  • U = Lordstown, Ohio

8th through 13th Digits: Sequential Production Number
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1972 to 1980:
1st Digit: Make GM:

  • 2 = Pontiac

2nd Digit: Series:

  • S = Base Model
  • W = Trans Am
  • T = Espirit
  • U = Formula
  • V = Trans Am
  • X = 10 Anniversary TransAm, Turbo Indy TransAm

3rd and 4th Digits: Body Style:

  • 87 = Sports Coupe

#5.) Engine:

  • D = 250
  • M = 350
  • N = 350
  • R = 400
  • T = 400 X = 455 R = 350 P = 350
  • Y = 301 P = 400 Y = 455 H = 350
  • S = 400 W = 455 J = 350 C = 231
  • K = 403 Z = 400 A = 231 L = 350
  • U = 305 A = 213 G = 305 W = 301
  • H = 301 H = 305 S = 265 T = 301

6th Digit: Year:

  • 2 = 1972
  • 3 = 1973
  • 4 = 1974
  • 5 = 1975
  • 6 = 1976
  • 7 = 1977
  • 8 = 1978
  • 9 = 1979
  • A = 1980

7th Digit: Assembly Plant:

  • L = Van Nuys
  • N = Norwood

8th through 13th Digits: Sequential Production Number:

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1981 to 1983:

1st Digit: Country:

  • 1 = U.S.

2nd Digit: Manufacturer:

  • G = General Motors

3rd Digit: Make:

  • 2 = Pontiac

4th Digit: Restraint Type:

  • A = Manual Belts
  • B = Automatic Belts
  • C = Automatic-inflatable

5th Digit: Series Code:

  • S = Base Model
  • T = Esprit
  • V = Formula
  • W = Trans Am
  • X = Trans Am Special Edition

6th and 7th Digits: Body Type:

  • 87 = Sports Coupe

8th Digit: Engine:

  • A = 3.8litre
  • F = 151
  • W = 4.9
  • T = 4.9
  • 2 = 151
  • 1 = 173
  • 7 = 305
  • G,H,S = 5 litre

9th Digit: Check Digit

10th Digit: Year

  • B = 1981
  • C = 1982
  • D = 1983

11th Digit: Assembly Plant:

  • L = Van Nuys
  • N = Norwood

12th through 17th Digits: Sequential Production Number

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1985 to 1987:

1st Digit: Country:

  • 1 = U.S.

2nd Digit: Manufacturer:

  • G = General Motors

3rd Digit: Make:

  • 2 = Pontiac

4th Digit: Line:

  • F = Firebird

5th Digit: Series:

  • S = Base Model
  • W = Trans Am
  • X = Special Edition

6th and 7th Digits: Body Type:

  • 87 = Sports Coupe

8th Digit: Engine:

  • 2 = 151
  • F = 305
  • G = 305
  • H = 305
  • S = 2.8
  • 8 = 5.7

9th Digit: Check Digit

10th Digit: Year:

  • F=1985
  • G=1986
  • H=1987

11th Digit: Assembly Plant:

  • L = Van Nuys
  • N = Norwood

12th through 17th Digits: Sequential Production Number

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1989 to 1992:

1st Digit: Country:

  • 1 = U.S.

2nd Digit: Manufacturer:

  • G = General Motors

3rd Digit: Make:

  • 2 = Pontiac

4th Digit: Car Line:

  • F = Firebird

5th Digit: Series:

  • S = Base Model
  • W = Trans Am

6th Digit: Body Type:

  • 1 = Sports Coupe
  • 8 = Sports Coupe
  • 3 = Convertible

7th Digit: Restraint System:

  • 1 = Manual Belts
  • 3 = Manual/Drivers Airbag

8th Digit: Engine:

  • 7 = 2.8litre
  • T = 3.1
  • E = 5.0
  • F = 5.0
  • 8 = 5.7

9th Digit: Check Digit

10th Digit: Year:

  • H = 1989
  • L = 1990
  • M = 1991
  • N = 1992

11th Digit: Assembly Plant:

  • L = Van Nuys

12th through 17th Digits: Sequential Production Number

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