Ford Pinto Decoder
Vehicle Certification Label
The Vehicle Certification Label (V.C. Label) is affixed on the left front door lock face panel or door pillar. The upper half of the label contains the name of manufacturer, month and year of manufacture, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR), and the certification statement.
The remaining information on the V.C. Label consists of the following vehicle identification codes.
The color code consists of two or four digits. The first two digits represent the exterior body color. If the vehicle is equipped with a vinyl roof, the second two digits will indicate the style and color of the vinyl roof.
The DSO (District Sales Office) code is two digits, designating the sales district where the vehicle was ordered.
The Body code consists of two numerals and one letter, indicating the car line and body style.
The Trim code consists of two letter. The first letter indicates the type of trim and the second letter indicates the color of trim.
The Schedule Date is a three digit code designating the day and month the vehicle was scheduled to be built.
The Axle code consists of a single number. The number indicates the ratio and type of axle installed in the vehicle.
The Transmission code is a single letter indicating the type and model of the transmission installed in the vehicle.
The A.C. code is a letter A. It will be shown on the label if the vehicle is air conditioned.
Vehicle Identification Number
2 - Model year (1972)
X - Assembly Plant
11 - Body Serial (3 door)
X - Engine code (2.0)
100001 - Consecutive Unit Number
9 - Model year (1979)
T - Assembly Plant
11 - Body Serial (3 door)
Y - Engine code (2.3)
176643 - Consecutive Unit Number
1 - 1971
2 - 1972
3 - 1973...
9 - 1979
0 - 1980
A - Alanta - Ford
B - Oakville - Ford
E - Mahwah - Granada, Monarch, Fairmont, Zephyr
F - Dearborn - Mustang,Capri
G - Chicago - Thunderbird
H - Lorain - LTD II, Cougar, XR7, Ranchero
J - Los Angeles - Ford, Thunderbird
K - Kansas City - Fairmont,Zephyr
R - San Jose - Pinto, Bobcat, Mustang
S - (Pilot) Allen Park - All
T - Metuchen - Pinto, Bobcat
U - Louisville - Ford
W - Wayne - Granada, Monarch, Versailles
X - St. Thomas - Pinto, Fairmont, Zephyr
Y - Wixom - Lincoln, Mark V
Z - St. Louis - Mercury
Body Serial Codes
10 - Pinto 2 door Sedan
11 - Pinto 3 door Hatchback
12 - Pinto Wagon
W - 1.6 L4 ohv
X - 2.0 I4 ohc
Y - 2.3 I4 ohc
Z - 2.8 V6 ohv
Consecutive Unit Number
The last six digits of the Vehicle Identification Number indicate the Consecutive Unit Number of each unit built at each assembly plant. The Consecutive Unit Numbers begin as follows:
100 001 thru 600 000 - Ford, LTD II, Granada, Mustang, Thunderbird, Fairmont, Pinto, Ranchero.
600 001 thru 999 999 - Mercury, Cougar, Zephyr, Monarch, Bobcat, Versailles, Capri, Lincoln, Mark V.