Third Generation Chevy Camaro 1982 - 1992: Street Performance and Race Mods


1988 Camaro Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) codes:

Vehicle Indentification Number Example: 1G1FP21S1JL100001
Commonly refer to as the "Vin Number", this series of numbers and letters is stamped on a plate

on the top of the instrument panel visible through the windshield.

First Digit: Indentifies the country in which the vehicle was built.
1 = U.S.A.

Second Digit: Identifies the Manufacturer.
G = General Motors

Third Digit: Identifies the automotive division.
1 = Chevorlet

Fourth Digit: Identifies the car line.
F = Camaro

Fifth Digit: Identifies the series.
P = Camaro (all models)

Sixth Digit: Identifies the body type.
2 = 2 Door Coupe 3 = Convertible

Seventh Digit Identifies the restraint system.
1 = Manual Belts

Eighth Digit: Identifies the engine.
S = 173 CID, V-6, 2 BC,MFI(Chevy)
F = 305 CID, V-8, MFI(Chevy)
E = 305 CID, V-8, TBI (Chevy)
8 = 350 CID, V-8, MFI (Chevy)

Ninth Digit: Identifies the check digit.

Tenth Digit: Identifies the model year.
J = 1988

Eleventh Digit: Identifies the assembly plant.
L = Van Nuys

Last Six Digits: Represent the basic production numbers, 100001/up

Body Number Plate
The Body Number Plate Identification Label is located under the hood on the radiator cross

support. It includes the the model year, build date, style number, assembly plant, body number,

paint color, paint type, trim combination, and seat type.

Example: D09D1FP87N17B1111LAR9100001

J		Model Year		1988
09		Build Date			September
D		Build Date			4th week
1		Car Division		Chevrolet
FP		Series			Camaro Sport Coupe
87		Body Style		2-Dr. Sport Coupe
N		Assembly Plant		Norwood
100001		Body Number
19B		Interior Trim		Charcoal Cloth
26		Lower Body Color		Black
26		Upper Body Color		Black
W		Paint Type			Water
AR9		Seat Type			Reclining Bucket

Option Codes

AR9		Recliner Bucket

Paint Type & Coat
BC CC Base Coat/Clear Coat

Paint Code
U8555 Lower Body Color Black L8555 Upper Body Color Black

Trim Code
19C Interior Trim (Black Cloth)

Trim Number
The Trim Number indicates the interior trim color and material.

Color	            Cloth	Vinyl		Leather		Code		
Black			  X				19B,19C
Medium Beechwood	X					66B,66C
Medium Beechwood				   X		662
Dark Carmine		  X				72B
Medium Dark Gray	X					82B,82C
Medium Dark Gray				   X		822
B-Standard Cloth
C-Custom Cloth
* Custom 
# Deluxe

The Paint Code

The Paint Code indicates the exterior paint color. A two part paint code indicates the bottom
and top colors.  Vehicles using the letters L and U indicate which code represents the lower 
body and the upper body colors respectively.  Included on this label is a four digit number 
indicating the exterior body color.  This number has been noted along with the exterior GM code.

Color			WA Number		Code
Silver Met			9021			13S
Medium Maui Blue Met	9184			23
Black			8555			41
White			8554			40
Yellow Gold		8929			51
Medium Orange Met		9188			63
Flame Red Met		8748			74
Bright Red			8774			81
Gunmetal Met		7782			84

Paint Types:
The Paint Type Code indicates what type of paint was used on the car.

L		Lacquer
E		Enamel
W		Water


The 4 speed

Transmission code is located on the machined surface on the left side of the case just
below the side cover and includes the type, year, month, day procduced and plant where 

8 Model Year (1988) YX Model M Transmission Type (THM 700-R4) Y Build Location (Toledo) XXXXXXXX Transmission Serial Number 267 Julian Date A* Shift Built(1st) Code CID YX 173 YZ 305 YW 305 YM 350 YP 305

The Build Date Code

Starts with the Julian date (day of the year) on which 1982 production started. The build date
 code continues with the Julian date until December 31 (365).  The sequence then continues 
until the end of the 1985 production.  EXAMPLE: April 20, 1982 would translate to a build date 
code of 475.
In addition to the transmission production code number, all passenger cars have a portion of
the vehicle identification number stamped on the transmission.  The condensed vehicle 
identification number consists of the division identification number, model year, assembly 
plant designation and vehicle build sequence number.
The Rear Axle Code
Is a two letter code stamped on the front passenger side of the axle tube or on an identification
tag attached to the carrier cover. It identifies that axle code ratio and if the axle is equipped with
the Safe-T-Track option.
Code		Ratio		Year		Locking
4ET		2.77		88
4EU		3.27		88
4EW		3.45		88
6HB		3.08		88
6HE		2.73		88
6HF		3.08		88
6HK		3.08		88
6HL		3.42		88
6HP		2.73		88
6HQ		3.23		88
6HT		2.73		88
7EW		3.45		88
8EU		3.27		88
8EW		3.45		88

Regular Production Options (RPO) Description Code Six-Way Power Seat AG9 Split Folding Rear Seat Back AM9 Reclining Bucket, Driver and Passenger Side AR9 High Performance Lear Siegler Bucket, Passenger and Driver AQ9 Tinted Glass, All Windows AO1 Door Locks AU3 Windows, Power A31 Power Trunk/Hatch Opener A90 Front Floor Carpet Mats B34 Rear Florr Carpet Mats B35 Engine, 5.7L, V-8, TPI B2L Deluxe Luggage Compartment TR B48 Body Side Moulding B84 Black Door Edge Guards B91 Panels, Removable Glass Roof CC1 Windshield Wiper, Intermittent CD4 Electric Rear Window Defogger C49 Air Conditioning C60 Dome and Reading Lamp C95 Rear Window Louvers DE1 Electric Twin Romote Sport `(credit) DX3 Locking Rear Storage Cover D27 Rear Compartment Cargo Cover D42 Spoiler, Deck Lid Rear D80 Spoiler, Aerowing D81 Limited Slip Differential G80 Axle, Performance Ratio G92 Brake System, Power, Front and Rear Disc J65 Heater, Engine Block K05 Speed Control W/Resume K34 Engine Oil Cooler KC4 Engine, 5.0L, V-8, TPI LB9 Engine, 170HP, 305, CID LO3 Transmission, Automatic w/overdrive MX0 Steering Wheel, Tilt Type N33 Aluminum Wheels, 16 inch N96 Tires, P245/50R-16 S/B Radial B/W QDZ Tires, P215/65R-15 S/B Radial Blackwall QYZ Lamp Group, Auxiliary Lighting TR9 Headlamps, Halogen TT4 Heavy Duty Battery UA1 Radio Delete UL5 Electronic Tune AM/FM Stereo Seek, Scan, clock Cassette UM6 Delco-GM/Bose Music System, Electronic UU8 Electronic Tune AM/Stereo/FM Stereo, Seek, Scan, Cassette UX1 Power Antenna U75 Emissions, California Requirement YF5 Camaro Z28 Sport Coupe Z28

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