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   68-71 B-Body VIN No. BREAKDOWN

Number of digits in the VIN: 13

First Digit: model or car line - Three were used for the B-bodies: X=Charger, W=Coronet, and R=Plymouth.
NOTE: in 1971 Chargers used a W instead of an X.

Second Digit: price class or submodel (Super Bee, R/T, SE, GTX etc.) - Chrysler used 10 total, the 68-71 B-body using only 6 of these:

  • H - 68-70 Satellite, 71-74 Satellite Sebring and Satellite Custom, 68-70 Coronet 440, 70 Charger, 71-74 Charger Hardtop
  • L - 68-70 Belvedere, 71-74 Satellite Coupe, 68-74 Coronet, 71-74 Charger Coupe
  • M - 68-74 Road Runner, 70 Super Bird, 72-74 Road Runner GTX, 68-70 Coronet Super Bee, 71 Charger Super Bee
  • P - 68-70 Sport Satellite, 71-74 Satellite Sebring Plus and Brougham, 68-69 Coronet 500, 68-69 Charger, 70-71 Charger 500, 71-74 Charger SE
  • S - 68-71 GTX, 68-70 Coronet R/T, 68-71 Charger R/T, Early 69 Charger 500
  • X - Late 69 Charger 500, 69 Charger Daytona

Third and Fourth Digits: body style - Four total body styles were used with 68-71 B-body muscle cars: 2-door hardtop=23, 2-door pillar coupe=21, 2-door Chargers=29, Charger 2 Dr. H/Top in 1971 =23 , and the convertable=27.

The combination of the first four characters makes up what is called the body code. Listed are the common B-body muscle car body codes for 68-71:

  • 68-70 Coronet R/T Hardtop: WS29
  • 68-70 Coronet R/T Convertable: WS27
  • 68-70 Super Bee Pillar Coupe: WM21
  • 69-70 Super Bee Hardtop: WM23
  • 71 Super Bee: WM23
  • 68-69 Charger: XP29
  • 68-70 Charger R/T: XS29
  • 69 Charger 500 and Daytona: XX29, some early models used XS29
  • 70 Charger: XH29
  • 70 Charger 500: XP29
  • 71 Charger Coupe: WL21
  • 71 Charger Hardtop: WH23
  • 71 Charger 500 and SE: WP29
  • 71 Charger R/T: WS23
  • 68-70 Road Runner Pillar Coupe: RM21
  • 68-70 Road Runner Hardtop: RM23
  • 69-70 Road Runner Convertable: RM27
  • 70 Super Bird: RM23
  • 68-70 GTX Hardtop: RS29
  • 68-69 GTX Convertable: RS27
  • 71 GTX Hardtop: RS23

Fifth Digit: engine size and type - Codes could change yearly, and also take notice that two different codes may be used for the same size of engine...this is to designate the type. (2bbl vs. 4bbl etc.). Listed below are the displacement codes by year:

1968:

  • 318 V-8: F
  • 383 2bbl V-8 290hp: G
  • 383 4bbl V-8 330hp: G
  • 383 4bbl V-8 335hp: H
  • 440 4bbl V-8 375hp: L
  • 426 Hemi 425hp: J

1969:

  • 318 V-8: F
  • 383 2bbl V-8 290hp: G
  • 383 4bbl V-8 330hp: G
  • 383 4bbl V-8 335hp: H
  • 440 4bbl V-8 375hp: L
  • 440 3x2bbl V-8 390hp: M
  • 426 Hemi 425hp: J

1970:

  • 318 V-8: G
  • 383 2bbl V-8 290hp: L
  • 383 4bbl V-8 330hp: L
  • 383 4bbl V-8 335hp: N
  • 440 4bbl V-8 375hp: U
  • 440 3x2bbl V-8 390hp: V
  • 426 Hemi 425hp: R

1971:

  • 318 V-8: G
  • 383 2bbl V-8 290hp: L
  • 383 4bbl V-8 300hp: N Service Bulletins
  • 340 4bbl V-8 275hp: H
  • 440 4bbl V-8 370hp: U
  • 440 3x2bbl V-8 385hp: V
  • 426 Hemi 425hp: R

Sixth Digit: model year's last digit - 1968=8, 1969=9, 1970=0, 1971=1

Seventh Character: assembly plant - Chysler used four different plants to assemble all 68-71 B-bodies. Lynch Road=A, Hamtrack=B, Los Angeles=E, St. Louis=G

Eigth through Thirteenth: serial number - Regardless of the plant, all begin the year at 100001.

Now let's take a VIN Number and decode it. The VIN is: WM23N1G118784.

  • W = Charger
  • M = Super Bee
  • 23 = 2-Door Hardtop
  • N = 383 4bbl V-8 300hp
  • 1 = 1971
  • G = Louis
  • 118784 = Serial No.

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