VIN vs. Cowl Tag Question
Hi, I have a '64 Impala SS V8 2 door hardtop, which does have the correct SS VIN (41447S309972), which would be a V8 SS Impala built in St. Louis, but I am confused because the cowl tag has 64-1847 and no SS interior or bucket seat options listed.
Here is the complete cowl tag information:
11C (3rd week November '63)
Style 64-1847 (2 Dr V8 Impala Sport Coupe)
Body FC10895 (Flint, MI Plant)
Trim 857 (Saddle Cloth)
Paint 938 (Desert Beige)
ACC MC (Powerglide, Padded Dash, both of which it does have)
As you can see, the cowl tag gives a much different story than the VIN does.
Besides the style number, the fact that it shows Flint, MI doesn't seem right to me.
Why would they build the body in Flint, and then ship it to St. Louis to be built, when St. Louis had its own body plant?
The Desert Beige does match the body color on the car, or at least one of the previous colors anyway, but the interior is black and does have the SS console and steering column and could not have been cloth if it was an SS.
The front seat(s) were missing, so I do not know exactly what those seats originally were.
The rear seat was a cloth standard Impala seat with the three buttons on the back rest, but no idea whether or not it was stock or changed at some time.
There were no door panels in the car either, so I can't tell anything from that either, but it did have all black rear side panels, kick panels, and headliner and not a single piece of saddle colored interior anywhere like the cowl tag says it should have had also.
Of course, all of the rest of the interior parts could have been changed too, so I don't know how much that helps either.
So, my question basically is, is it even remotely possible for this to be the correct cowl tag for this car?
Or does it sound like someone has changed the cowl tag over the years...although I can't imagine why anyone would change it to a non SS cowl tag when the VIN clearly shows that it is an actual SS.
I thought I read somewhere that the older Impalas could have the 1847 style code on the cowl tag and still be an SS, but I didn't know if this carried over to the '64 year or not, and the lack of SS options on the tag just doesn't add up.
Sorry for such a long post, but I wanted to try to answer all the questions I thought might be asked.
Any ideas or information on this would be greatly appreciated.