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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-09-2019, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Help to decode '62 Impala trim tag, and VIN, pleas

Can someone please tell me what I have here, according to the trim tag, and VIN? I was told the car is an original SS (hoping the "SS" on the trim tag confirms this). It has a 327 4 barrel, with a 2 speed powerglide (column shift). Red interior, bucket seats with small center console, SS grab bar on pass side dash. Paint is gold, but no idea if its original paint, or color. Any help would be very much appreciated. Many thanks in advance.
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Help to decode trim tag, and VIN on '62 Impala, pl

I can see the VIN, and trim tags are not legible. They are crystal clear on my phone, and I did choose the option to resize them for the proper format). Anyway, the VIN is: 21847L152312. And info on trim tag is:
line1: 1C Detroit Michigan
Line 2: STYLE 62-1847 BODY VN 17581
Line 3: TRIM 875 PAINT 920
Line 4: C5 (or possibly CS) 20 EZ1(or EZl) SS
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line1: 1C Detroit Michigan
Line 2: STYLE 62-1847 BODY VN 17581
Line 3: TRIM 875 PAINT 920
Line 4: C5 (or possibly CS) 20 EZ1(or EZl) SS
1847 BODY V8 Impala Hard Top two door Sport Coupe
TRIM Red Vinyl Bucket Seats
PAINT Autumn Gold
Don't have a CS code
EZ1 Tinted Glass
Don't have a SS code but a SSK code indicates a 409 motor

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Thank you for your help, Big Dave! This is my first Impala, so obviously I'm just learning about them. If there's no CS code...could it be C5? It's just not clear enough to see for sure. Also, are you saying that there is no SS code on the trim tag? Mine has SS on line 4 (it's the last thing on that line of codes, and it's very clearly "SS." What else could it possibly mean?
Also, were all SS small block V8's equipped with 327's...or were 283's also available in the 2dr sport coupes?
Did all of the powerglides come with column shifts? Thank you in advance. Your expertise is second to none.
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Thank you for your help, Big Dave! This is my first Impala, so obviously I'm just learning about them. If there's no CS code...could it be C5? It's just not clear enough to see for sure. Also, are you saying that there is no SS code on the trim tag? Mine has SS on line 4 (it's the last thing on that line of codes, and it's very clearly "SS." What else could it possibly mean?
Also, were all SS small block V8's equipped with 327's...or were 283's also available in the 2dr sport coupes?
Did all of the powerglides come with column shifts? Thank you in advance. Your expertise is second to none.
SS was a body style/trim level, not a performance option. A SS could be had with a six cylinder and a three in the tree as well as a PowerGlide. In 1962 only the Corvette was a performance car. The Corvair was a failed economy car that was replaced in 1962 with the Chevy II as the economy car because people who bought Corvairs thought that they were sports cars not economy cars. In 1962 The full size Corvette and Chevy II plus the Corvair were all the cars that Chevy made. There was no Chevelle midsize car, and no pony car in the form of a Camaro. Other thaqn a Corvette that never had a 348 or 409 big block installed in them the hottest drag car from Chevy was the 409 Biscayne two door sedan. (a sedan is lighter than a hard top and has a stiffer body for racing).

According to my book there were no numbers, only letter codes on the options listing of the trim tag.

You could get a PowerGlide on the floor in a console or on the steering column.


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Yes, I did know that SS was just a trim package option (and not a performance option). I apologize for the poor wording of my question(s) regarding this. If I understand you correctly...a floor shift was not even an option for an automatic, in '62? And all '62 SS cars came with bucket seats, right? Was there an available tachometer option for a small block car in '62? If so, would that be considered a performance, or trim option? If it was indeed available, would it have been a "Sun" tach, mounted on the left side of the steering column?
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Factory tach was a SUN RC-71 model according to flea-Bay. It was part of the instrumentation package that was available for a six, or SBC (or BBC as both V8's used the same tach). Harness to use the tach is sold by Late Great Chevy for $50 (just not the tach).

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Once again, you are a wealth of knowledge. Many thanks...
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On line 4 if the trim tag: I believe the first code is "ACC." Is this possible? It's somewhat distorted, therefore difficult to be sure, but I believe I've seen it on other trim tags if I'm not mistaken? The last code on line 4 is clearly "SS." If there's no code for a '62 Impala SS on the trim tag, what else could it mean? Thank you in advance...
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