Free Corvette VIN Decoder (1953-2024): Easy-to-Use, Decode ALL Model Years

C1 VIN Numbers / C2 VIN Numbers / C3 VIN Numbers / C4 VIN Numbers / C5 VIN Numbers / C6 VIN Numbers / C7 VIN Numbers / C8 VIN Numbers

Corvette VIN Decoder | By: Chris Trautman

Unlock the Secrets of Your Corvette VIN: Discover the year, model, engine specs, and unique details hidden in your Corvette's VIN or Serial Number. Easy-to-use and comprehensive VIN decoding for all Corvette years and models.

We have all generations C1 to C8 decoded!

The Worlds #1 VIN Decoder for 1953-2024 Corvettes, 16 years straight! Sequence Descriptions for all Years and Special Editions.

We precisely detail when VIN tags switch generations, including sequencing information, option codes, and VIN tag locations.

Where is the VIN number on a Corvette? The location varies, especially in early generations where VIN tags moved around. We've identified all these locations for you.

Use easy to follow numbered Steps and the table of contents to find your Corvettes VIN decoded information.

If you're here to answer the question: How do you read a Corvette VIN number? We've got you covered with detailed information for all years.

Keep scrolling to find the table of contents below and to jump directly to your model car and find your Corvette information.


Step 1: Locate The VIN On Your Corvette

Where's My VIN Number? Locate The VIN On Your Corvette! Tag Locations For All Years (1953 to 2024)

  • 1953 to early 1960: (C1) Driver-side door post
  • 1960 to 1962: (C1) Steering column in the engine compartment
  • 1963 to 1967: (C2) Instrument panel support brace under the glove box
  • 1968 to 2024: (C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, C8) Drivers side top of the instrument panel or windshield post (A-pillar)


Step 2: Locate Your Corvette VIN Decoder Year and Generation

VIN Decoder Table of Contents: Jump to your Corvette Model Year Here To Decode Your Corvette:


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See below for explanation of each VIN Number position. 

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C8 Corvette VIN Number Position Decoded 

Starting 6 Digits Vin Decoder for C8

  • 1G1YC2=C8 Corvette ("2"=07 Coupe)
  • 1G1YC3=C8 Corvette ("3"=67 Convertible)

17 Digit Corvette VIN Decoder Explanation and Location

  • Drivers side top of the instrument panel for late model Corvette's
  • Other locations for theft identification: Engine Block Deck, Transmission, Left Rear Inner Frame Rail, Right Forward Inner Frame Rail.

For Example: 1G1YC2D44L5100001

Character Sequence Number Code Description

Character 1: = Country of Origin: "1"USA

Character 2: Manufacturer: "G" = GM

Character 3: Make of car: "1" = Chevrolet

Character 4:Car Line or Series: "Y" = Y-body series (Corvette)

Character 5: = Corvette Specific information Model/Equipment:  (Still Decoding as data become available) 

  • 6 = 1LT
  • 7 = 2LT
  • 8 = 3LT
  • 9 = Export
  • D = Z06 1LZ
  • E = Z06 2LZ
  • F = Z06 3LZ
  • K = E-Ray 1LZ
  • L = E-Ray 2LZ
  • M = E-Ray 3LZ

Character 6: = Body Style:  

  • "2" = Coupe
  • "3" = Convertible 

Character 7: = Safety Restraint system:  

  • "D"= Front/Side AJ7 Airbags with manual seat belts

Character 8: = Engine type: 

  • "3" = LT7 (Z06)
  • "4" = LT2 (Stingray)

Character 9: = Randomly generated check digit:

Character 10:  "Model Year" designation from GM:

Character 11: Final Assembly Plant Location: 

  • "5" = Bowling Green

Character 12 to 17: Production sequence number1G1YC2D44L5100001

  • Character 12 = 0 (CTF = Captured Test Fleet)
  • "1" = Stingray 
  • "5" = E-Ray
  • "6" = Z06
  • "7" = C8-Z06
  • Characters 13-17 = Production Sequence:
  • 100000+ Regular Production Stingrays (RPO code for normal Stingrays)
  • 300000+ Coupe Stingray
  • 400000+ Convertible Stingray
  • 500000+ E-Ray
  • 600000+ Z06 
  • *00000 These last 5 are the actual build sequence number of that series

Experimental Vehicles Digits 16 & 17 end with "EX"

LT2 Engine with M1L 8-speed dual clutch automatic shifting transmission




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17 Digit Corvette VIN Decoder Explanation and Location

  • Drivers side top of the instrument panel for late model Corvette's or windshield post (A-pillar) for earlier models.
  • Other locations for theft identification: Engine Block Deck, Transmission, Left Rear Inner Frame Rail, Right Forward Inner Frame Rail.

For Example: 1G1YC2D74E5100001

Sequence Number = Code Description

Character 1: Country of Origin: "1"USA

Character 2: Manufacturer: "G" = GM

Character 3: Make of car: "1" = Chevrolet

Character 4: Car Line or Series: "Y" = Y-body series (Corvette)

Character 5: Corvette Specific information Model/Equipment: 1G1YC2D74E5100001

  • A=1LT M/T 
  • B=1LT A/T
  • C=2LT M/T
  • D=2LT A/T
  • E=3LT M/T
  • F=3LT A/T
  • G=Z51 1LT M/T
  • H=Z51 1LT A/T
  • J=Z51 2LT M/T
  • K=Z51 2LT A/T
  • L=Z51 3LT M/T
  • M=Z51 3LT A/T
  • N=Z06 1LZ M/T
  • P=Z06 1LZ A/T
  • R=Z06 2LZ M/T
  • S=Z06 2LZ A/T
  • T=Z06 3LZ M/T
  • U=Z06 3LZ A/T
  • V=GS 1LT M/T
  • W=GS 1LT A/T
  • X=GS 2LT M/T
  • Y=GS 2LT A/T
  • Z=3LT M/T
  • 1= GS 3LT A/T
  • 9=NON USA/CANADA
  • (GS= Grand Sport, M/T=Manual Transmission M7, A/T=Automatic Transmission A8) 

Character 6: "Body Style":  2 = Coupe, 3 = Convertible 

Character 7: "Safety Restraint System":  

  • D=Front/Side AJ7 Airbags with manual seat belts

Character 8 Engine Type: 

Character 9: "Security Code":

Character 10: Model year designation from GM: 1G1YC2D74E5100001

  • E=2014 Corvette VIN  (2014 Corvette Production Stats)
  • F=2015 Corvette VIN 
  • G=2016 Corvette VIN 
  • H=2017 Corvette VIN 
  • J=2018 Corvette VIN 
  • K=2019 Corvette VIN 
  • L=2020 Start of C8 Corvette VIN Decoder Coder
  • M=2021 Corvette VIN 

Character 11: Final Assembly Plant Location: 5 = Bowling Green

Character 12 to 17: Production sequence number:  Base=100001, Collector Edition Grand Sport=300001, Grand Sport=500001, Z06=600001, C7.R Z06=700001-700650 (150 Exported), ZR1=800001+

Experimental Vehicles Digits 16 & 17 end with "EX"

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Step 3: Decode The First Character "Series and Model"

How Do You Read a C1 Corvette VIN?

Example: E54S001001

Early C1 Corvette 10 and 11 Digit VIN Explanation and Location

  • 1953 to early 1960 driver-side door post area.
  • 1955 left door hinge below courtesy lamp switch.
  • 1956-59 left door hinge pillar below upper hinge.

Character 1:  Is the engine Type for all years, except for 1958-59 years which temporarily added Series Model:

  • "E" = 6 Cylinder 1953, 55, 56, 57
  • "J" = Chevrolet Corvette 1958-59
  • "V" = 8 Cylinder; V8 1955

Early Corvette's which have 6 Cylinder engines do not have the Letter "V" as the first Sequence Number. The Letter "V" stands for V8.

What's the difference 10 or 11 Characters?

The VIN of 6 cylinder cars will always start with the Letter "E". This is why the VIN will be 10 digits for 1953-54 cars.

For the 1955 model they added the letter V to get 11. After 1955 they went back to a 10 digit sequence.

Example: E54S001001

Sequence Number = Code Description

Car Series "E" for 1953, 54, 56, 57 or "J" = Chevrolet Corvette for 1958-59, V=V8 for 1955


Step 4: Decode The Second an Third Character "Model Year"

Character Position Numbers 2 & 3:  "Model Year"


Step 5: Decode The Forth Character "Assembly Plant"

The Forth Character is the Final Assembly Plant

  • "S" = St. Louis, MO
  • "F" = Flint Only 1953 Model year; production total of 300,  produced in Flint, MI.


Step 6: Decode The Fifth or Sixth to Eleventh Characters "Production Number"

The remaining 5 or 6 to 11 characters refer to the production sequence number 01001- 109670.  This serial number shows the position in a series.  Remember 1955 has an 11 character sequence and starts with "VE"= V8 Corvette. 

C1 Production Notes:

  • 1954: Production Moved to St. Louis so Plant Code is now "S"
  • 1955: Is the only year to use 11 characters for the C1 generation due to the V8 option 
  • 1957: The production number changed to begin at Position "5" and started at 100001
  • 1958: Series / Model  changed from "E" to "J"


1953 Production Sequence Numbers: 001-300

1954 Production Sequence Numbers: 1001 and run thru 4,640; equals 3,640 Corvettes built.

1955 Production Sequence Numbers: 1001 and run thru 1700; equals 700 Corvettes built

1956 Production Sequence Numbers: 1001 and run thru 4467; equals 3,467 Corvettes built

1957 Production Sequence Numbers: 100001 and run thru 106339; equals 6,339

1958 Production Sequence Numbers: 100001 and run thru 109168; equals 9,168

1959 Production Sequence Numbers: 100001 and run thru 109670; equals 9,670 Corvettes built




Corvette VIN Decoder C1 (1960) to Corvette VIN Decoder C2 (1964)

Where Do You Find a Corvette VIN? | 12 Digit VIN Explanation and Location

  • Early 1960 Left Door hinge pillar below upper hinge. Late 1960 to 1962 Steering column aft of steering gear housing.
  • 1963 to 1964 Spot welded to body hinge brace under the glove box.
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Step 3: Decode The First Character "Model Year"

Example: 008S37100001

Sequence = Number Code Description

Character 1: Model Year

Step 4: Decode The Second & Third Characters "Car Series"

Character 2 & 3:  Car Series "08" = Chevrolet Corvette "8"= Engine

Step 5: Decode The Forth Character "Assembly Plant"

Character 4: Final Assembly Plant "S" = St. Louis

Step 6: Decode The Fifth Character "Body style"

Character 5 &6: Body style

  • 37 coupe
  • 67 Convertible

Step 7: Decode The Seventh to Twelfth Characters "Sequence Number"

Character 7 to 12:  Production Sequence Number

Start VIN "1960" 00867S100001 End VIN "1964" 40837S122229




Corvette 13 Digit VIN Decoder C2 (1965) to Corvette VIN Decoder C3 (1971)

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How Do You Read a 13 digit vin decoder? | 13 Digit VIN Explanation and  Location

  • C2 Corvette VIN Tag  Location: 1965 to 1967 similar to the 1963 to 1964 models that were spot welded to the body hinge brace under the glove box.
  • The major difference was the 65-67 were riveted instead but in the same location.
  • C3 Corvette Trim Tag Decoder and Location: 1968-82 Inner side of drivers side windshield post (A-pillar). Visible through window from outside.
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Step 3: Decode The First Character "Model Year"


Example: 194375S100001

Sequence Number = Code Description

Character 1:  GM division "1" = Chevrolet

Step 4: Decode The 2nd Character "Car Series"

Character 2: Car Series "9" = Corvette

Step 5: Decode The 3rd Character "Engine Type"

Character 3: Engine type "4" = V8

Step 6: Decode The 5th Character "Body style"

Characters 4 & 5: Body style

  • 37 = two door coupe
  • 67 = two door convertible

Step 7: Decode The 6th Character "Model Year"

Character 6: "Model Year" designation from GM:

Step 8: Decode The 7th Character "Assembly Plant"

Character 7: Final Assembly Plant "S" = St. Louis

Step 9: Decode The 8 to 13th Characters "Sequence Number"

Characters 8 to 13: Production Sequence Number 100001 - 121801


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  • Inner side of drivers side windshield post (A-pillar). Visible through window from outside.

Step 3: Decode The 1st Character "Make"

Example: 1Z37J2S500001

Character Sequence Number = Code Description

Character 1:  GM division: Make "1" = Chevrolet

Step 4: Decode 2nd Character "Series"

Character 2: Car Line or "Series" Z = Corvette

Step 4: Decode 3rd and 4th Characters "Body Style"

Characters 3 & 4:

  • Body style: 37 = Two door coupe
  • Body style: 87 = two door coupe(1978 to 1980)
  • Body Style: 67 = two door convertible

Step 4: Decode 5th Character "Engine"

Character 5: Year Specific Engine type: 1Z37K2S500001

  • 1972 Corvette VIN Decoder Code "K" = "base" L = LT1, W = LS5
  • 1973 Corvette VIN Decoder Code J = L48, T = L82, Z = LS4
  • 1974 Corvette VIN Decoder Code J = L48, T = L82, Z = LS4
  • 1975 Corvette Engine Codes VIN Decoder Code J = L48, T = L82
  • 1976 Corvette VIN Decoder Code L = L48, X = L82
  • 1977 Corvette VIN Decoder Code L = L48, X = L82
  • 1978 Corvette VIN Decoder Code L = L48, X = L82
  • 1979 Corvette VIN Decoder Code L = L48, X = L82
  • 1980 Corvette VIN Decoder Code H = LG4, 8 = L48, 6 = L82
  • (See C3 Corvette VIN Number Range 1968-1982)

Step 5: Decode The 6th Character "Model Year"

Character 6: "Model Year" designation from: 1Z37K2S500001

  • Model Year
  • "2" = 1972
  • "3" = 1973 
  • "4" = 1974
  • "5" = 1975
  • "6" = 1976 
  • "7" = 1977 
  • "8" = 1978 
  • "9" = 1979 
  • "A" = 1980

Step 6: Decode The 7th Character "Assembly Plant"

Character 7: Final Assembly Plant: "S" = "St. Louis, MO"

Step 7: Decode The 8th to 13th Characters "Sequence Number"

Character 8 to 13: Production Sequence Number: 500001 - 440614

Sequence Number (SN) changed from 500001 to 410001 after 1972



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How Do You Read a Corvette VIN? | 17 Digit Corvette VIN Decoder Explanation and Location

  • Drivers side top of the instrument panel for late model Corvette's or windshield post (A-pillar) for earlier models.
  • Other locations for theft identification: Engine Block Deck, Transmission, Left Rear Inner Frame Rail, Right Forward Inner Frame Rail.

Example: 1G1YY26W485100001

Sequence Number = Code Description

Character 1: Country of Origin: "1" = USA

Character 2: Manufacturer: "G" = GM

Character 3: Make of car: "1" = Chevrolet

Character 4: Car Line or Series: Y = Y-body series (Corvette) 1G1YY26W485100001

Character 5: Corvette Specific information Model/Equipment:

  • "Y" or "Z" Z = ZR1
  • A=1LT mt (Manual Transmission)
  • B=2LT mt
  • C=3LT mt
  • D=4LT mt
  • E=1LT at (Automatic Transmission)
  • F=2LT mt
  • G=3LT at
  • H=4LT at
  • J=Z06 1LZ
  • K=Z06 3LZ
  • L=Z06 3LZ
  • M=ZR1 std
  • N=ZR1 3ZR
  • P=GS LT mt
  • R=GS 2LT mt
  • S=GS 3LT mt
  • T=GS 4LT mt
  • U=GS 1LT at
  • V=GS2LT at
  • W=GS 3LT at
  • X=GS 4LT at
  • 9=NON USA/CANADA

Character 6: Body style:

  • 07=1982 Collectors Edition
  • 1= Hard Top (99-04 Z06)
  • 2 = Coupe (97-2011+ Coupe, Z06, ZR1)
  • 3 = Convertible (98-2011+)

Character 7: Restraint system:

  • 2= Front
  • 3 = late model seat belts warning and air bags
  • 4= Front/Side
  • 5= Front (2007+)
  • 6=Front/Side (2006-09)
  • D=Front/Side (2010-2013)

Character 8: Engine type:

  • 8 = L98
  • P = LT1
  • J = ZR1, 5 = LT4
  • G=LS1
  • S=LS6
  • U=LS2
  • E=LS7
  • W=LS3
  • R=LS

Character 9: Randomly generated check digit:

Character 10: Model year designation from GM: 1G1YY26W485100001

  • B = 1981 Corvette VIN 
  • C = 1982 End of C3 (See C3 Corvette VIN Number Range 1968-1982)
  • D = 1983 *No 1983 Corvettes were ever sold*
  • E = 1984 Start of C4 Corvette VIN Decoder Coder
  • F = 1985 Corvette VIN 
  • G = 1986 Corvette VIN 
  • H = 1987 Corvette VIN 
  • J = 1988 Corvette VIN 
  • K = 1989 Corvette VIN 
  • L = 1990 Corvette VIN 
  • M = 1991 Corvette VIN 
  • N = 1992 Corvette VIN 
  • P = 1993 Corvette VIN 
  • R = 1994 Corvette VIN 
  • S = 1995 Corvette VIN 
  • T = 1996 Corvette VIN (See C4 Corvette VIN Number Range 1984-1996)
  • V = 1997 Start of C5 Corvette VIN Decoder
  • W = 1998 Corvette VIN 
  • X = 1999 Corvette VIN 
  • Y = 2000 Corvette VIN 
  • 1 = 2001 Corvette VIN 
  • 2 = 2002 Corvette VIN 
  • 3 = 2003 Corvette VIN
  • 4 = 2004 Corvette VIN 
  • 5 = 2005 Start of C6 Corvette VIN Decoder
  • 6 = 2006 Corvette VIN 
  • 7 = 2007 Corvette VIN 
  • 8 = 2008 Corvette VIN 
  • 9 = 2009 Corvette VIN 
  • A=2010 Corvette VIN 
  • B= 2011 Corvette VIN 
  • C=2012 Corvette VIN 
  • D=2013 End of C6 Corvette Production

11 Final Assembly Plant Location:

  • 4= St. Louis, MO (1981 Corvette's overlap)
  • 5 = Bowling Green, KY

12 to 17 Production sequence number: 

  • 800001=ZR1 
  • 700001=Z06 2013 CONVERTIBLE 60TH 
  • 100001=ALL OTHER MODELS

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There are three Corvette VIN decoder sequences for 2009 Corvette ZR1.

  1. The First Numbering Sequence is: 95700001 these are the "pilot cars". They were built in early June 2008 and most have since been sold to Corvette dealers. Chevrolet still has this sequence #1.
  2. Second sequence is: 95800001. These are the production ZR1's. Jay Leno received #1. These cars began production in late August 2008.
  3. The third sequence is: 95900001 and this is the car that sold at Barrett Jackson and was delivered in July 2008. It is the first "Retail" ZR1.

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  • VIN sequence 300001 series for 45U Velocity Yellow representing the No. 3 Corvette C6.R
  • VIN sequence 400001 series for 41U Black representing the No. 4 Corvette C6.R

Limited production of 600 total for all three models

  • Coupe 100 Yellow 100 Black
  • Convertible 100 Yellow 100 Black
  • Z06 100 Yellow 100 Black
  • Coupe and convertible versions also include Z51 Performance Package and NPP Performance Exhaust
  • Optional MX0 6-speed paddle shift automatic on coupe and convertible
  • Optional C2L dual roof package on coupe
  • Optional U3U Navigation System on all models

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