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frwl
Posted 2020-07-14 3:29 PM (#600878)
Subject: 1955-1956 Chrysler Detroit Plant Cowl Tags Decoding


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I am interested in decoding 1955-56 Chrysler Jefferson Detroit Plant body tags, but there are some gaps…
1955 and 1956 Detroit Cowl Tags are identical, only 1956 letter row added codes T, U, V and W…
This example offered for sale on ebay…

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=74247&...

1955 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe Four Door Sedan
Serial Number W5572296 (W – Windsor Series, 55 – 1955 Model Year, 72296 – Consecutive Number)

MODEL 25 = Windsor Deluxe Four Door Sedan
PAINT 11 = Porcelain Green
TRIM 11 = Green Dot Pattern Nylon Cloth and Green Nylon
SCHED 601 = Scheduled on June 1, 1956
ITEM 0121 = 121th Windsor built that day

A1 = Manual Antenna
B5 = Power Brakes
D4 = Radio Music Master (without Rear Seat Speaker)
F4 = Heater
G1 = Solex Glass – All Windows
K5 = no idea
S8 = Powerflite Automatic Transmission and Power Steering (3 – Powerflite less Power Steering, 1 – Manual Trans less Power Steering)

Does anyone know something about K5 code?
I am guessing this is Accessory Group 5 = Safety and Custom both (1 – Safety only, 3 – Custom only)
Am I correct about trim code 11?
What the code H mean exactly?
Can anyone confirm or deny this?






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frwl
Posted 2020-07-15 7:55 AM (#600907 - in reply to #600878)
Subject: RE: 1955-1956 Chrysler Detroit Plant Cowl Tags Decoding


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Here is decoding of 1956 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis 2 Door Hardtop posted by «jaggerman» earlier:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=45932&...

MODEL 46 = Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis 2 Door Hardtop
PAINT 309 = Tri-Tone Paint Scheme: Raven Black roof, Cloud White body above contour molding and Regimental Red body below contour molding
TRIM 21 = Gray Brocatelle Cloth and White Leather
SCHED 026 = Scheduled: on October 26, 1955 «OR» 26th day since production began (need confirmation)
ITEM 1372 = 72th New Yorker built that day (first 1301)

A1 = Manual Antenna
C4 = Power Seat 4 Way
D3 = Radio Music Master and Rear Seat Speaker
E2 = Power Windows
F4 = Heater
G1 = Solex Glass – All Windows

BODY NO. 1866

Question 1: What does the SCHED 026 actually show?
Question 2: What does the «9» above SPL-FO column mean?





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frwl
Posted 2020-07-15 8:42 AM (#600908 - in reply to #600878)
Subject: RE: 1955-1956 Chrysler Detroit Plant Cowl Tags Decoding


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The 1956 New Yorker St. Regis IBM card posted for decoding by «Bporter» a year ago…
This car has same model, paint, trim; it was scheduled (built) on same day (SCHED 026) with car described above, has nearer ITEM (1372 vs. 1376) and has BODY NO (1866 vs. 1872)

Decoding the IBM card (available in this link as well):

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=71717&...

Upper Row:

46 = MODEL AND BODY TYPE = New Yorker St.Regis 2 Door Hardtop
309 = PAINT = Cloud White upper, Regimental Red lower and Raven Black roof color colors
21 = TRIM = Medium Gray Brocatelle and White Leather
1 = DRIVE = Left Hand
026 = SCHEDULE NO. = 26th day since 1956 model year production is beginning (same in lower left corner of pic. – OCT 4, 1955)
1376 = SCHEDULE ITEM = 376th car built that day

Bottom Row:

3 = TRANS = PowerFlite 2speed Push Button Automatic Transmission
1 = GEAR RATIO = 3.36 to 1 Rear Axle Ratio (standard on the New Yorkers)
7 = RADIO = Hi-Fi Phonograph, Radio MOPAR Model 844 Music Master (6 push buttons) and Rear Seat Speaker
1 = ANTENNA = Manual
4 = HEATER = Conventional Type, Hot Water

ACCESSORY GROUPS:

Safety Group (not stamped – it is a standard equipment on the New Yorkers) which includes:
Lights – Automatic Rear Door Switch
Lights – Back up
Light – Glove Box
Light – Hand Brake Flasher
Light – Luggage Compartment
Safety Cushion Dash Panel
Windshield Washer
Prismatic Mirror

3 = Custom Group:
Custom Steering Wheel
White Side Wall Tires
Rear License Plate Frame
Inside Prismatic Mirror

5 = Convenience Group
Sun Visor Vanity Mirror
Solex Tinted Glass
Left Outside Rear View Mirror

9 = Power Group
Power Steering only. The car is not equipped with Power Windows and Power Seat. Power Brakes is standard.

8 = TRACER = no info. A delivery route, probably.

The owner had not cowl tag, so I can guess following info that should be there:

MODEL 46 = Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis 2 Door Hardtop
PAINT 309 = Tri-Tone Paint Scheme: Raven Black roof, Cloud White body above contour molding and Regimental Red body below contour molding
TRIM 21 = Gray Brocatelle Cloth and White Leather
SCHED 026 = Scheduled: on October 26, 1955 «OR» 26th day since production began (need confirmation)
ITEM 1376 = 76th New Yorker built that day (first 1301)

A1 = Manual Antenna
D7 = Radio Music Master and Rear Seat Speaker plus Hi Fi Phonograph
F4 = Heater
G1 = Solex Glass – All Windows (this item was included in Accessory Group #5 – Convenience)

BODY NO. 1872 (if I saw correctly – Thanks to Dave «56D500boy»)

This car is not equipped with Power Seat and Power Windows; so «C» «E» columns are empty;
If the Power Group would be designated «7» instead «9», this car besides power steering (PB – standard) have had power windows and seat, although these items stamped on the cowl tag separately…
As same reason, the cowl tag should not have «9» above SPL-FO column on it (as on the previous example), I guess… or NOT?




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frwl
Posted 2020-07-25 6:54 AM (#601281 - in reply to #600878)
Subject: RE: 1955-1956 Chrysler Detroit Plant Cowl Tags Decoding


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https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1956-chrysler-imperial-4-door-seda...

1956 Imperial Four Door Sedan
Serial Number ?56*4151 (? – Imperial, 56 – 1956 Model Year, 4151 – Consecutive Number)

MODEL 55 = Imperial Four Door Sedan
PAINT 133 = Rosewood Tan Lower and Cloud White Upper
TRIM 83 = Tan Faille and Nylon
SCHED 069 = Scheduled on 69th day since 1956 production began; Imperial introduction date October 21, 1955;
ITEM 1740 = 40th Imperial built that day

A1 = Manual Antenna
D1 = Radio Electro Touch Tuner and Rear Shelf Speaker
F4 = Heater
G1 = Solex Glass – All Windows

Powerflite, Power Steering, Brakes, Windows and Seat are standard equipment and are not stamped on the tag.




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James_Douglas
Posted 2020-08-21 12:44 PM (#602358 - in reply to #600878)
Subject: Re: 1955-1956 Chrysler Detroit Plant Cowl Tags Decoding


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I am looking at a 1955 Chrysler Windsor in a couple of days. Can someone help with decoding the fender tag so I can see what matches with the car as it sits?

Thanks, James

Model is 22
Paint is 1 (?Black)
Trim is 35
Scheduled is 208 (?Feb, 8th 1955)
Item is 124
{there may be a "0" to the right of item, hard to tell from the sellers photo}

One the Alpha line I have:
D=4
F=4
G=2
K=5
S=3

SPL-PO has 7064 under it.

Thanks, James.




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frwl
Posted 2020-08-22 6:06 AM (#602396 - in reply to #600878)
Subject: RE: 1955-1956 Chrysler Detroit Plant Cowl Tags Decoding


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Hello James.

MODEL 22 = Windsor Deluxe Nassau 2 Door Hardtop
PAINT 1 = Black
TRIM 35 = White Leathercloth and Gray Block Pattern Fabric
SCHED 208 = Scheduled on February 08, 1955
ITEM 0124 = 124th Windsor Deluxe built that day

D4 = Radio Music Master (without Rear Seat Speaker) - 6 push button
F4 = Heater and Defroster
G2 = Solex Glass – Windshield Only
K5 = no information; I guess it’s a Convenience Group (need a confirmation) that contains:

Sun Visor Vanity Mirror
Solex Tinted Glass (in your case windshield only)
Left Outside Rear View Mirror

S3 = Powerflite Automatic Transmission

No power steering, no power brakes, no power windows and no power seats…
I guess you missing the A1 option on the tag that means a Manual Antenna…
You can help me to know better, if you would show (post) the pictures of the car and the cowl tag…




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frwl
Posted 2020-11-25 11:44 AM (#606018 - in reply to #600878)
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MODEL 44 = 300 B 2 Door Hardtop
PAINT 41 = Cloud White
TRIM 50 = Tan Cowhide Genuine Leather
SCHED 322 = Scheduled on March 22, 1956
ITEM 1916 = 16th 300B built that day

G1 = Solex Glass – All Windows
S4 = Powerflite Automatic Transmission and Power Steering (if the S3 = PF trans less Power Steering)

The body tag has no info about heater (space F is empty) and about the radio (space D is empty too)
Although the owner stated these items were factory-installed

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1956-chrysler-300b-2/






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Posted 2020-11-25 12:02 PM (#606020 - in reply to #600878)
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Some optional codes describing by owner

Again:
(1) solex glass – viewable
(3) music master radio – does not
(4) heater – does not too…
(9) power steering – yes. It has separately code, but it was only with power steering (3) or (4) see above…





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Posted 2020-11-25 12:04 PM (#606021 - in reply to #600878)
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Correction:

(9) power steering – yes. It has separately code, but it was only with power steering (3) or (4) see above…
(9) power steering – yes. It has separately code, but it was only with POWERFLITE TRANSMISSION (3) or (4) see above…
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Posted 2020-11-25 12:16 PM (#606022 - in reply to #606018)
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Going through the BAT photos, etc is fascinating.

Well bought at US$28,000. Not perfect but easily taken there with a little extra work.



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Posted 2020-11-25 12:27 PM (#606027 - in reply to #600878)
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Only the factory wheel covers and bat-wing air cleaner are too expensive…
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frwl
Posted 2020-11-27 11:52 AM (#606095 - in reply to #600878)
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MODEL 56 = Imperial Southampton 2 Door Hardtop
PAINT 41 = Cloud White
TRIM 35 = White Leather and Turquoise Faille
SCHED 724 = Scheduled on July 24, 1956
ITEM 1746 = 46th Imperial built that day

A5 = Power Antenna
D5 = Radio MOPAR Model 912 Electro Touch Tuner with Rear Seat Speaker and Hi-Fi Phonograph
F4 = Heater – Hot Water
G1 = Solex Glass – All Windows
M5 = Air Conditioning
S6 = Torqueflite 3 Speed Automatic Transmission and Power Steering




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Posted 2020-12-30 6:36 AM (#607255 - in reply to #600878)
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MODEL 56 = Imperial Newport 2 Door Hardtop (1955)
PAINT 76 = Jade Green over Platinum
TRIM 32 = White Leather and Green «V» Pattern Nylon
SCHED 209 = Scheduled on February 09, 1955
ITEM = not seen

D1 = Radio MOPAR Model 902 Electro Touch Tuner with Foot Control and Rear Seat Speaker
F4 = Heater
G1 = Solex Glass
S8 = Powerflite 2 Speed Automatic Transmission and Power Steering – standard on Imperials

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1955-chrysler-imperial/




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frwl
Posted 2021-04-27 4:55 PM (#611488 - in reply to #600878)
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President Harry Truman’s 1955 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe 4door Sedan:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=75765&...

Some corrections to the Daimler Chrysler Production Record Sheet:

Specified by Daimler Chrysler items are highlighted by yellow from left to the right:

1 = Electro Touch Tuner with Rear Seat Speaker and Foot Control (they forgot to specify the R/S Speaker and Foot Control)
4 = Heater
1 = Solex Tinted Glass at all Windows
8 = Kelsey Hayes Wire Wheels
3 = 4ply White Side Wall Tires
3 = Custom Accessory Group

They did not specify next items, highlighted by red, but the car has equipped with them (maybe they forgot it); from left to the right:

5 = Air Conditioning (original lettering – REFRIGERATOR UNIT)
5 = Power Antenna (it's more like a 5 than a 1 – Manual Antenna)
4 = Power Seat 4way (original lettering – ELECTRIC SEAT ADJUSTMENT)

Finally, highlighted by blue, is a power windows item (original lettering – WINDOW LIFTS) – its space is empty, but I see a power window switch on every door…




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Posted 2021-06-17 1:42 PM (#612874 - in reply to #600878)
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http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=75983&...

MODEL 44 = Chrysler 300B 2 Door Hardtop
PAINT 99 = Special non-standard Geranium Red Paint
TRIM 50 = Tan Leather
SCHED 412 = Scheduled on April 12, 1956
ITEM 1901 = First 300B built that day

A1 = Manual Antenna
B – empty space = Power Brakes – Standard Equipment; does not stamp
C4 = Power Seat 4 Way (as a part of Power Group, code 7)
D3 = Originally equipped with Radio Music Master with Rear Seat Speaker (7 Push Button); but the car has more expensive 5-button Electro Touch Tuner (Town and Country) Radio…
E2 = Power Windows (as a part of Power Group, code 7)
F4 = Hot Water Heater
G1 = Solex Glass at All Windows
M – empty space that says no A/C, but the seller stated that A/C is Factory Installed (this item should be M5, if the car has Factory A/C);
S6 = Torqueflite 3 Speed Automatic Transmission and Power Steering (Power Steering as a part of Power Group, code 7)

Very impressive car, but something wrong with 100% originality…




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Posted 2021-06-17 1:46 PM (#612875 - in reply to #600878)
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1956 Radio Codes:

1 = Radio Electro Touch Tuner and Rear Seat Speaker
2 = Radio Electro Touch Tuner
3 = Radio Music Master and Rear Seat Speaker
4 = Radio Music Master





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Posted 2021-10-09 11:17 AM (#615694 - in reply to #600878)
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This picture was taken from the link on «Forwardlooks in old pictures/postcards» thread on page 314:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=14389&...

Link:

https://forums.aaca.org/topic/320156-1956-cowl-tag-vin-number-deciph...

This is «Airporter» Long-wheelbase 1956 Chrysler New Yorker:

MODEL 45 = Chrysler New Yorker Four Door Sedan
PAINT 05 = Stardust Blue
TRIM 42 = Medium Blue Sculptured Brocatelle and Dark Blue Petit Point Nylon
SCHED 113 = Scheduled on January 13, 1956
ITEM 0295 = 95th or 295th Sedan built that day

Letter options:
F4 = Heater and Defroster
G1 = Solex Tinted Glass

SO-A702 = Special order Car: Probably shipped to Armbruster-Stageway, Fort Smith, Arkansas for modify to «Airporter»
11825 = Body Number

Hard to see «9» above «B» in the letter-options line;
The letter «B» means Power Brake Booster unit:
«5» above «B» stands out Power Brakes on the Windsor line;
New Yorker, 300B and all Imperials have Power Brakes as standard equipment, so there is no «5» above «B»;
I guess «9» above «B» in this case means Power Front Disc Brakes, which was standard on the long-wheelbase Crown Imperial Sedans and Limousines
It would be makes sense for that heavy-weighted car…




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Posted 2021-12-14 3:41 PM (#617659 - in reply to #600878)
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The 1955 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe Newport which has been selling a couple of months ago at rmsothebys.com:

https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/af21/auburn-fall/lots/r0150-1955-...

MODEL 42 = Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe Newport Hardtop Coupe
PAINT 87 = Desert Sand Roof Color – Canyon Tan Body Color – Desert Sand Insert Color
TRIM 17 = Beige Leather and Tan Nylon Boucle
SCHED 426 = Scheduled on April 26, 1955
ITEM 1420 = Twelfth New Yorker built that day

E7 = Power Windows – FRONT ONLY (I have never seen this option on Chrysler ever…)
F4 = Heater and Defroster
G1 = Solex Glass at All Windows
S8 = Powerflite 2 Speed Automatic Transmission and Power Steering

I have tried to choice the picture where manual crank rear windows, but too few shoots…
So, my knowledge has moved just further:
E2 = Power Windows – Front and Rear
E7 = Power Windows – Front Only




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Posted 2021-12-20 3:20 PM (#617796 - in reply to #600878)
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Found this old thread with asking to decode and Dave (56D500boy) helped me to open and save this picture (Thanks Dave):

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=31677&...

MODEL 45 = Chrysler New Yorker Four Door Sedan
PAINT 41 = Cloud White
TRIM 42 = Blue Petit Point Nylon and Blue Sculptured Brocatelle
SCHED 054 = Scheduled on 54th day since 1956 production began; it is October 6, 1955 approximately;
ITEM 0029 = Twenty Nineth New Yorker built that day

A1 = Manual Antenna
D1 = Radio Electro Touch Tuner and Rear Seat Speaker
F6 = Instant Gasoline Heater
G1 = Solex Tinted Glass
M5 = Air Conditioning




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Posted 2022-02-04 5:22 PM (#619056 - in reply to #600878)
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The link to the seller:

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1956-chrysler-new-yorker-4/

The link to the thread on the forum:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=76968&...

MODEL 42 = Chrysler New Yorker Newport 2 Door Hardtop
PAINT 438 = Desert Rose over Cloud White below contour molding; Special Two Tone Paint Scheme
TRIM 23 = White Leather and Coral Sculptured Brocatelle
SCHED 711 = Scheduled on July 11, 1956
ITEM 1299 = 99th New Yorker built that day

A1 = Manual Antenna
C4 = Power Seat 4 Way
D1 = Radio Electro Touch Tuner and Rear Seat Speaker (with foot control)
E2 = Power Windows – Front and Rear
F6 = Instant Gasoline Heater
G1 = Solex Tinted Glass – All Windows
S4 = Powerflite Transmission and Power Steering
U5 = no idea yet… (might be an mirrors combo or delivery route) need help… anyone know what is it?




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Posted 2022-05-19 1:58 PM (#621608 - in reply to #600878)
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MODEL 20 = Chrysler Windsor Town and Country 4 Door Station Wagon, 6P
PAINT 131 = Rosewood Tan lower body color and Sand Dune Beige roof color
TRIM 29 = Brown Vinyl and Tan Tartan Plaid Linen
SCHED 131 = Scheduled on January 31, 1956
ITEM 1101 = First Windsor built that day

A1 = Manual Antenna
B5 = Power Brakes
D2 = Radio Electro Touch Tuner without Rear Seat Speaker
F4 = Heater and Defroster
G1 = Solex Tinted Glass – All Windows
K3 = Windshield Washer – not sure, need a confirmation
S7 = Powerflite Transmission and Power Steering – and something else; never seen this code earlier…
T9 = Inside Prismatic Mirror – not sure, need a confirmation
V1 = Undercoating – not sure, need a confirmation
W7 = Light Package: Back Up, Trunk or Luggage Compartment and Glove Box Lights

Link to the thread:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=77347&...




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Posted 2022-05-19 3:18 PM (#621611 - in reply to #600878)
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The 1956 Chrysler 300 B Options only – it is not 1956 models full listing, unfortunately;
The digital codes shows after slash «/»;
It will be very helpful further…




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Posted 2022-06-17 1:27 PM (#622188 - in reply to #600878)
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http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=77425&...

Model and Body Type on your card is 251 – Windsor Deluxe (2), 4 Door Sedan (5), no idea about last (1);
Paint 302 = Platinum roof and body color and Falcon Green insert color;
Trim 48 – I have never seen this trim code ever! I thought that I have full ’55 Chrysler upholstery listing! Do you know what this upholstery has named correctly?
Schedule No. 606 = your car scheduled on June 6, 1955; it car has 67 years old last week;
Schedule Item 0011 = eleventh car built that day

Now, the lower row:

TRANS 8 = Powerflite Transmission with Power Steering (3 – same LESS Power Steering)
GEAR RATIO 8 (or 6); 1955 Chrysler has five final drives: 3.36, 3.54, 3.73, 3.91 and 4.10;
I know the codes only two of these: 1 = 3.54, 2 = 3.36; what ratio your car has?
REF. UNIT 5 = Yes, your car has equipped with factory A/C;
WINDOW LIFT 2 = Power Windows – front and rear (7 – front only);
HEATER 4 = Hot Water Heater MOPAR model 700 (6 – Instant Gasoline Heater)
SOLEX AND VISOR 3 = Solex Tinted Glass at all window areas and Outer Sun Cap Visor (2 – tinted windshield only, 5 – clear glass and sun cap visor only);
SPEC TIRES 3 = White Side Wall Tires 7.60 x 15 4-ply
BRAKES 5 = Power Brakes (standard on New Yorker, optional on Windsor)
EL. SEAT. ADJ. 4 = Power Seat 4 Way (2 – same but 2 Way)
ACC. PKG. 5 i.e. Accessory Group 5 = includes Safety Group (1) and Custom Group (3) both:
Safety Group 1 includes Safety Cushion Dash Panel and Lights: Rear Door, Back Up, Glove Box, Hand Brake and Trunk Compartment;
Custom Group 3 includes Windshield Washer, Custom Steering Wheel, Left O/S Mirror and Exhaust Pipe Deflector




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Posted 2022-07-06 1:26 PM (#622683 - in reply to #600878)
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MODEL 42 = Chrysler New Yorker Newport 2 Door Hardtop
PAINT 431 = Special Two-Tone Paint Scheme: Rosewood Tan below contour molding and Sand Dune Beige above contour molding – like on the pictures below
TRIM 22 = Beige Leather Bolsters and Brown Brocatelle Cloth – like on the picture below
SCHED 055 = Scheduled on November 16, 1955 – an early production car
ITEM 1122 = 122th New Yorker built that day

A1 = Manual Antenna
C4 = Power Seat 4 Way
D5 = Hi-Fi Phonograph and Radio Electro Touch Tuner (5 Push Buttons) with Rear Seat Speaker
E2 = Power Windows
F4 = Heater – Hot Water
G1 = Solex Glass – All Windows
M5 = Air Conditioning
9 = Prismatic Mirror – I guess (Do you have this one?)
5 = Left Outside Mirror – I guess

BODY NO. 1981

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=77514&...



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Posted 2022-08-16 2:26 PM (#623573 - in reply to #600878)
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MODEL 55 = Imperial Four Door Sedan
PAINT 05 = Wisteria Blue
TRIM 28 = Blue Broadcloth and Blue Gold Nylon Boucle (original upholstery as it should be, shown on the last picture)
SCHED 204 = Scheduled on February 4, 1955
ITEM 1717 = 17th Imperial built that day

D9 = Radio Electro Touch Tuner and Rear Seat Speaker (despite the Air Conditioning unit in the Trunk)
F4 = Heater
G1 = Solex Glass – All Windows
M5 = Air Conditioning
S8 = Powerflite Automatic Transmission and Power Steering

Link to the thread:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=77658&...

Link to the site:

https://www.allcollectorcars.com/classic-car-auctions/vehicles/1955-...




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Posted 2022-08-16 3:28 PM (#623575 - in reply to #623573)
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D9 = Radio Electro Touch Tuner and Rear Seat Speaker (despite the Air Conditioning unit in the Trunk)



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Posted 2023-04-04 12:44 PM (#628733 - in reply to #600878)
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Chrysler Kid - Randy's 300B data plate decoding:

MODEL 44 = Chrysler 300B 2 Door Hardtop
PAINT 41 = Cloud White
TRIM 50 = Tan Cowhide Genuine Leather
SCHED 081 = Scheduled on December 12, 1955 approximately (055 – Nov 16, 1955, 069 – Nov 30, 1955)
ITEM 1904 = 4th 300B built that day

A1 = Manual Antenna
C4 = Power Seat 4 Way
D1 = Radio Elector Touch Tuner and Rear Seat Speaker
E2 = Power Windows – All
F4 = Heater with Defroster
G1 = Solex Tinted Glass – All Windows
S = blank; it means the car has a standard 2-Speed Powerflite Transmission (S6 decoding a rare 3-Speed Torqueflite)

BODY NO. 1005 (is it fifth 300B ever built?)

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=78397&...




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Posted 2023-06-10 4:44 PM (#630132 - in reply to #600878)
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1956 Imperial Southampton 2-Door Hardtop

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=78589&...

MODEL 56 = Imperial (5), 2-Door Hardtop Southampton (6)
PAINT 129 = Hunter Green lower color and Cloud White roof panel color
TRIM 30 = Light Green Leather and Dark Green Imperial Eagle Faille
SCHED 052 = Scheduled on 52th day since 1956 production began; it is October 4, 1955 approximately;
ITEM 1743 = 43th Imperial built that day

A5 = Power Antenna
B = nothing = Power Brakes Standard
C = Nothing = Power Seat 4-Way Standard
D1 = Radio Electro Touch Tuner and Rear Seat Speaker
E = nothing = Power Windows Standard
F4 = Hot Water Heater with Defroster
G1 = Solex Tinted Glass
M = nothing = No Air Conditioning
S = nothing = Powerflite Transmission and Power Steering Standard
1515 in the lower right corner = 515th Imperial Southampton 2-Door Hardtop built (2,094 were built for the model year)




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Posted 2023-07-16 12:23 PM (#630803 - in reply to #600878)
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1955 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe Newport 2 Door Hardtop - Thanks to Dave F. for the help:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=78718&...

MODEL 42 = Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe Newport Two Door Hardtop (46 would be St. Regis)
PAINT 30 = Platinum (White)
TRIM 56 = White Leather Bolster and Gold Leather Insert
SCHED 714 = Scheduled 0n July 14, 1955

D9 = Electro Touch Tuner Radio (5 push-buttons) and Rear Seat Speaker
E2 = Power Windows – Front and Rear
F4 = Heater and Defroster
G1 = Solex Tinted Glass – All
K3 = Custom Accessory Group – Windshield Washer, Custom Steering Wheel, Left O/S Mirror, Exhaust Pipe Deflectors (I guess, need a confirmation)
S8 = Optional Power Steering (with Torqueflite Only)

Torqueflite Trans and Power Brakes were Standard
No Factory Power Seat (column C is empty) and No Factory A/C (column M is empty)



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Posted 2023-07-16 12:41 PM (#630805 - in reply to #630803)
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TRIM 56 = White Leather Bolster and Gold Leather Insert



Trim Code 56 as it should be:



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A1gio2
Posted 2023-07-24 9:39 AM (#630914 - in reply to #600878)
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Can I have help decoding Paint:12 Trim:20 on a '55 Chrysler New Yorker? A photo of the trim colors would be a plus!
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Posted 2023-07-24 9:58 AM (#630915 - in reply to #630914)
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frwl (Igor) will hopefully be along soon but in the meantime, I *THINK* paint code 12 is "Shantung Green Poly." (upper right on this chart)



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frwl
Posted 2023-07-24 2:18 PM (#630922 - in reply to #600878)
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Yes, that’s true Dave: the paint code 12 is a Shantung Green – Solid Color;
The trim code 20 is a White Leather bolsters with Gold Nylon Boucle inserts like on the pictures below

In my humble opinion, it’s weird color combo: green body over white / gold upholstery…
Can you post the pictures of your car?




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Posted 2023-07-24 2:21 PM (#630923 - in reply to #600878)
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This trim (20) was used on New Yorker Newport & St. Regis Hardtop Coupes Only…
Your car should have its body style…
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Posted 2023-07-24 2:26 PM (#630925 - in reply to #600878)
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Unfortunately, I have not a picture (chip) of the trim code 20 from ’55 Chrysler Upholstery Book;
But I’ve found in my database a picture chip of trim code 21;
It has similar White Leather bolsters but it has Green Boucle insert (instead Gold in the code 20)
Could you post the cowl tag picture, please?




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Posted 2023-07-24 2:34 PM (#630927 - in reply to #600878)
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Posted 2023-07-24 2:42 PM (#630928 - in reply to #630927)
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A bit brighter view of Trim 20 (processed with Irfanview free-ware)





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Posted 2023-07-24 7:13 PM (#630930 - in reply to #600878)
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Thank you, this is helpful.

It may have started its life as code 20, but now looks like 21 besides the steering wheel.
How do I attach pics?
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Posted 2023-07-24 9:27 PM (#630934 - in reply to #630930)
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It may have started its life as code 20, but now looks like 21 besides the steering wheel.
How do I attach pics?


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Posted 2023-07-26 1:47 PM (#630973 - in reply to #600878)
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Posted 2023-07-26 2:05 PM (#630975 - in reply to #600878)
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MODEL 42 = New Yorker Deluxe Newport Hardtop Coupe
PAINT 12 = Shantung Green
TRIM 20 = White Leather and Gold Nylon Boucle
SCHED xx8 = can’t see what date this car was scheduled on
ITEM 1467 = probably 67th New Yorker built that day

D8 = Radio Music Master and Rear Seat Speaker, including Antenna
F4 = Heater
G1 = Solex Glass – All Windows

Also cannot see an “M” slot – for A/C;
An “S” slot:
S8 = Powerflite Automatic Transmission AND Power Steering
S3 – Powerflite Automatic Transmission LESS Power Steering

SPL-FO is a Special Foreign Order – 89913 or 9913;
Your car was built for special order or for export; No exact info what does it mean yet…
Below SPL-FO in the right lower corner of the tag – the body number showing (087 or 687) – cannot see a whole number;
It is a number built for each New Yorker Hardtop by number, starting from 1001 and up.
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Posted 2023-07-26 2:09 PM (#630976 - in reply to #600878)
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The trim 21 upholstering as it should be:



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Posted 2023-07-26 2:26 PM (#630977 - in reply to #600878)
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I think your car was repainted in Jade Green (closer to Jade Green than Shantung Green);
If so, your car currently has a factory paint code 89…




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Posted 2023-07-26 4:59 PM (#630982 - in reply to #600878)
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It's not Jade Green...The color is a lot closer to this: https://youtu.be/2-cE9F8vBUM
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Posted 2023-07-27 2:24 PM (#630995 - in reply to #600878)
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A couple of more pictures that Alex (A1gio2) decided to post – Thanks a lot Alex!
Now, the final cowl tag deciphering may look like this:

MODEL 42 = New Yorker Deluxe Newport Hardtop Coupe
PAINT 12 = Shantung Green
TRIM 20 = White Leather and Gold Nylon Boucle
SCHED 228 = Scheduled on February 28, 1955
ITEM 1467 = probably 67th New Yorker built that day

D8 = Radio Music Master and Rear Seat Speaker, including Antenna
F4 = Heater
G1 = Solex Glass – All Windows
K3 = Custom Accessory Group including: Windshield Washer, Custom Steering Wheel, Left Outside Rear View Mirror, Exhaust Pipe Deflectors
S8 = Powerflite Automatic Transmission and Power Steering
SPL-FO 9913 = Special Foreign Order
BODY NUMBER 2987 = 1987th Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe Newport Hardtop Coupe built; Overall 1955 NY Newport production is 5777 units

Not often K3 option appears on the ’55-56 Chrysler tags;
The build card (broadcast sheet) of your car would be very helpful to confirm that!
Do you have a build card?




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Posted 2023-07-27 2:37 PM (#630996 - in reply to #600878)
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1955 Chrysler and Imperial Accessory Groups Chart;

Windsor Deluxe has two groups that might be stamped below letter “K” on the cowl tag:

K1 – Safety Group;
K3 – Custom Group;
K5 – Safety and Custom Group both;

New Yorker Deluxe might have the Custom Group only:

K3 – Custom Group;

Imperial has not Accessory Group; it has that equipment as standard… so, the “K” slot is always empty

If you have a built card, please let me know for confirmation “K” options…




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Posted 2023-07-27 2:40 PM (#630997 - in reply to #600878)
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1955 New Yorker Deluxe Sedan build card showing above in this thread;
The Custom Group highlighted in red...




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Posted 2023-08-12 2:19 PM (#631300 - in reply to #600878)
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MODEL 40 = New Yorker Deluxe (4) Town and Country 4-Door Station Wagon (0)
PAINT 99 = Special Order (Non-Standard) Paint
TRIM 23 = Beige Vinyl and Brown Plaid Linen
SCHED 322 = Scheduled on March 22, 1955
ITEM 1126 = 126th New Yorker Deluxe built that day

B = blank = Power Brakes as Standard Equipment on NY
C4 = Power Seat 4-Way
D5 = unknown Radio; I’ve never seen D5 code on ’55 Chrysler cowl tag – see known optional codes below:
E7 = Power Windows – Front Only
F4 = Heater
G1 = Solex Glass – All Windows
S8 = Powerflite Automatic Transmission (Standard) and Power Steering (Optional)
SPL.-FO B695 = Special Foreign Number; No idea what does it mean exactly at the moment…
It might be related to the Special Order Code Paint 99

1391 in the lower right corner is a BODY NO. 1391; It is a 391th New Yorker Deluxe Town and Country built...
Overall 1036 units were built for 1955…

1955 Chrysler Radios Availability:

D1 = Radio – Electro Touch Tuner with Foot Control and Rear Seat Speaker
D4 = Radio – Music Master
D6 = Radio – Electro Touch Tuner with Foot Control
D8 = Radio – Music Master and Rear Seat Speaker
D9 = Radio – Electro Touch Tuner and Rear Seat Speaker

What Radio does your car have? Could you post the image of it?
The images of car (outside, inside and engine bay) would be appreciated too…



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Posted 2023-08-24 3:27 PM (#631536 - in reply to #600878)
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Posted 2023-08-25 1:19 PM (#631554 - in reply to #600878)
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Thank you Robert! It is definitely interesting data plate!

MODEL 25 – Windsor (2) Four Door Sedan (5)
PAINT 201 – Raven Black Body Colour and Cloud White Roof and Insert Colour
TRIM 38 – Originally Gray Petit Point Nylon and Gray Shield Embroidered Jacquard, currenly reupholsterd in all-vinyl
SCHED 006 – Sixth Day of Production (as seller said) – it seems September 12, 1955…
ITEM 0382 – 382th car built that day (not as stated by seller “a 38th car”, he didn’t see a last “2”)

A1 – Manual Antennae
B – blank – Manual Brakes Standard (5 would be Power); aftermarket Cadillac PB was added
C – blank – Manual Seat Standard
D3 – Music Master Radio (less expensive) without Rear Seat Speaker
E – blank – Manual (Crank) Windows Standard
F4 – Heater with Defroster
G2 – Solex Tinted Glass at the Windshield Area Only
H9 – Sun Cap Visor (incl. Drip Rail Moulding) and Side Bumper Guards “Wings”; but no bumper guards – maybe removed?
K3 – Custom Accessory Group (I guess) including:
- Rear License Plate Frame
- Electric Clock
- White Side Wall Tires
- Front Bumper Guards (again)
- Custom Steering Wheel (see a broken chrome horn ring)
- Exhaust Pipe Extension

S4 – Torqueflite Transmission and Power Steering (already not sure)

Above SPL.-FO.:

6 – Delivery Route (probably); I’ve seen 1, 4, 5 and 6 in this slot, so it might be a Route
1 – Undercoating
7 – Light Package including:
- Back Up Lights
- Luggage Compartment Light
- Glove Box Light

The last “1” and “7” digits are present on the Windsor tags only. Never seen their on NY, 300B or Imperial

Below SPL.-FO.:

1396 – it is a BODY NUMBER; 396th Windsor built (while by the VIN it is a 351th car built). Not bad for six days of production.



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