How to Identify the Vehicle Indentification Number in a 1950 Chevy

by Emile Heskey

One can learn a lot about a car through its specific vehicle identification number, commonly referred to as the VIN or VIN number. The VIN in modern cars is arranged according to a standard template, but older VINs have an arrangement specific to the manufacturer. Therefore, to decode a VIN in a 1950 Chevrolet, the Internet is a very useful resource.


Locate the vehicle’s identification number on the right side of the cowl under the hood, or on a plate attached to the rear face of the left-hand door-hinge pillar.


Decode the first symbol, which is a number representing the plant where the vehicle was assembled. has a list of assembly plants for 1950 Chevys and their corresponding number.


Decode the second and third symbols, which constitute a two-letter representation of the vehicle’s model. For example, “HJ” represents all series 1500 vehicles, and “HU” represents all series 3900 vehicles. has a list of all 1950 Chevy model types and their corresponding two-letter symbols.


Decode the fourth symbol, which is a letter representing the month in which the vehicle was assembled. has a list of which letter corresponds with each month.


Decode the last symbols in the VIN, which represent the vehicle’s specific production sequence number. Each series was separately numbered, all beginning with the number 1001.

About the Author

Emile Heskey has been a professional writer since 2008, when he began writing for "The Journal" student newspaper. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in modern history and politics from Oxford University, as well as a Master of Science in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies from Edinburgh University.

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