Location of the Identification Number on a 1940 Chevrolet

by Douglas Hawk

American-made cars and trucks are identified by their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). With the proper decoding information, the VIN number can tell you where and when the vehicle was manufactured.

Chevrolet Truck VIN

The VIN on a 1940 Chevrolet truck is located on a metal plate attached to the firewall on the passenger side just under the hood. The number on the plate tells the truck's story. For example, the VIN "21 KC 07 11077" indicates that the vehicle was built in Janesville, Wisconsin, in July 1940. The "21" signifies the Janesville plant, the "K" designates 1940, "C" indicates that it was a half-ton truck and the "7" stands for the month, July. The other numbers indicate the sequence in which the truck left the assembly line.

Chevrolet Car VIN

The VIN for a 1940 Chevrolet car is on a plate fixed to the floor on the right side of the front seat.

Engine Number

Occasionally, the VIN plate will be missing from older vehicles. In those cases, titles are created using the engine numbers.

About the Author

Douglas Hawk has been freelance writing since 1983. He has had articles appear in numerous Colorado newspapers and in a wide variety of national magazines. Hawk has sold three novels and one short story, which won an award from the Colorado Authors' League. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Adams State College and master's degree in mass communications from the University of Denver.