Location of the Identification Number on a 1940 Chevroletby 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.
Occasionally, the VIN plate will be missing from older vehicles. In those cases, titles are created using the engine numbers.