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i just bought a 67 newport and would like to know how to figure out the option codes. also the production #s ivee found for this model are around 25000 but the vin # would place mine at about 231000 any help would be appreciated.

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You can check with Chrysler Historical but they charge for the service. You have to send them your VIN #, contact them as follows:

Lori Dunning

Chrysler Historical Collection

Walter P. Chrysler Museum CIMS 488-00-00

1 Chrysler Drive

Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2778

e-mail: LD89@daimlerchrysler.com

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Ian Smale

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  • 5 weeks later...

Hey, if you get a copy of the fender tag information - I would be glad to use my Galen Govier book to de-code it for you.

Fender tags decode from the lower left to the upper right

Lower row has model, engine, trans, scheduled build date and order number.

I need that information along with the VIN and each row's info from the bottom to the top.

the second row has like letters and number stamped - some have a letter or number directly under them I need the letter/number above and the letter/number below

A good photo of the fender tag would help to.

My email is


It would be better to send it to me directly. Hope I can help.


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If you have a Chrysler sales brochure for that year, you can determine what options the car has pretty much from that. The rear axle should have a tag on it with the ratio stamped on it. There was only one option code for TorqueFlite (as only B/RB engines were in that car). Factory A/C cars had the hd suspension front torsion bars, which left the rear springs to make the balance of the option hd suspension along with high control shocks (all front shocks were limited to 1" diameter pistons due to the space in the K-frame they had to fit into whereas the rear shocks would have been the larger 1 3/8" bore diameter).

Specific to '67 Chrysler ONLY, the optional 383 4bbl engine had a single exhaust but had the same horsepower/torque ratings as the dual exhaust engines in similar C-body Plymouth and Dodge vehicles. 383 4bbls came with standard 3.23 rear axle ratio whereas 2bbls came with 2.76 ratio. 440 TNT would have a 3.23 standard too.

Only 15" wheel use was with the disc brake option. Otherwise, 14x5.5" or 14x6.0" wheels on non-station wagons. Wheel cover use can be determined from the sales literature.

Bucket seat interior used the same seats as the Chrylser 300, but with different door panels, dash insert trim, and a different rear seat "speak grille" insert. As with all Chrysler trim codes back then, the seat fabrics and vinyls had a metallic tint to them. The whites had a pearl tint to them too (which might look dirty as it agea, where the "grunge" will not come off).

Cars ordered with the "Basic Group" had: 8.55x14 white wall tires (usually Goodyear Power Cushion), wheel covers, Light Package (map light, trunk light, fender mounted turn signal indicators), AM radio with rear seat speaker, undercoat with hood pad, AirTemp air conditioning, Power Steering, Power Drum Brakes. I think that is about all, as I recall. Some dealers who wanted a long window sticker or a few extra dollars, could order these things separately too, without ordering them in the particular option group.

Other than original paint and trim colors, with the sales brochure and a little time, you should be able to pin down how the car was originally equipped from the factory. There weren't that many "secrets" on those cars as most were pretty much unmolested as they changed owners over the years. Not quite the same situation as with the Dodge/Plymouth muscle cars. Of course, if you can find a dealer's Order Guide (which would list all of the options and their codes and availability on which models, plus trim and paint colors/combinations) it would have all of those things in it too.

As for the sequence number of the VIN, if there were two plants which could produce the same line of cars, they would have similar sequence numbers (except for the starting number). I believe the Chrysler service manual for that year will further explain that situation. Therefore, you could only determine that a vehicle was in which sequence at each plant instead of doing that with total production of that vehicle.

Unfortunately, knowing all of the option code information probably will not make much difference, value wise, like it might for a B or A or E-body car. Once you get past the normal things used car lot people look at (PS, PB, A/C), other things will not make much difference with C-body cars. Fortunately, there is a pretty nice upward trend in the values of pre-'69 C-body Chryslers.

Email me from the link above if you have any questions.


CE23H73 Turbine Bronze/White Vinyl Roof & Bucket Seat Interior (non-console)

DH43N0D Brougham Package, W23 Class II 16-slot Road Wheels Unmolested

TH42KAA 360 2bbl used a 318 size Carter 2bbl this year only

(How's that for 3 low production Chrysler C-bodies? Did it without trying too!)

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