Classic Mustang Decoder – How To

Need to determine the authenticity of a Mustang sitting in your driveway, or validate a Mustang for sale that could some day be parked in your garage. Use this guide to get started by understanding the VIN breakdown for 65-73 Classic Mustangs and then move on to understanding the Door Data Plate Tag; and finally use an active Classic Mustang Decoder to translate the VIN and Data plate codes on the fly.

Classic Mustang Decoder Links

Finding your Mustang VIN location

  • Engine Compartment on driver’s side fender apron, under the fender
  • Inside the Car where Windshield and Dash meet (Passenger side 1968,
    Driver’s Side 1969-73)
  • Door Jam of Driver’s Side Door on Data Plate Tag

Mustang Vin Location

Mustang VIN Breakdown

Once you find the VIN number, it should look something like this: 5F09A762943


Decoding the Mustang VIN Number

  • 5 :  Model Year = 1965
  •  F : Assembly Plant = Dearborn Michigan
  • 09 : Body Series = Convertible
  • A : Engine = 289 V8 with 4 barrel carburetor
  • 762973 : Consecutive Production Number

Mustang Door Data Plate Breakdown


Mustang Data Plates Images

1964 1/2 and 1965 Mustang Door Data Plate


1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969 Mustang Door Data Plate


1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 Mustang Data Tag


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