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


1 thought on “Classic Mustang Decoder – How To

  1. U dont have correct example of a 69 mustang’s door warranty tag in the vin decoding area. U show a sample image of a tag that starts with a 6 which is for a 66 mustang. The sample image the sample image states that this applies to a 66, 67, 68, and 69. That is incorrect. I know for sure the 69 door warranty tag looks very different. The larger Ford logo is not at the bottom of the tag, it is just above codes for paint, trim, dso, etc. I strongly suspect that the 67, 68, and 69 tags are all the same style. The 66 maybe, but I don’t suspect so.

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