1963 & 1964 Cadillac Body Styles and VIN #'s

1963/1964 Body Styles


In 1963/1964 Cadillacs were broken in to 3 main body style series.

They were the entry level 62 series cars (least expensive and renamed Calais in 1965), mid series DeVilles (mid priced) and the high-end Fleetwoods.

For 1963/1964 the "62 Series" included
-

62 series Coupe with body type 6257.
-62 series 4 window Sedan with body type 6239.
-62 series 6 window Sedan with body type 6229.
- 1963 Only -> 62 series convertible (moved up to DeVille line in 64)

 
Stepping up to the DeVilles for 1963/64 this would have included
- Coupe DeVille with body type 6357
- 4 Window Sedan DeVille with body type 6339
- 6 Window Sedan DeVille with body type 6329
- 1963 only -> DeVille Park Avenue with body type 6389
- 1964 only ->DeVille Convertible with body type 6267 (was a 62 series in 1963)

At the high end of the spectrum you would have found the Fleetwoods which 1963/1964 included:
- Eldorado Convertible with body type 6367 - called Eldorado Biarritz with its on Body Series in 1963  
- Fleetwood 60 Special - its name from the body type 6039. Without getting into the 75 series 9 passengers Fleetwoods below, this would have been your highend 4 door car. 
- Fleetwood 75 Series 9 Passenger Sedan with body type 6723
- Fleetwood 75 Series 9 Passenger Limo with body type 6733

- In addition you would have had a Commercial Chassis with body type 6890

Identifying your Car by VIN #  
  Your car can be identified by it's VIN Number (called Engine Serial Number
in the shop manual).

1963 VIN Numbers (Engine Serial Number)

VIN Numbers for 63 Cadillacs are made up as follows:

63 X nnnnnn

where: 63 is the year,
X is the Body Code which designates which series and style of car (see below)
nnnnnn is the production number for that year.

VIN LETTER (Body Code), (Body Style #) & STYLE_____________

G- 6257 - 62 SERIES COUPE
N- 6239 - 62 SERIES SEDAN (4 window)
K- 6229 - 62 SERIES SEDAN (6 window)
F- 6267 - 62 SERIES CONVERTIBLE
J- 6357 - COUPE DEVILLE
B- 6339 - SEDAN DEVILLE (4 window)
L- 6329 - SEDAN DEVILLE (6 window)
D- 6389 - SEDAN DEVILLE PARK AVENUE
E- 6367 - ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE
M- 6039 - FLEETWOOD 60 SPECIAL
R- 6723 - FLEETWOOD 75 SEDAN
S- 6733 - FLEETWOOD 75 LIMO
Z- 6890 - COMMERCIAL CHASSIS

1964 VIN Numbers (Engine Serial Number)

VIN Numbers for 64 Cadillacs are made up as follows:

64 X nnnnnn

where: 64 is the year,
X is the Body Code which designates whice series and style of car (see below)
nnnnnn is the production number for that year.

VIN LETTER (Body Code), (Body Style #) & STYLE_____________

G- 6257 - 62 SERIES COUPE
N- 6239 - 62 SERIES SEDAN (4 window)
K- 6229 - 62 SERIES SEDAN (6 window)
F- 6267 - DEVILLE CONVERTIBLE
J- 6357 - COUPE DEVILLE
B- 6339 - SEDAN DEVILLE (4 window)
L- 6329 - SEDAN DEVILLE (6 window)
E- 6367 - ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE
M- 6039 - FLEETWOOD 60 SPECIAL
R- 6723 - FLEETWOOD 75 SEDAN
S- 6733 - FLEETWOOD 75 LIMO
Z- 6890 - COMMERCIAL CHASSIS

VIN NUMBER LOCATION

Typically the vin # is in 3 places on your car.

1st) It is always on the frame on the first corssmember lip just in front of the radiator.  To find raise the hood and look down and to the right just belowt he radiator support at the frame crossmember that goes from side to side.  The VIN is stamed into the metal facing up. You will probably need some sandpaper or steel wook to bring it out.  Soemtimes weeting it makes it easier to read also.
See Pictures below:

 

 


2nd)

The VIN is stamped on the engine on the left (driver) side below the exhaust manifold just above the oil pan. Again this may need some sandpaper and you will not be able to see this unless you get under the car. This one is really hard to see with the engine is still in the car but is useful in verifying that your engine is the original.....this is what they mean by matching numbers.  See Pictures below:

 

 

3rd

) Sometimes there is a Service Notice Plate (service label) l mounted to the inside of the door jamb on the left/driver side. This is just held on by two tiny phillips screws and is easily removed and/or sometimes they get painted over.I would not put too much stock in this service plate. They are easy to switch around.  See Example Picture below:

 

4th) Your vin should be on the title or insurance documentation for your car. Look for the number that starts out as 63x or 64x...... That is your vin number.

** In addition - The VIN is also apparently located on top of the frame at the rear crossmember, however, you would have to have the body off of the car to see the VIN in this location.  The VIN may be in other locations however Locations #1 and #2 are the most apparent.

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Comment by Jason Edge on December 6, 2017 at 10:22am

Anders, The "moon landing" comment was tongue-in-cheek. I wouldn't think anyone with an IQ over 50 would actually think we didn't go to the moon. Sort of like the guy in California I saw on the news last week trying to convince people the world is flat! Yee Ha!  

Comment by Anders on December 6, 2017 at 5:57am

"I  guess technically... they could have made the 1964 6367 the "deVille" convertible and given the Fleetwood Eldorado a body number like 6067?"

That would have made sense. But in all earnesty 1964 seems to be a very special year on many accounts. The new gear box, engine, comfort control and still old style body.

I am thinking about the reason behind the push in 1964 models. Where stuff was not fully thought through and later fixed in 1965. Like placement of motor and renaming Series 62 to Calais. Did the assassination of JFK had anything to do with it? Of course it didn't in a direct way, but maybe manufacturers was trying to "build hope" by showing innovation and progress?

Comment by Anders on December 6, 2017 at 5:50am

I been to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. And NASA in Houston. I even seen the Enterprise both in Florida and New York.

I don't have any problems believing the moon-landing. Mostly because I don't see why it would be necessary to lie about it. And keep lying on such a large scale and long time. So as far as I can tell they went to the moon and returned safely. Compared to the Russians experiment with the dog Laika. 

I also also know that when the moon-landing took place I was 4 years old. Living in a country with only one black and white tv channel. My family did not have a tv and I don't know if my parents was aware of the space rocket thingy at that time, maybe from radio. So I do not have any memory of it. We also didn't have any Piggly Wiggly and still don't have that.

Comment by Jason Edge on December 5, 2017 at 5:55pm

I like what Neil deGrasse Tyson said about the moon landing naysayers. He said there were thousands of people out there watching the rocket when it blasted off and the astronauts were gone for 4 days. Where do they think they went... the local Piggly Wiggly!

Comment by Anders on December 5, 2017 at 5:13pm

Went to the moon? Nahh, ain't gonna believe that... :-) 

Comment by Jason Edge on December 5, 2017 at 5:10pm

I  guess technically... they could have made the 1964 6367 the "deVille" convertible and given the Fleetwood Eldorado a body number like 6067?  Now that would have really given people something to kick themselves in the shins over!

Comment by Jason Edge on December 5, 2017 at 5:07pm

...and the 1963 Series 62 convertible (63-6267) had the deVille interior. Only thing that changed was in 1964 the 6267 was formally moved into the "deVille" body series and gained the "deVille script and designation. This has been discussed ad infinitum. Not sure what to say. Other points of confusion has been the 6367 dropping the Biarritz and moving into the "Fleetwood" body series in 1964.  Both are subject to lots of bad, bad info out there due to people just assuming this or that. 1964 Eldorado's were continued to be advertised as Biarritz's in 1965, 1965, 1966 and on and on.  Kinda taking it in stride like those that still don't think we went to the moon. Yee Ha!

Comment by Anders on December 5, 2017 at 2:25pm

What is weird is that the 1964 DeVille Convertible is having a body code for Series 62 as its starts with 62. All other DeVille and the Eldorado have body code 63xx.

On page 1-1 in the 1964 Manual its stated Convertible Coupe!

And on page 16-2 its stated Sixty-Two convertible.

And yes we have been down this road before. But I do think its odd that a DeVille Convertible is not stated as 6367 as that would make sense. Looking through the sales brochure there is no Series 62 Convertible at all. Only Coupe, 4-window and 6-window. I guess it was never changed from 1963:

So my thinking is that a 1964 Series 62 (from 1965 Calais) should start with 62xx, DeVille/Eldorado with 63xx and the rest some other numbers that doesn't make sense either.

So to all of you believing you own a 1964 DeVille Convertible. Its not a DeVille, its a Series 62.... LOL!!!

Comment by joe duran on October 7, 2017 at 2:26pm

Jason, Thanks for your details, they are beyond helpful.

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