"Trim Grade/Class" VIN decoding?

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    Chained_360 Well-Known Member

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    Hi all, this is a bigger-scale question that I have had for a long time. For our cars (1967-76 as far as I am aware), the second digit of the VIN identifies the car's "trim grade" or class. Can someone explain what this means please? My car (1968 Barracuda) is a "high class" trim grade but is pretty basic in terms of options but I've seen VINs for much faster and nicer cars (340, formula s, etc.) with L or M trim grades. What does this mean? Is it dependent on interior options, or is it assigned by the dealer? My car doesn't have a center console or rear armrests, from what I can tell the fanciest interior option it has is the Burgundy Metallic upper door color. What do you guys think?
     
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    What are your VIN numbers The second digit is price class.
     
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    No, which is why I'm a little curious as to why it's an H. The VIN is BH23F8B121258, which from what I've researched means:
    B - Barracuda
    H - High trim grade
    23 - 2-door Hardtop (Notchback)
    F - 318-2bbl.
    8 - 1968 Model year
    B - Hamtramck, MI plant
    121258 - Sequence #

    The car is a 318/904 car originally, with heavy duty front and rear drum brakes. Column shift, no center console, no rear armrests, I think the car may have originally had a map light switch (there's a hole in the dash in the appropriate spot), but it doesn't have anything fancy like a rear defogger or anything. The interior color is red with white bucket seats, lap belt, and a day/night mirror.
     
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    Price class not trim class. BH is simply a Barracuda for years 67-74
     
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    Ah, that would explain it. Thanks!
    So is price class based of off MSRP pretty much?
     
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      Only 2 choices for 68. BH or BO for the Factory Super Stock cars. Barracuda didn't have too many models.
       
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      That makes sense. Thanks Mike! I always enjoy learning more about the history and technical details about these cars.
       
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      The interior trim code influences MSRP not the other way around. I had a pair of 66 Dart 2-door hardtops. One was a 270 (LH), the other was a GT (LP), The plain 66 Dart would have been an LL. The Dart upholstery could have been feature-less all vinyl or cloth and vinyl, and it had rubber mats on the floor and no rear arm rests on the 2-door models. Carpet and rear arm rests could be ordered. The bases on all Dart models was plastic that matched the rest of the interior. Even so, it still would be an LL model. My 270 was all vinyl with an intricate tuck and roll that were a part of seat insert. 2 different vinyl textures were used on the seats. The floors were fully carpeted and every door had an arm rest pad mounted on a chrome plastic base. The GT models came with thin shell bucket seats that were single colored and stitched in a square bisquit pattern. The GT had carpeting on the floor as well as on the bottom of the door panels and on the backs of the bucket seats.

      My Demon is an LL model. It has feature-less┬║[​IMG] 1148621-72e810cabfe1d7b613e1ab690ee76d29.jpg
      cloth and vinyl upholstery bench seats, no rear bench arm rests, and the car had rubber flooring. Some one with more experience will have to pipe up if the Demon all-vinyl interior decor option pushed the car into the LH class or if specifying buckets and a console brought along an LP designation as well as "walnut" trim in the door panels (also found in the decor option).

      Note: ┬║ feature-less. See photo above. Note the absence of any thing that would add texture to the seat other than the material itself . This is the cloth and vinyl back seat from my LL Demon. The cloth is OEM material, the vinyl comes from a more recent manufactured source.

      72 back seat small.JPG
       
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