The 1962 Fisher Body Data Plate is located under the hood, below the left (driver's side) windshield wiper transmission on Dynamic 88, Super 88, Ninety-Eight and Starfire models. On F-85 models this plate is located under the hood and is mounted on the cowl. The Fisher Body Data Plate for models other than Fiesta station wagons looks like this:
For information on Fiesta station wagon Ionia Manufacturing body plates, go here.
The build date of a 1962 Oldsmobile can be determined by the 3 digit code located above the Style Number. The first two numbers indicate the month (01 being January - 12 being December). The letter indicates the week of the month (A being the first week - E being the 5th week). Our first example plate indicates that this body was built the first week (A) of July (07), our second example was built the fourth week (D) or June (06).
Models can be identified by the Style Number shown on the plate.
The 62 prefix indicates that the year of the body is a 1962.
The four digit number following the prefix indicates the Style Number. The first and second digits are the series designation, the third and fourth are the body style designation. All Oldsmobile Style Numbers begin with a 3. Style Numbers are as follows:
F-85 (30 series)
3019 - 4-Door Sedan
3027 - Club Coupe
3035 - 2-Seat Station Wagon
3045 - 3-Seat Station Wagon
3067 - Sports Convertible
F-85 DeLuxe (31 series)
3115 - 2-Seat Station Wagon
3117 - Cutlass Coupe
3119 - 4-Door Sedan
3167 - Cutlass Convertible
Jetfire (31 series)
3147 - Hardtop Coupe
Dynamic 88 (32 series)
3235 - 2-Seat Fiesta (Station Wagon)
3239 - Holiday Sedan
3245 - 3-Seat Fiesta (Station Wagon)
3247 - Holiday Coupe
3267 - Convertible Coupe
3269 - Celebrity (4-Door) Sedan
Super 88 (35 series)
3535 - 2-Seat Fiesta (Station Wagon)
3539 - Holiday Sedan
3547 - Holiday Coupe
3569 - Celebrity (4-Door) Sedan
Starfire (36 series)
3647 - Hardtop Coupe
3667 - Convertible
Ninety-Eight (38 series)
3819 - Town (4-Door) Sedan
3829 - Holiday Sedan
3839 - Holiday Sports Sedan
3847 - Holiday Sports Coupe
3867 - Convertible Coupe
Both of our example plates indicate that these bodies are 1962 (62), Oldsmobile (3), Starfire (6), Hardtop Coupes (47).
All Fisher Body numbers are prefixed by letters indicating the plant at which the body was assembled. The Fisher Body plant code should correspond to the Oldsmobile final assembly plant indicated in the Serial Number. Body plant prefixes are as follows:
LA - Lansing, Michigan
BA - Doraville, Georgia
BK - Kansas City, Kansas
BL - Linden, New Jersey
BC - South Gate, California
BW - Wilmington, Delaware
BT - Arlington, Texas
The body number follows the Fisher Body plant prefix code. It is the production sequence number of that particular body style number, at that particular plant. Body numbers start at 0001.
Our first example plate indicates that this body was built at the South Gate, California Fisher Body Plant (BC) and it was the 4,921st (4921) Starfire Coupe body produced at the South Gate facility, our second example was built at the Lansing, Michigan Fisher Body Plant (LA) and was the 11,824th (11824) Starfire Coupe body produced at the Lansing facility.
The trim number indicates the interior trim option and color. Trim numbers are listed on this site under the specific model pages.
Our first example plate indicates that this body has the 935 Red interior trim, our second example has the 933 Blue interior trim.
The paint numbers indicate the upper and lower paint colors, wheel or optional painted wheel disc color and convertible top color or optional Sport Top Vinyl Roof color. Paint codes will vary depending on body plant and how the vehicle is trimmed. The first letter in the code is for the lower (body) paint color. The second letter in the code is for the upper (roof) paint color. There were no two-tone convertibles. The third letter in the code is for the wheel or optional wheel disc paint color. Not all cars with painted wheels or optional painted wheel discs have a letter in the code, as wheels were not installed at the body plants. It has been reported that Protect-O-Plate information includes wheel paint codes while data plates do not, on some cars. Cars with optional painted wheel discs came with black painted wheels. The black wheels will not show on the Data Plate. Go to the Colors page to get the paint codes to decode your tag.
Our first example plate indicates that this body was finished in Ebony Black lower (A), Ebony Black upper (A), with Garnet Mist wheels or optional painted wheel discs (L), our second example was finished in Cirrus Blue lower (H) with Cirrus Blue upper (H). Our second example is not coded for wheel color.
Convertibles will only have a lower body paint code, possibly followed by a number indicating the convertible top color, possibly followed by the wheel color. It is also possible to have a separate TOP code on the plate. Convertible top colors are as follows:
1 - White
2 - Black
4 - Blue
5 - Fawn
6 - Red
The factory furnished a Black top unless another color was specified on the order.
Not all convertibles show the convertible top code. Some show no top code at all. Owners of convertibles are asked to please e-mail me with your data plate numbers for the purpose of establishing a pattern to convertible top coding (if such a thing is possible) - your VIN number is not required. Your imput is important to this project.
So far, we've found a Lansing car with no top code at all (original top color unknown - assumed black) and a Southgate car with a separate TOP code of 2 for black.
We are in the process of determining the codes used for the Sport Top Vinyl Roof covering. Car with this option are extremely rare and owners are encouraged to e-mail me with your data plate numbers for the purpose of establishing a pattern to vinyl roof coding.
ACC stands for accessories. These codes indicate optional equipment that would have affected Fisher Body in building the body for the car. There are two different types of accessory codes seen on '62 Oldsmobiles.
The first type are the one or two digit codes shown in the example. These are the option codes that the dealer used when placing the car order. For a complete list of dealer option codes, follow the Accessories links. Use the codes listed there to decode your accessory codes. There are a few codes that you may find on your Data Plate that you will not find in the accessories list. Cars equipped with the standard 3-speed Synchromesh transmission will have the code "SM" on the Data Plate. We have also seen "SMT" and "SYNCHRO". These codes told Fisher Body to set the body up for standard shift. Since the majority of Oldsmobiles were equipped with 4-S Hydra-Matic the lack of the SM code was a default to set the body up for automatic transmission. Some cars also show an "S" as the first code. This is not a code for dual exhaust. Dual exhaust would not have affected the build of the body. At this time it is assumed that the "S" stands for Sold Order.
The second type of accessory codes that can appear are the IBM codes. These codes are all three digits and were used by some plants instead of the above-mentioned ordering codes. IBM codes are broken down on the IBM Code Page.
Our first example uses the ordering codes and indicates that this body was equipped with Oldsmobile Air Conditioning (N), and Electric 4-Window Lifts (U4). Our second example uses the IBM codes and indicates that this body was built with Oldsmobile Air Conditioning - and Whitewall Tires (555), Electric 2-Way Seat Adjuster (624) and Electric 4-Window Lifts (631).