The Vehicle Identification Numbers, ( VIN for short), are found on a metal plate attached to the offside wing valance inside the engine
compartment. The chassis number is also to be found stamped in to the metal on the top of the offside suspension housing, if you are
lucky enough to find or have an example which has not had this replaced. If you are lucky enough to have a vehicle still with the
original suspension housings, which is rare, you may also find a small oblong metal strip with the original customer order number on it.
The vehicle's engine number is to be found stamped into the machined face of the flange on the offside of the cylinder block. This
should start with '120E' followed by the engine's number. The Vehicle Identification Numbers for the Consul Corsair are in two formats
depending on when the car was actually manufactured.
System A, used for vehicles manufactured up to December 1964. ( Diamond shaped plate )
H = Assembly Plant, ( H is for Halewood ). All Consul Corsair production was at Halewood.
16 = Body Type, (16 = 4 Door Deluxe Saloon with bucket seats)
D = Year of Manufacture, ( D = 1964 )
123456 = Vehicle Identification Number
L = Month of Manufacture, ( L = September )
The VIN plate also contains the Ford model number, ie 120E, the trim code and the paint code. The month of manufacture indicator
may be appended to the Main Identification Number or may appear separately depending on the plate used as there were two different
variations, although both are diamond shaped.
System B, used for vehicles manufactured from January 1965. ( Rectangular plate )
B = Country of Origin, B is for Britain
B = Assembly Plant, ( B is for Halewood )
16 = Body Type, ( 16 = 4 Door Deluxe Saloon with bucket seats)
E = Year of Manufacture, ( E = 1965 )
M = Month of Manufacture, ( M = March )
The VIN plate also contains the Ford model number, ie 120E, the trim code and the paint code. In addition, above the Vehicle Number,
other information is given. This is:
Drive: 1 = Right Hand Drive, 2 = Left Hand Drive
Engine: 1 = 1498cc High Compression, 2 = 1498cc Low Compression, 3 = 1498 GT (You may find that the number 5 appears instead of 3.
The number 5 was used for the Consul Cortina GT which used the same 1498cc engine. The Consul Cortina was also available with an
1198cc high and low compression engine thus making five available engine options in total, hence 5 for the GT. The Consul Corsair only
had three engine options but this did not prevent the number 5 sometimes appearing erroneously on the corresponding VIN plate.)
Transmission: 1 = Floor Change, 2 = Column Change, 3 = Automatic, 4 = Floor Change GT
Axle: S = 3.9:1, 1 = 4.125:1
Please refer to the table below to decode your car's VIN.
NB It appears that there is no separate model number for automatic models. Automatic cars appear to use the model number
corresponding to the manual equivalent, ie bucket seats or bench seat. Both were options with the automatic transmission. E.G 16 is
used for both the 4 door deluxe floor change model with bucket seats and the 4 door deluxe automatic model with bucket
seats. Automatic transmission was available on the standard and deluxe models only, not on the GT models.
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