Cordoba VIN question

1975 - 1979 Mopars

  1. satilite73

    satilite73 Well-Known Member

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    While sorting thru old papers, I found a registration to the '79 Cordoba my Mom had back about '87 or so.

    Decoding the VIN, the second digit breaks down as 'special'? Is that correct? If so, were all Cordobas 'special'? SS22K9R116593 (car is long gone)

    Just curious.

    Obviously not her car, but hers was the same color combo, triple red with the cloth interior. She had bought it off a car lot in '87, and I found receipts in the trunk that it had been used as a rental car by Rent A Wreck for a year or two previously. Car was in nice enough condition that it was stolen in early '89 and found soon after wrecked.

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    Well , all 3 Cordobas I've had/have are special... to me. But, seriously, that's the model designation for a Cordoba.
     
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      Agree. There was no Low-Medium-High trim levels to the Cordoba like some other models so Chrysler just used the S designation.
       
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      I suspect the "Special" designation is also on the build tag as "Special Order" which means extra care in building the car. This is on my '70 Fury III ex-squad, '78 New Yorker St Regis Coupe and on my '79 Magnum GT.
       
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        I always thought there were different levels for Cordobas too depending on how it was equipped, IE 'fully loaded' vs basic equipment (like my Mom's Cordoba).

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        This I'm aware of but never gave it any thought regarding a VIN designation.
         
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        Sorry...no. That designation would be coded elsewhere and not in the VIN.

        In prior years, the S designation was used for the highest trim levels and/or performance car in the car line such as:
        RS = GTX, XS = Charger R/T or SE or Magnum XE depending on the year, WS = Coronet R/T, LS = Dart GTS, BS= 'Cuda, VS = Duster 340/360, CS= New Yorker Brougham,

        The second letter designates where within the model line that particular model falls in terms of price and trim level. For example PL (Full size Plymouth; low)=Fury 1, PM (medium) = Fury II, PH (high)=Fury III, PP (premium) = Gran Coupe.

        There is only one trim level for the Cordoba within the model line. There is no Low, Medium or High price level 75-79 Cordoba. Chrysler could have chosen any second letter and it would mean the same thing. They, apparently, chose to use the letter S to continue the "Special" designation indicating upper trim level.
         
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        "Fully loaded" is an indefinite slang term used to describe a car equipped with a large number of optional items. It doesn't speak to the standard trim level of the basic car. A car's VIN doesn't change due to the number of options ordered.
         
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          By your explanations, it looks like I'm getting 'models' confused with 'options'. A 'fully loaded' Fury I is still just a Fury I. Makes sense. Just never really thought about it before.
           
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            The second letter indicated price class
             
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            Look at this ad someone posted on FB now, a Cordoba S

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