The Patent Plate is attached to the left front door pillar.

The Patent Plate is attached to the left front door pillar.

The figure illustrates the Mercury Warranty/Data plate. The plate is located on the rear (lock) face
of the left front door panel. 

The official Vehicle Identification Number for title and registration purposes is stamped on a tab attached
to the top right side (weld flange) of the dash panel in the engine compartment (see figure below).  Do not
use the Vehicle Warranty Number which appears on the Warranty plate for title or registration purposes.


Vehicle Data

The vehicle data appears in a line across the top of the warranty plate. The first two letters and a number
identify the Body Style. The following one or two letters identify the Exterior Paint Color. The next code
consisting of two numbers, or a letter and a number, identifies the Interior Trim. The Date Code showing
the date the car was manufactured follows the Trim Code and consists of two numbers and a letter. The
next code gives the district in which the car was ordered and consist of two numbers. The next to the last
code is the Axle Ratio Code and is designated by a number for a conventional axle or a letter for an
Equa-Lock axle. The last code in the vehicle data is the Transmission Code and consist of one number. 
The charts that follow, list in detail the various vehicle data codes.



The vehicle warranty number is the second line of numbers and letters appearing on the Warranty Plate. 
The first number indicates the model year. The letter following the model year indicates the assembly plant
at which the car was manufactured. The next two numbers designate the Body Serial Code. The letter
following the Body Serial Code designates the Engine Code. The remaining numbers indicate the
Consecutive Unit Number. The charts that follow, list in detail the various Vehicle Warranty Number codes.


The numeral "5" designates 1965.



Body Serial Code |  Body Style Code |  Body Type


42                                 50A                4-Door Sedan † 

43                                  62A                 2-Door Sedan 

44                                  54A                 4-Door Sedan 

45                                  76A                  2-Door Convertible 

47                                   63A                 2-Door H/T Fastback 

48                                   57A                 4-Door H/T Fastback 

45                                   76G                 2-Door Convertible* 

47                                   63G                2-Door H/T Fastback* 


52                                   50B                4-Door Sedan † 

57                                    63B                2-Door H/T Fastback 

58                                    57B                 4-Door H/T Fastback 


62                                    50F                4-Door Sedan † 

65                                    76F                2 Door Convertible

65                                    76C                2-Door Convertible* 

67                                    63F                 2-Door H/T Fastback 

67                                    63C                2-Door H/T Fastback* 


72                                     71B                 4-Door 6 Passengr Station Wagon 

72                                     71C                 4-Door 9 Passengr Station Wagon 

Colony Park

76                                      71A                 4-Door 6 Passengr Station Wagon 

76                                      71E                  4-Door 9 Passengr Station Wagon

† Reverse Back Window
* Bucket Seat


Two-tone paint codes us the same symbols as the single colors except that two symbols are used. 
The lower body color will appear first in the warranty plate paint color space.

If a special paint is used, the paint color space will not be stamped.

Code /M-30-J No. /Color  /Sales Name

A       1724   Black    Onyx

C       1736   Med Ivy Gold Met   Ivy Gold

D       1625   Med.Turq Met.  Silver Turquoise

F        1226   Med. Blue   Tiffany Blue

H        1544  Dk Blue Met  Midnight Blue

I          1737   Lt Beige Met    Sandrift

K         1621  Med Gray Met   Pearl Gray Poly

J         1515   Red   Carnival Red

M        1619  White  Polar White

O        1732  Lt Peacock   Aquamarine

P         1738  Palomino Met   Pecan Frost

R         1879  Dk Ivy  Green   Olive Mist

T         1631  Lt Beige  Fawn

V        1729  Yellow  Maize

X         1632  Maroon Met.  Burgandy

Y         1269  Med Blue Met   Blue Ice

5          1731  Dk  Turquoise Met   Ocean Turquoise

*"M-32-J" Acrylic Paint Alternate with "M-30-J"


Deviation trim sets will use existing trim codes plus a suffix.  A trim code with a numerical
suffix is not serviced, while a trim code with an alphabetical suffix is serviced.

CodeTrim Schemes

03 Green Vinyl 

04 Beige Vinyl 

12 Blue and Lt. Blue Met. Fabric & Vinyl 

15 Red Fabric & Vinyl 

16 Black Fabric & Vinyl 

17 Turquoise and Lt. Turq. Met. Fabric & Vinyl 

19 Palomino and Med. Palomino Fabric & Vinyl 

D6 White Pearl (w/Black) Vinyl 

22 Lt. Blue Met. Vinyl 

25 Red Vinyl 

26 Black Vinyl 

29 Med. Palomino Vinyl 

32 Blue and Blue Met. Vinyl 

33 Burgundy Vinyl 

35 Red Vinyl 

36 Black Vinyl 

37 Turquoise and Turq. Met. Vinyl 

38 Ivy Gold and Lt. Ivy Gold Vinyl 

39 Palomino and Med. Palomino Vinyl 

E2 White Pearl (w/Blue) Vinyl 

E3 White Pearl (w/Burgundy) Vinyl 

E5 White Pearl (w/Red) Vinyl 

E6 White Pearl (w/Black) Vinyl 

E7 White Pearl (w/Turq.) Vinyl 

E8 White Pearl (w/Ivy Gold) Vinyl 

E9 White Pearl (w/Palomino) Vinyl 

42 Med. Blue Met. Vinyl 

45 Red Vinyl 

46 Black Vinyl 

47 Turquoise Vinyl 

48 Lt. Ivy Gold D/L Vinyl 

49 Lt. Palomino Vinyl 

52 Blue and Blue Met. Fabric & Vinyl 

55 Red Fabric & Vinyl 

56 Black Fabric & Vinyl 

57 Turquoise and Turq. Met. Fabric & Vinyl 

58 Ivy Gold Fabric & Vinyl 

59 Palomino and Med. Palomino Fabric & Vinyl 

F6 White (w/Black) Vinyl 

62 Blue Met. and Lt. Blue Met. Vinyl 

65 Red Vinyl 

66 Black Vinyl 

67 Med. Turq. and Lt. Turq. Vinyl 

68 Lt. Ivy Gold Vinyl 

69 Med. Palomino Vinyl 

G2 White Pearl (w/Blue) Vinyl 

L2 White Pearl (w/Blue)with Headrest Vinyl 

G3 White Pearl (w/Burgundy)with Headrest Vinyl 

L3 White Pearl (w/Burgundy)with Headrest Vinyl 

G5 White Pearl (w/Red) Vinyl 

L5 White Pearl (w/Red)with Headrest Vinyl 

G6 White Pearl (w/Black) Vinyl 

L6 White Pearl (w/Black)with Headrest Vinyl 

G7 White Pearl (w/Turq.) Vinyl 

L7 White Pearl (w/Turq.)with Headrest Vinyl 

G8 White Pearl (w/Ivy Gold) Vinyl 

L8 White Pearl (w/Ivy Gold.)with Headrest Vinyl 

G9 White Pearl (w/Palomino) Vinyl 

L9 White Pearl (w/Palomino)with Headrest Vinyl 

72 Med. Blue Met. Vinyl 

K2 Blue with Headrest Vinyl 

75 Red Vinyl 

K5 Red with Headrest Vinyl 

76 Black Vinyl 

K6 Black with Headrest Vinyl 

77 Turquoise Vinyl 

K7 Turquoise with Headrest Vinyl 

78 Lt. Ivy Gold D/L Vinyl 

K8 Ivy Gold with Headrest Vinyl 

79 Med. Palomino Vinyl 

K9 Med. Palomino with Headrest Vinyl 

M6 White Pearl (w/Black) Vinyl 

82 Lt. Blue Met. Vinyl 

85 Red Vinyl 

86 Black Vinyl 

87 Turquoise Vinyl 

89 Med. Palomino Vinyl 

92 Lt. Blue Met. Vinyl (Mercury), Fabric & Vinyl (Ford) 

93 Burgundy Fabric & Vinyl 

95 Red Vinyl 

96 Black Vinyl (Mercury), Fabric & Vinyl (Ford) 

97 Turquoise Fabric & Vinyl 

99 Med. Palomino Vinyl (Mercury), Fabric & Vinyl (Ford) 

A9 Palomino Fabric & Vinyl 

P9 Palomino with Headrest Fabric & Vinyl 

B3 Burgundy Leather 

B9 Med. Palomino Leather 

C3 Burgundy Leather 

C9 Med. Palomino Leather 

Y5 Red Vinyl 

Y9 Palomino Vinyl 

Z6 Black Vinyl 

Z9 Palomino Vinyl

The code letters for the month are preceded by a numeral to show the day of the month when
the car was completed.  The second year code letters are to be used if 1963 model production
exceeds 12 months.

Month           1st Model Yr     2nd Model Year

January                A                        N

February              B                        P

March                   C                       Q

April                      D                       R

May                       E                        S

June                      F                       T

July                       G                       U

August                  H                       V

September            J                       W

October                K                        X

November             L                       Y

December            M                       Z


Domestic Special Orders, Foreign Special Orders, and Pre-Approved Special Orders
have the complete order number recorded in this space.  Also to appear in this space
is the two-digit code number of the district which ordered the unit.  If the unit is regular
production, only the District code number will appear.

District Code


11   Boston

15 New York

16 Philadelphia

17 Washington

21  Atlanta

22  Dallas

23 Jacksonville

26 Memphis

31  Buffalo

32  Cincinnati

33  Cleveland

34  Detroit

41  Chicago

42 St. Louis

51  Denver

52  Los Angeles

53  Oakland

54  Seattle

81  Ford of Canada

84  Home Office Reserve





1    3.00:1

4   3.25:1

5   3.50:1

8   3.89:1

9   4.11:1


A    3.00:1

E   3.25:1

F   3.50:1

H   3.89:1

I   4.11:1




1   3-Speed Manual-Shift

2  Overdrive

4   Cruise-O-Matic (Ford) Multi-Drive (Mercury)

5   4-Speed Manual-Shift

6  C-4 Automatic Dual Range



Code  Assembly Plant

A  Atlanta 

D   Dallas 

E   Mahwah 

F   Dearborn 

G   Chicago 

H   Lorain 

J   Los Angeles 

K   Kansas City 

L   Michigan Truck 

N   Norfolk 

P   Twin Cities 

R   San Jose 

S   Pilot Plant 

T   Metuchen 

U   Louisville 

W   Wayne 

Y   Wixom 

Z   St. Louis




C 8-Cylinder 289 Cubic Inch (4V Prem.) 

H 8-Cylinder 390 Cubic Inch (2V Spec.) 

L 8-Cylinder 427 Cubic Inch (4V Oh Cam) 

M 8-Cylinder 427 Cubic Inch (8V Oh Cam) 

P 8-Cylinder 390 Cubic Inch (4V Spec.) 

R 8-Cylinder 427 Cubic Inch (8V Hi Pref.) 

V 6-Cylinder 240 Cubic Inch (1V) 

X 8-Cylinder 352 Cubic Inch (4V) 

Y 8-Cylinder 390 Cubic Inch (2V) 

Z 8-Cylinder 390 Cubic Inch (4V) 

5 6-Cylinder *240 Cubic Inch (1V) 

3 8-Cylinder *289 Cubic Inch (4V) 

9 8-Cylinder *390 Cubic Inch (4V) 

* Low Compression




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