Ford Capri

Capri Identification Codes

You can learn a great deal about your Capri from the information on the identification plate under the hood.

VINThe first thing on the plate is the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). It will look something like GBECTM98765. The first letter identifies the country that produced the car (actually the country of the Ford division that controls the production plant, not the actual plant). The second identifies the actual production plant. Possible letters are:


VIN Prefixes
GA - Cologne, Germany
GB - Genk, Belgium
GC - Saarlouis, Germany
BB - Halewood, England



The vast majority of US cars came from Cologne, Germany. Halewood, England normally produced only right hand drive cars for the British market, but there is some anecdotal evidence that a few early Capri 1600s were produced there for the USA.

The next two letters are the model code and are always EC, which indicates the Capri.

The next two letters are a date code, indicating the year and month the car is produced. They are interpreted as follows:

Date Codes
1970197119721973197419751976 1977
JanKLLCMBNJPLRCSBTJ
FebKYLKMRNUPYRKSRTU
MarKSLDMANMPSRDSATM
Apr KTLEMGNPPTRESG TP
MayKJLLMCNBPJRLSC TB
JunKU LY MK NR PU RY SKTR
JulKM LSMDNA PMRS SD TA
AugKPLTMENGPPRTSE TG
SepKBLJML NCPBRJSL -
OctKRLUMYNKPRRUSY -
NovKALMMSNDPARMSS -
DecKGLPMTNEPGRPST-



The sequence actually continues past August, 1977, but no European Capris were produced for the US market after this date.

The digits are simply a sequence number, and they have no special meaning. The factory simply assigns them in order from 01001 to 99999, and then starts over from 01001.

The sample VIN thus indicates a Capri produced in Genk, Belgium (a Ford of Germany plant) in March, 1977.

The remaining details the identification plate varies somewhat from year to year, but they all contain basically the same information.

The box marked "Motor/Engine" contains the two character engine ID code, which will be something like "NA". Engine codes for US Capris are:

Engine Codes
CodeNominal Displ TypeCompressionYearsName
L11600OHV I-48.0:11970-71Kent
L41600OHV I-47.5:11971-72Kent
NA2000SOHC I-48.2:11972-74Pinto
NB2000SOHC I-49.0:11971Pinto
PV2800OHV V-68.6:1?1977?Cologne
PX2800OHV V-68.2:11974-77Cologne
UX2600OHV V-68.2:11972-73Cologne
YA2300SOHC I-49.0:11976-77Lima
Y82300SOHC I-48.4:11977?Lima



The engine code will also be stamped on the somewhere engine block, followed by the date code and 5 digit sequence number from the VIN. This will result in something like "NA TM98765". If the numbers do not match the ID plate, the engine has been swapped! Alert readers may have noticed that the example indicates a 2000cc low compression engine in a 1977 Capri, which is invalid for the USA.

Incidentally, the US engines represent only a tiny fraction of the engines used in Capris. If you run across one with an engine code that is not on this list, it may be a European model that was imported privately.

We don't have authoritative data on the "PV" 2.8 engine or "Y8" 2.3 liter engine. If you have a Capri with these engine codes or if you can provide any other information, please e-mail Larry.

The box marked "Getr/Trans" contains a 1 character transmission ID code. Possible transmission codes are:

Engine Codes
CodeModel  Type
5 1970-74  All 4 speed manual transmissions
7 1971-72  Borg-Warner Model 35 automatic
B 1976-77  4 speed manual, external shift linkages
C 1972-74  Ford C-4 automatic
D 1976-77  Ford C-3 automatic



The box marked "Achse/Axle" contains a 1 letter rear axle code. Possible axle codes are:

Axle Codes
CodeRatioYears  Notes
C3.891970-72  Light duty
V3.891970-72  Heavy duty
Q3.441971-73  
S3.441972-77  
R3.221972-77  
L3.091976-77  Some 1974 also

The box marked "Farbe/Colour" contains the paint code, while the one marked "Polst/Trim" contains the interior color code and material code. These codes changed almost every year, so they are difficult to sort out. We're working on it!















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