Decoding a 1946 Buick Super VIN

Karl

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Hello everyone, great to be here.

A friend is restoring his 1946 Buick Super convertible that was delivered new to India. We are trying to ascertain the original combinations, can someone please assist with decoding the VIN details?

14467716 (I assume commission number)

1946 MOD
STYLE No. 46-4567
BODY No. 2239
TRIM No. 65
PAINT No. 14 (I believe Sequoia cream)
TOP - B

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Is it possible to learn more about the exact date of manufacture and dispatch, the dealer who ordered it etc? A birth certificate if you will.

Looking forward to hearing from you guys, and would especially appreciate references for the upholstery patterns and finishes as well.

Cheers
Karl
 
14467716 = frame (car) serial number
1 = final assembly at Flint, MI
4467716 = sequential number, range for Flint was 4,364,445 to 4,524,130

1946 MOD.
STYLE No 46-4567
BODY No L 2239
TRIM No 65
PAINT No 14
TOP B ACC.

MOD. = Buick model number (not stamped) = 56C
(Fisher Body often didn't stamp the Buick model number because Fisher Body used the style number)

4567 = Fisher Body style number
4 = Buick
5 = Series 50/Super
67 = 2-door convertible, 6-passenger

BODY No L 2239
L = body built at Linden, NJ (shipped to Flint for final assembly)
2239 = 2,239th style number 4567 built at Linden

Trim 65 = Bedford Cord and Red Leather, available on model 56C only

Paint code 14 = solid Sequoia Cream

Top B = this looks to be added later, the top code was rarely stamped in 1946, but the correct designations were:

1 = Black convertible top
2 = Tan convertible top



No records were kept for things like build date, ordering dealer, etc.
 

Karl

New Member
Trim 65 = Bedford Cord and Red Leather, available on model 56C only

Paint code 14 = solid Sequoia Cream

Top B = this looks to be added later, the top code was rarely stamped in 1946, but the correct designations were:

1 = Black convertible top
2 = Tan convertible top

Thanks Sean, that was really helpful and really quick - appreciate it!

Would you be able to assist with reference images of the correct interior, including the door pad patterns? Are there suppliers who provide correct interior kits?

I have come across some images of this lovely 47 Roadmaster in what seems to be a similar combition - would this also be correct for our 46 Super?

Thanks so much, cheers.

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Karl

New Member
Hello again guys.

A friend is restoring a 47 Roadster convertible, is there a ready reckoner available for decoding trims and paint etc for post war Buicks? Attached is the vin plate and engine number. Thanks!
 

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14623542 = frame serial number
1 = final assembly at Flint MI
4623542 = sequential number, range for 1947 was 4,524,131 to 4,801,264


1947 MOD 76-C
STYLE No 47-4767
BODY No L 3569
TRIM No 83
PAINT No 7
TOP ACC.

1947 MOD 76-C
Buick model 76-C = 2-door convertible, 6-passenger

STYLE No 47-4767
4767 = Fisher body style number
4 = Buick
7 = Series 70/Roadmaster
67 = 2-door convertible, 6-passenger

BODY No L 3569
L = body built at Linden, NJ (shipped to Flint for final assembly)
3569 = 3569th style number 4767 built at Linden

Trim 83 = Tan Bedford Heather (Cloth)

Paint code 7 = solid Royal Maroon


48188157 = engine serial number
4818815 = sequential number range for 1947 was 4,737,740 to 4,999,880
7 = Series 70/Roadmaster
 

Karl

New Member
14623542 = frame serial number
1 = final assembly at Flint MI
4623542 = sequential number, range for 1947 was 4,524,131 to 4,801,264


1947 MOD 76-C
STYLE No 47-4767
BODY No L 3569
TRIM No 83
PAINT No 7
TOP ACC.

1947 MOD 76-C
Buick model 76-C = 2-door convertible, 6-passenger

STYLE No 47-4767
4767 = Fisher body style number
4 = Buick
7 = Series 70/Roadmaster
67 = 2-door convertible, 6-passenger

BODY No L 3569
L = body built at Linden, NJ (shipped to Flint for final assembly)
3569 = 3569th style number 4767 built at Linden

Trim 83 = Tan Bedford Heather (Cloth)

Paint code 7 = solid Royal Maroon


48188157 = engine serial number
4818815 = sequential number range for 1947 was 4,737,740 to 4,999,880
7 = Series 70/Roadmaster

Thanks for this - the car it seems was delivered new to the Maharaja of Bikaner, who had some very interesting GM products. It is presently being recommissioned, will share images once completed. Cheers.
 

meyoung

New Member
New buick owner here. I have a tag I'd like to decode but don't know where you all did your decoding. Any links to helpful websites that can get me started on learning more about restoring this beauty would be helpful!IMG_20201023_141334490.jpgRoadster.jpg
 
New buick owner here. I have a tag I'd like to decode but don't know where you all did your decoding. Any links to helpful websites that can get me started on learning more about restoring this beauty would be helpful!View attachment 10806View attachment 10807
For the serial number of the car (separate plate):
2 = assembly plant - Southgate, CA
4382263 = frame or serial number of the car (first '46 Southgate car was 4380001)

For the body data plate:
MODEL
blank - should be stamped 71 for Roadmaster 4-dr sedan

STYLE
46 = model year
4 = Buick
7 = Roadmaster series
69 = 4-dr sedan

BODY
C = Built in Southgate plant
176 = body serial number - 176th style 4769 built at Southgate

TRIM
46-92 = Grey Bedford Heather (cloth)

PAINT
46-13 = Lehigh Gray poly

This is a good site to ask questions about the car & restoration. There's plenty of interest in the straight 8s here.
 

andyhilton27

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1939_buick

Active Member
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Not for 1946. And no "build sheets"
VIN did not start until mid 1950's and were not standardised until 1981, with the 17 characters

In USA some states titled cars by the engine serial number and others by the frame/chassis serial number. Can be used as a defacto VIN with old cars.
 
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