This month, we conclude our four-part feature on VIN decoding for '72 through '11 Corvettes. Throughout this series we've briefed you on the background, purpose, and history of the original car-ID system that was introduced in the U.S. in 1954, explained how the VIN system is used today, and shared some interesting facts about its data formatting.

Looking forward, there are some brand-new and exciting developments in VIN technology that will be of interest to Corvette owners. Very recently, Chevrolet announced the Customer's Selectable VIN Ending Option (RPO PIN), which will allow new-car buyers to select their own unique VIN ending numbers on '11-forward Corvettes. For example, a '67 Vette owner might specify that the same VIN ending numbers from his classic Sting Ray roadster appear on the VIN of his new Corvette convertible.

What else can we expect from VINs of the future? They will likely transform from a passive method of car identification, accident prevention, and theft recovery into a sophisticated system that utilizes RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags to accomplish these purposes, and more. One use of this not-that-far-in-the-future feature would allow a federally mandated, factory-installed RFID reader in your Corvette to record the VIN of a vehicle that collides with your car. This data would then be uploaded through the OnStar system to both owners' insurance companies, as well as to law-enforcement and emergency-services agencies. It could even let the police know if either car involved in the accident is registered as stolen, before they ever get to the scene.

Now that we've looked into the VIN's fantastic future, come along as we show you how to decode them on '05-'11 models.

As we mentioned in previous installments, GM keeps VIN Data cards from model year '72 through '11 in a database system, as a way of helping dealers' service departments decode VIN-plate data. (Our research shows that '72 is the first year of the VIN Data cards.)

Note: Corvette owners who are interested in decoding '53-'71 Corvette VINs may find decoders on the Internet or in myriad books dedicated to the subject.

2005
Example: 1G1YY24U855123456
1-3 - World Make Identifier (1G1=Chevrolet)
4/5 - Carline/Series (YY=Corvette)
6 - Body Style (2=Two-door, 3=Two-door convertible)
7 - Restraint Code (2=Active [manual] belts with Driver and Passenger Inflatable Restraint System [frontal], 4=Active [manual] belts with Driver and Passenger Inflatable Restraint System [frontal and side])
8 - Engine Type (U=364 ci/400 hp)
9 - Check Digit (Varies by VIN)
10 - Model Year (5=2005)
11 - Plant (5=Bowling Green, Kentucky)
12-17 - Production Sequence Number (100001 through 137341)

2006
Example: 1G1YY26UX65123456
1-3 - World Make Identifier (1G1=Chevrolet)
4/5 - Carline/Series (YY=Corvette)
6 - Body Style (2=Two-door, 3=Two-door convertible)
7 - Restraint Code (4=Active [manual] belts with Driver and Passenger Inflatable Restraint—Front and Roof, 6=Active [manual] belts with Driver and Passenger Inflatable Restraint—Front and Side and Occupant Sensor)
8 - Engine Type (U=364 ci/400 hp, E=427 ci/505 hp, Y=427 ci/505 hp)
9 - Check Digit (Varies by VIN)
10 - Model Year (6=2006)
11 - Plant (5=Bowling Green, Kentucky)
12-17 - Production Sequence Number (100001 through 133992)

2007
Example: 1G1YY25E575123456
1-3 - World Make Identifier (1G1=Chevrolet)
4/5 - Carline/Series (YY=Corvette)
6 - Body Style (2=Two-door, 3=Two-door convertible)
7 - Restraint Code (5=Active [manual] belts with Driver and Passenger Inflatable Restraint—Front with Occupant Sensor, 6=Active [manual] belts with Driver and Passenger Inflatable Restraint—Front and Side and Occupant Sensor)
8 - Engine Type (U=364 ci/400 hp, E=427 ci/505 hp, Y=427 ci/505 hp)
9 - Check Digit (Varies by VIN)
10 - Model Year (7=2007)
11 - Plant (5=Bowling Green, Kentucky)
12-17 - Production Sequence Number (100001 through 140559)

2008
Example: 1G1YY26W485123456
1-3 - World Make Identifier (1G1=Chevrolet)
4/5 - Carline/Series (YY=Corvette)
6 - Body Style (2=Two-door, 3=Two-door convertible)
7 - Restraint Code (5=Active [manual] belts with Driver and Passenger Inflatable Restraint—Front with Occupant Sensor, 6=Active [manual] belts with Driver and Passenger Inflatable Restraint—Front and Side and Occupant Sensor)
8 - Engine Type (W=376 ci/430 hp, E=427 ci/505 hp)
9 - Check Digit (Varies by VIN)
10 - Model Year (8=2008)
11 - Plant (5=Bowling Green, Kentucky)
12-17 - Production Sequence Number (100001 through 135284)

2009
Example: 1G1YY26E295123456
1-3 - World Make Identifier (1G1=Chevrolet)
4/5 - Carline/Series (YY=Corvette)
6 - Body Style (2=Two-door, 3=Two-door convertible)
7 - Restraint Code (5=Driver and Passenger Inflatable Restraint—Front with Occupant Sensor, 6=Active [manual] belts with Driver and Passenger Inflatable Restraints—Front, Side and Occupant Sensor)
8 - Engine Type (W=376 ci/430 hp, E=427 ci/505 hp, R=376 ci/638 hp)
9 - Check Digit (Varies by VIN)
10 - Model Year (9=2009)
11 - Plant (5=Bowling Green, Kentucky)
12-17 - Production Sequence Number (100001-115033, ZR1 800001-801343, ZR1 pilot 700001-700060, Hertz ZHZ 200001-200375, yellow GT1 300001-300077, black GT1 400001-400048)

2010
Example: 1G1YP2DWXA5123456
1-3 - World Make Identifier (1G1=Chevrolet)
4 - Carline (Y=Corvette)
5 - Series (A=Corvette Standard 1LT M/T, B=Corvette Preferred 2LT M/T, C=Corvette Premium 3LT M/T, D=Corvette Custom 4LT M/T, E=Corvette Standard 1LT A/T, F=Corvette Preferred 2LT A/T, G=Corvette Premium 3LT A/T, H=Corvette Custom 4LT A/T, J=Corvette Z06 Standard 1LZ M/T, K=Corvette Z06 Premium 2LZ M/T, L=Corvette Z06 Custom 3LZ M/T, M=Corvette ZR1 Standard 1ZR M/T, N=Corvette ZR1 Custom 3ZR M/T, P=Corvette Grand Sport 1LT M/T, R=Corvette Grand Sport 2LT M/T, S=Corvette Grand Sport 3LT M/T, T=Corvette Grand Sport 4LT M/T, U=Corvette Grand Sport 1LT A/T, V=Corvette GS 2LT A/T, W=Corvette GS 3LT A/T, X=Corvette GS 4LT A/T)
6 - Body Style (2=Two-door, 3=Two-door convertible)
7 - Restraint Code (D=Active [manual] belts, airbags—driver and passenger front [1st row], and front-seat side [1st row])
8 - Engine Type (W=376 ci/430 hp, E=427 ci/505 hp, T=376 ci/638 hp)
9 - Check Digit (Varies by VIN)
10 - Model Year (A=2010)
11 - Plant (5=Bowling Green, Kentucky)
12-17 - Production Sequence Number (100001 through 110597, ZR1 800001 through 801572)

2011
Example: 1G1YL2DE4B5123456
1-3 - World Make Identifier (1G1=Chevrolet)
4 - Carline (Y=Corvette)
5 - Series (A=Corvette Standard 1LT M/T, B=Corvette Preferred 2LT M/T, C=Corvette Premium 3LT M/T, D=Corvette Custom 4LT M/T, E=Corvette Standard 1LT A/T, F=Corvette Preferred 2LT A/T, G=Corvette Premium 3LT A/T, H=Corvette Custom 4LT A/T, J=Corvette Z06 Standard 1LZ M/T, K=Corvette Z06 Premium 2LZ M/T, L=Corvette Z06 Custom 3LZ M/T, M=Corvette ZR1 Standard 1ZR M/T, N=Corvette ZR1 Custom 3ZR M/T, P=Corvette Grand Sport 1LT M/T, R=Corvette Grand Sport 2LT M/T, S=Corvette Grand Sport 3LT M/T, T=Corvette Grand Sport 4LT M/T, U=Corvette Grand Sport 1LT A/T, V=Corvette GS 2LT A/T, W=Corvette GS 3LT A/T, X=Corvette GS 4LT A/T, 9=Non-USA/Canada)
6 - Body Style (2=Two-door, 3=Two-door convertible)
7 - Restraint Code (D=Active [manual] belts, airbags—driver and passenger front [1st row], and front-seat side [1st row])
8 - Engine Type (W=376 ci/430 hp, E=427 ci/505 hp, T=376 ci/638 hp)
9 - Check Digit (Varies by VIN)
10 - Model Year (B=2011)
11 - Plant (5=Bowling Green, Kentucky)
12-17 - Production Sequence Number (starts at 100001, ZR1 starts at 800001, Z06 Carbon Limited Edition starts at 600001)

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