1970-1977 Capri Vehicle Identification - VIN decoder (U.S. Spec.)

Vehicle Identification plate
A. Body type E. Transmission code
B. Vehicle identification number F. Rear axle ratio code
C. Drive code (left or right-handed) G. Paint code
D. Engine Code H. Trim code
The vehicle identification number is on a tab visible through the windshield, as well as on the vehicle idrntification plate.

Vehicle Identification number

The first letter "G" indicates a German built car.

The second letter indicates the production factory:
The next two letters, "EC", identify the car as a Capri.

The next letter is the year of production:
The next letter indicates the month of production.

The remaining digits make up the individual serial number.

Engine code

Engine Identification
No. of Cylinders Displacement Type Engine Model Code
4 1600 OHV-4 L1, L4
4 2000 OHC-4 NB, NA, N
4 2300 OHC-4 YA
6 2600 OHV-V6 UX
6 2800 OHV-V6 P, PX


There are two types of manual transmissions used. 1600 c.c. engines only have a unit with internal shift linkage. All other engines use a shifter with external linkage, which can be seen from under the car.
There are three automatic transmissions used. The 1971-72 Borg Warner model 35 can be identified by the tag attached to the left side of the case and by a number 7 in the "Trans." space on the vehicle identification plate. The 1972-74 C4 transmission can be identified by a C on the vehicle identification plate; 1976-77 C3 has a D.

Rear Axle

The rear axle ratio may be determined from the code letter in the "Axle" space on the Vehicle identification plate.

Axle Ratio Identification
Ratio 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1976-77
3.09:1           L
3.22:1     R R R R
3.44:1   Q S Q S S
3.89:1 V V        

More information can be found at the Capri Club of North America