Ford Patent Plate Decoding Charts
1949-1959

Serial Number (VIN) Information

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The following Ford patent plate diagrams and charts will help identify your Ford manufactured car or truck. Pay attention to the various footnotes as they may affect the proper identification of your vehicle. Ford products prior to 1949 did not have serial number information on a tag or plate. The VIN* was a series of numbers stamped into the steel frame rails in specific locations. Refer back to the 1932 to 1948 chart and webpage for more information on the pre '49 vehicles. Note that Ford did attach a patent plate to the dash (firewall) of their 1948 and older vehicles, but these tags did not include any vehicle identification information. They only listed the actual patents that Ford had on that particular vehicle.

1951 to 52 Ford Trucks (Series 1 thru 6) 

1953 to 55 Ford Trucks (Series 100 thru 600) 

1949 to 59 Ford Passenger Cars 

The breakdown of the codes on the plates is detailed in most Ford Parts and Accessories catalogs the cover the years of your car. The first couple years that Ford used these plates the listed identification codes were somewhat limited. Ford began to add more information to the plates as they progressed into the 1950's. There is too much detail to include on the website for these inclusive charts. We will include the basic details, but recommend that you make inquiries for more specific details to one of the many Ford enthusiast forums on the internet. Many people have access to these decoding charts and can help identify many details on your car or truck.

* VIN means "Vehicle Identification Number"

1932 to 48 Ford Serial Number Chart

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