Monday, March 24, 2014

Factory Documentation for Chevelles, Novas & Camaros


Photo courtesy of Hemmings Motor News

While plenty of Sixties and Seventies car enthusiasts have long had access to their cars’ complete documentation records, either through the manufacturer or through third-party sources, owners of muscle car era Chevrolets built in the United States haven’t been so lucky. That will change when the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) begins offering shipment data to Chevelle, Nova, and Camaro owners.
The unavailability of build records for Chevrolet cars has long been a sore point o for restorers, researchers and owners. While rival brands offer researchers access to detailed VIN-based information on build history and ordered options, such information has long been unavailable to Chevrolet owners because the data no longer exists or can’t be located, not because the manufacturer wants to restrict access to production data.

Shipping records, however – which includes dealer code, dealer name, dealer address and build date – can provide significant documentation to car owners trying to prove or disprove a car’s history. Sometimes, this can pay big dividends. As for the year range of 1965-1972 for the three models, Lincoln admits it’s a matter of popularity, and that these years are the most often requested by Corvette owners. Corvairs are excluded for now, simply because their relative population is small compared to that of the Chevelle, Nova, and Camaro. This population is significantly larger than the equivalent range of Corvettes, which explains why the NCRS is being so cautious over the rollout of shipment data reports. Lincoln estimates that between 1965 and 1972, roughly 350,000 Corvettes were built; during the same time period, more than 7 million Chevelles, Novas and Camaros were built, meaning that the NCRS has a very real fear of being overwhelmed with shipment report requests when the program goes live.

Converting the data from microfiche to digital form was no easy task, and the NCRS is currently in the midst of completing this step. Though the data is mostly complete, some of the microfiche records may not be readable or may be damaged. In such cases, the NCRS will refund the customer’s money.
General Motors still retains dealer invoice data for Chevrolet models built after 1977; Cadillac models built after 1980; GMC models built after 1976; Oldsmobile models built after 1977; Saturn models built after 1994; and Pontiac models built after 1987, and this data is available for purchase directly from the GM Media Archive.  Build records for 1962 to 1986 Pontiac models are available from the Pontiac Historical Society, while the SLoan Museum and Buick Gallery can provide information on 1970 and 1972-’76 Buick models. Finally, GM of Canada Vintage Vehicle Services maintains an extensive archive of data on all GM models built in Canada from 1964 to present.

Cost to provide documentation for a vehicle will be $50. NCRS representatives said that the service should be available sometime in the next three months; an official date has yet to be released.
For additional information on shipment data reports for Chevelle, Nova and Camaro models, visit ChevyMuscleDocs.com. For shipment data reports on Corvette models, or for other Corvette-specific services such as document validation or car award confirmation (all of which require membership in the NCRS), visit NCRS.org.

See also:  GM of Canada Vintage Vehicle Services for cars bought & sold in Canada.

See also: Chrysler Historical for a fee of $45 and proof of ownership along with the car’s VIN. The address is Chrysler Historical Services, 12501 Chrysler Freeway, CIMS 410-11-21, Detroit, MI 48288 Attention: Historical Information. 

See also: GM Heritage Center. Email: gmhc@gm.com. Website: www.gmheritagecenter.com



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