1963 Monterey Identification U.S. Built Vehicles(Warranty Plate)

The above image illustrates the 1963 Monterey Warranty plate. The plate is located on the rear (lock) face of the left front door panel.

The 1963 Warranty plate is similar to the one used for 1962. However, the SERIAL NUMBER has been changed to Vehicle Warranty Number. Also, shown in the 1963 DSO space is a two-digit code number of the district which ordered the vehicle.

The official Vehicle Identification Number for title and registration purposes is stamped on a tab attached to the top right side (weld flange) of the dash panel in the engine compartment (see below). Do not use the "Vehicle Warranty Number" which appears on the Warranty plate for title or registration purposes.

Vehicle Data

65A HM 22 27H 11 1 4

65A    2-Door Hardtop
HM Blue Satin and Sultana White
22 Med. Blue Dot Pattern Cloth and Light Blue
27H 27th day of August
11 Boston District
1 3.00:1 Ratio
4 Multi-Drive


      54A    4-Door Sedan
      62A 2-Door Sedan
      63A 2-Door Hardtop Fastback
      65A 2-Door Hardtop
      75A 4-Door Hardtop
Monterey Custom
      54B    4-Door Sedan
      63B 2-Door Fastback Hardtop
      63C 2-Door "S55" Fastback Hardtop
      65B 2-Door Special Hardtop
      65C 2-Door "S55" Hardtop
      75B 4-Door Special Hardtop
      75C 4-Door "S55" Hardtop
      76A 2-Door Convertible
      76B 2-Door "S55" Convertible
Station Wagons
      71B    4-Door Col. Pk. 6-Pass. Cust.
      71D 4-Door Col. Pk. 9-Pass. Cust.


Two-tone paint codes use the same symbols as the single colors except that two symbols are used. The lower body color code will appear first in the Warranty Plate Paint Color Space.
If a special paint is used, the paint color space will not be stamped.

Code Number Color Sales Name
A 1724 Black Presidential Black
B 1613 Lt. Turquoise Peacock Turquoise
D 1451 Med. Turquoise Met. Ocean Turquoise
E 1448 Med. Blue Met. Pacific Blue
H 1447 Dark Blue Met. Blue Satin
I 1459 Gold Met. Castilian Gold
J 1515 Red Carnival Red
M 1238 White Sultana White
P 1454 Med. Green Met. Scotch Green
R 1465 Yellow Jamaica Yellow
T 1543 Honey Beige Champagne
W 1555 Pink Met. Pink Frost
X 1444 Maroon Met. Black Cherry
Y 1553 Lt. Blue Cascade Blue
Z 1427 Beige Met. Desert Frost

* "M-32-J" Acrylic Paint Alternate with "M-30-J"


Deviation trim sets will use existing trim codes plus a suffix. A trim code with a numeral suffix is not serviced, while a trim code with a alphabetical suffix is serviced.

Code Trim Schemes
  Block Pattern Cloth and Crush Vinyl
10 Med. Rose and Lt. Rose D/L
12 Met. Blue and Lt. Blue D/L
14 Med. Beige and Pearl
16 Black and Black
  Dot Pattern Cloth and Crush Vinyl
22 Med. Blue and Lt. Blue Met.
24 Med. Beige and Lt. Pearl Beige
26 Black and Black
27 Med. Turquoise and Lt. Turquoise Met.
  Crush Grain Vinyl and Crush Grain Vinyl
50 Lt. Rose D/L and Med. Rose D/L
52 Lt. Blue and Dk. Blue D/L
54 Lt. Beige Pearl and Lt. Beige D/L
55 Red
56 Black
57 Lt. Turquoise D/L and Dk. Turquoise D/L
58 Lt. Gold D/L and Med. Gold D/L
  Rib Crush Vinyl (Police and Taxi)
03 Med. Green
04 Med. Beige
05 Red


The code letters for the month are preceded by a numeral to show the day of the month when the car was completed. The second year code letters are to be used if 1963 model production exceeds 12 months.

Month First Model Year Second Model Year
January A N
February B P
March C Q
April D R
May E S
June F T
July G U
August H V
September J W
October K X
November L Y
December M Z


Domestic Special Orders, Foreign Special Orders, and Pre-Approved Special Orders have the complete order number recorded in this space. Also to appear in this space is the two-digit code number of the District which ordered the unit. If the unit is regular production, only the District code number will appear.

District Code
Code District
11 Boston
12 Philadelphia
13 New York
14 Washington
21 Atlanta
22 Dallas
23 Jacksonville
26 Memphis
31 Buffalo
32 Cincinnati
33 Cleveland
34 Detroit
35 Pittsburgh
41 Chicago
43 Kansas City
44 St. Louis
45 Twin Cities
51 Denver
52 Los Angeles
53 Oakland
54 Seattle
81 Ford of Canada
84 Home Office Reserve
90-99 Export


Code Ratio
1 3.00:1
5 3.50:1
7 3.80:1
9 4.11:1


   1    3-Speed Manual-Shift
   4 Automatic (Multi-Drive)
   5 4-Speed Manual-Shift

Vehicle Warranty Number

Example 3W53Y 500001

3 1963 Model Year
W Pilot Plant Assembly
53 2-Door Hardtop
Y 8-Cylinder 390 Cubic Inch Engine (2 Barrel)
500001 First Unit Built

Model Year

The numeral "3" designates 1963.

Assembly Plant

Code Letter Assembly Plant
E Mahwah
S Pilot Plant
W Wayne
Z St. Louis


The model code number identifies the product line series and the particular body style.

      51    2-Door Sedan
      52 4-Door Sedan
      53 4-Door Hardtop
      54 4-Door Hardtop
      57 2-Door Fastback Hardtop
Monterey Custom
      60    4-Door "S55" Hardtop
      62 4-Door Sedan
      63 2-Door Special Hardtop
      64 4-Door Special Hardtop
      65 2-Door Convertible
      66 2-Door Fastback Hardtop
      67 2-Door "S55" Hardtop
      68 2-Door "S55" Fastback Hardtop
      69 2-Door "S55" Convertible
Station Wagons
      76    4-Door Col. Pk. 6-Pass. Cost.
      76 4-Door Col. Pk. 9-Pass. Cost.


Code Engine
B 8-Cylinder 406 Cubic Inch (4-barrel High Performance)
G 8-Cylinder 406 Cubic Inch (6-barrel High Performance)
P 8-Cylinder 390 Cubic Inch (4-barrel Interceptor)
Y 8-Cylinder 390 Cubic Inch (2-barrel)
Z 8-Cylinder 390 Cubic Inch (4-barrel)
9 8-Cylinder 390 Cubic Inch (4-barrel, Low Compression)

Consecutive Unit Number

Each assembly plant, with each model year, begins with consecutive unit number 500001 and continues on for each unit built.

Data taken from "1963 Ford Galaxie and Mercury Monterey Shop Manual Supplement, SE-703-63"