The 1960 Buick
1960 Buick Body Tag Decoding (U.S. models)
The body tag ("cowl tag", "trim tag", or "Fisher tag") is located on the firewall, above the brake master cylinder. It provides a great deal of information and is very useful in authenticating a vehicle, or to aid in returning a car to its original configuration.
LeSabre convertible (4467); body built in Flint (FB); red vinyl interior (460); Tampico Red (V V) w/ white top (3); final assembly (6) at Atlanta LeSabre 3-seat wagon (4445); body built in Ionia; green vinyl interior (405); Casino Cream (M-M); final assembly cannot be determined from body tag [note: firewall should be body color]
Invicta convertible (4667); body built in Flint (FB); red vinyl interior (660); Tampico Red (V V) w/ white top (3); final assembly (5) at Wilmington. The body was built in May (05) 1960, during the 4th week (D)
LeSabre coupe (4437); body built in Kansas City (KC); blue cloth interior (411); Midnight Blue (W) with Arctic White (C) roof and deck lid (2); final assembly not shown, but understood to be Kansas City
All US-built 1960 Buick body tags have "Buick Div, General Motors Corp, Flint Michigan" stamped at the top. Do not mistakenly assume this denotes the car was built in Flint. It only means Buick's headquarters was located in Flint.

"STYLE" is the model number (recall that the VIN won't tell this). This number is usually preceded by "60", which indicates the model year.

"BODY" tells the plant code for the location where the body was built. It most cases (except for wagons and convertibles) this was also where the car was final-assembled. The number that follows the plant code is generally believed to represent the sequential number of that model in that particular plant.

Note 1: All station wagon bodies were built by Ionia Body (see website page on this topic) and have no body plant code on the body tag . The final assembly plant can only be determined by the VIN, and not by the body tag.

Note 2: All convertible bodies, regardless of final assembly point, were built in Flint at the Fisher Body #1 (code "FB"). Final assembly could be at Buick's Flint assembly plant or one of the other shared plants.
FB=Flint; BA=Atlanta; BC=Southgate; BK=Kansas City; BL= Linden; BT=Arlington; BW=Wilmington
"TRIM" tells the original interior color, material, and configuration (bench or buckets). There are too many combinations to list, but you can contact me if you need specifics.

"PAINT" shows the original color scheme. The first letter is the primary color; the second letter is for the contrasting color if 2-tone is used. If a third character (number) is shown, it tells which of 3 different 2-tone color schemes the car has, or for convertibles, the top color.

A=Sable Black; B=Gull Gray; C=Arctic White; D=Silver Mist; H=Chalet Blue; K=Lucerne Green; L=Titian Red; M=Casino Cream; N=Cordovan; P=Pearl Fawn; R=Tahiti Beige; T=Turquoise; V=Tampico Red; W=Midnight Blue; X=Verde Green
TWO-TONE PAINT SCHEMES: 1=roof only; 2=roof and deck lid area; 3=roof, deck lid, and body below the molding
CONV TOP COLORS: 1=black; 2=gray; 3=white; 4=green; 5=blue

"ACC" refers to accessories, or options. The codes are the same ones found on the dealer order form. These are only shown if they affected the body build and were optional on that particular model. For example, tinted glass would be shown; whitewall tires would not; power windows would be shown only on models where they were not standard. Some common codes are shown below, but for more detail, contact me directly. Note: This coding has some anomolies. For example, some plants do not show the code for heater ("B") even though it was optional on all models.
ACC: B=heater/defroster; E=rear seat speaker; I6=tinted glass; I7=tinted windshield (only); K6=foamtex cushions; N7=air conditioning; N8=air conditioning prep; P1=chrome drip moldings; P2=chrome drip & door frame moldings; U6=pwr vent windows; U7=pwr windows
Bonus information is found on some tags. For example, convertibles that were final-assembled somewhere other than Buick's home plant of Flint will have a number hand-stamped in the lower left of the body tag that corresponds to the VIN digit for that particular assembly plant. (e.g. 2=Southgate) [see photo examples]

Another bonus is that later cars (typically Jan.1960 or later) will have the month and week of body build stamped in the upper left corner of the tag. The month is numeric (01=Jan.); the week is shown by letter (A=1st week; B=2nd week). [see photo example]
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Body Tag Decoding (Canadian-built Models)
I have no specific information on body tags from Canadian-built 1960 Buicks, nor do I have any photographs of same.

I would expect a Canadian body tag will indicate "GM of Canada, Ltd." rather than "Buick Division" and "Body by Fisher".

Any readers with photos and/or information, are encouraged to contact me.
COPYRIGHT 2005 by Gregory L. Cockerill. All text contained herein, including interviews/recollections of other parties, is my original work and is owned by me. This also applies to all images of my white 1960 LeSabre convertible. As such, the aforementioned material may not be used without express written permission. Other images presented herein are either from the public domain or used with permission of the owner(s).