1971 Mustang VIN Decoder

1971 Mustang VIN Decoder

Last Updated February 23, 2024 | Kevin Brent

Restoring a 1971 Mustang takes a lot of time and effort. But did you know that with just two numbers - the VIN and Data Plate - you can learn all about your specific Mustang? The using our 1971 Mustang VIN decoder can tell you what body style, paint color, interior trim, axle ratio, and transmission your 71' Mustang came with. You can learn the engine code from the VIN. By decoding your 1971 Mustang's VIN and data plate, you can bring your pony back to its original condition.

If you'd rather just type in your data plate information instead of looking through the tables below, use our classic Mustang data plate decoder.

1971 Mustang VIN Number Location

The easiest place to find the VIN for your 1971 Mustang is under the hood on the driver's side fender apron. If the VIN is not visible there, try removing the fender. You might find a second one just behind the location of the one shown in our image, but underneath the fender.

VIN number stamped into the front fender apron of a classic Mustang

1971 Mustang Data Plate Location

The data plate is found attached to the inside of the driver's side door and contains the vehicle's VIN as well. The top line of the data plates displays the categories of each code. These categories are: body, color, trim, date, DSO, axle ratio, and transmission.

Door tag containing data plate information on the driver's side door of a classic Mustang

1971 Mustang Body Codes
Body CodeDescription
63D 2-Door Sports Roof
63R 2-Door Sports Roof Mach 1
65D 2-Door Hardtop, Standard
65F 2-Door Hardtop, Grande
76D Convertible
1971 Mustang Paint Codes
Paint CodeColor NameSample
A Raven Black
B Maroon
C Dark Green
D Grabber Yellow
E Medium Yellow Gold
I Grabber Lime
J Grabber Blue
M Wimbledon White
N Pastel Blue
P Medium Green
V Light Pewter
Z Grabber Green
2 Medium Bright Yellow
3 Bright Red
4 Bright Lime
5 Medium Brown
6 Bright Silver Blue
7 Maroon
8 Light Gold
1971 Mustang Interior Codes
CodePrimary Color/MaterialSecondary Color/MaterialNotes
1A Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
1B Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
1E Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
1F Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
1R Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
1W White Corinthian Vinyl White Ruffino Vinyl Standard Interior
Black Appointments
2B Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Striped Cloth
2E Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Striped Cloth
2F Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Striped Cloth
2R Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Striped Cloth
3A Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Clarion Knitted Vinyl ComfortWeave
3W White Corinthian Vinyl White Clarion Knitted Vinyl ComfortWeave
Black Appointments
4A Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
4B Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
4E Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
4F Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
4R Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Lambeth Cloth Grande Option
5A Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Clarion Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
5B Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Clarion Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
5E Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Clarion Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
5F Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Clarion Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
5FA Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Clarion Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
5R Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Clarion Knitted Vinyl Mach 1 Option
5W White Corinthian Vinyl White Clarion Knitted Vinyl Black Trim
Mach 1 Option
5WA White Corinthian Vinyl White Clarion Knitted Vinyl Black Trim
Mach 1 Option
BB Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Striped Cloth Boss 351 Option
BE Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Striped Cloth Boss 351 Option
BF Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Striped Cloth Boss 351 Option
BR Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Striped Cloth Boss 351 Option
CA Black Corinthian Vinyl Black Knitted Vinyl Convertible Option
Boss Option
CB Blue Corinthian Vinyl Blue Knitted Vinyl Convertible Option
CE Vermillion Corinthian Vinyl Vermillion Knitted Vinyl Convertible Option
CF Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Knitted Vinyl Convertible Option
CFA Ginger Corinthian Vinyl Ginger Knitted Vinyl Convertible Option
CR Green Corinthian Vinyl Green Knitted Vinyl Convertible Option
CW White Corinthian Vinyl White Knitted Vinyl Convertible Option
Black Appointments

Learn more about your 1971 Mustang's interior trim.

1971 Mustang Date Codes
Date CodeDescription
xxA Day | January
xxB Day | February
xxC Day | March
xxD Day | April
xxE Day | May
xxF Day | June
xxG Day | July
xxH Day | August
xxJ Day | September
xxK Day | October
xxL Day | November
xxM Day | December
1971 Mustang District (DSO) Codes
District CodeDescription
11 Boston
13 New York
15 Newark
16 Philadelphia
17 Washington
21 Atlanta
22 Charlotte
24 Jacksonville
25 Richmond
28 Louisville
32,42 Cleveland
33,48 Detroit
35,45 Lansing
37,12 Buffalo
38,14 Pittsburgh
41 Chicago
43 Milwaukee
44,58 Twin Cities
46 Indianapolis
47 Cincinnati
51,76 Denver
53 Kansas City
54 Omaha
55 St. Louis
56 Davenport
61,52 Dallas
62,57 Houston
63,23 Memphis
64,26 New Orleans
71 Los Angeles
72 San Jose
73 Salt Lake City
74 Seattle
75 Phoenix
83 Government
84 Home Office Reserve
85 American Red Cross
87 Body Company
89 Transportation Services
90-99 Export
B1 Canada - Central
B2 Canada - Eastern
B3 Canada - Atlantic
B4 Canada - Midwestern
B6 Canada - Western
B7 Canada - Pacific
I2 Canada - Export

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1971 Mustang Axle Codes
Axle CodeRear Gear RatioNotes
2 2.75
3 2.79
4 3.80
6 3.00
9 3.25
A 3.50
B 3.07
K 2.75 Limited Slip Differential
M 3.80 Limited Slip Differential
O 3.00 Limited Slip Differential
R 3.25 Limited Slip Differential
S 3.50 Limited Slip Differential
V 3.91 Limited Slip Differential
Y 4.11 Limited Slip Differential

Learn more about rear gear ratios for classic Mustangs. This knowledge will help you know if changing the axle ratio may be right for your build goals.

1971 Mustang Transmission Codes
CodeDescription
1 3 Speed Manual
5 4 Speed Manual
6 4 Speed Manual
U C-6 Automatic
W C-4 Automatic
X FMX Automatic
Model Year
CodeDescription
1 1971
1971 Mustang Assembly Plants
CodeDescription
F Dearborn, MI
R San Jose, CA
T Metuchen, NJ
1971 Mustang Body Style Codes
CodeDescription
01 2-Door Hardtop
02 2-Door Sports Roof
03 2-Door Convertible
04 2-Door Hardtop Grande
05 2-Door Sports Roof Mach 1
1971 Mustang Engine Codes
Engine CodeDisplacementBoreStrokeCompression RatioHorsepowerTorqueCarburetor
F 302 CID 4.00" 3.00" 9.5:1 210 hp @ 4,600 RPM 300 lb-ft @ 2,800 RPM 2-Barrel
H 351 CID 4.00" 3.50" 9.5:1 250 hp @ 4,600 RPM 355 lb-ft @ 2,600 RPM 2-Barrel
L 250 CID 3.68" 3.91" 9.0:1 155 hp @ 4,000 RPM 240 lb-ft @ 2,600 RPM 1-Barrel
M 351 CID 4.00" 3.50" 10.7:1 290 hp @ 4,800 RPM 385 lb-ft @ 3,200 RPM 4-Barrel
Q 428 CID 4.13" 3.98" 10.6:1 335 hp @ 5,200 RPM 440 lb-ft @ 3,400 RPM 4-Barrel
R 351 CID 4.00" 3.50" 11:1, 8.8:1 330 hp @ 5,400 RPM; 275 hp @ 6,000 370 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM; 286 lb-ft @ 3,800 RPM 4-Barrel

Compare the specs for all classic Mustang engines in our engine guide for first-generation Mustangs.


Use Our 1971 Mustang VIN Decoder to Jumpstart Your Restoration

With your data plate decoded, you will know what your 1971 Mustang was like when it rolled off the assembly line.

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If you want to see what came stock on other first-gen Mustangs, check out the VIN and data plate information for these Mustang years: 1964.5, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973.

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