What do the numbers on the chassis plate mean?
The chassis plate is an aluminium plate and is fixed to the body by two rivets.
It is located on the offside front (drivers side in the UK) chassis rail in front of the brake servo and close to the exhaust manifold.
This page shows the information you can discover about your Manta A from it.
Chassis number e.g. 599976542
This is an x or xx digit number which carries three pieces of information.
The 1st & 2nd digits describe the model of the car, UK cars should be 59 which means Manta A 'L' .
Other numbers could be 57 - Manta A USA or 58 - Manta A.
The 3rd digit shows the approximate year of manufacture as described in the following table:
The remaining xx digits are a body serial number.
So our example 599976542, is a Manta A 'L' produced between August 1972 and August 1973 of serial no. 976542
Body Colour code & Trim code
This is a letter followed by two groups of three digits which carry two pieces of information.
The 1st group of three numbers tell you the paint code/colour
2nd group of three numbers tells you the trim colour.
This information can be summarised in the table below:
How to read a Manta A chassis plate