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1965 Greenbrier Registry

1528 Greenbriers were built in model year 1965, the final year of production. The '65 Greenbrier is the fifth-least-produced of all Corvair models. The vans were built in St. Louis, MO through December of 1964. Chevy production information furnished by Dave Newell makes it possible to tell which month a given Greenbrier was built.

As of August 10, 2014, there are 76 1965 Greenbriers in this registry. I have a lead on 2 other vans at this time.

Decoding a Greenbrier VIN

Decoding a Greenbrier VIN is very straightforward. For example, in this sample VIN:

R1265S100789

For some reason, the VIN tag format for 1965 is different from all other FC production years. In previous years, the model year digit was the in the first position instead of the fifth.

Delivery Date

Some Greenbriers have a delivery date stamped on the VIN tag by the dealer (just after the "DD"). Dave Newell describes the purpose and format of the stamp very clearly:

"The delivery date (DD) procedure (stamping the VIN plate) began with the 1963 model year. It was always stamped by the dealer. The purpose was to identify when the warranty coverage began. Since that coverage didn't start until the vehicle was in the hands of the new owner, the date stamped indicated when the vehicle was delivered to them, NOT when it was delivered to the dealer.

The only problem was that many (most!) dealers forgot or didn't bother to stamp on the DD. Since the day of the month wasn't necessary for warranty purposes, the code was only 3 digits, showing month and year. Thus "114" was November 1964. January 1965 would be "015".

The system really didn't work too well. The idea was to settle arguments with the customer about when the warranty began, and mostly make it easier for a dealer's service writers to determine when the warranty had started, at a glance. Especially if the vehicle had been sold somewhere else."

Using the Registry

In the table below:

Note: No Greenbriers were produced in October due to the GM / United Auto Workers strike.

Month Serial # Owner City State/Country

August

100015

Travis Guthrie

Eustace

TX

100040

Darrin Hartzler

Bethesda

MD

100042

Allen Bristow

Stafford

VA

100073

John Habegger

Lakeland

FL

100124

Aaron Dobbs

Clarksville

TN

100153

Charlie Dye

Phoenix

AZ

100171

Seppo Saario

Ylojarvi

Finland

100176

Gary Gatts

Fredericktown

PA

100178

Richard Weidner

Whitehall

PA

100184

Vance Piper

Novato

CA

100191

J.C. Salazar

Sylmar

CA

September

100213

John DeGraaf

Visalia

CA

100247

Mike Stanley

Medford

OR

100267

Jesse Peel

Seattle

WA

100268

Ray Langley

Sedro Woolley

WA

100302

Lewis Malucci

Whittier

CA

100353

Steve Simon

Upland

CA

100360

Bill Jabs

Eagle Creek

OR

100378

Bruce & Betty Gwyther

Clinton

UT

100386

Stacy Milnes

Richfield

WA

100393

Charlie O'Hare

Pittsburgh

PA

100423

Mel Herwald

McDowell

VA

100474

Thomas Gwyther

West Jordan

UT

100535

Mike Moyer

Navarre

FL

100540

Helmut Gossy

Brunn am Gebirge

Austria

100560

Mike McKeel

Gaston

IN

100603

Will Elliott

Wewahitchka

FL

100604

Mel Herwald

McDowell

VA

100642

Doug Dunlap

Baldwinsville

NY

100691

Lee Cramp

McLean

VA

100704

Lon Anderson

Crittenden

KY

100732

Linda Baugher

Roanoke

VA

100734

Bruce & Betty Gwyther

Clinton

UT

November

100761

Norm King

Clio

MI

100766

Ray Langley

Sedro Woolley

WA

100825

Daniel Earnshaw

Edgewood

MD

100829

E.D. Stephens

Mossyrock

WA

100844

Fred Bagnall

Oak Island

NC

100847

Bill West & Mary West

Mooresburg

TN

100849

Mike McKeel

Gaston

IN

100854

Phillip Trella

South Lake Tahoe

CA

100873

Mike McKeel

Gaston

IN

100880

Richard Ledford

San Diego

CA

100909

Mike McKeel

Gaston

IN

100962

John Oostdyk

Thornhill

ON

100968

Rad Davis

Pittsburgh

PA

101000

Dale Dewald

Hancock

MI

101011

Daniel Earnshaw

Edgewood

MD

101023

Milt Simon

Santa Monica

CA

101041

Jeff Stonesifer

Gettysburg

PA

101052

Derek Bergthold

Reedley

CA

101059

Bill Wells

Dallas

TX

101129

Lee & Jan Hunt

Carmel

IN

101147

Dorothy Hansen

West Chicago

IL

101155

Jim Butler

Phoenix

AZ

101173

Kevin Fahy

Edgewater

FL

101184

Greg Scarboro

Lexington

KY

101188

Mike Moyer

Navarre

FL

101202

Jim White

Philadelphia

PA

101203

Al Kidd

Caledon

ON

101204

Herb Martin

Crabtree

OR

101206

Jeff Stonesifer

Gettysburg

PA

101221

Steve Kirkton

Copper Canyon

TX

101224

Vance Piper

Novato

CA

101242

Spencer Duffey

Hamilton

OH

December

101289

Ken Boulan

Sterling Heights

MI

101310

Vance Piper

Novato

CA

101315

Mike McKeel

Gaston

IN

101318

Ed Piglia

Kenner

LA

101334

Allen Bristow

Stafford

VA

101335

Charlie Doerge

Jackson

NJ

101341

Terry Kalp

El Dorado

KS

101406

Shaun McGarvey

Port Coquitlam

BC

101408

Douglas Musselman

Martinsburg

PA

101443

Joey Messina

Metairie

LA

101473

E. D. Stephens

Mossyrock

WA

If you're wondering about how Greenbriers could be equipped, you can browse information on '65 GB standard equipment, tires, options, prices, and colors.

If you have any information about other '65 Greenbriers, contact me via email. Thanks!

 

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