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That's simple. If the VIN starts with 117 or 118 it's a real SS. 117 is a 6-cylinder SS and 118 is a V8 SS. Also, don't go by the cowl tag, only the VIN. If the VIN looks tampered with then walk away.
 

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I thought that non-SS V8 cars could also have a 118 VIN? Such as a 67 283 powered Sedan......what about non SS coupes? I am suddenly more confused....I thought the 118 just designated it as a V8?
 

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I thought that non-SS V8 cars could also have a 118 VIN? Such as a 67 283 powered Sedan......what about non SS coupes? I am suddenly more confused....I thought the 118 just designated it as a V8?
For earlier Novas it is different but for 1965 thru 1967 Novas, the VIN breaks down like this:

Digit 1 = GM Division:
- 1 = Chevrolet

Digits 2 and 3 = Model Series:
- 11 = Chevy II 100, L4
- 13 = Chevy II 100, L6
- 14 = Chevy II 100, V8
- 15 = Chevy II 400, Nova, L6
- 16 = Chevy II 400, Nova, V8
- 17 = Chevy II Nova SS, L6
- 18 = Chevy II Nova SS, V8

Digits 4 and 5 = Body Style:
- 11 = 2 door sedan
- 35 = 4 door wagon
- 37 = 2 door coupe
- 69 = 4 door sedan

Digit 6 = Model Year:
- 5 = 1965
- 6 = 1966
- 7 = 1967
 

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I thought that non-SS V8 cars could also have a 118 VIN? Such as a 67 283 powered Sedan......what about non SS coupes? I am suddenly more confused....I thought the 118 just designated it as a V8?
A V8 Sedan would have a VIN of 11411. If it was a Hardtop it would be 11637. the 4th and 5th #'s determine what body style. The 3rd # determines the engine. Even #'s were V8's (4, 6, 8) and odd's were 4 cyl. or 6 cyl. (1 for 4 cyl. 3, 5, and 7 for 6's)
 
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