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Body Style Identification

The following tables show the various Ford-assigned body style numbers and any corresponding body manufacturer tag prefix numbers for 1928 through 1931 Model A and AA Fords produced and marketed primarily in the US and Canada.

In nearly all cases below, the names used to describe body styles and models are the same names Ford used themselves in advertising and literature.

Body Manufacturer's Serial Number Tag

Not all bodies had a body builder's tag or identification.

The prefix on the body builder's serial number tag was the body company's internal identification of the Ford body type.

The number after the prefix was the serial number the builder assigned to that particular body. Those are not Ford-assigned body numbers.

The body manufacturer's tag number (if present) was never part of the Ford vehicle serial number, or identification number for titling or registration purposes.

The body builder tags in 1928-29 were typically made of brass and were nailed to the wooden floor structure, behind or outside the RH front occupant's feet under the carpet.

In 1930-31, the body tags were typically made of zinc (and later aluminum) and were drive-riveted or screwed to the firewall below the patent plate data tag under the hood.

In the Body Style Identification tables below there are references to 'flat firewall' and 'indented firewall' body details for some 1931 entries.

In April 1931 Ford began converting the gas tank design and fuel shutoff valve location from a 'flat firewall' and inside gas valve design, to a design having an 'indented firewall' ('inverted teardrop depression') and an under-hood gas valve arrangement.

This design change is often useful in dating approximate build timing of various early 1931 models.

The firewall above is a Murray stamping, noted by the use of a cage nut rather than a 'D' nut, and the specific shape of the teardrop. Non-Murray firewalls had a similar but different shaped teardrop indentation.

When Ford changed to the indented style firewall in April/May 1931, existing stocks of the earlier style flat firewall panels on hand were reworked by re-stamping the indentation into them.

Those 're-stamped' firewalls were used throughout the remainder of 1931 production, primarily in the construction of truck cabs and commercial models.

The re-stamped firewalls are very evident in their appearance, showing the flattened rib from the original flat firewall stamping.

Ford-assigned Body Numbers

Ford often assigned their own body ID/serial numbers to bodies produced and assembled within their own operations or Branch assembly plants.

If present, those numbers were stamped on interior floor sills at each plant, identifying both the plant and body serial number. The Ford body number (if present) was never part of the Ford vehicle serial number, or identification number for titling or registration purposes.

See the first related link in the list at the bottom of this page for more information.


Body Style Tables

The first column lists the body style number assigned by Ford and used in their internal operations.

Also identified are the various body companies which provided completed (or CKD) bodies or panel subassemblies to the Ford branch assembly plants for each body style.

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 Ford  Phaeton 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
35-A

(Fxxxx)
Phaeton
(Introduced Nov/Dec 1927)
n/a n/a Body panel assemblies developed by Budd
35-B

(6Fxxxx)
Standard Phaeton
(Four Door)
n/a n/a Body panel assemblies developed by Budd
180-A
Deluxe Phaeton
(Two Door)
(Introduced June 1930)
n/a n/a Briggs
159-
Briggs
159-
Body built by Briggs
 Ford  Roadster 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
40-A

(Fxxxx)
Roadster
(rumble seat optional)
(Introduced Nov/Dec 1927)
n/a n/a Body panel assemblies developed by Budd
40-B

(7Fxxxx)
(8Fxxxx)
Standard Roadster
(Standard paint selections,
standard upholstery selections,
minimal brightwork,
without cowl lamps,
rumble seat optional)
n/a n/a Body panel assemblies developed by Budd
40-B

(7Fxxxx)
(8Fxxxx)

Deluxe Roadster
(Deluxe paint selections,
deluxe upholstery selections,
added brightwork,
with cowl lamps,
rumble seat standard)
(Introduced August 1930)
n/a n/a Body panel assemblies developed by Budd
 Ford  Coupe 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
45-A Standard Coupe
(Steel Back,
with quarter windows,
rumble seat optional)
(Introduced Nov/Dec 1927)
(Produced during two periods:
1) prior to July 1928
2) after April 1929)
1) 2) n/a n/a
45-B

(1Fxxxx)
Standard Coupe
(Standard paint selections,
standard upholstery selections,
without woodgraining,
without cowl lamps or dome lamp,
rumble seat optional)
n/a n/a Briggs
198-
Some 1930 bodies built by Briggs, majority by Ford
45-B

(1Fxxxx)
Deluxe Coupe
(Deluxe paint selections,
deluxe upholstery selections,
with woodgraining,
with cowl lamps and dome lamp,
rumble seat optional)
n/a n/a Briggs
166-
Some 1930 bodies built by Briggs, majority by Ford
49-A

(Fxxxx)
Special Coupe
(Leatherback,
with quarter windows,
rumble seat optional)
(Introduced July 1928)
(Discontinued July 1929)
n/a n/a
50-A

(Fxxxx)
Sport Coupe
(Fabric Top,
with Landau irons,
rumble seat standard)
(Introduced Nov/Dec 1927)
n/a n/a
50-B

(2Fxxxx)
Sport Coupe
(Fabric Top,
with Landau irons,
without cowl lamps,
rumble seat standard)
n/a n/a Briggs
160-
Some 1930 bodies built by Briggs, majority by Ford
54-A Business Coupe
(Fabric Top,
without oval windows,
without Landau irons,
with trunk standard)
(Introduced May 1928)
(Discontinued February 1929)
n/a n/a
54-A Business Coupe
(Fabric Top,
with oval windows,
with trunk standard)
(Followed 54-A non-oval)
(Introduced after February 1929)
n/a n/a n/a
 Ford  Tudor Sedan 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
55-A

(Fxxxx)
Tudor Sedan
(Introduced Nov/Dec 1927)
n/a n/a Body panel assemblies developed by Budd
55-B

(4Fxxxx)
Standard Tudor Sedan
(Standard paint selections,
standard upholstery selections,
without woodgraining,
without cowl lamps)
n/a n/a
55-B Deluxe Tudor Sedan
(Deluxe paint selections,
deluxe upholstery selections,
with woodgraining,
with cowl lamps)
(Indented firewall only)
(Introduced June 1931)
n/a n/a n/a
 Ford  Fordor Sedan (2 Window) 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
60-A Fordor Sedan
(Brown Leatherback,
Two Window Blind Back,
with lower cowl side vent
through August 1928)
(Introduced May 1928)
(Discontinued in US February 1929)
Briggs
190-
Briggs
190-
191-
n/a n/a Body built by Briggs

(Some 1929 60-A Briggs body tags were prefixed 191- during 60-A export production concurrent with, or after, US changeover from 60-A to 60-B)
(example: export 60-A firewall dated 3/9/29 with 191- tag)
60-B Fordor Sedan
(Black Leatherback,
Two Window Blind Back)
(Followed 60-A)
(Introduced February 1929)
(Discontinued June 1929)
n/a Briggs
190-
n/a n/a Body built by Briggs
60-C Fordor Sedan
(Steel Back,
Two Window Blind Back,
with steel outside visor,
with fabric top above the doors)
(Followed 60-B)
(Introduced when?)
(Discontinued July 1929)
n/a Briggs
195-
n/a n/a Body built by Briggs
170-A Standard Fordor Sedan
(Two Window Blind Back,
with new Briggs styled cowl,
with steel above the doors,
without cowl band,
without cowl lamps)
(Replaced 60-C)
(Introduced July 1929)
n/a Briggs
197-
n/a n/a Body built by Briggs.

New standardized styled cowl and body construction replaced the many unique body parts and designs of the Briggs 60-A, B, C series Fordor sedans.

Allowed greater sharing and harmony with other 1929 Ford model 155 and 165 series Briggs and Murray Fordor sedan bodies, and carried into all subsequent 1930 Fordor 155, 165, and 170 series sedans.
170-B Standard Fordor Sedan
(Two Window Blind Back,
(Standard paint selections,
standard upholstery selections,
without woodgraining,
without cowl lamps)
(Followed 170-A Standard in 1930)
(Discontinued April 1930)
n/a n/a Briggs
163-



(5,279)
n/a Body built by Briggs
170-B Deluxe Fordor Sedan
(Straight Windshield,
Two Window Blind Back,
(Deluxe paint selections,
deluxe upholstery selections,
with woodgraining,
with cowl lamps)
(Replaced 170-B Standard)
(Introduced May 1930)
(Discontinued April 1931)
(any indented firewall?)
n/a n/a Briggs
167-
Briggs
167-
Body built by Briggs
160-C Deluxe Fordor Sedan
(Slant Windshield,
Two Window Blind Back,
with cowl lamps)
(Flat & indented firewall)
(Replaced 170-B Deluxe)
(Introduced when?)
n/a n/a n/a Briggs
139-
153-

Murray
160C
Panel assemblies and/or bodies were built by Briggs & Murray & Ford

(Some early 160-C Briggs body tags were prefixed 139- during initial build (flat firewall) during concurrent production with 170-B Deluxe)
 Ford  Three-Window Fordor Sedan 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
165-A
Three-Window Fordor Sedan
(Standard paint selections,
standard upholstery selections,
without cowl band,
without cowl lamps)
n/a Murray
M651-
n/a n/a Body built by Murray
165-B Three-Window Fordor Sedan
(Standard paint selections,
standard upholstery selections,
without cowl band,
without cowl lamps)
n/a Briggs
196-
n/a n/a Body built by Briggs
165-C

(5Fxxxx)
Three-Window Fordor Sedan
(Straight Windshield,
Three Window)
(Without cowl lamps)
(Discontinued when?)
(any indented firewall?)
n/a n/a Murray
654-
Murray
654-
Body built by Murray

(Some 1931 bodies found with later style 'rotating' interior door handle mechanisms, rather than the typical 'lift' door handles; similar to later slant windshield Fordors)
165-D Three-Window Fordor Sedan
(Straight Windshield,
Three Window)
(Without cowl lamps)
(Discontinued when?)
(any indented firewall?)
n/a n/a Briggs
162-
Briggs
162-
Body built by Briggs
160-A
Standard (Fordor) Sedan
(Slant Windshield,
Three Window)
(Without cowl lamps)
(Flat & indented firewall)
(Introduced when?)
n/a n/a n/a Briggs
140-?

Murray
160A
Panel assemblies and/or bodies were built by Briggs & Murray & Ford
 Ford  Fordor Town Sedan 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
155-A Fordor Town Sedan
(Three-Window)
(With cowl band,
with cowl lamps)
n/a Murray
M601-
n/a n/a Body built by Murray
155-B Fordor Town Sedan
(Three-Window)
(With cowl band,
with cowl lamps)
n/a Briggs
199-
n/a n/a Body built by Briggs
155-C Fordor Town Sedan
(Straight Windshield,
Three-Window)
(With cowl lamps)
(Discontinued when?)
(any indented firewall?)
n/a n/a Murray
M604-
Murray
M604-
Body built by Murray
155-D Fordor Town Sedan
(Straight Windshield,
Three-Window)
(With cowl lamps)
(Discontinued when?)
(any indented firewall?)
n/a n/a Briggs
164-
Briggs
164-
Body built by Briggs
160-B
Fordor Town Sedan
(Slant Windshield,
Three-Window)
(With cowl lamps)
(Flat & indented firewall)
(Introduced when?)
n/a n/a n/a Briggs
141-

Murray
160B
Panel assemblies and/or bodies were built by Briggs & Murray & Ford
 Ford  Cabriolet 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
68-A Cabriolet
(With Briggs styled cowl,
with cowl band,
with cowl lamps,
rumble seat standard)
(Introduced March 1929)
n/a Briggs
194-
n/a n/a Body built by Briggs

(Early 1929 68-A bodies had no body reveal molding over the rear fenders)

(Late 1929 68-A bodies had a body reveal molding above the rear fender, similar to the 1930 Coupe, Sport Coupe, Roadster, and 68-B Cabriolet)
68-B
Cabriolet
(Straight Windshield,
with cowl lamps,
rumble seat standard)
(Flat firewall only)
(Discontinued when?)
n/a n/a Briggs
161-
Briggs
161-
Body built by Briggs

(Late 68-B bodies found with 'rotating' style interior door handle mechanisms, similar to the later slant windshield Cabriolet 68-C, rather than the typical earlier 'lift' style door handles)
68-C
Cabriolet
(Slant Windshield,
with cowl lamps,
rumble seat standard)
(Flat & indented firewall)
(Replaced 68-B)
(Introduced May 1931)
n/a n/a n/a Briggs
138-
Body built by Briggs
 Ford  Taxi 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
135-A
Taxi
(Fordor sedan utilizing the
Tudor-Coupe Pillar Cowl)
n/a Briggs
192-

n/a n/a Body built by Briggs
 Ford  Town Car 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
140-A Town Car
(With Briggs styled cowl,
with cowl band,
with cowl lamps)
(1930 Styled Cowl in early 1930)
(Introduced January 1929)
(Discontinued February 1930)
n/a Briggs
193-
Briggs
193-
n/a Body built by Briggs
 Ford  Station Wagon 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
150-A Station Wagon
(Maple & Birch Wood Body)
n/a Murray
M250-
through
June
n/a Body built by Murray
150-B Station Wagon
(Maple & Birch Wood Body)
(Introduced June 1930)
n/a n/a Bodies built by Murray & Baker Raulang
? Travelers Wagon
(Maple & Birch Wood Body)
n/a n/a n/a Body built by Baker Raulang? (based on 255-A Special Delivery)
 Ford  Victoria Coupe 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
190-A Victoria Coupe ~ Leatherback
(any indented firewall?)
(Introduced November 1930)
(Discontinued when?
May 1931?)
n/a n/a Murray
190A
Murray
190A
Body built by Murray
190-A Victoria Coupe ~ Steel Back
(Flat & indented firewall)
(Introduced February 1931)
n/a n/a n/a Murray
190A
Body built by Murray

(Changeover to Steel Back after body number 28185 per Chicago Service Letters, May 18, 1931)
 Ford  Convertible Sedan 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
400-A Convertible Sedan
(Flat & indented firewall)
(Introduced May 1931)
n/a n/a n/a Murray
400A
Body built by Murray
 Ford  Truck Cab - A & AA 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
76-A

(Fxxxx)
Open Cab
(Introduced Nov/Dec 1927)
through
June
n/a
76-B

(9Fxxxx)
Open Cab
(1930 Styled Cowl)
(Introduced June 1930)
n/a n/a
82-A Closed Cab through
June
n/a Body panel assemblies developed by Budd
82-B Standard Closed Cab
(1930 Styled Cowl)
(Fabric top, without cowl lamps)
(Flat & indented firewall)
(Introduced June 1930)
n/a n/a
82-B Deluxe Closed Cab
(Fabric top, with cowl lamps)
(Indented firewall only,
For use with 66-A Cargo Box)
(Introduced May 1931)
n/a n/a n/a
82-B Standard Closed Cab
(Steel top, without cowl lamps)
(Indented firewall only)
(Introduced August 1931)
n/a n/a n/a Top and body panel assemblies developed by Budd
 Ford  Cargo & Express Box - A 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
78-A Pickup Cargo Box
(Narrow steel cargo box)
(Introduced Nov/Dec 1927)
Cargo Box panel assemblies developed by Budd
78-B Pickup Cargo Box
(Wide all-steel cargo box)
(Introduced May 1931)
n/a n/a n/a Cargo Box panel assemblies developed by Budd
66-A Deluxe Pickup Box
(Smooth styled cargo box)
(Wood and steel construction)
(Introduced May 1931)
n/a n/a n/a Briggs
123-?
Cargo Box built by Briggs
 Ford  Cargo & Express Box - AA 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
89-A AA Express Box
(AA steel express box)
(131-1/2" Wheelbase)
through
June
n/a Express Box panel assemblies developed by Budd
195-A AA Express Box
(AA steel express box)
(131-1/2" Wheelbase)
n/a n/a Express Box panel assemblies developed by Budd(?)
197-A AA Express Box
(AA steel express box)
(157" Wheelbase)
n/a n/a n/a Express Box panel assemblies developed by Budd(?)
229-A
AA Service Car Box
(AA Smooth styled cargo box)
(Wood and steel construction)
(131-1/2" Wheelbase)
(Introduced January 1931)
n/a n/a n/a Briggs
117-
Cargo Box built by Briggs
 Ford  Delivery Body - A 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
79-A Panel Delivery
(Introduced September 1928)
through
June
n/a Body panels built by Budd, CKD to Ford
79-B Panel Delivery
(Regular Floor)
(1930 Styled Cowl)
(Flat & indented firewall)
(Introduced June 1930)
n/a n/a Murray
#?
Murray
#?
Body built by Murray
225-A Panel Delivery
(Drop Floor)
(1930 Styled Cowl)
(Flat & indented firewall)
(Introduced when?)
n/a n/a Murray
#?
Murray
#?
Body built by Murray
130-A Deluxe Delivery
(Introduced February 1929)
n/a through
June
n/a Body panels built by Budd, CKD to Ford
130-B Deluxe Delivery
(Regular Floor)
(1930 Styled Cowl)
(Flat & indented firewall)
(Introduced June 1930)
n/a n/a Murray
#?
Murray
#?
Bodies built by Murray (& Budd?)
130-B Deluxe Delivery
(Drop Floor)
(Flat & indented firewall)
(Introduced March 1931)
n/a n/a n/a Murray
#?
Bodies built by Murray (& Budd?)
295-A Town Car Delivery
(Aluminum Body)
(Straight & Slant Windshield Cowl)
(Flat & indented firewall)
(Introduced when?)
n/a n/a Briggs
149-
Briggs
149-
Body built by Briggs
255-A Special Delivery
(Maple & Birch Wood Body)
n/a n/a n/a Body built by Baker Raulang
~ Postal Delivery
(1929 Procurement)
n/a n/a n/a Body built by York-Hoover
~ Postal Delivery
(1931 Procurement)
n/a n/a n/a Body built by York-Hoover
 Ford  Delivery Body - AA 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
85-A AA Panel Delivery
(131-1/2" Wheelbase)
through
June
n/a Body panels built by Budd
85-B AA Panel Delivery
(131-1/2" Wheelbase)
(1930 Styled Cowl)
(Introduced June 1930)
n/a n/a Murray
#?
Murray
#?
Body built by Murray
210-A AA Panel Delivery
(157" Wheelbase)
n/a n/a n/a Murray
#?
Body built by Murray
300-A AA Deluxe Delivery
(131-1/2" Wheelbase)
n/a n/a n/a Briggs
#?
Body built by Briggs
315-A
AA Standrive Delivery
(112" Wheelbase, Milk Truck)
n/a n/a n/a Body built by Baker Raulang
~
AA Standrive Chassis
(157" Wheelbase)
n/a n/a n/a Unusual wheelbase for Standrive
~
AA Postal Delivery
(131-1/2" Wheelbase)
(1931 Procurement)
n/a n/a n/a Bodies built by GMC Truck & Metropolitan Body Co.
 Ford  Specialty Body - AA 1928 1929 1930 1931 Notes
270-A AA Funeral Service
(131-1/2" Wheelbase)
n/a n/a n/a Briggs
#?
Body built by Briggs
275-A AA Funeral Coach
(131-1/2" Wheelbase)
n/a n/a n/a Briggs
#?
Body built by Briggs
280-A
AA Ambulance
(131-1/2" Wheelbase)
n/a n/a n/a Briggs
#?
Body built by Briggs
285-A
AA Deluxe Police Patrol
(131-1/2" Wheelbase)
n/a n/a n/a Murray
#?
Body built by Murray
290-A
AA Standard Police Patrol
(131-1/2" Wheelbase)
n/a n/a n/a Murray
#?
Body built by Murray
330-A
AA School Bus
(157" Wheelbase)
n/a n/a n/a Body built by Union City
330-B AA Passenger Bus
(157" Wheelbase)
n/a n/a n/a Body built by Union City

More related information on Ford Garage:

  1. Model A Assembly Plant Body Number Decoder    
  2. 1930 Model A Ford Assembly Branch Locations  
  3. 1928-40 Model A & B Ford England Vehicle Models Chart  
  4. Model A 1928 Budd Roadster 40-A Development
  5. Model A 1928-29 Budd Cab 82-A
  6. Model A 1929 Budd Deluxe Delivery 130-A
  7. Model A 1930 Budd Roadster 40-B Development
  8. Model A 1930 Budd Phaeton 35-B Development
  9. Model A 1930 Budd Prototype Slant Windshield Tudor Sedan 55-B
  10. Model A 1931 Budd Cab 82-B
  11. Model A 1931 Model AA Standrive Delivery 315-A
  12. Model A Original 1931 Victoria 190-A
  13. Model A Murray & Briggs Body Differences
  14. Model A Murray & Briggs S/W Sedan Roof Drip Rail Differences

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