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1961 Chevrolet Parkwood
1961 Chevrolet Parkwood Station Wagon

1961 Chevrolet Parkwood

Chevrolet's most popular models-Again, for 1961, the Impala, Bel Air and Biscayne have what it takes to make it America's most popular model! Chevy's new slim finless design made it easier than before to drive, park and garage. With clean lines promising lasting beauty and value. Such comforts included a glove box light, automatic dome light, foam cushioned seats front and rear, color-matched carpet and rubber floor mats, deluxe door handles and window cranks, twin rear ashtrays and de luxe steering wheel with a thumb button horn. The Parkwood Station wagon had the same trim as the Bel Air, but displayed a "Parkwood" script on the rear fender.


1961 Chevrolet Parkwood Specifications

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Parkwood Station Wagon Series 1500 - Six-Cyl
15 45 4 dr Station Wagon - 9P $2,850 3,910 lbs Note 1
15 35 4 dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,747 3,865 lbs
Parkwood Station Wagon Series 1600 - V-8
16 45 4 dr Station Wagon - 9P $2,957 3,910 lbs Note 1
16 35 4 dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,854 3,860 lbs

1. Production was recorded by body style only: 4dr Sedan = 452,251, Sport Coupe = 177,969, Sport Sedan = 174,141, 4dr Station Wagon = 168,935, 2dr Sedan = 153,988, Convertible = 64,624. There were 142 Super Sport models. Roughly 330,000 were produced in 1961.

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Height Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Chevrolet 119 in 209.3 in 78.4 in 55.5 in 60.3 in 59.3 in 7.50 x 14
Chevrolet Station Wagon 119 in 209.3 in 78.4 in 55.5 in 60.3 in 59.3 in 8.00 x 14

VIN Numbers

Serial Numbers were stamped on a plate on the left front door hinge pillar (center pillar on Corvair). The Fisher Body number plate on the right-hand side of the cowl gives additional information such as the body style number, the production sequence number, the trim (upholstery) number code and the paint number code.
First Symbol - Year
1 = 1961
Second & Third Symbol - Series
01 = Chevy II (4-cyl) 14 = Impala SS (V-8)
02 = Chevy II 15 = Bel Air 1500 Series (6-cyl)
04 = Chevy II Nova 16 = Bel Air 1600 Series (V-8)
05 = Corvair 500 Series (6-cyl) 17 = Impala 1700 Series (6-cyl)
06 = Corvair 600 Monza Spyder (6-cyl) 18 = Impala 1800 Series (V-8)
07 = Corvair Deluxe 700 Series (6-cyl) 53 = Chevelle & Std. El Camino (6-cyl)
08 = Corvette 54 = Chevelle & Std. El Camino (V-8)
09 = Corvair Monza/Spyder 900 Series (6-cyl) 55 = Chevelle Malibu & Custom El Camino (6-cyl)
11 = Biscayne 1100 Series (6-cyl) 56 = Chevelle Malibu & Custom El Camino (V-8)
12 = Biscayne 1200 Series (V-8) 57 = Chevelle Malibu SS (6-cyl)
13 = Impala SS (6-cyl) 58 = Chevelle Malibu SS (V-8)
Fourth & Fifth Symbol - Body Style
11 = 2dr Sedan 41 = 2dr Sedan
15 = 2 dr Station Wagon (6P) 45 = 4dr Station Wagon (9P)
19 = 4dr Sedan 47 = 2dr Sport Coupe
27 = 2dr Sedan 49 = 4dr Sedan
35 = 4dr Station Wagon (6P) 67 = 2dr Convertible
37 = 2dr Hardtop or Sport Coupe 69 = 4dr Sedan
39 = 4dr Hardtop or Sport Sedan 70 = Sedan Delivery
Sixth Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (L) Los Angeles, California
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (N) Norwood, Ohio
(F) Flint, Michigan (O) Oakland, California
(G) Framingham, Massachusetts (S) St. Louis, Missouri
(J) Janesville, Wisconsin (T) Tarrytown, New York
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (W) Willow Run, Michigan
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

1961 Chevrolet Bel Air Engines

In 1961 Chevrolet introduced the famous 409 V8 engine that launched the Big Three auto manufacturers into the horsepower race that lasted well into the 1970s. 

A WIDE RANGE OF V8's-ECONOMY TURBO-FIRE V8 makes gas-saving a V8 virtue! This standard V8 engine features an economy-contoured camshaft that gives more torque, more efficient operation, in the low and middle speed ranges you use most. A finely calibrated 2-barrel carburetor also helps mete out the fuel miserly fashion. Still another money-saving feature: this husky engine delivers its V8 "go" on regular gas! Full-flow oil filter is standard. 283-cu.-in. displacement, 8.5 to 1 compression ratio, 170 h.p.

Four-barrel carburetion gives Chevy's 283-cu.-in. SUPER TURBO-FIRE V8 an extra measure of get-up-and-go whenever the occasion calls for it. At normal driving speeds you operate economically on just 2 barrels. Cylinder head design helps boost oil economy. 9.5 to 1 compression ratio, 230 horsepower.

Chevy's 348-cu.-in. TURBO-THRUST V8 is sized and equipped for performance! Its wedge-shaped  combustion chambers are precision machined to deliver smooth, quiet power ... efficient fuel burning. Four-barrel carburetor, high-efficiency air cleaner, full-flow oil filter and dual exhaust system are standard equipment. Compression ratio, 9.5 to 1; 250 h.p.

Triple two-barrel carburetion puts extra muscle in the 348-cu.-in. SUPER TURBO-THRUST V8*. At normal cruising speeds you run on just two barrels, but when you need peak performance just step - on the accelerator and all six barrels go into action. Dual exhaust system, high-efficiency air cleaner and full-flow oil filter are standard. Compression ratio, 9.5 to 1; 280 h.p.


Standard equipment on every Chevrolet is 3-SPEED SYNCHRO-MESH ... as smoothly coordinated and dependable a manual shift as any ever made. Chevrolet OVERDRIVE* will give you top economy over the long haul. It cuts the number of engine revolutions for each turn of the wheels ... reduces engine wear, saves on gas. You can select 4-SPEED SYNCHRO·MESH* as a performance partner for anyone of Chevy's spirited 348-cu.-in. V8's. It has a floor-mounted shift lever, and is fully synchronized in all forward speeds for smooth up- and down-shifting.

For the most popular automatic transmission in the low-price field, look no farther than Chevrolet's POWERGLI DE*! Its low initial cost, dependability and liquid-smooth shifting have made it the biggest selling automatic in its class. For the ultimate, try TURBOGLlDE*. With its triple-turbine action, you never feel a shift in "Drive" -the only sensation is a whisper-smooth flow of power. Chevy's built-in grade retarder provides an exclusive assist in downhill braking.

Transmission Codes

Transmission Location
3-Speed Manual Stamped on rear face of upper right corner
4-Speed Stamped on boss on lower left side of case just below side cover.
Powerglide (Corvair) On top of the case in the rear at 11 o'clock.
Powerglide Stamped on the bottom of oil pan

Plant and Type Designation Prefix Plant Transmission Type
W Warner Gear 4-Speed
S Saginaw 3-Speed, Overdrive*
C Cleveland Powerglide
B Toledo Powerglide (Corvair)
*Overdrive distinguished from 3-Speed by physical appearance only. The above transmissions will carry a production code number such as: S304 (S = Saginaw 3-Speed, 3 = March, 04 = 4th.)

Paint Codes - Exterior Colors

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

923 - Roman Red
Lucite® Code - 2931LH
Dulux® Code - 93-93037H

912 - Jewel Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4143L
Dulux® Code - 181-94696

938 - Almond Beige
Lucite® Code - 2964L
Dulux® Code - 93-93110

920 - Fawn Beige Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4146L
Dulux® Code - 181-94697

940 - Sateen Silver Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4023L
Dulux® Code - 181-94009

914 - Midnight Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4147L

936 - Ermine White
Lucite® Code - 4027L
Dulux® Code - 93-93774

903 - Seafoam Green
Lucite® Code - 4148L
Dulux® Code - 93-94296

941 - Shadow Gray Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4027L
Dulux® Code - 181-93661
917 - Seamist Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 4149L
Dulux® Code - 93-94324

948 - Honduras Maroon Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4034LH
Dulux® Code - 181-17182H

925 - Corona Cream
Lucite® Code - 4151L
Dulux® Code - 93-94079

915 - Twilight Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4141L
Dulux® Code - 181-94695

900 - Tuxedo Black
Lucite® Code - #88L
Dulux® Code - 93-005

905 - Arbor Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4142L
Dulux® Code - 181-94694

NOTES: Color Combination Numbers are on a plate on the right side of the dash panel, under the hood, immediately below the heater water control valve (Ranco Valve).

Paint Codes - Interior Colors

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

Duco® Code - 2967H

Not Available Dark Blue Metallic
Duco® Code - 94693
Not Available
Duco® Code - #44
Not Available Medium Dark Fawn Metallic
Duco® Code - 94677
Not Available
Dark Gray Metallic
Duco® Code - 93989
Not Available Medium Green Metallic
Duco® Code - 94694
Not Available
Inca Silver Metallic
Duco® Code - 94260
Not Available Medium Turquoise Metallic
Duco® Code - 94695
Not Available
Dark Green Metallic
Duco® Code - 94298
Not Available Medium Blue Metallic
Duco® Code - 94696
Not Available
Dark Turquoise Metallic
Duco® Code - 94350
Not Available Medium Fawn Metallic
Duco® Code - 94697
Not Available

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