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What is a zone car?
« on: January 18, 2019, 05:37:24 PM »
Can somebody please tell me what a zone car is? Thank you, Joe
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Re: What is a zone car?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2019, 06:35:59 PM »
A zone car was either intended for use by someone in zone management, or was used for special display/demonstration purposes. When this "duty" was completed the car would likely end up at a Chevrolet dealer for sale.

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Re: What is a zone car?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2019, 07:10:42 PM »
The US was broken into 49 sales units and each area (zone) had an head office. A zone could cover multiple states or a bigger state could have multiple zones in them. Orders and issues from dealers were run thru the zone, info from GM was distributed thru the zone.
The zone office had cars for various reasons - management cars, visitors, etc. They would also receive cars for auto show, magazine tests, etc - these cars were generally transfers and not assignations. Some zones (think Dakotas) didn't have many cars, whereas popular destinations had fleets of visitor cars for when upper management visited or went on vacation.
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Re: What is a zone car?
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2019, 08:37:06 PM »
Thanks guys....Joe
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Re: What is a zone car?
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2019, 09:39:06 PM »
Zone Office info from a 1970's directory:

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Re: What is a zone car?
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2019, 03:46:20 PM »
Is there any way to identify a zone car?  I have a 67 SS/RS convertible.  I was talking with Scott Settlermire and he touught it might be a zone car because of some of the options, and build date (11/66).  A/C in a convertible, headrests, shoulder harness, power windows, fold down rear seat, AM/FM, tilt, deluxe interior.  11/66 build date.  There's some chalk marks around the trim tag that I've never seen on other cars.  It was sold new at Courtesy Chevrolet, San Diego.  Just a few blocks from the zone office

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Re: What is a zone car?
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2019, 03:55:10 PM »
Zone cars can also be called 'Brass Hat' cars. This usually refers to what has been previously mentioned. I once owned a 'brass hat' Pontiac that was used at the GM office in Ca. The vehicles history (or warranty) info should reflect this.
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Re: What is a zone car?
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2019, 04:00:17 PM »
Is there any way to identify a zone car?  I have a 67 SS/RS convertible.  I was talking with Scott Settlermire and he touught it might be a zone car because of some of the options, and build date (11/66).  A/C in a convertible, headrests, shoulder harness, power windows, fold down rear seat, AM/FM, tilt, deluxe interior.  11/66 build date.  There's some chalk marks around the trim tag that I've never seen on other cars.  It was sold new at Courtesy Chevrolet, San Diego.  Just a few blocks from the zone office

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Re: What is a zone car?
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2019, 04:43:13 PM »
My 1967 RS/SS built 01D at Norwood shows from the NCRS report that it was delivered to the Cleveland Zone Office.  No dealership info is on the report.  Unfortunately I do not know about its prior early history. 

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Re: What is a zone car?
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2019, 04:52:12 PM »
My '67 is a Salt Lake City zone car per the NCRS shipping report.
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Re: What is a zone car?
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2019, 12:04:30 AM »
@BC Miller, It's a 350, powerglide car.  75,000 miles, All numbers matching, 95% original paint.  White with red interior.  I have the POP, and other documentation, but no window sticker.  3rd owner.  Second owner bought it from the estate of a former North Island Coronado Naval Station Commander.  Best part, it's a twin to my 68 SS/RS.  Same color, four speed car.

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Re: What is a zone car?
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2019, 01:12:39 AM »
I have a zone car from B'ham, Al. according to the NCRS report also.

It's a 67 convt. 6 cylinder 3-speed on the floor w/ Z21 & Z23,
Paint-Capri Cream w/ white top.

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Re: What is a zone car?
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2019, 04:45:05 AM »
FSC66:  Thanks for posting the information on zones and zone offices!  :)  Your list confirmed what I was told during my 'search' when my local long time parts manager told me that Atlanta was zone 12 and Birmingham zone 31 (and that transition occurred sometime around that period, (serving dealerships in the north Alabama area).  He told me also that the parts ordered by dealerships also came in with ZONE numbers on the parts, corresponding to the regional warehouses servicing that zone's dealerships (if I worded this correctly)..?   Anyway, Thanks for posting that information!  :)
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Re: What is a zone car?
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2019, 05:59:55 AM »
Here's the zone listing from 69.

It's interesting page too, because it's the number of vehicles affected by a recall. They had to figure out where the cars went, including to the Red Cross.
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Re: What is a zone car?
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2019, 04:21:48 PM »
@BC Miller, It's a 350, powerglide car.  75,000 miles, All numbers matching, 95% original paint.  White with red interior.  I have the POP, and other documentation, but no window sticker.  3rd owner.  Second owner bought it from the estate of a former North Island Coronado Naval Station Commander.  Best part, it's a twin to my 68 SS/RS.  Same color, four speed car.

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Looking for 68 Camaro with body # NOR 181016

 

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