Before // Vehicle IDAnd now for the boring numbers bit:
Body Plate line 1: 79 09C 1FQ87 N 015639
Body Plate line 2: 24R 24L 24U L
Body Plate line 3: A51
Body Plate line 4: BUE 150246
So, what does this all mean? Well, starting with the VIN plate (using the Camaro Restoration Handbook by Tom Currao and Ron Sessions):
Car line & Series: Camaro
Basic Body Style: Sport Coupe (Camaro)
Engine Type: L14 305 cu. in., 2 bbl.
Model Year: 1979
Assembly Plant: Chevrolet - Norwood
Sequential Number: 506372
And the body plate:
Model year: 79 = 1979
Build date: 09C = 3rd week September
Model description: 1FQ87 = Chevrolet Camaro, base level, 2 door coupe (we knew dat)
Assembly Plant: N = Norwwod, OH
Body Sequence: 015639
Interior Code: 24R, Bright Blue, standard vinyl
Lower Body Colour: 24L, Bright Blue
Upper Body Colour: 24U, Bright Blue
Paint Type: L = lacquer
Seat Code: A51 = bucket seats
Column & dash Colour: BUE, which I'm assuming means "blue" as that's the colour under the black.
All of this seems to fit the car as it stands now. I have yet to check the engine and axle codes to see if they match the VIN and body plate.
Decode your own VIN.
This should work for most Chevrolet VINs from 1972 to 1980.