As far back as anyone can remember, car owners, for whatever reason, tire of the color of their car and repaint them a different color and that is not a problem but now and for well over fifteen years, several people or companies have made repro trim tags that generally are used to defraud the buying public; ie. counterfeiting. The trim tag is part of the DNA of the car and can be decoded to determine body build date, paint, trim, and options that could be available on that particular car. The trim tag is a General Motors protected trademarked registered item and it is highly unlikely that they, GM, issued a license agreement to anyone to "reproduce." warning: Replacing trim tags in some states is contrary to law as a repro trim plate has little to do with restoration but more so with fraud.
**2003 marked the advent of published knowledge to determine without a doubt the originality or lack thereof of a trim plate, thanks to the efforts of NCRS (National Corvette Restorers Society) and its membership.