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CHASSIS NUMBERING

Where is Your Chassis/Serial Number?

    80 inch models:
      The chassis number can be found on the nearside engine mounting and on the brass plate on the nearside of the bulkhead. Later vehicles had the plate positioned inside the cab.

    86 & 107 models:
      The chassis number can be found on the bulkhead inside the vehicle and on the right hand front spring hanger. Note: We've gotten a report of an 86" with the chassis number on the left hand *rear* spring hanger and nothing on the RH Front. So check both places.

    88 & 109 models:
      The chassis number can be found on the bulkhead inside the vehicle and on the right hand front spring hanger.

    Series III 109" V8 (Stage I)
      The chassis number can be found on the firewall in the engine bay and on the right hand front spring hanger. (Though Daryl Webb claims "LHR" whatever that means)

    90, 110, 130 & Defenders:
      Found in the behind Rover's left front corner of the windshield
      Stamped on plate Riveted to the top of the brake pedal box in the engine compartment
      Stamped on the right-hand side of the chassis forward the spring mounting turret

    Range Rovers:
      Found in the behind Rover's left front corner of the windshield
      Stamped on the right hand side chassis member forward of the front spring mounting turret
      RANGE ROVER Classic with Vogue body (not sure about NAS County)  has chassis number stamped in rear/passenger cross member (in front of rear wheel)

    Discoveries:
      Found in the behind Rover's left front corner of the windshield
      Stamped on the right hand side chassis member forward of the front spring mounting turret

Synopsis of Chassis/Serial Numbering Scheme

1948 - 1949
    Prefixed by an L or R indicating left or right-hand drive, were six or seven digits.
    The first digit indicated the year:
      8 = 1948-49
    The second digit indicates the type:
      6 = Land Rover
    The third digit (applicable only to seven digit numbers) indicates the model type:
      6 = Basic
      7 = Station Wagon
      8 = Welder

    With the exception of the 866 series, whose serial numbers started at 3001, the last four digits show the serial number starting at 0001.

1950 - 1953
    Prefixed by a L or R, indicating left or right-hand drive, only on the 1950 models, were eight digits.

    The first digit indicates the year where:
      0 = 1950
      1 = 1951
      2 = 1952
      3 = 1953
    The second digit indicates the type:
      6 = Land Rover
    The third digit indicates the model type:
      1 = Basic
      2 = Station Wagon
      3 = Welder
      6 = completely knocked down CKD
    The fourth digit, excluding 1950 models, indicates the destination:
      0 = Home market
      3 = LHD Export
      6 = RHD Export
    With the exception of the 1950 models with five digits, the remaining four digits start at 0001 and indicate the serial number.

1954 - 1955
    An eight digit numbering system

    The first digit indicates the year where:
      4 = 1954
      5 = 1955
    The second digit indicates the type:
      7 = Land Rover
    The third digit indicates the model type:
      1 = 86 inch
      2 = 107 inch
      6 = 86 inch completely knocked down CKD
      7 = 86 inch completely knocked down CKD
    The fourth digit indicates the destination:
      0 = Home market
      1 = Home market
      3 = LHD export
      4 = LHD export
      6 = RHD export
      7 = RHD export
    The remaining four digits start at 0001 and indicate the serial number.

1955
    A nine digit digit numbering system

    The first digit indicates the type:
      1 = Land Rover
    The second digit indicates the model:
      7 = Land Rover
    The third digit indicates the destination:
      0 = Home market
      3 = LHD export
      4 = LHD CKD
      6 = RHD export
      7 = RHD CKD
    The fourth digit indicates service period:
      6 = late 1955 for service
    The remaining five digits start at 00001 and indicate the serial number.

1956 - 1961
    A nine digit numbering system.

    The first digit on all models = 1
    The second and third digits are in pairs in the following sequence indicating:
      11-35 = Series I models
      41-71 = Series II models
    The fourth digit indicates the year:
      6 = 1956
      7 = 1957
      8 = 1958
      9 = 1959
      0 = 1960
      1 = 1961
    The remaining five digits starting with 00001 indicate the serial number.

1962 - 1979
    An eight digit chassis numbering system with suffix letters

    The first, second, and third digits indicate the model and specification.
      241-258,260-324 = Series IIA 88" & 109"
      325-339 = Series IIB (110 Inch Forward Control)
      340-354 = Series IIA 109"
      5424 = Series IIA 88 Station Wagon (US Model) 259, 901-950 = Series III
      951-955 & 895 = Lightweight
      956-965 = 101 Inch Forward Control
      355, 356, 358 = Range Rover
    The remaining five digits starting with 00001 indicate the serial number.
    The suffix letter indicates design modifications.
    Note: The year, or model-year of manufacture have no identification number.

1980 - Date (Worldwide, except the United States)
    All these years use the conventional Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

    Digits
      1 Geographic Region: S = Europe
      2 Country: A = United Kingdom
      3 Manufacturer: L = British Leyland/Land Rover
      4,5 (model)
        LB = Series III, Stage I, Lightweight
        LD = 90 & 110, later Defender
        LH = Range Rover (mk I) (Classic)
        LJ = Discovery
        LN = Freelander
        LP = Range Rover (mk II)
        LT = Discovery, Series II
      6 (wheelbase)
        A = 88" & Freelander, & 100" for RR mk I
        C = 109" and 1 ton
        G = 100"
        H = 110" & 147"
        K = 127"
        M = Special
        R = 110"
        S = Military 110"
        V = 92.3"
      7 (body type)
        A = Truck Cab, Soft Top or Hard Top (Utility body)
        B = 3 door Station Wagon, or Freelander 5 door hardtop
        E = 2 door Crew Cab
        F = 4 door Crew Cab
        H = High Capacity pick-up (Some had an A instead of the H)
        M = 5 door Station Wagon & 7 Door SW
        R = Monteverdi Range Rover
      8 (engine)
        B = 2.5l, 4 cylinder, Turbo diesel
        C = 2.5l, 4 cylinder, diesel
        D = 2.5l, 4 cylinder, petrol
        F = 200 Tdi & 300 Tdi (2.5 Liter, 4 cylinder, Turbor Diesels)
        G = 2.25l diesel & Freelander V6
        H = 2.25l petrol
        M = 3.9 liter V8 (injection)
        P = 2.6l 6 cylinder, petrol
        V = 3.5l V8 petrol (carburettor)
        Y = 2 liter T16 petrol
        Z = 3.9 liter Izuzu diesel
        3= 4.2 V8 petrol (injection)
        8 = Td5
      9 (steering/transmission)
        1 = RHD, 4 speed
        2 = LHD, 4 speed
        3 = RHD, automatic
        4 = LHD, automatic
        5 = RHD, 4 speed & overdrive
        6 = LHD, 4 speed & overdrive
        7 = RHD, 5 speed
        8 = LHD, 5 speed
      10 (model variant/model year?)
        A = up to 1983-1984
        B = 1985-1987
        E = 1988
        F = 1989
        G = 1990
        H = 1991
        J = 1992
        K = 1993
        L = 1994
        M = 1995
        N = 1996
        ? = 1997
        ? = 1998
        W = 1999
        ? = 2000
        1 = 2001
        2 = 2002
      11 (assembly location)
        A = Solihull
        F = CKD
        V = South Africa
      12-17 (serial number)
1987 - Date (USA)
    The USA has slightly different Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) from the world. Digits 1,2,3 are set by the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) for each automotive company

    Digits
      1 Country: S = UK
      2 Manufacturer: A = British Leyland/Rover
      3 Vehicle Make: L = Land Rover
      4 Line (model)
        D = 90 & 110
        H = Range Rover Classic
        J = Discovery
        N = Freelander
        P = Range Rover (mk2)
        T = Discovery, Series II
      5 Series (Emissions and wheelbase)
        C = LWB (108") Range Rover Classic--must be a 49 State Emmissions
        E = 50 State Emisssions: NAS Range Rover, mkII (100")
        H = NAS 110"
        N = 50 State Emissions: NAS Discovery (100")
        V = 49 State Emissions: NAS 90" or NAS Range Rover, mkII (100")
        50 State Emission for NAS Range Rover Classic (100" & 108") X = 50 State Emissions (California): NAS 90"
        Y = 49 State Emissions: NAS Discovery (100") & Freelander
      6 Body Type
        1 = closed (hard top), 5 door
        2 = open (soft top), 2 door. NAS D90s & Freelander
        3 = closed (hardtop), 3 door. NAS D90 Station Wagon
      7 Engine Type
        1 = 3.5 L V8
        2 = 3.9 L V8 and 4.0 L V8 (OBD II) or Freelander V6
        3 = 4.2 L V8 (LWB Range Rover Classic
        4 = 4.6 L V8
      8 Steering/transmission and Gross Vehicle Weight class)
        2 = Freelander automatic
        3 = Canadian D110 and 6000 lb GVW
        4 = LHD 4 speed automatic and 6000 lb GVW
        8 = LHD 5 speed manual and 6000 lb GVW
      9 Checksum for the other 16 digits
        May be any digit from 0 to 9 or X.
        1. A numberic value is assigned to each letter in the VIN
          1. A,J
          2. B,K,S
          3. C,L,T
          4. D,M,U
          5. E,N,V
          6. F,W
          7. G,P,X
          8. H,Y
          9. R,Z
        2. Each position of the VIN is given a weight factor
            1=8, 2=7, ... , 7=2, 8=10, 10=9, ... , 17=2
        3. Multiply each digit by it's weight factor and sum for positions 1 to 8 and 10 to 17.
        4. Divided by 11 and find the remainder. The remainder is the 9th digit (with and X being used if the remainder is 10)
      Example: a 1996 Range Rover Classic (SALHE124XSA660000)
      
       VIN:        S  A  L  H  E  1  2  4  X  S  A  6  6  0  0  0  0
       number:     2  1  3  8  5  1  2  4  *  2  1  6  6  0  0  0  0
       Weight:     7  6  5  4  3  2  1 10     9  8  7  6  5  4  3  2
       Multiply:  14  6 15 32 15  2  2 40    18  8 42 36  0  0  0  0
       Add:       14 +6+15+32+15 +2 +2+40   +18 +8+42+36+ 0+ 0+ 0+ 0 = 230
       Divide:    230/11= 20 remainder 10.  So the 9th Digit is an X (as shown)
      
    10 Year of Manufacture
      J=1988
      K=1989
      L=1990
      M=1991
      N=1992
      P=1993
      R=1994
      S=1995
      T=1996
      V=1997
      X=1998
      Y=1999
      Z=2000
      1=2001
      2=2002
    11 (assembly location)
      A = Solihull
      F = CKD
    12-17 (serial number)
    See Specific vehicle FAQs for sequences
   
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