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Porsche VIN Information

Vehicle identification numbers (also called VINs) are used to identify one vehical from another of the same type. These numberrs are stamped into several places on the vehical (some locations only the Factory and Law Enforcement have access to).

History of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

American automobile manufacturers began stamping and casting identifying numbers on cars and their parts starting in the 1950's. Early VINs had a lot of different variations depending on the manufacturer. There were no standards in place.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began requiring that all road vehicles contain a 17-character VIN in the 1980's. This Fixed VIN system was established for vehicle manufacturers.

ISO Standard 3779 described the numbers and was last revised in 1983.

Explanation of Unique Identifiers Within Your Porsche's VIN

Vehicle identification numbers are standardized - all contain 17 characters. VIN characters may be capital letters A through Z and numbers 1 through 0; however, the letters I, O and Q are never used in order to avoid mistakes of misreading. No signs or spaces are allowed in the VIN.

The position of each letter or number in the VIN code reveals important information about where and when your Porsche was made, the type of engine it has, the model or series of the car, various equipment/attributes and its production sequence. Each character or digit has a particular purpose as follows:

1st Character: The 1st character of your Porsche's vehicle identification number identifies the country where it was manufactured.

VIN Character 1 - Manufacturing Country Codes

1 or 4

2

3

J

K

S

W

Z

USA

Canada

Mexico

Japan

Korea

England

Germany

Italy

2nd Character: The 2nd character in your Porsche's VIN specifies the manufacturer, for example:

VIN Character 2 - Car Manufacturer Codes

A

B

H

A

D

N

P

T

V

V

Audi

BMW

Honda

Jaguar

Mercedes

Nissan

Porsche

Toyota

Volvo

VW

3rd Character: The 3rd character in your Porsche's vehicle identification number indicates the vehicle type or manufacturing division. This varies among car makes and models.

4th - 8th Character: The 4th through 8th characters in your Porsche's VIN reveals its features/attributes, such as body style, engine type, model, series, etc. Again, this varies widely among car makes, models and equipment.

9th Character: The 9th character in your Porsche's vehicle identification number is a VIN accuracy check digit, verifying the previous numbers within the VIN. This check digit is a single number or letter "X" used to verify the accuracy of the transcription of the vehicle identification number.

There is a precise method for obtaining the check digit; however, it is not relevant to our discussion here. Suffice to say that after all other characters in the VIN have been determined by the manufacturer, the check digit is calculated by carrying out a mathematical computation. The correct numeric remainder - zero through nine (0-9) will appear. However, if the remainder is 10 the letter "X" is used to designate the check digit value.

10th Character: The 10th character in your Porsche's VIN tells you the model year. (This varies somewhat among car manufacturers - see the chart in the "Here's How to Find Your Car's VIN" section below for specific locations by car make.)

VIN Character - Model Year Codes

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

A

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

J

K

L

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

M

N

P

R

S

T

V

W

X

Y

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

A

11th Character: The 11th character in your Porsche's vehicle identification number reveals the assembly plant for the vehicle.

12th - 17th Character: The 12th through the 17th character in your Porsche's VIN indicate the sequence of the vehicle for production as it rolled off the manufacturer's assembly line. The last four characters are always numeric.

These last six characters are perhaps the most critical portion of the VIN for most European cars. Because of mid-year production changes by car makers, these can be extremely important in identifying the proper part numbers for ignition, fuel, emission and engine components. These types of parts are often listed with the caveat that they fit vehicles up to a particular VIN or before/after a particular VIN sequence.

Here's How to Find Your Porsche's VIN

The table below will help you locate your Porsche's unique DNA - its unique vehicle identification number. VINs are normally located in several locations on a car, but the most common places are:

- On the door frame/door post of the front doors (usually driver's but sometimes passenger's)
- On the dash near the windshield
- On the engine itself (machined pad on front of engine)
- On the car's firewall
- In the left-hand inner wheel arch
- On the steering wheel/steering column
- On the radiator support bracket
- On your car's title, registration, guarantee/maintenance book or on the declarations page of your auto insurance policy

 

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