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The ISO standard VIN was introduced for the Porsche model year 1981.

VINs consist of 17 characters and for Porsche can be decoded as follows:-

VIN number WP0ZZZ99ZTS392124 on a Porsche 993 GT2.
Position Explanation North America notes
1 W = German based manufacturer.
2 P = Porsche.
3 0 (zero) = Passenger car (applies to all except Cayenne and Macan) or 1 = SUV (applies to Cayenne and Macan).
4 for RoW = Z (filler) Engine.[1]
5 for RoW = Z (filler) Airbags (0 = none, 2 = at least 2).
6 for RoW = Z (filler) Model year.
7 First character of model type (read positions 7,8 and 12 together).
8 Second character of model type (read positions 7,8 and 12 together).
9 For RoW = Z (filler) Calculated checkdigit.
10 Year code.
11 Factory code.
12 Third character of model type (read positions 7,8 and 12 together).
13 Body configuration code or leading digit of serial number.
14 First digit of serial number.
15 Second digit of serial number.
16 Third digit of serial number.
17 Fourth digit of serial number.

Vehicle Specification for USA etc (positions 4,5 and 6)[edit]

VIN has been implemented differently in two regions, they consist of the following countries:-

USA etc. = USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Switzerland.

RoW = Rest of world. (i.e. everywhere except USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Switzerland.)

Vehicle Specification for "USA etc" is a 3 character code giving details of the body type, engine, seatbelts and airbags fitted.

(More info needed.)

Examples of Model Type codes (positions 7,8 and 12)[edit]

  • Cayenne = 9PA then 92A
  • Panamera = 970
  • Boxster = 986, 987, 981, A82
  • Cayman = 987, 981, A82
  • Carrera GT = 980
  • 911 = 901, 930, 964, 993, 996, 997, 991
  • A91 = 991.2
  • 924 = 924
  • 924 Turbo = 931
  • 924 Carrera GT/GTS/GTR = 937
  • 928 = 928
  • 944 = 944
  • 944 Turbo = 951
  • 959 = 959
  • 968 = 968

Year Codes (position 10)[edit]

Code Year --- Code Year --- Code Year --- Code Year
L 1990 Y 2000 A 2010
B 1981 M 1991 1 2001 B 2011
C 1982 N 1992 2 2002 C 2012
D 1983 P 1993 3 2003 D 2013
E 1984 R 1994 4 2004 E 2014
F 1985 S 1995 5 2005 F 2015
G 1986 T 1996 6 2006 G 2016
H 1987 V 1997 7 2007 H 2017
J 1988 W 1998 8 2008 J 2018
K 1989 X 1999 9 2009 K 2019

Factory Codes (position 11)[edit]

Code Factory Notes Models Produced
S (Stuttgart) Zuffenhausen - Germany Includes occasional production from Weissach. All 911s. Minority of 986 Boxsters, 987 Boxster/Cayman and 981 Boxster. 549 of the 1991 944s,[2]
as well as all 924 Carrera GTS/GTR.[3] Majority of 968s.
N Neckarsulm - Germany. Audi factory. Majority of 924 and 944s. Minority of 1992 968s.
L Leipzig - Germany. All Cayenne, Panamera and Carrera GT.
U Uusikaupunki - Finland. Valmet Automotive factory. Majority of 986 Boxsters and 987 Boxster/Cayman.
K Osnabrück - Germany. VW factory, ex-Karmann, hence the "K" All 981 Caymans. Majority of 981 Boxsters.
D Bratislava - Slovakia. VW factory. Cayennes.

Model Configuration Code (position 13)[edit]

A leading "0" usually means standard coupé, for the RoW markets. For the 944 and 968, US cars are usually identified by a leading "5". 944 convertibles have a leading "3" (RoW) or "8" (US). Sometimes this model code extends into the 14th digit, such as for the 968 CS which had chassis numbers beginning with "15".[4]

Examples[edit]

WP0ZZZ94ZFN40**** a 944.

WP0ZZZ98Z7U770439**** a Cayman'

WP0ZZZ92ZGN40**** a 924S.

WP1ZZZ9PZ8LA7**** a Cayenne.

WP0ZZZ96ZRS81**** a 968.

WP0ZZZ99Z5S73**** a 911.

WP0ZZZ97ZAL08**** a Panamera.

WP0ZZZ98Z4L00**** a Carrera GT.

WP0ZZZ98Z8U72**** a Boxster S.

WP0ZZZ99Z5S76**** a 911 C2S Convertible.

WP0ZZZ99Z2S64**** a 911 C4 convertible.

WP1AF2A51FLB9**** a Macan Turbo

WPOZZZ95ZJS90**** a 959

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VIN Decoder". Stuttcars. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  2. ^ Morgan, Peter (1998). Original Porsche: 924/944/968. Bideford, Devon, UK: Bay View Books. p. 91. ISBN 1-901432-05-X.
  3. ^ Morgan, p. 48
  4. ^ Morgan, p. 116

All the information summarised here was first published in articles by Chris Horton in the December 2010 and January 2011 editions of Porsche Post (Magazine of the Porsche Club Great Britain).

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