In this brief article we are going to discuss the different Land Rover Chassis Codes, what these codes mean, and how to find out the Chassis code for your Land Rover.
There are many Land Rovers aficionados out there who like to hunt down older Land Rovers. In most cases, they find out that these Land Rovers had been rebuilt multiple times and finally resulting in a vehicle with a vehicle of a completely different configuration compared to the one that left the factory. Not to mention countless “stolen” Land Rovers that also carry a stolen identity from the chassis of a vehicle that had been scrapped. Given the above scenarios, being knowledgeable about Land Rover Chassis Numbers seems essential.
How do you decode a Land Rover Vin?
The Land Rover Chassis VIN is decoded in the following way.
Prior to 1979 the Land Rover Chassis VIN consisted of either a 9 digit number, or an 8 digit number with a letter as suffix. From 1979 onwards, Land Rovers moved on to the modern 17 digit format like all other Automobile companies. The 17 digits are interpreted in the following manner:
|Geographical Region (1st Character)|
|Country (2nd Character)|
|A United Kingdom|
|Manufacturer (3rd Character)|
|L Land Rover|
|Model Type (4th and 5th Characters)|
|LD||Ninety, One Ten, 127, Defender|
|LM||Range Rover L322|
|LP||Range Rover (P38A)|
|LT||Discovery Series II|
|Wheelbase (6th Character)|
|A||Series III 88″ Defender 90″ extra heavy duty Range Rover Classic 100″ Range Rover (38A) 108″ Freelander|
|B||Series III 88″ Lightweight Defender 110″ extra heavy duty Range Rover Classic LSE 108″ Freelander Commercial|
|C||Series III 109″ Defender 130″ extra heavy duty|
|D||Series III 109″|
|R||110″ (24 volt)|
|S||90″ (24 volt)|
|Body Style (7th Character)|
|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|
|Engine Type (8th Character)|
|A||1.8L, inline 4 cylinder, ‘K’ Series, High Compression Unleaded|
|B||2.5L, inline 4 cylinder, turbo-diesel 193 2.OL inline 4 cylinder, ‘L’ Series, turbo-diesel|
|C||2.5L. inline 4 cylinder, diesel 123 1.8L. inline 4 cylinder, ‘K’ Series, Low Compression Unleaded|
|D||2.5L, inline 4 cylinder, petrol 17H 1.8L, inline 4 cylinder, ‘K’ Series, Low Compression Leaded|
|E||3.5L, V8 carb, petrol, High Compression2.4L, inline 4 cylinder, VM Diesel2.OL, inline 4 cylinder, BMW M47 (Td4), diesel|
|F||2.5L, inline 4 cylinder, turbo-diesel (200Tdi/300Tdi) non EGR/cat, 11L or 16L 1.8L. inline 4 cylinder, ‘K’ Series, High Compression Leaded|
|G||2.25L, inline 4 cylinder, diesel 2.5L, V6, ‘KV6’ Series, Unleaded|
|H||2.25L, inline 4 cylinder, petrol 2.5L, V6, ‘KV6’ Series, Leaded|
|J||4.6L, V8 Efi, petro 2.5L, V6, ‘KV6’ Series, Ethanol|
|L||3.5L, V8 Efi, petrol|
|M||3.9 & 4.OL. V8 Efi, petrol|
|N||2.5L, inline 4 cylinder, VM Diesel|
|P||2.6L, inline 6 cylinder, IOE petrol|
|V||3.5L, V8 carb, petrol, Low Compression|
|W||2.5L. inline 6 cylinder, BMW Diesel|
|Y||2.OL, inline 4 cylinder Mpi, petrol|
|1||4.0L, V8Efi. Low Compression with Cat|
|2||4.0L V8Efi, High Compression with Cat|
|3||4.0L V8Efi, Low Compression without Cat|
|6||2.5L. inline 4 cylinder, turbo-diesel (200Tdi/300Tdi) EGR/cat|
|8||2.5L. inline 5 cylinder, turbo-diesel (Td5) EGR|
|9||2.5L. inline 5 cylinder, turbo-diesel (Td5) EGR without Cat (Disco II) 2.8L, inline 6 cylinder, M52 BMW petrol|
|Gearbox Type (9th Character)|
|1||Series III 4 speed / Right Hand Drive LT95 4 speed / Right Hand Drive JATCO 5 speed Auto / Right Hand Drive|
|2||Series III 4 speed / Left Hand Drive LT95 4 speed / Left Hand Drive JATCO 5 speed Auto / Left Hand Drive|
|3||Chrysler 747 3 speed Auto / Right Hand Drive ZF 4 speed Auto / Right Hand Drive|
|4||Chrysler 747 3 speed Auto / Left Hand Drive ZF 4 speed Auto / Left Hand Drive|
|5||RHD 4 speed gearbox + overdrive|
|6||LHD 4 speed gearbox + overdrive|
|7||LT77 5 Speed Manual / Right Hand Drive LT77S 5 Speed Manual / Right Hand Drive LT85 5 Speed Manual / Right Hand Drive R380 5 Speed Manual / Right Hand Drive PG15 speed5 Speed Manual / Right Hand Drive|
|8||LT77 5 Speed Manual / Left Hand Drive LT77S 5 Speed Manual / Left Hand Drive LT85 5 Speed Manual / Left Hand Drive R380 5 Speed Manual / Left Hand Drive PG1 5 speed5 Speed Manual / Left Hand Drive|
|Year of Build (10th Character)|
|B||Ser. III CSW or R/R Phase II, or 90/110 face lift to 1987 M/Y 2011|
|C||R/R 1986 M/Y or 2012|
|D||R/R 1987 M/Y or 2013|
|E||1988 or 2014|
|F||1989 or 2015|
|G||1990 or 2016|
|H||1991 or 2017|
|J||1992 or 2018|
|Assembly Plant (11th Character)|
|A||Solihull, United Kingdom|
|Unique Serial Number (12th – 17th Characters)|
How do I know my Land Rover Chassis Code?
Your Land Rover Chassis Code is basically on the VIN plate. The brake pedal box under the bonnet is usually where this plate is located. The VIN is also punched onto the Right-Hand side of the chassis close to the front lashing eye.
You may use this guide, shown below, to interpret your VIN.
In this brief article we have discussed the different Land Rover Chassis Codes, what these codes mean, and how to find out the Chassis code for your Land Rover.
If you have any questions or comments please let us know.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Where is the chassis number on a Land Rover Series 2a?
The Chassis number is located on an aluminium plate on the bulkhead – on the inside of the cabin in the case of earlier vehicles, OR, under the bonnet (mounted either onto the bulkhead, or onto the brake servo) in case of later models.
Usually, the chassis number is punched onto the aluminium plate. On this plate, you will also find a basic description of the vehicle.
What does the chassis number tell you?
The VIN or Vehicle Identification Number is also called the Chassis Number. It is a unique exclusive car identification number assigned to every car in the world by its respective maker. Regional registration authorities in all geographies use the car VIN number, to identify, verify and register your car. This exclusive number consists of 17-digits to give a unique identity to your car.
How do I find out the specs of my Land Rover?
Your vehicle spec can be found out using this website.
Owner Info – http://www.ownerinfo.landrover.com/,
Where, for a fee, you would be given access to specific information about your Land Rover.