1.3.1  Breakdown of the VIN on the Defender
SAL LD H M 8 7 X A 000001
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 =   World Manufacturer Identifier Code (WMI)
SAL = Land-Rover (UK)
2 = Model code
LD = Defender
3 = Wheelbase code
A = 90 inch extra HD
B = 110 inch extra HD
C = 130 inch extra HD
H = 110 inch
V = 90 inch
K = 130 inch
R = 110 inch 24V
S = 110 inch V8
X =   90 inch California
X =   90 inch Turkey
4 = Body shell
A = Standard, Defender 90 Soft Top, Hard Top, Pick
B = 2-door Station Wagon / 3-door Station Wagon
E = 2-door 130 Crew Cap
F = 4-door 130 Crew Cap
H = High Cap
M = 4-door Station Wagon
Y = 4-door Utility Wagon
5   =   Engine
A = 2,5 litre Diesel
B = 2,5 litre Diesel Turbo
C = 2,5 litre Diesel
D = 2.5 litre Petrol
E = 2,5 litre TDI
F = 2.5 litre TDI
J = 2,5 litreTD5 for Japan
K = 3.4 litre Diesel
K = 2,5 litre TDI
M = 3,9 litre V8 PI Defender
S = 3.4 litre Diesel
T = 3.4 litre Petrol
V = 3.5 litre V8
X = 3,9 litre Perkins
Y = 2.0 litre
Z = 3.9 litre Isuzu Diesel
5 = 2,5 litre TD5
7 = 2,5 litre TD5
6 = Steering and transmission specifications
1 = 4-speed manual transmission / RHD
1 = 5-speed automatic RHD
2 = 4-speed manual transmission / LHD
2 = 5-speed automatic / LHD
3 = 5-speed automatic / RHD
4 = 5-speed automatic / LHD
5 = 4-speed manual transmission / RHD + Overdrive
6 = 4-speed manual transmission / LHD + Overdrive
7 = 5- and 6-speed manual transmission / RHD
8 = 5- and 6-speed manual transmission / LHD
9 = 6-speed manual transmission / RHD
0 = 6-speed manual transmission / LHD
7 = Model Year
A = 1984 E = 1988 J = 1992 T = 1996 Y = 2000 4 = 2004 8 = 2008
B = 1985 F = 1989 K = 1993 V = 1997 1 = 2001 5 = 2005 9 = 2009
C = 1986 G = 1990 L = 1994 W = 1998 2 = 2002 6 = 2006 A = 2010
D = 1987 H = 1991 M = 1995 X = 1999 3 = 2003 7 = 2007 B = 2011
8 = Assembly plant
A = Solihull
B = Military – Solihull (nowadays not used)
C = Zimbabwe
D = Thailand
F = (CompletelyKnockedDown-assembly;i.e. complete vehicle components are shipped abroad and assembled at the destination
J = Malaysia
K = Kenya
N = Marocco
P = Pakistan
T = Brazil
V = South Africa
W = Turkey
Y = Australia
9 = Serial number