Porsche vehicles can be identified from the following numbers:
1. Vehicle Identification Number:
1.1 Location of the VIN
Porsche 924 / 944 / 968
Porsche 911 / 964 / 993
Porsche 996 / 986 Boxster
Porsche 997 / 987 Boxster / Cayman
Porsche Panamera 970
On the Porsche Carrera GT (980) the VIN is also stored on a chip which is located in the area of the driver’s entry sill in the monocoque. This chip can only be read out at the works using a special reader.
On vehicles with an American VIN, the stamped or laser engraved VIN corresponded to the VINs on vehicles for the rest of the world until model year 1991. However the US version is applied to the A-pillar (visible VIN).
Starting in model year 1992, the visible VIN corresponded to the stamped or laser engraved VIN. This change was introduced without hiccoughs into production in model year 1992.
A handwritten VIN can be present in the driver’s door on the Porsche 928.
There have been cases on the older 911 series, where the VIN had not been stamped at the proper location. Porsche could not explain why this was so.
Porsches which have been delivered to Sweden have an additional VIN:
– 911 on a metal strip on the bonnet
– 924, 928 on a metal strip on the right, in front of the spare wheel in the boot
1.2 VIN Lettering
1.2.1 The stamped VIN
1.2.2 VIN applied with a laser
The changeover to laser engraving from stamping took place for
4-cylinder vehicles: 944 S2/Cabrio/Turbo and 968/Cabrio/CS from 01.10.1992
6-cylinder vehicles: all versions of the 911 from 01.12.1992
8-cylinder vehicles: 928 S4/GT/GTS from 01.10.1992
The changeover to laser engraving from stamping took place for.
The changeover from lasered VINs to etched VINs took place from MY 2000 (Y).
Some vehicles produced during the first 14 days of that model year changeover may still have a lasered VIN.
1.2.4 Change of the original vehicle identification number in the Porsche work
In case of the improper and wrong stamp of a VIN this becomes complete with – sign crossed “X”. The former figures and letters must remain readable.
The right VIN is smashed about or under with crossed wrong VIN.
1.2.5 Visible VIN
Since February 1992, an additional VIN, visible from outside the vehicle, has been applied to the left A-pillar.On newer models (the 964 from 9/92 and more recent models), the VIN is on the left over the dashboard and is also visible from outside the vehicle.
When a new car is handed over, the keys are on a key hanger which has a sticker with the last 8 characters of the VIN. The sticker is made of the same material as the type plate and visible VIN sticker in the vehicle and the content is put on in the same way. This key hanger is sometimes still on the key ring.
1.2.6 Thatcham sticker with VIN and engine number
In Panamera (970) and Cayenne models, Thatcham stickers are attached to the vehicles. These stickers comprise the VIN and the engine number. The sticker is made of the same foil as the adhesive type plate.
1.3 Breakdown of the VIN
2. Type Plate:
2.1 Location of the type plate