Porsche VIN decoder

How to decode a VIN code is a question that comes up quite regularly and we’ve put together a comprehensive overview of the vehicle identification numbers Porsche has used since the very beginning. In the early days, the number only showed the sequence of the cars coming off the production line, but over the years the VIN system has been changed and generalized and these days, there is quite a lot you can find from the special number attached to your car.

Model Year 1948-1958 (5 digit)

Example: 84552 → MY1958 356A

XXXXX
356, 356 A

Show cars with model year 1948-1958

Model Year 1959-1968 (6 digit)

Example: 161281 → MY1965 356 C

1XXXXX
2XXXXX
356 B, 356 C
30XXXX
901, 911 Coupé, 911 S Coupé, 911 R
31XXXX
32XXXX
911 S Coupé
33XXXX
911 Targa
35XXXX
912 Coupé
45XXXX
912 Coupé with body built at Karmann factory
50XXXX
911 Targa, 911 S Targa
55XXXX
912 Targa

Show cars with model year 1959-1968

Model Year 1968 (8 digit)

Example: 12801211 → MY1968 912 Coupé (Karmann)

12
11 - 911
12 - 912
3
Model year: 8 - 1968
4
0 - 911S Coupé, 911L Coupé, 912 Coupé (Karmann)
1 - 911L Coupé
2 - 911T Coupé, 912 Coupé
3 - 911S Coupé
5 - 911L Targa, 911S Targa
6 - 911L Targa
7 - 911T Targa, 912 Targa
8 - 911 Targa
9 - 911 R
5678
Serial number

Show cars with model year 1968

Model Year 1969 (9 digit)

Example: 129010218 → MY1969 912 Targa

12
11 - 911
12 - 912
3
Model year: 9 - 1969
4
0 - 912
1 - 911T
2 - 911E
3 - 911S
5
0 (or 2) - Coupé
1 (or 2) Targa
6789
Serial number

Show cars with model year 1969

Model Year 1970-1979 (10 digit)

911, 914/6, 924, 928

Example: 9249204924 → MY1979 924 92 kW

123
911
914 - 914/6
924
928
930 - 911 Turbo
931 - 924 Turbo
4
Model year: 0 - 1970, 1 - 1971 etc.
5
0 - 912E 1976
1 - 911T 1970-1971, 911T/E 1972-1973, 911T/K 1973, 911 G-model 110 kW, 924 92 kW, 928 177 kW
2 - 911E, 911 G-model S 118/121 kW, 911 SC, 924 74/85 kW, 928 169 kW
3 - 911S 1.gen, 916, 911 G-model 121 kW, S 121 kW, S 129 kW, 911 SC, 924 74/85 kW
4 - 914/6, 911 Carrera 2.7 129 kW 1974, Carrera 2.7 118/121 kW 1975, 924 Turbo
5 - 911T/V
6 - 911 1.gen Carrera RS, 911 G-model Carrera 2.7 154 kW, Carrera 3.0, Carrera RS 3.0, Carrera RSR
7 - 911 Turbo 191 kW, 195 kW, 221 kW
8 - 911 Turbo 180 kW, 195 kW
6
0 - 911 Coupé, 924
1 - 911 Targa, 924
2 - 911 Coupé (Karmann)
3 - 914/6, 924
4 - 924
78910
Serial number

914/4

Example: 4702913312 → MY1970 914/4

12
47 - 914/4
3
Model year: 0 - 1970 etc
45
29 - Body built by Karmann in Osnabrück (all were)
678910
Serial number

Show cars with model year 1970-1979

Model Year 1980 (10 digit)

Example: 91A0134831 → MY1980 911 SC

125
91 – – 1 - 911
92 – – 4 - 924
92 – – 8 - 928
3
Model Year: A - 1980
4
0 (zero)
6
0 - 928 170/177 kW
1 - 924 92 kW, 928 170 kW
2 - 928 S
3 - 911 SC, 924 85 kW
4 - 911SC, 924 Turbo 125 kW
5 - 924 Turbo 110 kW
7 - 911 Turbo
78910
Serial number

Show cars with model year 1980

Model Year 1981-... (17 digit)

Europe/RoW (Rest of World)

Example: WP0ZZZ95ZJN100108 → MY1988 944 Turbo

1
W - Germany (until 1989 West Germany)
2
P - Porsche
3
0 - sports car or Panamera, 1 - Cayenne
456
ZZZ - Europe/RoW
7812
Porsche model number or internal model number:
911 - 911 G-model (until 1989)
924
928
930 - 911 G-model Turbo (until 1989)
931 - 924 Turbo
937 - 924 Carrera GT
944
951 - 944 Turbo
959
964 - 911 1989-1994
968
970 - Panamera 2009-2016
980 - Carrera GT
981 - Boxster 2012-2019
986 - Boxster 1997-2004
987 - Boxster 2005-2012
991 - 911 2011-2018
993 - 911 1993-1997
996 - 911 1997-2004
997 - 911 2004-2011
9PA - Cayenne 955 (2002-2007), Cayenne 957 (2007-2010)
92A - Cayenne 958 (2010-2017)
9
Z - Europe/RoW
10
Model year:
A - 2010
B - 1981, 2011
C - 1982, 2012
D - 1983, 2013
E - 1984, 2014
F - 1985, 2015
G - 1986, 2016
H - 1987, 2017
I - skipped
J - 1988, 2018
K - 1989, 2019
L - 1990, 2020
M - 1991, 2021
N - 1992, 2022
O - skipped
P - 1993, 2023
R - 1994, 2024
S - 1995, 2025
T - 1996, 2026
U - skipped
V - 1997, 2027
W - 1998, 2028
X - 1999, 2029
Y - 2000
1 - 2001
2 - 2002
3 - 2003
4 - 2004
5 - 2005
6 - 2006
7 - 2007
8 - 2008
9 - 2009
11
Factory location:
S - Stuttgart (911, 928, 959, 968, Boxster, Cayman)
N - Neckarsulm Audi factory (924, 944)
U - Uusikaupunki Valmet factory (Boxster 986 was produced there 1997-2004, Boxster 987 2004-2010 and Cayman 987 2005-2011)
L - Leipzig (Cayenne, Carrera GT, Panamera, Macan)
K - Osnabrück VW factory, ex-Karmann, hence the "K" (Boxster, Cayman, Cayenne)
1314151617
Serial number. First number might indicate modification.

USA/Canada

Example: WP0AA2995XS626544 → MY1999 911 996 Carrera  Coupé

1
W - Germany (until 1989 West Germany)
2
P - Porsche
3
0 - sports car or Panamera, 1 - Cayenne
4
Body type:
A - 911 Coupé, 924, 928 from MY1991, 944 Coupé, 968 Coupé, Cayman, Cayenne, Panamera
B - 964/996/997 Targa
C - 944 Cabriolet, 968 Cabriolet, 964 Cabriolet/America Roaster/Speedster, 993/996/997 Cabriolet, 997 Speedster, Boxster, Carrera GT
D - 993 Targa
E - 911 SC Targa/Cabrio, 3.2 Targa/Cabrio/Speedster, 911 G-model Turbo Targa/Cabriolet
J - 928 up to MY1990, 911 G-model Turbo Coupé
5
Engine:
A - 911 SC, 924 2.0/Turbo/S, 928 MY1981-82, 928 MY1991-95, 944 2.5 N/A up to MY1986, 944 2.7, 944 S, 944 Turbo, 968, 964 Turbo 3.3, 993/996/997 Carrera, Boxster 986 2.5/2.7, Boxster 987 2.7/2.9, Cayman 2.7/2.9, Carrera GT, Cayenne V6, Panamera V6
B - 911 3.2, 911 G-model Turbo, 928 MY1983-90, 944 2.5 N/A MY1987-88, 944 S2, 964 Carrera/RS America/America Roadster/Speedster, 996 Turbo/GT2, 997 Carrera S/4S/GTS/Sport Classic/Speedster, Boxster 986/987 S, Cayman S/R, Cayenne S, Panamera S/4S
C - 964 Turbo 3.6, 993 Turbo, 996 GT3, 997 GT3 3.6/3.8, Cayenne Turbo, Panamera Turbo
D - 997 Turbo/GT2, Cayenne GTS, Panamera Hybrid
E - 997 GT2 RS, Cayenne Hybrid
F - 997 GT3 RS 4.0
6
Airbags:
0 - no
2 - at least 2 airbags
7
9 - up to MY2009
A - starting with MY2010
812
Porsche model number or internal model number:
11 - 911 (G-model)
24 - 924
28 - 928
30 - 930 (911 G-model Turbo)
31 - 924 Turbo
44 - 944
51 - 944 Turbo
64 - 964 (911 1989-1994)
68 - 968
70 - 970 (Panamera 2009-2016)
80 - 980 (Carrera GT)
81 - Boxster 981 (2012-2019)
86 - Boxster 986 (1997-2004)
87 - Boxster 987 (2005-2012)
91 - 991 (911 2011-2018)
93 - 993 (911 1993-1997)
96 - 996 (911 1997-2004)
97 - 997 (911 2004-2011)
PA - Cayenne 955 (2002-2007), Cayenne 957 (2007-2010)
2A - Cayenne 958 (2010-2017)
9
Checksum digit
10
Model year:
A - 2010
B - 1981, 2011
C - 1982, 2012
D - 1983, 2013
E - 1984, 2014
F - 1985, 2015
G - 1986, 2016
H - 1987, 2017
I - skipped
J - 1988, 2018
K - 1989, 2019
L - 1990, 2020
M - 1991, 2021
N - 1992, 2022
O - skipped
P - 1993, 2023
R - 1994, 2024
S - 1995, 2025
T - 1996, 2026
U - skipped
V - 1997, 2027
W - 1998, 2028
X - 1999, 2029
Y - 2000
1 - 2001
2 - 2002
3 - 2003
4 - 2004
5 - 2005
6 - 2006
7 - 2007
8 - 2008
9 - 2009
11
Factory location:
S - Stuttgart (911, 928, 959, 968, Boxster, Cayman)
N - Neckarsulm Audi factory (924, 944)
U - Uusikaupunki Valmet factory (Boxster 986 was produced there 1997-2004, Boxster 987 2004-2010 and Cayman 987 2005-2011)
L - Leipzig (Cayenne, Carrera GT, Panamera, Macan)
K - Osnabrück VW factory, ex-Karmann, hence the "K" (Boxster/Cayman 981)
1314151617
Serial number. First number might indicate modification.

Show cars from model year 1981 and later

Brief information on VIN numbers

The 17 letter VIN used in automobiles was first described in ISO Standard 3779 in 1977 and was later revised in 1983. It is the current standard and is used all over the world by car manufacturers.

The letters O, I and Q are not used in a VIN as they can be mistaken for numbers 0 and 1. Even with this rule, there are several occasions, when the VIN is incorrect in official registers. Also, no dashes or spaces are allowed in a VIN.


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