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Chassis Numbers

#1 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:41 pm

I wonder what we can learn from the chassis numbers of our R8s? There must be a way to decipher the codes somehow.

Eg my SEi was registered on 29/2/96, and must be one of the latest registered SEi’s on the road (99% of survivors are 1995 registered). But I’m not sure what I can glean from the chassis number, if anything.
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#2 Post by crepello » Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:35 am

The letters part is certainly defined, in the Rover WSMs for a start.

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#3 Post by montegoman » Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:42 am

It will tell you where it was built, body style, model year, model type, engine type and gearbox type. What it doesn't tell you is the date it was built. If you send me the VIN I can decipher it for you.
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#4 Post by Cthomas » Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:49 am

Can you do sd3?
Rover 216 vdp 1990
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#5 Post by RoverRevival » Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:22 am

montegoman wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:42 am
It will tell you where it was built, body style, model year, model type, engine type and gearbox type. What it doesn't tell you is the date it was built. If you send me the VIN I can decipher it for you.
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#6 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:24 am

RoverRevival wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:22 am
montegoman wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:42 am
It will tell you where it was built, body style, model year, model type, engine type and gearbox type. What it doesn't tell you is the date it was built. If you send me the VIN I can decipher it for you.
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#7 Post by montegoman » Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:55 am

SA UK Company
X Austin Rover
XW R8
M Si or SEi trim
W 5 door hatch
H 1.4K engine Multi point
B 5 speed gearbox & Right hand drive
B 1994.5 Model Year
D Assembled at Longbridge

The numbers are consecutive but they started at 200001 with the 10th letter as an A. The numbers were restarted in 1994 with the 10th letter as B but they didn't start from 1. For the 1996 Model Year (with the R3 dash) the 10th letter changed to W.
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#8 Post by alviseven » Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:58 pm

So why are both mine C when Pauls is B for 5 speed and RHD when both mine are the same? Or is a honda gearbox thing compared to rover engine/gearbox thing?

Both mine are CAD at the end A becuase they are early series but C??
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#9 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:59 am

montegoman wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:55 am
SA UK Company
X Austin Rover
XW R8
M Si or SEi trim
W 5 door hatch
H 1.4K engine Multi point
B 5 speed gearbox & Right hand drive
B 1994.5 Model Year
D Assembled at Longbridge

The numbers are consecutive but they started at 200001 with the 10th letter as an A. The numbers were restarted in 1994 with the 10th letter as B but they didn't start from 1. For the 1996 Model Year (with the R3 dash) the 10th letter changed to W.
Hi Jeremy, many thanks for this, interesting stuff.

Would be good to find out how “late” mine was built as I’m sure it must be one of the latest registered SEi’s on the road being registered on 29/2/1996.
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Re: Chassis Numbers

#10 Post by montegoman » Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:08 pm

So why are both mine C when Pauls is B for 5 speed and RHD when both mine are the same? Or is a honda gearbox thing compared to rover engine/gearbox thing?

Both mine are CAD at the end A becuase they are early series but C??
Yes, I should have said that the 9th letter B is 5 speed gearbox mated to K Series engine
C is 5 speed mated to Honda 1.6 single cam
D is 5 speed mated to Honda 1.6 Twin Cam
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