Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit - Vehicle Identification Numbers

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Vehicle Identification Numbers



"Vehicle Identification Numbers" or "Chassis numbers"
Until 1980 the vehicle identification was expressed in chassis numbers. When the 17-digit numbers were introduced these numbers were called "Vehicle Identification Numbers" (VIN). On this site no distinction is made between these two expressions. When I use "chassis number" I mean the 17 digit VIN.

17 Digits from 1980/1981 on
At the end of the seventies the VIN of 17 digits was introduced all over the world for all makes of cars. Rolls-Royce didn't replace the system of chassis numbers on the Silver Shadow models, but started with the new numbers on the Silver Spirit models (1980). From model year 1981 on the new VIN was carried through on the Corniche, Continental, Camargue and Phantom VI models too.
On this page the 17-digit VIN system is explained that was implemented on the Rolls-Royce and Bentley models from 1980/1981 on.

The picture on the right shows a 17 digit identification plate of a car for the American market. These plates were fitted on the A-post in the left side door opening. This plate is photographed in the 1989 Silver Spirit SCAZS02A8KCX26429.

Interpretation
In the table below the 17 digits are explained. That is done by using the position in the VIN, read from left to right. As an example I use the VIN of the Silver Spirit SCAZS02A8KCX26429 mentioned above.

Abbreviation
The VIN is mostly abbreviated. There are two ways to do that.
1. In the English orientated registration system (RREC) one takes the last three letters and all figures behind them. The Silver Spirit in this example is abbreviated to the KCX26429. In this abbreviation the model year and the position of steering can be read.
2. In the American orientated registration system (RROC) one takes successively the fifth, the third and the tenth symbol (letter or digit), followed by the last five figures: digits. The Silver Spirit of the example is abbreviated to SAK26429. In this abbreviation the body type, the mark and the model year can be read.

Position

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

Value

S

C

A

Z

S

0

2

A

8

K

C

X

2

6

4

2

9

Position

Meaning

The possible values and the explanation

1 and 2

Manufacturer

 

These characters are the "World Manufacturer Identifier - country", which indicates the country of manufacturing. These letters are for every Rolls-Royce/Bentley to 2010 inclusive "SC":

S

Europe (position 1)

C

England (position 2).

3

The mark

 

This is the "World Manufacturer Identifier - marque".

A

Rolls-Royce

B

Bentley

4

The line of manufacture based on the chassis- or underframe type

C

Bentley Brooklands 2009

D

Bentley Azure from 2006

L

RR Silver Seraph and Bentley Arnage

P

RR Phantom VI

T

Bentley special commission of Brunei (1994, 1996)

V

Bentley special commission of Brunei (1994, 1996)

Y

Camargue (till end of production) and Corniche in 1981 and 1982 till number 5036 inclusive, fitted with the SY "half-way house" underframe.

Z

All other types of Rolls-Royce and Bentley from 1980 (not the Silver Shadow models). Including the Corniche (convertible/II/III/IV) from 1982 (number 5037) onwards and Bentley Continental (from 1984).

5

4 and 5

The body type

The model

 

Below listed in conjunction with digit 4.

 


B Brooklands 2009-2010:

CC

B Brooklands

 


B Azure from 2006:

DA

B Azure 2006

DC

B Azure from 2006, Azure T

 


RR Silver Seraph and B Arnage 1998-2009:

AX

B Arnage Armoured (2x based on Arnage RL in 2007)

LA

RR Silver Seraph

LB

B Arnage, Arnage Green Label, Arnage 4.4L Birkin

LC

B Arnage Red Label, Arnage Blue Train, Arnage Diamond Series, Arnage Le Mans, Arnage R,
Arnage R Mulliner

LD

RR Park Ward (2000-2002), B Arnage Red Label Park Ward (2000)

LE

B Arnage LWB, Arnage RL

LF

B Arnage Final Series, Arnage T, Arnage T-24 Mulliner

LN

B Arnage Armoured (2x based on Arnage RL, 1x in 2008, 1x in 2009)

 


RR Phantom VI (1980-1990):

PA

RR Phantom VI Protected Limousine

PM

RR Phantom VI Limousine

PT

RR Phantom VI Landaulette and Phantom VI Armoured (gepantserd)

 


Corniche, Continental, Camargue (1981-1982/1987):

YD

RR and B Corniche convertible (until in 1982, until number 5036)

YJ

RR and B Camargue (until 1987)

 


RR Silver Spirit and B Mulsanne (1980-2003):

ZA

RR Silver Dawn

ZB

B Continental R (incl R Mulliner, R Le Mans, R Millennium) and Continental S

ZC

RR Corniche S (1995) and B Continental Turbo (1995)

ZD

RR Corniche convertible, II, III, IV and B Corniche convertible, both from number 5037 onwards (1982), and B Continental

ZE

B Eight (from 1987), B Brooklands, B Brooklands R

ZF

B Brooklands LWB, B Brooklands R LWB

ZG

RR Flying Spur

ZH

Special editions, most of them for Brunei like: RR Touring Limousine (1997), Royale, Majestic, Cloudesque, Phantom V (1995); Bentley Spectre, Phoenix, Sports Estate, Silverstone, Monte Carlo, Imperial, Grand Prix, Camelot, Rapier, Buccaneer, Pegasus. TH = B Dominator. VH = B Java.

ZK

B Azure, Azure Mulliner, Azure Le Mans and RR Corniche (from 2000)

ZL

RR Silver Spur with division

ZN

RR and B LWB without division: RR Silver Spur, Spur II, Spur III, Mulliner Spur, Spur Limousine (1982), Spur Centenary; B Mulsanne LWB, Mulsanne S LWB, Mulsanne Turbo LWB;
B Turbo L and Turbo RL (until 1989)

ZP

B Turbo RL (from 1989), Turbo RT, Turbo RT Mulliner

ZR

B Turbo R (from 1989), Turbo RT SWB, Turbo RT Mulliner SWB

ZS

RR and B saloon: RR Silver Spirit, Spirit II, Spirit III; B Mulsanne, Mulsanne S, Mulsanne Turbo, Eight (until 1987), Turbo R (until 1989)

ZT

B Turbo S

ZU

B Continental T (incl T Mulliner, T Le Mans)

ZV

RR Silver Spur Park Ward Limousine (from 1996) and B Mulliner Limousine (1999)

ZW

RR Silver Spur Touring Limousine (from 1992)

ZX

RR Silver Spur Limousine and B Mulsanne Limousine (1982-1988)

ZY

RR Silver Spur Division (1997), Spur Non-Division (1998) and B Brooklands Extended wheelbase with division (1997)

ZZ

B Continental SC, Continental SC Mulliner

6, 7 and 8

US specifications

 

Specifications in accordance with the American law for the engine type (6), naturally aspirated or turbocharged (7) and the occupant-restraint system (8).

6 and 7

Motor type

 

(OBD = On-Board Diagnostic system; OBDI until about 1997, OBDII from about 1995,
EOBD = Enhanced OBD; L410 etc are motor types)

 

Modeljaren 1980 - 1995

00

L410I, without turbo (naturally aspirated), without catalyst (until in 1995), with carburetters.
From number 20001 (1987) with fuel injection. (L410I is the motor type.)

01

Without turbo (Phantom VI).

02

L410I, without turbo, with catalyst, with fuel injection (from chassis number 20001, 1987).

03

L410MTKR, turbo, with catalyst (from 1988).

04

L410MTER, turbo, without catalyst (from 1988).

05

L410MTKS, turbo, with catalyst (Turbo S).

06

L410MTKS, turbo without catalyst (Turbo S).

0T

Turbo, with catalyst (until 1998)

42

Without turbo, with catalyst, with fuel injection (until chassis number 16968, 1987)

80

Without turbo, without catalyst (Bentley Eight)

98

Specification unknown (Dominator, Brunei, 1996)

99

Twin-turbocharged 3.5 liter 32-valve V8 BMW-engine (Java, Brunei, 1994/1996)

 

From model year 1996

11

L410MN2T, without turbo, with catalyst, Zytek control with OBDII

12

L410MN1T, without turbo, with catalyst, Bosch control with OBDI

13

L410MNLT, without turbo, without catalyst, Zytek control (tolerates lead)

14

L410MT2T, turbo, with catalyst, Zytek control with OBDII

15

L410MT1T, turbo, with catalyst, Zytek control with OBDI

16

L410MTLT, turbo, without catalyst, Zytek control (tolerates lead)

17

L410MN1T/Z, without turbo, with catalyst, Zytek control, traction control

18

L410MN1T/Z, without turbo, without catalyst, Zytek control, traction control

 

From model year 1997

19

L410MT2V, low pressure turbo, with catalyst, Zytek control with OBDII, without intercooler

20

L410MT1T, low pressure turbo, with catalyst, Zytek control with OBDI, without intercooler

21

L410MTLV, low pressure turbo, without catalyst, Zytek control (tolerates lead), without intercooler

22

L410MT2T/S, turbo, with catalyst, Zytek control with OBDII, intercooler, 400 bhp

23

L410MT1T/S, turbo, with catalyst, Zytek control with OBDI, intercooler, 400 bhp

24

L410MTLT/S, turbo, without catalyst, Zytek control (tolerates lead), intercooler, 400 bhp

 

From model year 1998

25

L410 MT2W, turbo, with catalyst, Zytek control with OBDII, intercooler, 420 bhp

26

L410 MT1W, turbo, with catalyst, Zytek control with OBDI, intercooler, 420 bhp

27

L410 MTLW, turbo, without catalyst, Zytek control (tolerates lead), intercooler, 420 bhp

28

L410 MT1T/R, low pressure turbo, with catalyst, Zytek control with OBDI, intercooler, 325 bhp

 

From model year 2000

29

L420 MT2T/R, low pressure turbo with catalyst, OBDII and intercooler, 325 bhp

30

L410 MTLT/R, low pressure turbo without catalyst, with intercooler, 325 bhp

40

Turbo, with catalyst, for the Japanese market only (2003)

 


Silver Seraph and Bentley Arnage
From model year 1998

50

4.4 Liter V8, turbo, without catalyst, intercooler (Arnage from 1999)
Twin turbo 6.75 V8, EU4, 450 bhp (Arnage Armoured)

51

4.4 Liter V8, turbo, with catalyst, intercooler (Arnage from 1998)

60

5.4 Liter V-12, without turbo, without catalyst (Silver Seraph from 1999)

61

5.4 Liter V-12, without turbo, with catalyst, OBDII (Silver Seraph from 1998, Park Ward from 2001)

62

5.4 Liter V-12, without turbo, with catalyst, EOBD (Silver Seraph and Park Ward from 2001)

 

From model year 2000 (Bentley)

31

L410 MT2Y, twin turbo, with catalyst, Zytek control with OBDII, intercooler, 400 bhp

32

L410 MT1Y, twin turbo, with catalyst, Zytek control with OBDI, intercooler, 400 bhp

33

L410 MTLY, twin turbo, without catalyst, Zytek control (tolerates lead), intercooler, 400 bhp

 

From model year 2002 (Bentley)

34

Twin turbo with catalyst, OBDII, 450 bhp (Arnage T)

35

-

36

Twin turbo without catalyst, 450 bhp (Arnage T)

37

Twin turbo with catalyst, OBDII, 400 bhp (Arnage R, RL)

38

Twin turbo without catalyst, OBDII, 400 bhp (Arnage R, RL)

39

-

 

From model year 2004 (Bentley)

41

Twin turbo, EU2, 450 bhp, Arnage T from 2004
Twin turbo, LEV II, 530 bhp, Brooklands from 2009

42

Twin turbo, EU2, 400 bhp, Arnage R(L) from 2004
Twin turbo, EU4, 530 bhp, Brooklands from 2009

43

Twin turbo, LEV I/Euro IV, 450 bhp, Arnage R(L) from 2005, Azure from 2006
Twin turbo, EU4, non-OBD, 530 bhp, Brooklands from 2009

 

From model year 2007 (Bentley)

44

Twin turbo, LEV II, 500 bhp, Arnage R/T from 2007, Azure from 2009

45

Twin turbo, EU4, 500 bhp, Arnage R/T from 2007, Azure from 2009, Azure T from 2010

46

Twin turbo, EU4, non-OBD, 500 bhp, Arnage R/T from 2007

47

Twin turbo, LEV II, 450 bhp, Arnage R(L) and Azure from 2007

48

Twin turbo, EU4, 450 bhp, Arnage R(L) and Azure from 2007

49

Twin turbo, EU4, non-OBD, 450 bhp, Arnage R(L) and Azure from 2007

70

(Arnage RL, 1x in 2005)

92

Twin turbo, EU4, 450 bhp, Arnage RL road speed limited, 1x in 2009

 

From model year 2010

4A

(Brooklands in 2010)

4B

(Brooklands and Azure T in 2010)

8

Restraint system code
(U.S. requirement)

 

From 1981 until circa 1990 especially the value A occurs, from 1990 especially the value D but also still the A, from 1994 only the character C occurs. The character B is very rare and doesn't occur after 1989. The character C doesn't occur before 1994. The F occurs for the first time in 2000, the G in 2003, the H in 2006, the J, K and L in 2007 and the M and N in 2009.

0

Until 1987 code for non-American markets.

A

Active seat belts

B

Passive front seat belts (only US)

C

Two airbags

D

Driver only airbag, active seat belts for the passengers

E

Two airbags with seatbelt pretensioners

F

In the front two airbags, two side airbags and seatbelt pretensioners; in the rear side airbags and side curtains

G

In the front two airbags, two side airbags and seatbelt pretensioners; in the rear side airbags

H

In the front two airbags, two side airbags and seatbelt pretensioners; in the rear seatbelt pretensioners; a Roll over protection system

J

In the front two smart airbags, two side airbags and seatbelt pretensioners; in the rear side airbags and side curtains

K

In the front two smart airbags, two side airbags and seatbelt pretensioners; in the rear side airbags

L

In the front two smart airbags, two side airbags and seatbelt pretensioners; in the rear seatbelt pretensioners; a Roll over protection system

M

In the front two airbags, two side airbags and seatbelt pretensioners

N

In the front two smart airbags, two side airbags and seatbelt pretensioners

9

Check digit

 

A value from 0 to 9 or an X, an arithmetic result from the rest of the chassis number.

10

Model year

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
J
K

1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989

L
M
N
P
R
S
T
V
W
X

1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

Y
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
J
K

2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

11

Plant of manufacture

C

Crewe

W

Willesden, only used for the Phantom VI

12

Position of steering

H

Right-hand drive (Homemarket)

X

Left-hand drive (eXport)

13 to 17

Sequential Serial Number

 

Sequential identification number, starting with 01001 in 1980 (Spirit) and 01001 in 1998 (Seraph).

The chassis numbers that were assigned to the separate models are mentioned in the section about the models. The numbers of a new model or a successor of a model often started on a hundred or a thousand.

Series of numbers in the Silver Spirit model range that were not used:

10427 - 12000   (1984)
16971 - 20000   (1987)
27799 - 29000   (1989)
29291 - 30000   (1989)
30639 - 31000   (1990)
36324 - 40000   (1991)
40123 - 40500   (1993)
40534 - 42000   (1994)
42205 - 42500   (1993)
42729 - 44000   (1993)
44589 - 46000   (1992)
46784 - 50000   (1993)
50171 - 50800   (1995)
50811 - 52000   (1995)
52452 - 53000   (1995)
53194 - 53300   (1996)
53515 - 53600   (1997)
53852 - 54000   (1996)
55762 - 56800   (1995)

56861 - 57000   (1995)
58294 - 58500   (1996)
58505 - 59000   (1996)
60323 - 61001   (1997)
61183 - 61500   (1997)
61862 - 61999   (1999)
62666 - 63000   (2001)
63186 - 63300   (1999)
63366 - 63500   (2000)
63578 - 64999   (2001)
65075 - 65100   (1999)
65107 - 66000   (2000)
66434 - 66471   (1998)
66473 - 66496   (1998)
66588 - 67000   (1999)
66751 - 66801   (1998)
66902 - 67000   (1998)
67114 - 67147   (1999)
67149 - 67200   (1999)

67228 - 67500   (2000)
67539 - 80000   (2001)
68174 - 68500   (2000)
68622 - 80000   (2001)
80057 - 80100   (1993)
80138 - 80200   (1995)
80260 - 80400   (1998)
80404 - 80500   (1997)
80542 - 80700   (1998)
80721 - 80800   (1998)
80802 - 00999   (1999)
01119 - 01149   (2002)
01239 - 01499   (2003)
01526 - 01549   (2002)
01560 - 01749   (2003)
01796 - 01850   (2002)
01877 - 01999   (2003)
02080 -             (2002)


Series of numbers in the Seraph/Arnage model range that were not used:

03052 - 04000   (1999)
06787 - 07500   (2001)
07516 - 07550   (2000)
07652 - 07909   (2001)
07911 - 07999   (2001)
08855 - 08899   (2002)
09662 - 09700   (2003)

10060 - 10099   (2004)
10979 - 11099   (2005)
11687 - 11999   (2006)
12571 - 12599   (2007)
12951 - 13499   (2008)
?        - 18999   (2010)
19121 - 19149   (2002)

19195 - 19202   (2003)
19256 - 19300   (2004)
19366 - 19399   (2005)
19450 - 19499   (2006)
19531 - 19549   (2007)
19592 - 19599   (2008)
19680 -             (2009)





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