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VIN & Production Date (May 1997)

Series III VIN and Production Date (May 1997)


The following VIN information is according to the "MOTOR import car crash estimating guide" for the U.S.:

    1st-3rd Position - Manufacturers Code
  • SAJ=Jaguar, United Kingdom
    4th Position - Model Line
  • A=XJ6
  • A=Vanden Plas
  • C=Sovereign
  • F=XJ6
  • H=XJ6, Sovereign
  • K=Vanden Plas
  • M=Majestic
  • M=XJ12
  • P=XJR/Sport
  • S=Jagsport
  • T=Rouge/Classic
    5th Position - Class/Restraint
  • A=Passive Seat Belt (87-89)
  • T=Driver Air Bag w/Passive belt
  • V=Active Seat Belt
  • W=Driver Air Bag (90-95)
  • X=Driver & Pass Airbag
  • Y=N. American Spec (83-87)
  • Y=Passive Seat Belt (89-93)
    6th Position - Body Style
  • 1=4 door sedan
  • 2=2+2 Convertible
  • 3=2 door Cabriolet
  • 4=Convertible
  • 5=2 door coupe
    7th Position - Engine Code
  • 0=5.3l 12 cyl, Calif.
  • 1=4.0l 6 cyl, Supercharged
  • 2=4.2l 6 cyl, Calif.
  • 3=4.2l 6 cyl
  • 4=6.0l
  • 5=3.6l 6 cyl low compression
  • 6=3.6l 6 cyl high compression
  • 7=4.0l 6 cyl
  • 8=5.3l 12 cyl
  • 9=4.0l 6 cyl
    8th Position - Transmission & Steering
  • 4=Automatic (LHS)
  • 8=Manual (LHS)
    9th Position - Check Digit
    10th Position - MODEL YEAR
  • D=1983
  • E=1984
  • F=1985
  • G=1986
  • H=1987
    11th Position - Assembly Plant
  • C=Browns Lane, England
    12th-17th Position - Production Sequence Number

Production Date

Stefan Knappe

You can easily find out the production date of your car. Locate the plate/sticker where your paint/trim codes are printed on (right hand side of engine bay(XJ from '83) or bottom of left-hand b-post (XJ40)). Right beside the trim code two letters are stamped, either on not labelled 'date of manufacture'. To decode them, use the following table:

Jan   A               1983   X
Feb   B               1984   Y
Mar   C               1985   Z
Apr   D               1986   A
May   E               1987   B
Jun   F               1988   C
Jul   G               1989   D
Aug   H               1990   E
Sep   J               1991   F
Oct   K               1992   G
Nov   L               1993   H
Dec   M               1994   J

Example: If your sticker shows the code HZ, then it was produced in August 1985.

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