So many people get in touch and ask me "how can I find out more about my Land Rover?" The answer is by contacting either the DVLA, Land Rover or the Heritage Motor Centre. First off you will need to be the registered keeper to obtain information from both the DVLA and Land Rover. How do you go about this?
You can, for a fee of £5.00, obtain the keeper history of your vehicle. You will need to download and complete the form V888 and send it with the correct fee to;
Download the application form V888 here
Vehicles Fee Paying Enquiry Section
It takes around 21 days to get the information back from the DVLA, and you should receive copies of all the previous V5's or Log Books and other documents stored on the DVLA database.
Land Rover no longer offer a traceability service, having closed the department. The now forward you directly to the British Motor Museum at Gaydon.
BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM
The Heritage Motor Centre based at Gaydon Warwickshire have access to most of the factory build records. They can offer a number of letters and certificates at various prices direct from their website through their Archive Services department. A link to this department is here.
Land Rover Discoverys have their VIN number located in three places. The VIN will be visible in the front left hand lower windscreen and is also stamped on the front right hand side chassis forward of the axle viewed from inside the wheel arch area. There will also be a tag fixed to the front slam panel top under the bonnet which will also show several other codes including paint. In 1980 the chassis numbering scheme was revamped with a world wide scheme (except USA) making all vehicle chassis numbers 13 digits and known as the Vehicle Identification Number or VIN for short. All Discoverys will follow the same VIN numbering system. Details of the variants are as follows;
|4, 5||MODEL||LJ||DISCOVERY I|
|7||BODY TYPE||A||3 OR 5 DOOR|
|8||ENGINE||E||3.5 V8 CARB HIGH COMPRESSION|
|OR||F||200 / 300 TDi 4 CYL DIESEL NO EGR / CAT|
|OR||L||3.5 V8 PETROL|
|OR||M||3.9 & 4.0 V8 EFI PETROL|
|OR||V||3.5 V8 PETROL CARBURETTOR LOW COMPRESSION|
|OR||Y||2.0L T16 PETROL 4 CYL MPI|
|OR||1||4.0L V8 EFI LOW COMPRESSION WITH CAT|
|OR||2||4.0L V8 EFI HIGH COMPRESSION WITH CAT|
|OR||3||4.2 V8i PETROL|
|OR||6||2.5 4 CYL TURBO DIESEL 200 / 300 TDi EGR / CAT|
|OR||8||TD5 DIESEL EGR|
|OR||9||TD5 DIESEL EGR WITHOUT CAT|
|9||STEERING & TRANSMISSION||3||RHD ZF 4 SPEED AUTOMATIC|
|OR||4||LHD ZF 4 SPEED AUTOMATIC|
|OR||7||RHD MANUAL 5 SPEED LT77 / LT77S / R380|
|OR||8||LHD MANUAL 5 SPEED LT77 / LT77S / R380|
|12-17||SERIAL NUMBER||6 DIGITS|