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Traceability and VIN numbers

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?

DVLA

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
DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1AJ

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

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.

VIN NUMBERS

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;

 

 1 GEOGRAPHIC REGION S EUROPE 
 2 COUNTRY A UNITED KINGDOM
 3 MANFACTURER L LAND ROVER
 4, 5 MODEL LJ DISCOVERY I
  OR LT DISCOVERY II
 6 WHEELBASE G 100"
 7 BODY TYPE A 3 OR 5 DOOR
  OR B 3 DOOR
  OR M 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
 10  MODEL YEAR F 1989
  OR G 1990
  OR H 1991
  OR J 1992
  OR K 1993
  OR L 1994
  OR M 1995
  OR T 1996
  OR V 1997
  OR W 1998
  OR X 1999
  OR Y 2000
  OR 1 2001
  OR 2 2002
  OR 3 2003
  OR 4 2004
  OR 5 2005
 11 ASSEMBLY LOCATION A SOLIHULL
 12-17 SERIAL NUMBER  6 DIGITS