How to Read Porsche VIN Numbers?

Dec 16, 2019

Buying a car is a major purchase. If you are considering a pre-owned Porsche, it is wise to perform a VIN check to ensure the Porsche being purchased is as the seller or dealership claims it to be. The VIN is a unique code assigned to vehicles when they are manufactured. This number is used to identify vehicles when they are damaged, titled, in collisions, or stolen. They can also give all the essential information about each particular car, from make and model to engine and restraint system.

Porsche VIN decoder can help you avoid buying a damaged vehicle or one that has been reported a lemon.

How to locate the Porsche VIN plate?

You can find the VIN in several locations in the Porsche. Here are some common places to look for it:

- on the left side of the windscreen

- in the engine compartment

- in the boot compartment

- on the door post

- into the luggage compartment floor

- on the Porsche title/registration

What does each character of your Porsche VIN number mean?

1.The first character of the Porsche VIN numbers represents the manufacturing country.

W

W

Germany

Finland

2-3. The second and the third characters are used to identify the manufacturer.

PO

P1

F. Porsche, A.G. (PassengerCar)

Porsche, A.G. (Sport Utility Vehicle)

 4. The fourths character of the Porsche VIN tells the series of the vehicle.

A

B

C

D

E

J

2-Door Coupe 911, 928, 944, 924S, 968

/ 4-Door Utility (Cayenne)

2-Door TargaCarrera 2/4

Carrera 2/4 Cabriolet, 944/968 Cabriolet

/ Boxster, Boxster S

2-Door TargaCarrera 2/4

2-Door TargaorCabriolet

2-Door Coupe 911

5. The fifth letter reveals what type of engine is your Porsche equipped with.

A

B

C

D

2.5L L4 & 2.5L L4 Turbo

/ 2.7L 6Cyl.

/ 3.0L L4

/ 3.3L 6Cyl. Turbo

/ 3.4L 6Cyl.

/ 3.6L 6Cyl.

/ 5.4L V8

/ Boxster 2.5L

3.2L 6Cyl.

/ 3.3L 6Cyl. Turbo

/ 3.4L 6Cyl.

/ 3.6L 6Cyl.

/ 3.6L 6Cyl. Turbo

/ 3.8L 6Cyl.

/ 4.8L 8Cyl.

/ 5.0L V8

3.6L 6Cyl. Turbo

/ 4.8L 8Cyl. Turbo

3.6L 6Cyl.

 Sport Utility Vehicles

A

B

C

3.2L 6Cyl.

4.5L V8

4.5L V8 Turbo

6. The next symbol represents the restraint system used in the Porsche.

0

1

2

ActiveBelts

PassiveBelts

Air Bags

/ Air Bags & Side Air Bags

 7-8. The seventh and eighth characters are used to identify Porsche line.

9P

91

92

93

94

95

96

Cayenne

911 Carrera

924S, 928

911 Turbo

944

944 Turbo

Carrera 2/4/Turbo

/ 968

98

99

 

Boxster(S) /Cayman (S)

911 Carrera

/ 911 Turbo

/ 911 Targa

/ 911 GT2

/ 911 GT3

 

9.The ninth character of the Porsche Vin code is calledcheck digit and is used to make sure that the Vin is valid.

10.The tenth character of the Porsche VIN number represents the model year.

D

E

F

G

H

J

K

L

M

N

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

P

R

S

T

V

W

X

Y

1

2

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

3

4

5

6

7

 

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

 

 11. The next symbol identifies the Porsche assembly plant.

L

N

S

U

Leipzig, Germany

Neckarsulm, Germany

Sturrgart, Germany

Uusikaupuni, Finland

12-17. The twelfth to seventeen characters make up serial number of the Porsche (2000-06).

12-13.The twelfth and thirteenth characters are used to identify the Porsche line (1991-99).

32

34, 65

37

38

41

42

44

911 Coupe

911 Cabriolet

911 TurboCoupe

911 Targa

911 Coupe, 911 Coupe RS America,

944 Coupe

911 Coupe

911 Targa, 944 Cabrio

46

48

62

81

82

84

 

911 Cabrio, 911 Speedster

911 Turbo

911 Coupe

/Boxster

928

928, 968 Coupe

968 Cabrio

 

14-17.The fourteenth to seventeen characters make up serial number of the Porsche (1991-99).

What can VINs of older Porsche tell?

1960 Porsche

The NHTSA standardized a 17-character VIN format in 1981. Prior to this year, Porsche used shorter VIN numbers. Thus, from 1948 to 1958 Porsche used 5-digit VINs, fro, 1959 to 1968 – 6-digit, from 1970 to 1989 – 10-digit. They were used to identify the Porsche model, year, body type, engine, and some other features.

If you are considering a pre-owned Porsche, the best way to make a great purchase is to use the Porsche VIN lookup service, which will empower you with knowledge required to avoid buying a lemon.