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VIN Information

 

Example:

1 Country of Mfg. USA

G Manufacturer GM

2 Car Division Pontiac

F Car Line

S Series Base

2 Body Types 2-Dr. Coupe

1 Restraint System Manual Belts

F Engine 305CID, V8, LB9, Chevy

X Check Digit

J Model Year 1988

N Assembly Plant Van Nuys, CA

100001 Body Number

 

Vehicle Identification Number: 1G2FS21FXJN100001
Commonly refer to as the "VIN Number", this series of numbers and letters is stamped on a plate on the top of the instrument panel visible through the windshield.

 

First Digit: Identifies the country in which the vehicle was built.
1 = U.S.A.

 

Second Digit: Identifies the Manufacturer.
G = General Motors

 

Third Digit: Identifies the automotive division.
1 = Chevrolet

2 = Pontiac

 

Fourth Digit: Identifies the car line.
F = Camaro/Firebird (Thus "F-body")

 

Fifth Digit: Identifies the series.

S = 

Firebird

Formula

W =

Trans Am

GTA

 
Sixth and Seventh Digit: Identifies the body type.
87 = 2-Door Coupe

 

Eighth Digit: Identifies the engine.

VIN Code

Transmission

Engine
code/type

Induction

Displacement.

Bore Stroke

Compression

Ratio

Horsepower

Torque

S M5, A4 LB8 V6 MPFI 2.8 (173) 3.50 2.99 8.9:1 135@5100 160@3900
E

M5, A4

LO3 V8

TBI

5.0 (305)

3.74 3.48

9.3:1

170@4400

255@2400

170@4000*
F

A4

LB9 V8

TPI

5.0 (305)

3.74 3.48

9.3:1

195@4000

295@2800

190@4000*
F

M5

LB9 V8

TPI

5.0 (305)

3.74 3.48

9.3:1

220@4400

285@3200

215@4400*

8

A4

B2L V8

(L98)

 

TPI

5.7 (350)

4.00 3.48

9.3:1

230@4400

330@3200

225@4400*

 
*Note: Flammang, James M. & Kowalke, Ron. 1999. "Standard catalog of American cars 1976-1999". Krause Publications, pp 873

Abbreviations:
A4   - Automatic Transmission 700R4
M5   - 5 Speed Manual Transmission
TBI  - Throttle Body Injection 
TPI  - Tuned Port Injection
MPFI - Multiport Fuel Injection


Ninth Digit: Identifies the check digit.

 

Tenth Digit: Identifies the model year.
J = 1988

 

Eleventh Digit: Identifies the assembly plant.
L = Van Nuys

 

Last Six Digits: Represent the basic production numbers, 100001/up