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Old July 17th, 2010, 10:13 PM
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Land Rover VIN Decoder

I put together the Land Rover VIN Decoder to help me shop for Land Rovers. Thought others may find it helpful as well.

I've been trying to decipher VIN numbers on different Land Rovers for sale and have found it irritating manually eye-balling a reference sheet. So I plugged all the possible VIN combos into a formula driven Excel workbook to automatically display results.

I'd love to get your feedback. Plug in your VIN and see if it gives you the right info.
The link below points to an Excel file posted on my Box.net account. Note: the file contains formulas and you will probably be prompted regarding securing considerations.

http://www.box.net/shared/30j7bea1oz
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Old July 18th, 2010, 01:24 AM
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Old July 18th, 2010, 10:31 AM
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Well, there you go! I somehow missed this resource in all my searching. I guess my spreadsheet can be the offline 1.0 version.
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Old July 18th, 2010, 05:33 PM
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Either way, thanks for sharing it...
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Old September 4th, 2010, 12:01 AM
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I just went through the process of insuring, as well as securing a bank loan, for an 1985 Land Rover Defender. Similiar to other accounts that I've heard, it wasn't a very smooth process. In the end, I shared the following email with the insurance company, along with the Excel VIN Decoder in this thread (
http://www.box.net/shared/30j7bea1oz), and they wrote a policy for the truck.

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Underwriting is currently researching a request for a policy on a 1984 Land Rover One Ten (110). The representative that I was working with on the phone was unable to verify the vehicle through the common VIN identification services.

I am following up with some supporting information to help guide the research since these foreign-made, +25 year old vehicles seems to stump U.S.-specific VIN records.

Land Rover VIN Calculator: http://www.clifton.nl/index.html?calvin.html

Land Rover VIN character identifier: http://www.4x4uk.org/faq/index.php?a...=42&artlang=en

Land Rover VIN Checker: http://landroveroneten.com/cgi-bin/vin_checker.cgi/
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Old September 4th, 2010, 02:47 PM
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When I imported my 1985 Wagon the the only way to get the correct build date was to get a certificate from the Motor Heritage Center at Gaydon. The Vin decoder can not give you an exact date in the 1985/86 area. There is a thread on here with my VIN nos on it
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 08:16 AM
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Info is already available at many other sources. Why did you not get the most important feature, the manuf. date?
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 10:16 AM
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On mine the VIN kept coming up as a 1980s car, PO wrote a letter to LRNA in NJ asking to confirm the 1990 year as the correct one for that VIN. With his letter he included a printout of the clifton decoder results for his/my VIN. They actually sent a letter back saying yes its a 1990, UK/ROW spec.
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Old May 24th, 2017, 10:51 PM
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Thanks for sharing all this, mine had a small error and this solved it.
(Or maybe I just need glasses!)
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I know this post is REALLY OLD, but I was looking for Defender VIN information and found this post via Google. I figured I'd post the site I found since many of the other links in this thread are outdated:

https://www.vindecoderz.com/EN/Land%20Rover/DEFENDER

I liked the above site because you just plug your number in and it gives you a very detailed breakdown of your vehicle build.
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Old August 11th, 2017, 12:04 PM
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This site does not work. Gives same erroneous info as many other sites. The only way to get correct, accurate data is to write to LR, Solihull to get the build date, etc.
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Old August 11th, 2017, 12:55 PM
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+1 on the Clifton...that's the best one
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Old November 19th, 2017, 08:21 PM
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Question for the group...the D110 that we are listing has the following VIN SALLDHMB8FAxxxxxx ... which the FA decodes to an '89 MY. But during importation, it was given a MY of 1990 from US Customs and the State of FL. Is it possible that it can have FA but be a late year build and be a 1990? Wondering why the VIN decodes to 89 but customs gave it a 1990.
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Customs and the state of Florida do not "give it a model year". They use what is on the paper work submitted.


The foreign registration submitted for importation must have shown a date of first registration of
1990. As we all know cars sit on dealers lots, some longer than others, so while possibly built in 89 may not have sold and been first regsitered until 1990. European registrations do not show model year- they show date of first regsitration. The actual build date is easily gotten in a matter of hours from Motor Heritage Museum @ Gaydon. Rovers vin coding left a good bit to be desired when it came to determining model year, overlap was common, especially in the 80's.
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matter of hours from Motor Heritage Museum @ Gaydon. Rovers vin coding left a good bit to be desired when it came to determining model year, overlap was common, especially in the 80's.
How do you get this in hours ? When I request a certificate from them, it takes anywhere between 4 and 6 weeks
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How do you get this in hours ? When I request a certificate from them, it takes anywhere between 4 and 6 weeks
you can get the build date via email pretty quickly.

https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk...ation-services
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How do you get this in hours ? When I request a certificate from them, it takes anywhere between 4 and 6 weeks
you can get the build date via email pretty quickly.

https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk...ation-services

Thanks , didn?t know about this. Sure I will use this a lot from now on.
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How do you get this in hours ? When I request a certificate from them, it takes anywhere between 4 and 6 weeks
The archivist's will provide one piece of information (all I ever ask for is build date) for 6gbp and I usually have it back same day. The full heritage certificates have zero value unless someone wants to frame it and hang it on the wall. I have been using A build date in writing in the form of an email from Gaydon as proof of age for customs entries for years.
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OK, I've sent an email to them to see what comes back. For now, I'm calling it am '89 with title paperwork indicating it as a 1990.
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