Chassis Number References

In October 1980, the Silver Shadow II / Bentley T2 range of cars were replaced by the Silver Spirit & the Bentley Mulsanne. The opportunity was taken at the time to introduce a new system of chassis numbering. This was the new industry standard 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). An explanation of each character in the VIN is shown below.

VIN S C A Z S O 2 D 5 R C H 5 4 0 0 3
Key 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Key 1,2,3: World Manufacturer Identifier

   
SCA Rolls-Royce
SCB Bentley

Key 4: Model

   
Y Camargue & Early Corniche
P Phantom VI
Z All other models

Key 5: Model/Body Type

   
S Saloon (Standard Wheelbase)
N Long Wheelbase (No division)
L Long Wheelbase with division
C Corniche Two Door Saloon
D Convertible
J Camargue (Discontinued in 1986)
M Phantom VI Limousine
T Phantom VI Landaulette
E Bentley Eight (Brooklands from 1993 model year)
F Bentley Eight (Long Wheelbase)
R Bentley Turbo R
P Bentley Turbo R (Long Wheelbase)
X Silver Spur / Bentley Mulsanne LWB
M Phantom VI (including Landaulette)
B Bentley Continental R (From 1992 model year)
W Touring Limousine (From 1992 model year)
G Flying Spur
A Silver Dawn
K Azure, Corniche (00)
U Continental T
V Park Ward
Y Extended Wheelbase
Z Continental SC

Key 6: Engine Type (Prior to 1987 model year)

   
4 Type L410 Engine
8 Bentley Eight
O Other

Key 7: Engine Type (Prior to 1987 model year)

   
1 Carburetters
2 Fuel Injection
T Turbo
O Other

Key 6 & 7: Engine Type (From 1987 model year)

   
01 Naturally aspirated, fuel injected
02 Carburetters (Phantom VI only)
03 Catalyst equipped
04 Turbocharged, catalyst equipped
05 Turbocharged, non-catalyst equipped

Key 8: Restraint System Code

Key 9: Check digit (0-9 or X) Used to ensure VIN is correct and to foil would-be forgers

Key 10: Model Year

   
A 1980
B 1981
C 1982
D 1983
E 1984
F 1985
G 1986
H 1987
J 1988
K 1989
L 1990
M 1991
N 1992
P 1993
R 1994
S 1995
T 1996
V 1997
W 1998
X 1999
Y 2000
1 2001
2 2002
3 2003

Key 11: Factory

   
C Crewe
W Willesden (Phantom VI only)

Key 13 - 17: Sequential Serial/Chassis Number. For example:

   
1001 First Silver Spirit (1980)
20001 First eFi car (UK & Europe - 1987)
30001+ Convertible cars (From 1990)
40001+ Convertible cars (From 1992)
50001+ Convertible cars (From 1994)
50401+ Convertible cars (From 1996)
31001+ 4 door cars (From 1990)
44001+ 4 door cars (From 1992)
46001+ 4 door cars (From 1993)
54001+ 4 door cars (From 1994)
57001+ 4 door cars (From 1996)
59001+ 4 door cars (From 1997)
66001+ 4 door cars (From 1998)
50801+ Azure cars (From 1995)
53601+ Azure cars (From 1995)
61001+ Azure cars (From 1997) (& 53772)
61501+ Azure cars (From 1998)
62001+ Azure/Mulliner (From 2000)
42001+ Continental R cars (From 1992)
52001+ Continental R cars (From 1994)
53001+ Continental R cars (From 1996)
53301+ Continental R cars (From 1997)
63001+ Continental R cars (From 1998)
63301+ Continental R/Mulliner cars (From 2000)
53305+ Continental T cars (From 1997)
67001+ Continental T cars (From 1998)
67201+ Continental T/Mulliner cars (From 2000)
65001+ Continental SC cars (From 1998)
65101+ Continental SC/Mulliner cars (From 2000)
80001+ Touring Limousine
68002+ Corniche cars (From 2000)