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The Series 3 Land Rover has many Identification numbers stamped about the vehicle. Although these aren’t really required when ordering parts it is important to know what components are fitted to your vehicle in case they have been changed at some point in its life.  For example if you wanted a front inner hub bearing for your 1975 Series 3 but someone in the past had exchanged the front axle from one off a 1971 model then you might end up with the incorrect part as the bearing changed spec in 1972!

to the bulkhead inside the engine bay. Don’t be alarmed if the plate reads BL Cars as these were used up to approximately 1981. The number was also stamped into the right hand side chassis rail just behind the front bumper, and above the spring hanger. If your chassis has been replaced then the old number ‘SHOULD’ have been stamped into the replacement. Many have not however. That said, if your number has been covered with layers of paint and under seal etc then it may be difficult to locate even if the chassis is original.

The VIN plate(or vehicle Identification number) and chassis number plate on a Series 3 can be found in two places. Pre 1979 models were classed as having a chassis number and had the plate fixed to the bulkhead inside the cab by screws just above the gearbox cover. From 1979 vehicles were classed as having a VIN number and a different type of plate was riveted

CHASSIS NUMBER SEQUENCES 1971-1975

(88 INCH UTILITIES)

901-00001A TO 901-11900A    Petrol (4 cylinder) Home Market

902-00001A TO 902-02640A    Petrol (4 cylinder) RHD Export

903-00001A TO 903-06249A    Petrol (4 cylinder) RHD CKD

904-00001A TO 904-09283A    Petrol (4 cylinder) LHD

905-00001A TO 905-04541A    Petrol (4 cylinder) LHD CKD

906-00001A TO 906-07270A    Diesel Home Market

907-00001A TO 907-00964A    Diesel RHD Export

908-00001A TO 908-01002A    Diesel RHD CKD

909-00001A TO 909-02807A    Diesel LHD

910-00001A TO 910-05196A    Diesel LHD CKD

921-00001A TO 921-00757A Petrol (4 cylinders) Home Market

922-00001A TO 922-00894A Petrol (4 cylinders) RHD Export

923-00001A TO 923-00198A Petrol (4 cylinders) RHD CKD

924-00001A TO 924-04050A Petrol (4 cylinders) LHD

925-00001A TO 925-07572A Petrol (4 cylinders) LHD CKD

926-00001A TO 926-00046A Diesel Home Market

927-00001A TO 927-00148A Diesel RHD Export

928-00001A TO 928-99921A Diesel RHD CKD

929-00001A TO 929-01200A Diesel LHD

930-00001A TO 930-01110A Diesel LHD CKD

(88 INCH STATION WAGONS)

895-00001A TO 895-01909A    Diesel LHD Export

951-00001A TO 951-05805A    Petrol (4 cylinder) Home Market

952-00001A TO 952-00102A    Petrol (4 cylinder) RHD Export

953 Series (none built)

954-00001A TO 954-04518A    Petrol (4 cylinder) LHD

955 Series (none built)

(These numbers were used from 1971 to 1979)

(88 INCH LIGHTWEIGHT)

911-00001A TO 911-07289C    Petrol (4 cylinder) Home Market

912-00001A TO 912-05039C    Petrol (4 cylinder) RHD Export

913-00001A TO 913-15018C    Petrol (4 cylinder) RHD CKD

914-00001A TO 914-16091C    Petrol (4 cylinder) LHD

915-00001A TO 915-03990C    Petrol (4 cylinder) LHD CKD

916-00001A TO 916-95070C    Diesel Home Market

917-00001A TO 917-02026C    Diesel RHD Export

918-00001A TO 918-03492C    Diesel RHD CKD

919-00001A TO 919-02991C    Diesel LHD

920-00001A TO 920-02562C    Diesel LHD CKD

941-00001A TO 941-02122C    Petrol (6 cylinder) Home Market

942-00001A TO 942-00486C    Petrol (6 cylinder) RHD Export

943-00001A TO 943-03120C    Petrol (6 cylinder) RHD CKD

944-00001A TO 944-01761C    Petrol (6 cylinder) LHD

945-00001A TO 945-02076C    Petrol (6 cylinder) LHD CKD

(109 INCH UTILITIES)

931-00001A TO 931-01848C    Petrol (4 cylinder) Home Market

932-00001A TO 932-02232C    Petrol (4 cylinder) RHD Export

933-00001A TO 933-03174C    Petrol (4 cylinder) RHD CKD

934-00001A TO 934-08752C    Petrol (4 cylinder) LHD

935-00001A TO 935-00852C    Petrol (4 cylinder) LHD CKD

936-00001A TO 936-00782C    Diesel Home Market

937-00001A TO 937-00488C    Diesel RHD Export

938-00001A TO 938-00300C    Diesel RHD CKD

939-00001A TO 939-02163C    Diesel LHD

940-00001A TO 940-00378C    Diesel LHD CKD

946-00001A TO 946-01378C    Petrol (6 cylinder) Home Market

947-00001A TO 947-00693C    Petrol (6 cylinder) RHD Export

948-00001A TO 948-00732C    Petrol (6 cylinder) RHD CKD

949-00001A TO 949-01785C    Petrol (6 cylinder) LHD

950-00001A TO 950-00042C    Petrol (6 cylinder) LHD CKD

(109 INCH STATION WAGONS)

266-00001A TO 266-00238C    Petrol (6 cylinder) Home Market

267-00001A TO 267-00064C    Petrol (6 cylinder) RHD Export

269-00001A TO 269-00148C    Petrol (6 cylinder) LHD

(These numbers were used from 1971 to 1977 when production ceased)

(109 INCH ‘ONE TON’

CHASSIS NUMBER SEQUENCES 1975-1979

4 CYLINDER PETROL MODELS

Prefix Codes 901, 902, 903, 904, 905    (For Utilities)

Prefix Codes 921, 922, 923, 924, 925    (For Station Wagons)

Serial number sequence began at 12500A until 57435A


4 CYLINDER DIESEL MODELS

Prefix Codes 906, 907, 908, 909, 910    (For Utilities)

Prefix Codes 926, 927, 928, 929, 930    (For Station Wagons)

Serial number sequence began at 08000A until 29522X

(88 INCH MODELS)

(109 INCH MODELS)

4 CYLINDER PETROL MODELS

Prefix Codes 911, 912, 913, 914, 915    (For Utilities)

Prefix Codes 931, 932, 933, 934, 935    (For Station Wagons)

Serial number sequence began at 16000C until 99999C

             From  approx Jan 1979 00001D until 16127D


4 CYLINDER DIESEL MODELS

Prefix Codes 916, 917, 918, 919, 920    (For Utilities)

Prefix Codes 936, 937, 938, 939, 940    (For Station Wagons)

Serial number sequence began at 06000C until 34641X


6 CYLINDER PETROL MODELS

Prefix Codes 941, 942, 943, 944, 945    (For Utilities)

Prefix Codes 946, 947, 948, 949, 950    (For Station Wagons)

Serial number sequence began at 12000C until 28641C

VIN NUMBER SEQUENCES 1979-1985

VIN PLATE EXAMPLE: SA L LB A A G 1 A A 123456 (SALLBAAG1AA123456)

British Leyland (not used 1979-1980)

Land Rover (not used 1979-1980)

Series III

A=88 inch

B=88 inch Lightweight

C=109 inch

D=109 inch One Ton

A=Truck cab, Hard top or Soft top.

B=3 Door Station Wagon (88”)

H=HCPU

M=5 Door Station Wagon (109”)

G= 4 CYLINDER DIESEL 2.25 LITRE OR 2.3 LITRE

H=4 CYLINDER PETROL 2.25 LITRE OR 2.3 LITRE

K=6 CYLINDER DIESEL 3.4 LITRE (SPANISH ONLY)

P=6 CYLINDER PETROL 2.6 LITRE

R=6 CYLINDER PETROL 2.6 LITRE (SOUTH AFRICA)

S=6 CYLINDER DIESEL 3.4 LITRE (SPANISH ONLY)

T=6 CYLINDER PETROL 3.4 LITRE (SPANISH ONLY)

V=V8 PETROL 3.5 LITRE

X=4 CYLINDER PERKINS DIESEL 3.8 LITRE (SOUTH AFRICA)

Z=4 CYLINDER ISUZU DIESEL 3.9 LITRE (AUSTRALIA ONLY)


1=RHD 4 Speed Manual

2=LHD 4 Speed Manual

5=RHD 4 Speed Manual and Overdrive

6=LHD 4 Speed Manual and Overdrive

88 inch or 109 inch

A=Assembled at Solihull (UK)

F=Assembled Overseas from CKD

Serial Number

A Suffix used on all models until approx September 1972

B Suffix used on all models from approx September 1972 to approx August 1974

C Suffix used on all models from approx August 1974 until the change over to VINs in 1979

D Suffix used on 2.25 Petrol models only from January 1979 after all numbers in the original sequence had been used: Serial numbers returned to 000001. D Suffix production ended when the VIN system was introduced in October 1979.

NOTE:

1971-1975           1975-1979           1979-1985

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