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VIN: Vehicle Identification Number
Since 1980, all Ferraris (except F1 and specific race cars) are equiped with a VIN, a Vehicle Identification Number. This uniform 17-digit number was first introduced on UK and US models. In the US, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) required all road registered cars which were made after January 1st 1980 to have a 17-digit VIN. In the UK, it was required on all vehicles first used on or after August 1st 1980. Other markets soon followed.
The start of using VINs on Ferrari's was in the year 1980, but depended on the model and market:
The VIN can be found in several places, but on all models (except the European version of the Enzo and some race versions) it can be seen from the outside: in most cases it's visible on a plate on top of the steering column or at the bottom of the windshield. Depending on the model and the market, the VIN can also be found stamped on a plate or in the chassis in the engine room, or on plates in the doors.
- Dino 308 GT4 (1973-1980): Only on a few very late UK versions and only present in the engine room.
- Dino 208 GT4 (1975-1980): No VIN.
- 308 GTB / 308 GTS (1975-1980): Only on a few very late UK versions and only present in the engine room.
- 512 BB (1976-1980): Only on a few very late UK versions and only present in the engine room.
- 400i (1979-1984): The early cars didn't have a VIN.
- 208 GTB / 208 GTS (1980-1982): No VIN.
- 308 GTBi / 308 GTSi (1980-1982): All cars have a 17-digit VIN.
- Mondial 8 (1980-1983): All cars have a 17-digit VIN.
These pages explain each digit of the VIN. It was made with help from the late Gerald Roush (Ferrari Market Letter) and many other Ferrari-spotters. Certain information is from official documents, but not everything. So, please note that this information may contain errors and that it isn't complete. Corrections and additions will always be appreciated.