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Ford VIN

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Ford does not directly encode the platform name in the VIN, although much other information is included there. Instead, the company uses a series number to identify a vehicle type. Ford's VIN format is as follows:

American Format:
Position Sample Description
1 1 Nation of Origin
2 F Manufacturer
3 M Vehicle type
4 Z Restraint type or GVWR class
5 U Model
6 7
7 3
8 E Engine Type
9 0 Check digit
10 4 Model year
11 Z factory ID
12 A Production sequence number
13 6
14 9
15 1
16 0
17 1
European Format:
Position Sample Description
1 6 Nation of Origin
2 F Manufacturer
3 P Vehicle type
4 A Fixed padding (Always AAA)
5 A
6 A
7 J Platform origin
8 G Production location
9 W Model code
10 A
11 1 Year
12 G Month
13 8 Sequential number
14 0
15 7
16 0
17 1
Ford VIN format (Australia)
Position Sample Description
1 6 World Manufacturer Identifier
2 F
3 P
4 A Fixed padding (Always AAA)
5 A
6 A
7 J Platform origin
8 G Production location
9 W Model code
10 A
11 1 Year
12 G Month
13 8 Sequential number
14 0
15 7
16 0
17 1

Ford VIN format (Australia)

Ford Australia has used the same basic system for chassis numbers on Australian assembled vehicles since the early 1960s.When Australia went to mandatory 17-digit VINs in 1989, the Ford chassis numbers became 17-digit VINs by the addition of 6FPAAA ahead of the original numbering system. With the exception of some L-series (Louisville) trucks fitted with other brands of engine, engine numbers match the VIN with the 6FPAAA omitted.

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