Vin Plates Explained
Below is the Vin Plate from Simon Wheatcroft’s Poverty Spec aka Custard Colour code is bottom left, Trim code is bottom right.
The Vin Plate also contains all the information about the cars production.
All Metros have VIN type numbers with eleven letter prefix and six numbers following.
Prior to approximately February 1981,the SAX prefix, the world marque identifier, could be missing.
The fourth and fifth letters following SAX are:
XB for all models 1980 – 1984.
XF for all models 1985 – 1990.
XP all Rover models 1990 onward.
The 10th and 11th letters just before the numbers show:
AD are 1981 and 1982
BD is 1983
CD is 1984
AD are 1985, 1986 and 1987
BD are 1988, 1989 and 1990
AD is 1990 onwards
So does Custard’s VIN Plate match the car ? :
Well the colour is correct – FMP is Primula Yellow and the Trim AMV is Houndstooth.
So what is SAXXBLNB1BD828887 ?
Well we know it is a Mark 1 so refer to the first VIN decoder below:
1980 – 1984
To December 1992
December 1992 on
December 1994 to March 1996
March 1996 to10565
Glass’s Guide 1
Glass’s Guide 2