Deciphering the VIN.

Suppose your Porsche Boxster has a VIN that looks like this…
WP0CA2985YU623908

What on earth do all of those seventeen characters mean? Simple:

#1. W = West Germany before 1989, or just simply Germany after 1989

#2. P = Porsche (you didn’t think it was Pontiac, did you?)

#3. 0 = sports car

#4. C = Body Type: a code for Boxster (and other cabriolets; other letters are also used; more info later)

#5. A = Engine: Boxster 986 2.5/2.7

#6. 2 = Air Bags: At least two air bags

#7. 9 = Model Year: up to MY2009

#8. and #12. : 8 and 6 = Boxster 986 (1997-2004)

#9. 5 = A checksum digit (a code to sanity check that the VIN is accurate)

#10. Y = Model Year Code: Y – 2000

#11. U = Factory Location: U = Uusikaupunki Valmet factory (Boxster 986 was produced there 1997-2004)

#12. (see above #8)

#13 <-> #17: Serial Number: 23908

There are many Porsche VIN decoder pages on the web that will help you decipher your own VIN, no matter the model. Here’s one good one. 

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