by Annette Flottwell
from the Netherlands recently bought a 1979 Stage One. That is what I
concluded from his chassis number. But the station wagon's German papers
told a completely different story. Just what I needed to write this.
With the exception of Spain, none of these papers ever tell you when your Land rover was built. This can be very important, though, if you want a historical registration. Again, here the rules are different all over Europe and the US.
me the snags and dates for your country if it is not listed.
Series One and Two: The number is on the plate you find riveted to your bulkhead, under the instrument panel. Here above is the Spanish version.
Earlier Series Three : In most cases you'll find the plate riveted to the seatbox, the exact location is depends on the importer. The Belgian plate to the right here is quite typical, in Spain the plate is just on the opposite side.
Series Three and early 90/110s: Bulkhead inside the engine bay bears the
plate. In some countries it is again the seatbox.
What do I look for?
after cleaning off the mud and rust carefully ( do not sandblast, that is one way to destroy your number!!) you should find something like this:
80": on the chassis, near the LH engine mount, see picture.
All others: Here, above the RHS front spring hanger. The letters are often aligned like this, in an elaborate off-road alignment:
Javier confirms below that all types of Santanas use the same chassis number location, just opposite the British Land Rovers:
The front LHS spring hanger!
So far I
was told about one exeption: The owner of a former MOD Series Two tells
me his chassis number is just on the opposite side of the chassis.. Strange.
If it is
a Series One or Two, NOT IIa, ask Wim's
fantastic applet. The result will look like this:
in your workshop manual, the first pages will tell you.
But it is
a better idea to ask Land Rover and tell me the result. why: Because we
are trying to get the chassis numbers and years together for as many Land
Rover numbers as possible. So one day we will able to tell you whether
the vehicle you want to by is really a genuine 1971 oldtimer or unfortunately
Mr Eric Pagan,
Exceptions: CKD kits or Santanas and Minervas which have been assembled or built by another manufacturer have their own tables.
For CKDs Mr Pagan will give you at least a time frame, but he can hardly tell you when the parts which were shipped to say, South Africa have been assembled to leave the factory.
That is something you have to ask those manufacturers. In some cases, even here Land Rover has the full details. It is hard to trace a south African or Indonesian chassis number, but for Australia I have recently received a complete list for some Series Three years. for the latter please contact me, I have also got a Minerva list and Javier is working on a better Santana list.
have thus obtained your birth certificate, contact these stubborn authorities
again and tell them that is not an 1982, nor a Defender, but a 6 cylinder
1978 Series Three.
stupid administrations: Peter just told me that in the Netherlands it
is 25 years after the first registration. So he has to find out where
on earth his Stage One has been registered before. So how does it work?