Serial VINs?

MarkX

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Are they? In other words, can one infer a chronological construction sequence of respective cars from the VIN of a Conti?
 

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Are they? In other words, can one infer a chronological construction sequence of respective cars from the VIN of a Conti?
Hi MarkX. No, one can not necessarily infer that. There are many variables which can lead to vehicles being produced out of sequence with their VIN.

Good luck.
 

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Are they? In other words, can one infer a chronological construction sequence of respective cars from the VIN of a Conti?
The answer is yes but of no value to average person.

The VIN is standardized by auto manufacturers at 17 characters and a very specific structure under an ISO standard. The structure is shown in this link: VIN Lookup - How to Decode your VIN | Edmunds
The last 6 digits (12 thru 17) are the production sequence numbers that make the VIN unique, especially when manufactured in a single plant like Flat Rock Michigan for the Continental. The production sequence number is a unique number assigned on the production line to a particular car. Unfortunately it also contains the production line options fitted to the car that are not included in the first 11 digits of the VIN. So you need a de-coder just for the last 6 digits to know the equipment fitted and the production sequence number itself. The addition of the options probably helps insurance companies determine value and safety of the car, and larger body shops with identifying systems on the car when doing repairs.

Good luck.
 
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