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Free PORSCHE VIN Lookup & Decoder

Before buying a used Porsche, it's crucial to decode the vehicle identification number (VIN). The VIN is a unique 17-digit code that contains essential information about the car's history, features, and potential red flags. Checking the VIN gives you peace of mind and helps you make an informed decision when purchasing a pre-owned luxury sports car.

Quick Facts about PORSCHE

Founded:1931 in Stuttgart, Germany
Vehicles sold in 2021:70,025 in the United States
Best selling model:Macan compact luxury crossover SUV
Parent company:Volkswagen Group
Largest market:πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ United States
Origin:πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Germany
Porsche is a renowned German luxury sports car manufacturer, known for its iconic designs, cutting-edge engineering, and unparalleled performance. Founded in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche, the company has produced legendary models such as the 911, Boxster, and Cayenne. Today, Porsche continues to set the standard for high-performance luxury vehicles, offering a range of sports cars, SUVs, and electric models. In 2021, Porsche sold over 70,000 vehicles in the United States.

How to Decode PORSCHE VIN

VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number, a unique code that serves to identify and differentiate vehicles. Below you will see a table with a complete breakdown how to decode VIN numbers.
14Indicates the country where the vehicle was manufactured (1 - United States)
2-3HGIdentifies the vehicle manufacturer (F - Ford Inc.)
4-8CM826Specifies the vehicle's brand, engine size, and type
93Vehicle Security Code
102Indicates the model year of the vehicle
11ADenotes the plant where the vehicle was assembled
12-17005243Serial number of the vehicle
VIN breakdown

3 Key Reasons to Check the VIN When Buying a Used Porsche

Service History
Porsches require meticulous maintenance to perform their best. A VIN check reveals the vehicle's complete service history, ensuring proper upkeep.
Accident Damage
Sports cars like Porsches are often driven aggressively, increasing the risk of accidents. Decoding the VIN uncovers any past collision damage or repairs.
Recall Awareness
With over 70,000 Porsches sold annually in the U.S., up to 5% may have unresolved safety recalls. A VIN check identifies any open recalls.


Porsche Internal Vehicle Codes

Porsche uses three letter codes to identify vehicles internally. This can be confusing, as some codes, like 911, are also model names. These vehicle codes are included in parentheses.

Identifying European Market Vehicles

Characters 4-6 and 9 are all "Z" on European market vehicles. Even if a gray market import is legal, it can be difficult to title.

Build Country

The first character of the VIN identifies the country where the Porsche was built.
WGermany or Slovakia


The second character of the VIN is always "P" for Porsche.


The third character of the VIN is always "0" for Porsche, regardless of how they divide vehicles by build location, vehicle type, or nameplate.


The fourth character of the VIN represents the model, although Porsche frequently reuses characters in this position. It is still useful for verifying trim levels for the vehicle. For example, if there is an "A" in this position, it could be any of the following models: - 911 Carrera, Carrera 4 or Carrera 4S Coupe - 911 Turbo Coupe, GT2, Turbo AWD (997) - 924 - 928 S-4 (1990 model year,) 928 (1991 model year) - 944 coupe - Cayenne - 911 Carrera GT (990) - Cayman, Panamera, or Macan


The fifth character of the VIN represents the engine, although Porsche frequently reuses characters for engine designations. For example, the letter "A" refers to at least 35 possible engines and applications. A search engine can help identify the specific engine installed at the factory.


The sixth character of the VIN identifies the safety equipment installed at the factory.
0Pretensioning seat belts
2Inertial seat belts or driver and passenger air bags

Model (Characters 7 and 8)

Characters 7 and 8 of the VIN identify a specific model and chassis. Here are a few examples:
A1918 Spyder
A2Cayenne (958)
A8Boxster and Cayman
A9911 (991 or 997)

Check Digit

The ninth character of the VIN is the check digit. All North American vehicles use a formula that calculates this character based on other characters in the VIN, which helps with error correction when entering the VIN into databases.


The tenth character of the VIN represents the year the vehicle was manufactured, not the model year. All vehicles sold in North America use the same letters and numbers for this character. Numbers 1-9 were used from 2001 to 2009, while newer vehicles use letters. Some letters are skipped to avoid confusion with numbers. For example, a car from 2023 uses "P" for this character, while cars built in 2024 use "R".

Assembly Plant

The eleventh character of the VIN identifies the assembly plant where the Porsche was built.
KOsnabruck, FRG
LLeipzig, Germany
NNekkarzyulm, Germany
SStuttgart Tsyufenhauzen, Germany
UUusikaupunki, Finland

Factory Code

The twelfth character of the VIN is the factory code, which matches the model, country, and assembly plant. Characters frequently change between models and years.

Serial Number

Characters 13 to 17 of the VIN represent the serial number. While VIN numbers are unique to each vehicle, serial numbers may be reused.

PORSCHE VIN Decoder Examples

Here are a few examples of PORSCHE VIN numbers, and how decoding them can reveal basic information. You can also uncover a wealth of detailed information, including previous sales photos, odometer reports, salvage status, recalls, and much more in the detailed BADVIN vehicle history reports.
WP1AB2A59FLB62283 β€” 2015 PORSCHE MACAN (Gray, Automatic, Gasoline, 3.0L V6 FI DOHC 24V NF4, All-Wheel Drive, 6 Cyl)
WP0AB0948HN473471 β€” 1987 PORSCHE 944 (White, Manual, Gasoline, 2.5L I4 FI SOHC 8V F2, Rear Wheel Drive, 4 Cyl)
WP1AB2A53HLB15818 β€” 2017 PORSCHE MACAN (White, Unknown, Gasoline, 3.0L V6 FI DOHC 24V NF4, All-Wheel Drive, 6 Cyl)
WP0CA29851U624417 β€” 2001 PORSCHE BOXSTER (Silver, Automatic, Gasoline, 2.7L H6 FI F, Rear Wheel Drive, 6 Cyl)
WP1AB29P24LA76963 β€” 2004 PORSCHE CAYENNE (Black, Automatic, Gasoline, 4.5L V8 FI NF, All-Wheel Drive, 8 Cyl)
WP1AB29P24LA72847 β€” 2004 PORSCHE CAYENNE (Silver, Automatic, Gasoline, 4.5L V8 FI NF, All-Wheel Drive, 8 Cyl)
WP0AA29897U760288 β€” 2007 PORSCHE CAYMAN (Yellow, Manual, Gasoline, 2.7L H6 FI F, Rear Wheel Drive, 6 Cyl)
WP0CA29871U622183 β€” 2001 PORSCHE BOXSTER (Silver, Manual, Gasoline, 2.7L H6 FI F, Rear Wheel Drive, 6 Cyl)
WP0CB2A94GS154242 β€” 2016 PORSCHE 911 (Brown, Unknown, Gasoline, 3.8L H6 FI 24V NF4, Rear Wheel Drive, 6 Cyl)
WP1AB29P34LA69990 β€” 2004 PORSCHE CAYENNE (Black, Automatic, Gasoline, 4.5L V8 FI NF, All-Wheel Drive, 8 Cyl)
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Frequently asked questions
VIN decoders are generally accurate in providing fuel type information for PORSCHE vehicles as this is a standard detail encoded in the VIN.
VIN decoding assists in insurance processes by providing accurate vehicle identification, which is crucial for policy creation, risk assessment, and claim processing.
While not necessary, decoding a VIN for a routine service appointment can provide the mechanic with precise model information, facilitating accurate service and parts replacement.
A VIN decoder can reveal engine details such as the engine size, configuration, and fuel type, which are encoded in specific characters of the VIN.
While a VIN decoder generally does not provide dealership information, it can tell you the region where the vehicle was originally sold.
A VIN alone does not typically provide fuel economy details directly; however, it can identify the vehicle model and engine type, which you can cross-reference with fuel economy data from other sources.
A VIN decoder can uncover discrepancies such as mismatches in reported and actual vehicle specifications, including year, model, and equipment, which can indicate potential fraud or errors in listings.
The VIN can provide information about the body style of a PORSCHE, such as whether it is a sedan, coupe, or SUV, based on specific characters in the VIN sequence.
Yes, in many cases, you can determine the type of drivetrain a PORSCHE has from its VIN if the manufacturer encodes this information within the VIN.
The 'country of origin' in a VIN, indicated by the first one to three characters, tells you where the vehicle was built, which could influence parts availability and design standards.
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