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CitiCar and ComutaCar VIN Number Decoding
Citicar VIN codes - The CitiCar Vehicle
Identification Number (VIN) is located on the drivers side dashboard
and is viewable through the windshield. The VIN consists of nine or
ten letters and numbers.
VIN Format: aabSRccccd.
aa is the month of the year of manufacture. 01 =
January, 02 = February and so on. Note: Some CitiCar VINS do not
have the leading zero on months 01-09, but others do! If the leading
zero is not there, then just remember that there should be a leading
b is the year of manufacture (not necessarily that
same as the year indicated on the title). All Citicars were made in
the 1970s so the numeral is the last number of the year.
SR is the identification given to Sebring Vanguard
by the Government and is the same in all CitiCars
cccc is the consecutive serial number of the
vehicle. These numbers did NOT start over at the beginning of the
month or year. They start at 0001 and run until the end of the
company. This number is also stamped into the frame on the
passengers side behind the rear wheel.
d is used to designate a model change during a
change of management. (Okay, somebody screwed up and duplicated the
serial numbers and this was a quick way to cover-up the mistake.)
Seriously, the letter "A" in this spot usually designates that the
car is a "transition car".
EXAMPLE: 105SR0899 would be the 899th car built
and it started down the assembly line in October of 1975. The title
may reflect year of delivery, and could be 1976.
To confirm a matching title, the complete VIN
number is stamped on the frame of the car. Remove the rear passenger
side wheel and the VIN number can be found towards the back upper left
corner of the visible frame rail. (but it isn't always easy to find!)
|Frame Rail on disassembled
ComutaCar VIN Codes - 1980 brought mandatory legislation that
required the standard 17 digit VIN code. Unfortunately for Sebring, this
seemed to also introduce some slight inconsistencies into the numbering
systems for the ComutaCar. (Oh, and the VIN tags got really cheap... no
more fancy CitiCar tags!)
Position 1-3 is the World Manufacturer's
Identification. Specifically, position 1 & 2 is the country
code. This should always be "1" for North America. However there is
a discrepancy in very early 1980 where this position has the number
"01" (South America, which is an obvious error).
Position 2 & 3 are always filled with "11". This number is the
government assigned identifier for Commuter Vehicles, Inc
(technically, the WMI for Commuter Vehicles was "111"...all three
digits combined). This information was sourced from information
obtained from the National Highway Transportation Safety
Position 4-8 are typically reserved for equipment
codes for use by specific manufacturers. However, this digits are
the same for all ComutaCars: "1B1C2" (at least for the some 60+
ComutaCar VIN numbers we have analyzed).
Position 9 is the check digit for the VIN number. In
a standard VIN number, this digit is derived from a mathematical
formula using all the other digits of the VIN. However, this is a
point of confusion as the standard formula does not work out
correctly. This is the second inconsistency in the numbering system.
Position 10 is the date code. The following system
is used: A=1980, B=1981, C=1982, etc. Theoretically the model year
should run from September 1st of the previous year to August
1st of the nominal year, however, this may or may not have applied
Position 11 is the manufacturing plant. All Commuter
Vehicles that we have been able to evaluate have "S" in this
location. This number is set by the factory, not by government
Position 12-17 is the serial number.
In 1980, Commuter Vehicles no longer stamped the entire
VIN number on the frame. Instead, only the serial number was stamped
onto the frame. On some vehicles, the serial numbers was also
hand-written onto the frame underneath the seat, usually on a support
member. Once again, the VIN number may reflect a different date then
|Frame Rail on disassembled
||Hand written Serial number
under seat of ComutaCar
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