2005 Maserati MC12
3500 GT Spyder
1987 Porsche 959
World Manufacturers Identifier (WMI) i.e. the company which built the vehicle.
The fourth digit identify the engine type. With only 26 letters available, it is necessary to recycle some of the letters. Always consider the entire 17 digit VIN to determine the type of engine.
The ninth digit is a check digit used by U.S. law enforcement agencies to ensure that the VIN is valid. By using a very complicated formula involving the entire VIN, a law enforcement officer can determine if the VIN is correct for the vehicle being checked. Occasionally a letter, rather than a number, will appear in this space, but it will usually be a number between 1 and 9. In some cases, this number will be a zero on vehicles that were built for markets outside of the United States.
The tenth digit is used to designate the model year for vehicles produced for the U.S. market.
The eleventh digit is used to designate the company's plant location where the vehicle was produced. This digit should always be zero, since all Ferraris are produced in Maranello, Italy.
The twelfth through seventeenth digits are production numbers in sequential order. This number should allow you to determine when the vehicle was produced in the production run.
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