Monday, March 25, 2013

How to Decipher the R33 Chassis Code

Ok so I have been meaning to share this for quite a while now...

So if you look at the blue VIN plate on the left hand (facing the car) side of the engine bulkhead, there are two long alphanumeric codes. The one on top is the "chassis number" (which has "BCNR33-0XXXXX" - showing the actual "serial number" (ie its unique ID, numbered according to what series car it is) and the one below that, the "model number" - which is a few digits longer, and starts with a "GG."

So I'm sure many of us have wondered, what kind of data do these codes reveal?  Well, flipping through the "I Love R33 GT-R Book" I noticed that they provided a full explanation! Well, at least for the "model number."   Ok, but this is in Japanese...

Note that this is also only for the Kouki (Series 3) model - the others had some slight variations.

So, I know it's a bit hard to read, but I overlaid an English translation for everyone. (click on the photo below, then click again for the maximum enlargement)



And actually - it's the bottom half of the page which is useful if you are looking at the blue plate in the engine bay... the top code is what is used to register the car with the Japanese authorities, so would be listed in the car's Shaken-sho. What's most interesting are the options (the few) that were available for the car (the small box to the right on the bottom). A KENWOOD Sound Cruising System, anyone?


2 comments:

todd moralee said...

My 97 S3 vspec has the optional kenwood stereo system. The kenwood speakers have nissan written on them and it also includes a cd changer an amplifier.

Mark Kellogg said...

Here's a free instant r33 chassis car vin lookup service: http://bit.ly/1NkAGhW