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SAAB VIN Decoding
 

Welcome to the Turbo! Saab VIN decode page. The information contained herein was mostly gleaned from official Saab publications. Other resources were referanced as well. Please let Larry know if you find something wrong, or don't understand something. I'm starting with the 1972 and on VINs up to the latest, 1997. This has now been ammended to include Saabs from 1950. (RL Oct. 27th 97)


Table of Contents

Please select your VIN style and year range:


Vintage Saab (1950-1965) VINs

   Year       92           93           95           96         94 - Sonett Super Sport
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   1950      1-700
   1951    701-1469
   1952   1470-5300
   1953   5301-8000
   1954   8001-12000
   1955  12001-19625
   1956  19626-20132  25001-30060
   1957               30061-36750                                           1-6
   1958               36751-49800
   1959               49801-66580
   1960               66581-77722      1-1700   100001-112500
   1961                             1701-3684   112501-139600
   1962                             3685-6623   139601-168000
   1963                             6624-10800  168001-201400
   1964                            10801-15096  201401-238225
   1965                            23101-28701  310001-349693
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Saab 95 (1966-1973) VINs

   Year             95                  95 Finland
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   1966        30001-37309   
   1967        42001-50197
   1968        52001-62059
   1969        65001-74968
   1970        80001-88371           50600001-50600838
   1971     95095001-95102180        51600001-51601165
   1972  95722000001-95722008323  95726000001-95726000119
   1973  95732000001-95732007767  95736000001-95736000185
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Saab 96 (1966-1973) VINs

   Year             96                  96 Finland
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   1966       370001-400750
   1967       420001-458526
   1968       470001-507018
   1969       520001-552859
   1970       560001-592844          60600001-60601540
   1971     96600001-96627413        61600001-61602639
   1972  96722000001-96722021567  96726000001-96726006009
   1973  96732000001-96732023028  96736000001-96736008344
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Saab 97 - Sonett II, Sonett V4 and Sonett III (1966-1974) VINs

   Year    Sonett II   Sonett V4        Sonett III
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   1966      1-28
   1967     29-258      259-328
   1968                 329-1228
   1969                1229-1868
   1970                               70500001-70500303
   1971                               71500001-71501265
   1972                            97725000001-97725002000
   1973                            97735000001-97735002300
   1973                            97745000001-97745002500
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Saab 99 (1969-1980) VINs

   Year         99 Sweden               99 Finland               99 Belgium
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   1969     99001001-99014259
   1970     99020001-99043053        90600001-90601640
   1971     99050001-99075331        91600001-91606152
   1972  99722000001-99722031968  99726000001-99726008665
   1973  99732000001-99732041390  99736000001-99736010841  99737000001-99737000201
   1974  99742000001-99742038672  97746000001-97746015285  99747000001-99747004096
   1975  99752000001-99752041733  99756000001-99756016176  99757000001-99757006196
   1976  99762000001-99762040165  99766000001-99766018032  99767000001-99767007740
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   1977  99771000001-99771036086  99776000001-99776018461  99777000001-99777004788
         99772000001-99772008024
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   1978  99781000001-99781027839  99786000001-99786013650  99787000001-99787001800
         99782000001-99782011345
		 99783000001-99783002208
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   1979  99791000001-99791001493  96736000001-96736008344
         99792000001-99792006401
		 99793000001-99793010090
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   1980  99803000001-99803013361  99806000001-99806013808
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1972-1980 VIN style

99762XXXXXX

This one is really simple.

The first two digits are the car series: 95, 96, 97, 99, 90 (for 900).

The next two digits are the last two digits of the model year: 72 = 1972, etc.

The fifth digit is the manufacturing plant:

The 6th through 12th digits are the serial # of that model on that line.


1981-1983 VIN style

This marked the first year for the international 17 digit VIN code. It keeps all manufacturers on the same playing field, and you can identify make, model, and some equipment off of a VIN.

YS3AT34S2B1XXXXXX

The first three digits are the country and manufacturer code.

The next digit is the car model.

The 5th digit is the series.

The 6th digit is the Body Type or the number of doors

The 7th digit is the Engine type

The 8th digit is for Safety equipment

Note: I doubt anything other than 'S' was used here, as Passives and Airbags were not introduced until after the VIN spec was changed.

The 9th digit is a check digit, which will be 0-9 or X. No meaning, other than to make sure it is a valid VIN.

The 10th digit is the Model Year.

Position 11 is the assembly plant or line

Lastly, positions 12 through 17 are the serial number of that model on that line.


1984-1985 VIN style

A few changes for the international 17 digit VIN code. Position 7 becomes the transmission type, and 8 becomes the engine type. Also, all Saabs use the same manufacturer code.

YS3AT35S9E1XXXXXX

The first three digits are the country and manufacturer code.

The next digit is the car model.

The 5th digit is the series.

The 6th digit is the Body Type or the number of doors

The 7th digit is the Transmission type

The 8th digit is the Engine type

The 9th digit is a check digit, which will be 0-9 or X. No meaning, other than to make sure it is a valid VIN.

The 10th digit is the Model Year.

Position 11 is the assembly plant or line

Lastly, positions 12 through 17 are the serial number of that model on that line.


1986 on VIN style

A few changes for the international 17 digit VIN code. Position 7 becomes the transmission type, and 8 becomes the engine type. Also, all Saabs use the same manufacturer code.

YS3AT35S9E1XXXXXX

The first three digits are the country and manufacturer code.

The next digit is the car model.

The 5th digit is the series.

Sometime after 1986, this was changed to "For Internal Use Only". Probably as a result of a myriad of models sold around the world.

The 6th digit is the Body Type or the number of doors

Note the missing 5-door

The 7th digit is the Transmission type

The 8th digit is the Engine type

The 9th digit is a check digit, which will be 0-9 or X. No meaning, other than to make sure it is a valid VIN.

The 10th digit is the Model Year.

Position 11 is the assembly plant or line

Lastly, positions 12 through 17 are the serial number of that model on that line.


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