VIN Decoder

   
 
Over its 12 year production run, the Maxi had two different styles of Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or chassis number.


From launch until late 1978 (the last of the "Leyland Cars" badged Maxis), the VIN ranged between 9 and 13 digits long as the serial number sequence started at 101 for both 'B' (cable change) and 'C' (rod change) series, and leading zeros were not included in the car serial number.  These VINs all start with "AH5S".  Maxis with this style of VIN were normally registered with the DVLA as either "Austin" or "Leyland Cars".

The introduction of what is sometimes referred to as the "Maxi 1½" in early 1979 coincided with the re-branding of Leyland Cars to BL Cars (and the volume car division products normally registered with the DVLA as "Austin Morris").  At this time the VIN format (and VIN plate) changed to a fixed 14 digit length beginning "XL".  This format remained for the rest of Maxi production.

It should be borne in mind that some cars registered in 1979 (and possibly even 1980) may have been old stock and may therefore have the original style of VIN.

 
     
  (1) Serial number plate labelled "Austin" or "Austin Morris Group" (1969 - 1978)
 
  VINs start with AH5S  
     
   
     
      A H 5 S B D 1 2 3 4 5 M          
    | | | | | |   |   |    
    | | | | | |   |   Manufacturing plant: B (Seneffe) or M (Cowley)  
    | | | | | |   |    
    | | | | | |   Serial number (3, 4, 5 or 6 digits), starting 101 for both series  
    | | | | | |    
    | | | | | Trim level: D (De Luxe - all series B), S or blank (Base), or J (HL)  
    | | | | |    
    | | | | Series: B (original production, ie cable change) or C (rod change)  
    | | | |    
    | | | Body type: S (saloon)  
    | | |    
    | | Number of doors: 5  
    | |    
    | Engine layout: H (horizontal, ie transverse)  
    |    
    Manufacturer: A (Austin)  
     
 
 
     
  (2) Serial number plate labelled "BL Cars Ltd" (1979 - 1981)  
  VINs start with XL
 
     
   
     
    X L A W H 7 8 M 1 2 3 4 5 6    
    | | | | | | | |   |    
    | | | | | | | |   Serial number (6 digits), starting 100001  
    | | | | | | | |    
    | | | | | | | Manufacturing plant: M (Cowley)  
    | | | | | | |    
    | | | | | | Series: 8 ("Maxi 1½") or 9 (Maxi 2)  
    | | | | | |    
    | | | | | Gearbox and drive hand: 3 (auto/RHD), 4 (auto/LHD), 7 (manual/RHD) or 8 (manual/LHD)  
    | | | | |    
    | | | | Engine size: F (1485cc) or H (1748cc)  
    | | | |    
    | | | Body type/doors: W (5 door saloon)  
    | | |    
    | | Trim level: A (Base or L), F (HL) or W (HLS)  
    | |    
    | Model: L (Maxi)  
    |    
    Manufacturer: X (BL Cars Ltd)