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914 VIN Decoding?

OK guys, now I know I am getting old. I have a new appreciation for the phrase " I have forgotten more about 914s than ............"

In any case, some insurance underwriter is saying that a couple of his resources indicate that my factory original 2.0L is a 1.7L and, although that infuriates me, I no longer can readily lay my hands on anything that proves him wrong.

Now, who had a VIN decoder published and where the heck is it?

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PS, is it even possible to tell a 2.0 from a 1.7 by the VIN, or is this guy yanking my chain? I just don't remember anymore!

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Ask him to prove it.

This is a start: http://www.p914.com/p914_numbers.htm
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You can't tell which engine came with your car by the vin, but you can tell what year it is and that narrows the choices.

Tell him he can order a COA from Porsche if he dosen't believe you. (let him pay the $120 for it)
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I agree. If all he has is the VIN, then the only possibility is that the VIN begins with 47029xxxxx, 47129xxxxx, 47229xxxxx, which were all 1.7 versions only.
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I agree. If all he has is the VIN, then the only possibility is that the VIN begins with 47029xxxxx, 47129xxxxx, 47229xxxxx, which were all 1.7 versions only.
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Yes, but didn't they make 1.7s in 73 as well? Wouldn't those have VINs starting with 473?

In any case, my VIN starts with 47329. Does that mean that it could only be a 2.0?

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try checking the information here.....http://www.914world.com/specs/chasnrs.php

as far as I know, the only way to tell what engine is in the car is to check the serial number on the engine case.
your vin only tells you what year the car was built and whether it is a 4 or a 6
914 for a 6
47X for a 4
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Yes, but didn't they make 1.7s in 73 as well? Wouldn't those have VINs starting with 473?

In any case, my VIN starts with 47329. Does that mean that it could only be a 2.0?

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Your car is a 73. A 4 cyl engine car.

In 73 Porsche offered a 1.7 and a 2.0 4 cyl engine.

As mentioned the only way to tell what is in the car is to read the serial number on the engine case.

The only way to tell what was in the car from the factory is to order the COA from Porsche (unless you have the original paperwork that came with the car).
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Bruce (GWN7) is absolutely correct. With the 47329xxxxx VIN you have proved it to be a 1973 model; that could either be a 1.7 or a 2.0
The insurance underwriter is an idiot.
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