Volvo 480 Chassisnumbers

This article is a summary of the full version from Born Classic
The chassisnumber of your Volvo 480 is the most important identification number, but not the only one. The picture shows the places where identification marks are fitted.
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1. E-approvement
2. Chassisnumber
3. Chassisnumber
(only Sweden)
4. Servicemark
5. Emissie requirements
(only Sweden)
6. Typemark
An example of a chassisnumber is explained below:

*XLBEX193EGC500001*

  • XLB is the identification of the manufacturer
  • E identifies the model, E is for 480, K is for 440, L=460
  • The two digits following the second X identify the engine type:

03 = B18E(S)-105

04 = B18E(D)-104

05 = B18FT(M)-107

06 = B18FT(M)-107

14 = B18E-104 tot modeljaar 1990

17 = B16F-109 (Finland)

18 = B18F-106 tot modeljaar 1990

19 = B18FT-107

31 = B20F-107

  • The third digit identifies the gear box:

3 = manual 5-speed

5 = automatic 4-speed with lock-up

  • E stands for Europe
  • The following letter indicates the model year G = 1986, H = 1987, J = 1988, K = 1989, L = 1990, M = 1991, N = 1992, P = 1993, R = 1994, S = 1995
  • C is the plant code of the Nedcar facilities in Born, the Netherlands
  • The last six digits are the chassisnumber. 480 chassisnumbers start at 50000 and 440 chassisnumbers at 001000. As not all chassisnumbers were used, it is difficult to tell which actual serial number the car has. See the table below for more information.
Advantage of using starting numbers per year is that parts catalogues are more easy to use, to prevent incorrect ordering of parts. Missing chassisnumbers may not have been produced, or may have been produced but used for tests and prototypes (crash tests, experimental cars, etc.). The last chassisnumber may have been number 594019.

Letter Model year First chassisnumber Last
G 1986 500364  
H 1987 501200  
J 1988 517501  
K 1989 536101  
L 1990 549101  
M 1991 563100  
M 1991 567600  
N 1992 573100 580385
P 1993 581000  
R 1994 586300  
S 1995 590001 594018
Source: P. Hafkemeijer, At That Time Service Department Volvo 480

 
There is more information on the type mark printed. Besides the chassis number as explained above the tables below explain the other information. Information about the cars colour can be found on another page. The left table shows the layout of the type mark. The table on the right explains the contents.

V O L V O MADE IN
THE NETHERLANDS
V O L V O MADE IN
THE NETHERLANDS
  # # - # # # #     type approval  
* X L B E X # # # E # C # # # # # # *   # # *     C H A S S I S N U M B E R     *   country code
# # # #kg   # # # - # Max total weight   colour code
# # # #kg   # # # # Max carried weight   interior code
   # # #kg      Max front axle weight  
   # # #kg      Max rear axle weight  
Source: P. Hafkemeijer, At That Time Service Department Volvo 480

Country code   Interior code
10 =
   Sweden
11 =
   Norway
12 =
   Denmark
13 =
   Finland
15 =
   Great Britain
16 =
   Switzerland
17 =
   Austria
18 =
   Central Europe
20 =
   Belgium
21 =
   The Netherlands
22 =
   France
23 =
   Germany
24 =
   Italy
25 =
   Spain
29 =
   Portugal
31 =
   USA
39 =
   Canada
40 =
   Overseas LHD
41 =
   Overseas RHD
43 =
   Middle east
50 =
   Japan
  base (#)

1 =
   Beige
2 =
   Grey

material (#)

1 =
   Velours
3 =
   Leather
4 =
   Multicolour velours

colour(##)

10 =
   Beige
20 =
   Grey
21 =
   Grey with red pipe
22 =
   Grey with blue pipe
23 =
   Grey multicolour velours
26 =
   Lavender
43 =
   Migrano grey

Source: P. Hafkemeijer, At That Time Service Department Volvo 480
 

In the rear near the cars tools a variant number is printed. This number also gives information about the equipment of the car. How this is done is explained below.

Main type Doors Engine Luxury level Body Transmission LHD/RHD
4 8                

Doors Engine Luxury level Body Transmission LHD/RHD
2 =
   cabriolet
3 =
   three doors
03 =
   B18E(S)-105
04 =
   B18E(D)-104
05 =
   B18FT(M)-107
06 =
   B18FT(M)-107
14 =
   B18E-104
17 =
   B16F-109
18 =
   B18F-106
19 =
   B18FT-107
31 =
   B20F-107
94 =
   ES Eur.
95 =
   Turbo Eur.
97 =
   ES USA/CND
99 =
   Turbo USA/CND
40 =
   S from week 9118
46 =
   ES from week 9101
85 =
   Turbo from week 9101
1 =
   without sunroof
6 =
   with sunroof
3 =
   Manual 5
5 =
   Automatic 4
1 =
   LHD
2 =
   RHD
Source: P. Hafkemeijer, At That Time Service Department Volvo 480
 

Your car also has a bodynumber which is used for manufacturing purposes mainly. It nevertheless reveals interesting information. The bodynumber was fixed using aluminium strip, attached at different places during the production years. See drawings. The bodynumber has seven digits. The first two digits indicate the calendar week of production. The next four digits is the body serial number. The last digit is a redundant check number. There is no direct relation between the chassisnumber and the bodynumber.

N.B. This information is put together with great care. But this information may not be just, true or accurate at any given moment.