Interpreting your VIN

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Typical VIN -- 1FACP54Y2MA100001 -- for 1991
Typical VIN -- 1FALP54P9PA100001 -- for 1993
Typical VIN -- 1FALP54N3VA100001 -- for 1997

    1FA = Ford passenger car
    C = Restraint system
         A = Active belts
         B = Passive belts front
         C = Active belts and driver air bag (typical)
    P = Passenger car
    54 = Line, series, body type (54 = SHO)
    Y = Engine type ( Y = 3.0L EFI DOHC)
    2 = Check digit
    M = Model year 
         G = 1986
         H = 1987
         J = 1988
         K = 1989
         L = 1990
         M = 1991
         N = 1992
         P = 1993
         R = 1994
         S = 1995
         T = 1996
         V = 1997
         W = 1998
         X = 1999
    A = Assembly plant 
         A = Atlanta
         G chicago
    1000001 = Production sequence number (100,001 is the first Ford)

1: Region

    1 = North America

1-2: Country

    1F = United States

2-3: Make

    FA = Ford

4: Restraint System

    A - Active elts
    B - Passive Belts
    C - Active belts and driver airbag
    L,H - Active belts with dual airbags

5: Vehicle Type

    P - Passenger

6-7: Model

    52 - GL,LX 
    54 - SHO

8: Engine Type

    Y - 3.0 SHO
    P - 3.2 SHO
    U - 3.0 Vulcan
    4 - 3.8 Essex