Major mechanical units, the body, and the car as a whole all have unique serial numbers that
were assigned by the factory to identify them so that particular design modifications could be
listed in parts catalogues as applying to particular ranges of units and to satisfy legal obligations.
The locations of the individual unit serial numbers are designated in the illustrations given below.
Whenever possible in this catalogue, we use commission numbers to document change points,
as this number is easily found on most state registration cards. However, engine numbers are
used for engine parts, gearbox numbers for gearbox parts, rear axle numbers for differential
parts, and body numbers are also used occasionally.
The commission number is stamped to a plate affixed to the left-hand inner front wing under
the bonnet for 1969 models and to the left-hand door post for later U.S. models. The locations
of plates may vary for overseas models. Later U.S. models also carry a plate affixed to the L.H.
side of the windscreen frame so that it is readable through the glass from the outside.
Commission numbers for carburettor models prior to the 1973 model year are prefixed with
the letters CC. Beginning with the 1973 model year, the numbers were prefixed with the letters
CF. Commission numbers for earlier left-hand drive carburettor models (before 1972 approx.)
were suffixed with the letter L. Later left-hand drive carburettor models were suffixed with the
letter U. Commission numbers of all models with overdrive were suffixed with the letter O in the
CC62835L, CC67733L0, CF35824U, CF58097UO
Commission numbers for fuel injected models prior to the 1973 model year are prefixed with
the letters CP. Beginning with the 1973 model year, the numbers were prefixed with the letters
CR. Commission numbers for all left-hand drive models with fuel injection were suffixed with the
letter L. Commission numbers of all models with overdrive were suffixed with the letter O in the
last position. Cars assembled in Belgium were prefixed with the number 1 in the first position.
CP52954, CP729640, CR2909L, 1CP51975L
ENGINE SERIAL NUMBERS
The engine number in all cases is stamped on a
boss located at the rear of the left-hand side of the
engine block, just under the cylinder head. Engine
numbers follow roughly the same sequences and
breaks as commission numbers, although no attempt
was made to match the two numbers.
Engine numbers for the carburettor models are
prefixed with the letters CC prior to the 1973 model
year and with the letters CF beginning with the 1973
model year. All engine numbers were suffixed with
the letter E to denote that it was an engine number,
and engines exported to U.S.A. type markets were
suffixed with the letter U before the letter E, beginning
with the 1972 model year.
CC52091E, CC75024UE, CF57269UE
Engine numbers for fuel-injected models are prefixed with the letters CP prior to the 1973
model year and with the letters CR beginning with the 1973 model year. All fuel injected engines
were suffixed first with the letter H to denote high compression and secondly with the letter E to
denote that it was an engine number.
GEARBOX SERIAL NUMBERS
The gearbox serial number is stamped on the main gearbox housing, on a boss on the L.H.
side behind the clutch cross shaft for earlier models and on top of the `'starter bulge'' on the R.H.
side for later models. Please note that the change in position may have occurred only for U.S.A.
PRODUCTION DATA & COMMISSION NUMBER REFERENCES
PRODUCTION DATA AND COMMISSION NUMBER REFERENCES
REAR AXLE SERIAL NUMBERS
The rear axle serial number is
stamped onto the bottom side of the main
casing, and it is easily checked from
under the car. Rear axle numbers are
prefixed with the letters CD for
carburettor models and CP
injected models. Generally speaking an
axle with a CD prefix will have a 3.7 to 1
gear ratio, and an axle with a CP prefix
will have a 3.45 to 1 gear ratio. The serial
numbers for TR6 rear axles continued the
sequence begun for the TR250 and TR5
BODY SERIAL NUMBERS
Commencing with 25001, the body number is stamped on
a plate riveted to the right-hand bulkhead panel (firewall).
Body numbers are suffixed, rather than prefixed, with the
same letter codes used as prefixes for commission numbers,
CC, CP, CF, CR. Generally, body serial numbers include the
same sequences and model year breaks as commission
numbers, although no attempt was made to match the two.
52091CC, 52092CP, 52751CF, 4981CR
GEARBOX SERIAL NUMBERS--Continued
Gearbox serial numbers prior to 1972 were prefixed with the letters CD for all models, and the
numbering sequence continued the range of numbers that was started for the TR250 and TR5.
This same numbering system was continued for non-U.S.A. models right through to the end, but
beginning with the 1972 model year, gearbox numbers for U.S.A. models were prefixed with the
letters CC, and the sequence began with the number CC75001. There is an indication in the
factory spare parts catalogue that, beginning with the 1975 model year, gearbox numbers for
U.S.A. type markets were prefixed with the letters CF, but we have never seen a gearbox number
with a CF prefix, and several very later 1976 models in our possession have gearbox numbers
with CC prefixes.