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I talked to Mark Starr and my elusive Laser Blue is scheduled to arrive in port on Saturday :cool: .

And the VIN number is 1000! The one is not in the place I would have liked, but maybe Lotus fixed a few things between 0001 and 1000.
 

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Wow, that means that in a little over 1 month we have gone from 455 (mine) to 1000. That's simply awesome!
 

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I have a feeling it is not correct.
 

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Randy Chase said:
I have a feeling it is not correct.
Yes,I agree with Randy...this would be approaching 6000/yr.
 

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Mine was #596 with a 9/28 in port date.

Two months later @200 / month.

It could be right.

(by the way, I am new to this site - have learned a lot reading all of these threads the past few days....)
 

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I don't know how to read VIN numbers but I am assuming that the first bunch of numbers is what you are reffering to. Mine starts out like this...11105then some letters and ends with some more numbers :confused:
 

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VIN Code

The US Elise VIN code seems to be:

SCCPC111x5HL3yyyy where the x is replaced with a check digit and the yyyy is replaced with the serial number.

For example, mine is:

SCC Lotus
P Toyota engine
C Dual air-bag restraint
111 Elise family
X check digit
5 2005 model year
H Assembled in Hethel
L Left hand drive
3 US Elise
0027 serial number 27
 

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The check digit is computed so that bogus VINs can be detected. I've never found the formula used for US VINs but typically, you add all the digits together including numbers representing the characters and then either look up the value of the check digit or subtract the total you got from a fixed value and use that as the code for the check digit.
 

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MikeGalos said:
I've never found the formula used for US VINs but typically, you add all the digits together including numbers representing the characters and then either look up the value of the check digit or subtract the total you got from a fixed value and use that as the code for the check digit.
Very close. Here t'is in hamfisted Perl code if it helps:
Code:
#!/usr/bin/perl
{
    $vin = "SCCPC11105HL30022"; # VIN to test for validity

    print "Trying $vin\n";

    # Each VIN characters has a numeric value:
    %value = (
              '0' => 0, '1' => 1, '2' => 2, '3' => 3, '4' => 4, '5' => 5,      
              '6' => 6, '7' => 7, '8' => 8, '9' => 9,          

              'A' => 1, 'B' => 2, 'C' => 3, 'D' => 4, 'E' => 5, 'F' => 6,      
              'G' => 7, 'H' => 8,      

              'J' => 1, 'K' => 2, 'L' => 3, 'M' => 4, 'N' => 5,        

              'P' => 7,

              'R' => 9, 'S' => 2, 'T' => 3, 'U' => 4, 'V' => 5, 'W' => 6,      
              'X' => 7, 'Y' => 8, 'Z' => 9 );

    # Each VIN digit position has a multiplier
    @weights = (8,7,6,5,4,3,2,10, 0, 9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2);

    my $count = 0;
    my $sum = 0;
    my $gotchk = "";

    # add up all the digits * weights
    foreach $digit (unpack ("c*", $vin)) {
        $sum += $value{chr($digit)} * $weights[$count++];
        $gotchk = chr($digit) if ($count == 9);
    }
    
    # Check digit is sum mod 11
    my $check = $sum % 11;
    my $chk = '0' + $check;
    $chk = 'X' if ($check == 10);

    # verify against what we received as ninth digit
    if ($chk == $gotchk) {
        print "$vin OK\n";
    } else {
        print "$vin FAIL $chk $gotchk\n";
    }
}
 

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jml- congrats! The wondering is over , now the real wait starts.

My car had a Sept bulid date, made it to port around Oct 22, VIN 524. A 1000 VIN does seem a bit high.
 

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LarryB said:
jml- congrats! The wondering is over , now the real wait starts.

My car had a Sept bulid date, made it to port around Oct 22, VIN 524. A 1000 VIN does seem a bit high.
Thanks, Larry. Congrats to you, as well. It's actually much easier for me to wait knowing that the car is almost here.

LA has better weather, but I miss the Bay Area. Enjoy your car.

CDubYa - Sounds like our cars are on the same boat. Yours probably was on the production line several slots ahead of mine.
 

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On the high VIN, suppose if they started full production in Oct VS Nov and given the ~3 week lag for west VS east coast cars it might be close.

JML- thats the price we pay for not living in the "desert". It's been raining the last few days.
 
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