I had to explain the difference between the chassis and assembly numbers the other day so thought it would be useful to note the different type of numbers and identification plates found on the 360. The numbered sections below correspond to the numbers in this diagram:
- The first digit is “Z” denoting country of manufacture as Italy.
- The second and third digits, “F”, denote the badge and manufacturer as Ferrari.
- The fourth digit denotes the engine type, “Y” for the 360’s F131 engine.
- The fifth digit denotes the safety equipment fitted (here “T” means air bags and manual seat belts with pre-tensioners are fitted).
- The sixth and seven numbers denote the model type (this car is “53” for 360 Spider, the Modena is “51” and Stradale “57”).
- The eight digit is the market the car was originally manufactured for (“C” here means UK RHD).
- The ninth digit is a USA marker (this car is a UK car so it has a “0”, it would be “1” if it were a USA car)
- The tenth digit denotes model year for USA cars only.
- The eleventh digit denotes the factory the car was made in (Ferrari only have one factory so all cars are “0”).
- The last six digits are the unique chassis number for the car. Up until number 75000 only odd chassis numbers were issued by Ferrari, where after both odd and even numbers were used.
3. Engine Number. This is stamped into the engine block next to the oil filter (and is quite difficult to get a photo of).
4. Assembly Number. This is on a plate on the rear frame of the car, between the rear panel/grill and exhaust silencer. The assembly number is crucial when determining what part will correctly fit your car.
5. Chassis Number. This plate is fixed to the front wing behind the drivers door. It also contains the maximum rated weight (1730 kg) as well as the split between front and rear (780 kg & 950 kg respectively). The engine type is also shown – F131 (131 bhp per litre power to displacement ratio).
6. ECE Approval. This plate is found inside the front hood and displays the ECE regulations issued by the Economic Commission for Europe which apply to different parts fitted to the car (non euro spec cars wont have this plate fitted). The top line shows the different chassis designations and which of the regulations listed apply to that chassis. The chassis designations are:
- F131 ABM = 360 Modena 6 Speed Manual
- F131 ABE = 360 Modena F1
- F131 ADM = 360 Spider 6 Speed Manual
- F131 ADE = 360 Spider F1
The E3 and E1 markings denote that the part was approved in Italy and Germany respectively.
The different approvals shown on this plate are as follows:
- 11R: Latches and door retention components
- 12R: Protection of driver against steering wheel in event of impact
- 14R: Safety-belt anchorages
- 17R: Seats, their anchorages and any head restraints
- 18R: Protection of motor vehicles against unauthorized use
- 21R: Interior fittings of passenger cars
- 64R: Temporary-use spare tyre
- 94R: Protection of occupants against frontal collision
7. Headlight Approval. Also found inside the front hood.