An innovative company that pioneered the rotary engine, Mazda has accelerated from its slogan of “Zoom Zoom” to “Driving Matters” in 2016. Founded in 1920, Mazda would transition from machine tool manufacturing to its first vehicle, which was the Mazda-Go autorickshaw. Yet it was not until 1970 that the cars came to America and the first set of Mazda VIN decoding would begin. In the first year of sales in America, Mazda VIN decoding would be very streamlined, considering there was only one model: the RX-2. By the next year, Mazda would bring five models to the American market and continue to expand as the years progressed.
Although different than the 17-digit standardized VIN we know today, we can still decode a Mazda VIN from the very first year the brand arrived on American shores. All RX-2s have a chassis number, which begins with S122A.
There are several locations where the numbers are located, depending on the year and make. For example, for all Mazda B series vehicles from 1972 – 1993, the VIN can be found:
- VIN Plate: The number is printed on a plate mounted on the driver’s side of the dashboard, as seen from the outside of the windshield.
- Certification Regulation Plate: On the door pillar of the driver’s side, right above the striker, you will find the VIN, along with other data, such as month and year of manufacturing, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, and the certification statement.
- Chassis Number: On the side frame rail of the passenger side, to the right of the firewall, is the chassis number. To see this number, look through the wheel well on the passenger side, between the tire and the fender.
- Vehicle Emission Control Information Label: Found on the hood’s underside, near the front of the hood, on the passenger’s side to the left of the hood striker, this label gives data about your car’s emissions.