General VIN codes - decyphering
The VIN is stamped into the off side chassis outrigger on the side facing the rear of the van.
It is also available on the white sticker on your A pillar inside the front door, this also contains the paint code.
Here is an example that Andy posted for a syncro doka
Model code: 247 3AA: Typ 2 Double Cab Syncro
82KW DJ engine
ALK 5sp. gearbox
Interior trim: AB (Standard Grey cloth)
Paint code: L90D
M552: Additional heater in passenger compartment
M855: 205R16 "Semperit" tyres for 16" Syncro
M975: Supplementary heater, Webasto BBw 46.10
M984: Rectangular headlamps
M 642 water freeze protection until -35 degrees for cold climate
M 975 Webasto heater (for diesel DBW64 für petrol BBW46)
L90D = White, standard Transporter colour. Actually it's not a pure white its slightly off white.