Identify VIN number

How to identify a VIN number for a Jaguar XK.

First of all, every car now a days has a 17 digit identification number.
A Jaguar has a lot smaller VIN number, for example:

A 1955 Jaguar XK 140 VIN#: A810641

A run through a database gave me the following information: LHD Series XK140 OTS
According to the information below you can lookup what kind of car it is.

The A makes is a standard model 190 horse power, 81 makes it een OTS (Open Two Seater) and Left hand drive, 641 is the number of the car and it has no overdrive.

The first letter A stands for: Special Equipment model - 190 bhp
The first letter S stands for: Special Equipment model with C type cylinder head - 210 bhp
The letters DN at the end stands for: indicates fitment of overdrive

XK 120
Roadster
660001 and up (RHD models)
670001 and up (LHD models)
Fixed Head
669001 and up (RHD models)
679001 and up (LHD models)
Drop Head
667001 and up (RHD models)
677001 and up (LHD models)

XK140
Roadster
800001 and up (RHD models)
810001 and up (LHD models)
Fixed Head
804001 and up (RHD models)
814001 and up (LHD models)
Drop Head
807001 and up (RHD models)
817001 and up (LHD models)

XK150
Roadster
820001 and up (RHD models)
830001 and up (LHD models)
Fixed Head
824001 and up (RHD models)
834001 and up (LHD models)
Drop Head
827001 and up (RHD models)
837001 and up (LHD models)

First car number per year
XK120

from 1949/06 1949/06 1951/11 1951/07 1952/01 1953/01
1949 660001 670001
1950 660028 670071
1951 660519 671097 669001 679001
1952 660935 671797 669003 679215 667001
1953 661046 673389 669005 680572 667002 677001
1954 661154 674592 669112 681309 667169 678103
last 661176 676438 669195 681485 667295 678472
in 1954/08 1954/08 1954/07 1954/07 1954/08 1954/08

XK140

from 1954/10 1954/09 1954/02 1954/10 1954/10 1954/10
1954 800001 810001 804001 814001 807001 817001
1955 800009 810618 804007 814004 807007 817112
1956 800063 811988 804592 815269 807343 818240
1957 n/a 813122 n/a 815962 807480 819305
last 800074 813282 804843 815966 807480 819311
in 1956/10 1957/01 1956/11 1957/01 1957/01 1957/01

XK150

from 1958/10 1957/09 1957/08 1957/03 1957/11 1957/03
1957 830001 824001 834001 827001 837001
1958 820001 830002 824167 834985 827002 837214
1959 820020 831924 824744 835966 827274 837984
1960 820067 832114 825127 836654 827506 838613
to 836999* *fhc lhd chs no series
from 847000* "jumps" in 1960/10
last 820093 832174 825369 847095 827663 839010
in 1960/10 1960/11 1960/10 1960/11 1960/10 1960/10