Ok, here is my 206 GTi (build 4/2000) VIN to add to the pot...
V - Europe
F - France
3 - Peugeot
2 - 206
C - Hatch
R - EW10J4 (2.0 16V engine)
F - Fuel Injection
R - Engine Series? Emission series?
E - Gearbox? It is a BE4 Manual (but that's the only one avail)
4 - ?
0 - build year?
last 6 digits are my serial number...
It's a 4/2000 model that was built in the UK at Ryton (I'm pretty sure).
You're right - this is interesting!