How to decipher your VW Beetle engine and chassis numbers

When ordering parts or restoring a car back to its original spec, it’s useful to know as much about your Bug as possible. Here’s how to unravel the dark art of engine and chassis codes…

First things first – you need to know where to look to find the necessary numbers. The ‘birth certificate’ for your Bug will be underneath the bonnet next to where it locks to the front apron – it will tell you the origin of the car as well as the chassis number. The chassis number can also be seen on the centre part of the chassis, under the rear seat and in the windscreen of very late Beetle models. The engine number is the easy one – it’s on the generator/alternator pedestal support.

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So what do all the numbers mean, and what can they tell you about your car?

Chassis Numbers
Starting with chassis numbers, the Beetle has always had the factory designation of Type 1 and with the exception of the period from 1956 to 1964, the chassis number will start with a 1 or 11. Chassis numbers started at 1-0001 in 1940, but because the Type 1 prefix also included military vehicles, by 1945 when the numbering had reached 1-053814, only a few hundred Beetles had been built. By 1955, once Beetle production had reached one million, the 1 prefix was followed by seven digits. The prefix was then dropped; the last car produced in 1956 being given the number 1394119. The numbering system changed in 1965 with the introduction of a three digit prefix consisting of 11 to denote the Beetle (the Karmann Ghia was designated Type 14 and the Cabrio Type 15), followed by a digit to denote the model year, eg 5 for 1965 and so on. The first Bug to leave the production line in August 1964, therefore, was 115 000 001.

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In 1970, a 2 was added to indicate the second decade, so the first 1970 model made in August 1969 was given the number 110 2 000 001. The last Beetle produced in Germany was 118 2 034 030. Instead of using 110 3 for the first 1980 model, produced in August 1979, the chassis number 11A 0000001 was adopted. When international standardisation took place, this became WVWzzz11zAM000001. WVW means Volkswagen private cars, the z’s are fill in characters and the letter ‘M’ in the 11th position denotes the country of manufacture, in this case Mexico. Dating some cars is easier than with others; the build date of June 1979 is easy to interpret on this US Cabriolet sticker. You might also find date stamps on parts such as wheels – although bear in mind rims might have been sitting around a while before being fitted, so don’t worry if they predate the car’s build date by a year!

late label

‘Type’ numbers
The chassis number only contains the first two ‘Type’ digits, but in fact the full Type numbers were made up of three digits up until 1968, then six thereafter. A summary of the post ’68 numbers are as follows:

1st digit     1 = Beetle
2nd digit    1 = 122/1300/1500
3rd digit     1,3,5 = Left-hand drive, 2,4,6 = Right-hand drive
4th digit     0 = Standard model, 1 = L version, 7,8 = US version
5th digit     Engine type, 1 = 1200 34bhp, 2 =1300 44bhp, 3 = 1500 44bhp or 1600 50bhp
4 = 1400 with emission control, 5,6 = 1600 48bhp
6th digit     1 = manual gearbox, 2 = semi automatic

engine

Engine codes
It’s always interesting to know what engine’s in your Beetle and you can check by looking at the prefix. Engine number prefixes were first used in 1965 with the introduction of the 1300, with other Beetle numbers as follows:

A = 1200 30bhp
D = 1200 34bhp
E = 1300 37bhp
F = 1300 40bhp
H = 1500 44bhp
L = 1500 40bhp
AB = 1300 44bhp
AC = 1300 40bhp
AD = 1600 50bhp
AE = 1600 48bhp (US)
AF = 1600 46bhp
AG = 1600 44bhp (Type 181)
AH = 1600 48bhp (US)
AJ = 1600 50bhp (fuel injection)
AK = 1600 48bhp (US)
AL = 1600 48bhp (Type 181)
AM = 1600 48bhp (Type 181, US)
AR = 1300 44bhp
AS = 1600 50bhp

Data stickers
To confuse matters slightly, some Beetles were fitted with a sticker (usually stuck the metalwork by spare wheel well) which gives the chassis number, type number, engine and gearbox code, paint codes and a list of any factory fitted options. Accessories fitted by the supplying dealer, of course, wouldn’t be included.

sticker

The colour code could prove useful when carrying out restoration work, of course, and by identifying the original interior trim, you can determine whether items have been changed. Meanwhile, the options list will tell you which accessories were fitted when it left the factory. So, for example, if you’re keen on returning your Bug to original spec – it will tell you what accessories to keep, which to ditch and what parts are missing… The list published on TheSamba.com here might prove useful. If you’ve done any detective work yourself regarding Beetle M numbers, we’d love to hear from you…

Ian

The opinions expressed here are the personal opinions of the author and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of VW Heritage.

190 responses to: How to decipher your VW Beetle engine and chassis numbers


    1. Hi Riann, thanks for your comment.
      We can’t work out that chassis number.
      Where abouts on the vehicle did you take it from?
      What age do you think the vehicle is?
      Do you know where it was manufactured?
      We will try and help some more if we can.
      And which country are you in now?

    1. Hi Graham, engines manufactured before 1965 only had numbers, and didn’t include letters. So it is likely yours could be one of these.

  1. I have a very nice 1965 Beetle. It has the correct chassis number stamped under the back seat…in the 115XXXXX range…which corresponds to the VIN number on my title. It’s the correct number for a 1965. But I cannot find a factory ID plate anywhere in the spare tire well…nothing. Not even old rivet holes.
    I have asked at least 15 different people, some working for respected parts places…many differing and split opinions. Several have said that the mid-1960s Beetles did not at all come with factory ID plates….that they only were made with the aforementioned stamped number under the back seat.

    A guy who runs a wrecking yard for old Bugs said his 1966 does not have that plate.
    Can someone finally end the question for me….did my 1965 come…or not come….with that ID plate..?

    Thank you,

    Jim in SoCal

    1. model year 1965 has chassis number printed under the backseat, metal plaque with chassis number printed behind the spare tire and paint color code prited on a sticker. That’s all!!

  2. I am looking to buy a specific VW beetle but somethings aren’t adding up. The car is a 1300 (as I understand it only manufactured for the 1966 models. But the front hood plate starts with 117…(the rest is under paint and is unreadable). Another interesting bit is that the engine block # is F0950346… which is not showing up on thesamba website. And most confusing is that right above the engine block number, it says “Ignição 1-4-3-2″…. and since I speak some Portuguese, this means “ignition”… and perhaps made in Brazil?? But the VIN plate says “Manufactured in Germany”.
    I am not an expert, but this “fully restored 1300 VW” seems to have been put together from parts from multiple vehicles? I wish I could post pictures here of the plates, engine, etc. Feel free to email at jbalcell@yahoo.com

    1. Your 117 chassis Beetle will be the unique 1967 model year, it should, if restored to factory spec feature a number of unique one year only parts, most prominently the unique engine lid.
      The firing order you discribe is cast into the generator/dynamo stand, the engine number itself is the F code number stamped into the case. This is a 1300 singleport model.

  3. Hi my engine says D 1303455 it’s in a dune buggy so I have no clue what year it is the numbers on the bottom end are AS 41 043 101 102

    1. I’m just reading your question today Jan 30 18
      Your car is an early 61 manufactured around Sept 1960….the F code engine is a 40 hp…..I think. But I didn’t see any with a #2 after, most all have a #1 after the F……hope this helps.

  4. Hi
    I got a VW I am confused that its Engine number is F160**** and in the VI Book it says manufactured in 1958 Chassis number is 1785***

    Can it be

  5. Hi there we just purchased a motorcycle trike that has a VW engine the numbers on the back are a AE875101 we don’t have any other information but that we’re looking to find out possibly what year it is any help would be appreciated

      1. Hi can you tell me what year and size this is. Its a engine in my trike. And i cant get the correct parts for it.
        # U0124615.
        It is dual port and has h 30/31 carb.
        Thanks for any help.

  6. My Beetle says first registration Feb 1966
    Numbers in car and on plate both tally as 116 427 031
    Engine D 0295026
    Can anyone explain this to me please ?

    1. Chassis number confirms that it’s a model year 1966 and 427031 it’s the serial number. Due to the fact that since m.y. 1966 1300cc engine was introduced for beetles the unique number for engine ended up and started with D letter for 1200cc and F letter for 1300cc. You mount a 1200cc!! Unfortunately, according to VW tables, this serial number belongs to a 1200cc produced at the end of 1967 (late December) for model year 1968. So it might had been replaced during these 51 years!

      116 427 031 (model year 1966: from Aug. 1965 to July 1966)
      Produced in December 1965 and sold, as you said, in Feb 1966
      Engine Number type D. for that period shuold be from around D 0 046000 to D 0 050000 (infact VW used to sold more 1300cc than 1200cc)

      Ciao!

  7. My engine has an X inside a circle and then reads D1216569. Most thing i read say it is a 40 hp version. And others say it is an after market engine sold in 1977. Problem I have is matching parts to it. I just purchased a carburator that has an extra lever on the passenger side which hits my alternator, preventing the throttle from moving. I don’t know if this is an engine issue or a carburator issue. I figure if I can determine the engine, I at least can start from there

  8. I need help identifying my engine number. The car is a RHD 1972 Beetle standard (VIN 112 2626-490) abd the engine number is: FDR 219130
    As far as I know it should be a 1200 engine, but I am not sure if it has been replaced.
    Hope you can clarify for me.

  9. Hey there, my vin number is 133 2240 965, any help with the year . It’s a super beetle and I dont know wich Balljoint to buy. Thanks in advance

  10. Hello, thanks for the info on this. Kindly help out as the Chasis number and engine are the same?
    D-1084757? It is a type 1, 1192cc. Located in the Philippines. Don’t know what color it is originally as not indicated on the CR/OR too.

    Thank you!

  11. Can anyone help to identify engine number 211909X? No VW stamp or leading letters. I think it’s a 1600. It’s a replacement, the original was a 1300.

    1. We have cleaned up the block using a toothbrush and can see a very faint AD, which would identify a 1600 (50BHP) engine. Job Done!

  12. My engine number is SFADTR206413. Made in Mexico although I’m in South Africa. I know it’s a 1600 Twin port. What could the bhp be? Thanx I advance.

  13. My engine number RE 181456
    It’s as I understand 1.8 fuel injection fitted to a German trike (air cooled)
    Any info on the engine please

  14. Just picked up this beetle and i’m trying to find out where it was built,the tag behind the spare has no numbers just made in Germany the vin is 1132038113 any help is appreciated

  15. Hi all just wondering if anyone can give me any information about an beetle engine with this number on w10314220 thanks for looking 👍🏼😀

  16. Guess I’ll get in on this.
    Just bought what seems to be a 1970 Beetle.
    Engine code is U0402856
    Samba says thats a dual relief case, which my engine definitely isn’t. It also has the VW (recycled/exchange?) symbol preceding it. Any ideas what I have? Need to start buying parts
    Thanks either way for the help 👍

    1. I would look into it being a type 3 engine.
      I have a 1970 also with the same code.
      Is yours stamped on the seam of the two halves?
      Right by the fuel pump.

  17. How Can I tell what kind of motor I got from the numbers 113.101.102 B9 and 113.101.101 B3 and 5564078 is the only numbers on my motor how do I figure out what I got

    1. Hi John, These are the ‘part numbers’ for the engine case halves, not the engine number – this engine number will be under the alternator/ dynamo stand.

  18. Greetings

    My engine no is SFA57B0063 if someone can assist and letting me know if this is a 1300cc or 1600cc I just bought the beach Buggy and I am from the West Cape, South Africa

  19. My engine stamp is 6059922. Single port. I was told it’s a 40hp by a guy at a VW parts shop. He said he could tell by “the weird mount for the single port”. Do the numbers indicate it is a 1960 engine? If so, what do the other number mean?

  20. Mi engine serial number is AM 012116 , I have my car in south- america, that means that my engine was made in germany for sale in USA ?

    1. Hi Leslie, looks like you have a ’78 model year Beetle Cabriolet, according to the chassis number this would have been made between December 77 and July 78.

  21. JUST BOUGHT MY FIRST 1969 VW BEETLE AND I WOULD LIKE TO DO SOME WORK ON THE ENGINE BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT SIZE ENGINE IS IN THERE. I BEEN TOLD THAT IT IS NOT THE ORIGINAL ENGINE AND THAT IT LOOKS LIKE A 1600cc. PREVIOUS OWNER DON’T KNOW EITHER AND I CAN’T FIND ANY VW MECHANICS OR ENYTHING IN THE INTERNET. SERIAL NUMBER IN THE CAR LEFT BOTTON SIDE OF THE WINDSHIELD AND ON THE FLOOR UNDER THE REAR SEAT IS 1191048989 AND THE ENGINE NUMBER STAMPED UNDER THE ALTERNATOR/GENERATOR STAND IS UF075012….SO FAR I THINK THE ENGINE WAS BUILT IN BRAZIL. ANY HELP PLEASEEEEEE

  22. Hi guys,

    We have a beetle cabrio from 1971 with a salvage title.

    1512357940.

    It seems to be a strange number for 1971 (built in 1970).
    Thanks for any help.

  23. I have a 1970 beetle.The engine number is ADR283853. The is no explanation on your website for the ADR prefix. Have you come across this before? do you know the actual engine size?
    Im based in Cape Town, South Africa

    1. We imagine that the AD is for 1600 Twinport, and the addtional R is for Remanufactured.
      As to the specification of the engine now, our guess would be 1600cc twinport built between 1970 and 73.

  24. Hi—

    I have a 1970 Karmann Ghia with an engine code BO. Everything that I can find only says that it is a non-USA engine. I can find no other information on it. It is a dual port and looks to be a 1600.

    Where can I look to get mote information on this engine? HP, best carb, best distributor, timing, etc….

    Also, is there a reason that it was not used in USA cars?

    Thanks in advance for your assistance.

    1. Hi Joe, We would go with it being a ‘B’ coded engine, which was originally a 1600 single port. Sounds like the top end has been rebuilt to twin port spec. Originally the B code engine produced 47 bhp.
      Not sure why it wouldn’t have been available in the USA though?

  25. Hi there, got a bit of a issue. My engine number on my dune buggy is bs625903. Problem is this does not line up with any engine codes I have come across. Any chance someone has some insight into this issue.

    1. Hi Darryl, any chance the number could be B5….In which case it could be based on a 1600 single port.
      As with all things, what you have in front of you is the biggest clue. Is it Single or Twin Port?

  26. I bought a 1973 Beetle model GSR sport track and I woul like to be certain of the model. The serial number of the vehicule is 1332731308 and that of the engine is AE037417. Thank’s

      1. hi andy I have the same code “b” on my block b6242048 wanted to know if you can help identify block size and how can I tell if it’s a single port or twin . It has manifold with twin carbs.

        1. The B code was a single port – where the inlet manifold joins, is there one or two ports? You should be able to tell this from the design of the manifolds rather than taking it apart.

    1. Hi infinite facts! I have a Zink fVee with a 1964 or earlier front end, likely a ZinkC4 ? The engine code is HS 625394. It is a single port engine. I cannot seem to find this specific code.
      Also I would like to track down the SCCA number stamped onto the roll bar. It is NER252 possibly this could be VER? The other Stamp is 062-069. I am restoring this and would like to know its long history. It was last a motocross setup with Performance Improvement sponsorship around Lake Erie Canada. Thank you. Trevor Cass

  27. Purchased a 1971 VW Beetle VIN at driver window 2 days ago number is 1 1 1 222 8273. Does this line up for this year and model thank you

  28. Hi, I have an issue with DVLA they want my chassis no. before issuing a log book (no problem there I hear you say). I recently purchased the vehicle, the car has been altered…. so I have a 1969? VW Beetle Chassis and engine. Well in the chassis no. department all I have is a number stamped on the chassis which is the same as the VIN no. that has appeared on the last 6 MOT certificates in the VIN no. box. DVLA are saying it’s not a proper VIN no. because it’s not 17 digits long. I don’t know enough about VIN no’s to argue with them, all I know is that this is the only evidence I can find of a stamped no. and it’s suited the last half a dozen MOT’s. The number is 119618942 any assistance would be gratefully accepted.

    1. This seems bizarre Laurence; that chassis number looks typical of a 1969 Beetle to us. Maybe you just got a newbie when you spoke to the DVLA.
      Try again. If not, perhaps try and get an example of another 1969 Beetle V5 document to prove this is how they are?
      Is the vehicle now a Beach Buggy, or another kit car?

      1. It’s a Bugatti T35 replica now, the 2 people I have spoken to at DVLA and a chap they sent out to have a look at the car were less than helpful, the visitor took a picture of the engine no. huffed a few times, refused to look for a chassis no. or suggest where I should start because at that time I hadn’t found it (as it was caked in paint) and off he went. I’ll fill in their form and return it and see what happens next. Thanks for your comment it gives me more resolve to be a bit more steadfast.
        regards.
        Laurence.

  29. Hello,
    I am trying to decode the vin number 1572983233 for my 1977 Super Beetle Convertible. What I am trying to decode is if it is a Base model, Deluxe model, or a Champagne model. Any help or suggestions is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    1. Hi Devin, to find out this level of detail you will need to apply for a birth certificate from VW. We are unable to tell you this information I’m afraid. Andy

      1. Thank you for the information.
        I have another question to ask. Is it possible to get a replacement vin tag located in trunk and vin sticker located in door channel for my VW?

        Thank you,
        Devin

  30. Hi

    The VIN number on my Beetle is 1132 951 664/4. The engine number is AD278348. Would you be able to assist with the model year? I am in South Africa.

    THANKS!

    1. Hi Brad, it looks like you have a 1973 model, built between December 1972 and July 1973. The engine number would indicate that it is a 1600cc Twin Port.
      Hope that helps. Andy

  31. I have a vw engine with the prefix AB 813838o . I have not found any thing for year or hp. The engine is being used on my trike.
    Thanks

      1. Hi Hank, the B code engine was a 1600cc single port, made between 68 and 70. It may well have had a twinport conversion since it was made though – and maybe even bigger capacity too.

  32. Hi,
    I have just purchased a off road buggy, I don’t know what year they used
    and it didn’t include a vin# just trying to find out engine size without
    taking it apart. The engine code is the vw recycled emblem and the letter B
    That’s all, any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks!

  33. I have what looks like a 68 VW bug but can’t find any numbers other than engine number trying to get VIN number, any help would be helpful.
    #B 6436352

    1. Hi Jeremy, we won’t be able to help on that, sadly – if it’s not on the chassis (under the rear seats) or the documents, then you’re a bit stuck! Try checking old MOTs or service history?
      Andy

    2. It should have a # stamped into the chassis under the rear seat on the tunnel right by or just under that little plate that covers the access to the shift rod bushing. Or there should be a metal plate riveted in the front aprin under the spare tire.

  34. Peter- 64 Baja

    G’Day people of vast VW knowledge. Just picked up a possible 1964 Beetle/Baja. I have searched for the VIN in all the places. Previous owner replaced floor pan, no numbers on dash and only a 5 figure number in front wheel well on a plate 53405, no sticker with data. I have been told 64 due to the sun roof. Engine number H1123105, does not match any serial number anywhere. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Pete

    1. With the help of a piece of chalk, I finally found this for the possible VIN 5997331. Mar/Apr 1960 for body and the engine in Jun 69 Would this be correct.

  35. Hi I lived in Brasil the number is “B4-178033” – It is a 1964 model , but for what do you said in article the motor is 1500 not 1200

  36. Need some help please , i live in South Africa, i have a beach buggy, the engine number is FAS442866 , can someone please help with identifying this engine, year, CC , country of origin etc.

    The VIN is AAPV0069480012153, similarly would like to find out as much as possible.

    any assistance would be appreciated

  37. I am trying to identify the year of a beetle I recently bought. the engine serial number is AF1077365, I found what I think is the Chassis number under the back seats but can’t seem to find any other identification numbers, the one under the back seat starts 11L007****, any ideas?

  38. I have recently bought a beetle, believe it is Mexican made.
    I think it is roughly 1973 basing off a few things I have seen online but I can’t seem to find any information on my Chassis number
    I have found the number under the rear seats stamped into the metal to be: 11L007****

    anyone seen anything similar to this number?

  39. I’m trying to decode a chassis number on a 1964 beetle. Its 6252079. Does anyone know if any of these numbers designate it as a RHD vehicle? Or if that is infered by telling what country it is to be shipped to?

  40. I’m trying to find out more about my 356 speedster kit car
    The chassis number is 3208837
    Engine number is 5339883
    There in no compliance plate on the car and this is becoming a problem
    I need to find the origin of the car so I can register it in Australia

  41. Can you please decode this engine number. B6119669 the last owner claimed it is the original 1300 engine for a 1966 beatle but I believe it is a 1600 thanks for your help

  42. I am trying to buy a replica car of a 1924 Ford Roadster Only numbers I find on the present title are 1968 Volk, Model CF. Other numbers are 682-5BF and AE 16063Z on the engine and title. It has a fiberglass body that resembles a 1924 Ford. The body is mounted on a 1934 Ford Chassis. I cannot find a VIN number but the present Title says Vehicle ID No. 118736961. Insurance can’t give me a quote without knowing the cc of the engine. The title is a South Carolina title and there is no VIN number.

  43. Hello,
    I have a short block built by a friend who, for years, owned a bug shop. The block is a replacement to go into a BMW motorcycle that originally had a 1300CC VW engine with block damage. The replacement block was to be built into a 1600 variant…crank and rods installed. The engine number is 707XXXX (from memory). I assume that the block originally from a 1200-1300? There is only one oil relief, and the rods are attached with nut and bolt. Question…will an earlier block successfully accept 1600cc components…pistons, jugs,etc? How can I determine which oil pump is required? What is the correct BDC? Add to this the fact that the work was done 20 years ago(that is what is known as a long-term project) and further information from my friend now unavailable.

    1. Is that 116 the number on a vin tag on the dash?
      It’s a 1976 not a 65. Check for a badge in the trunk under the spare tire. There is also another # stamped under the rear seat. If all 3 #’s are 116 the car is a 76 not a 65.

  44. My beetle body and pan are a 1966 for sure 116… but the engine is confusing. Its a small metal strip with 2 small looking rivets holding it on over where the number would normallu be stamped “B 5550 AD- 342853” ??

    1. If the number on the vinyl & chassis is 116 it’s a 1976 bug not a 66. The engine could be a remanufactured engine. Possibly one that was returned to vw or redone by a shop.

      1. Number on the vin not vinyl. Another way to tell is, cars delivered to the US weren’t required to have vin # tags in the lower left corner of the windshield until the 70’s

  45. I’m trying to decide if my VW Thing is a number matching vehicle. Although the code is a 183, it was manufactured in 10/73. The engine number is AH359087. As I research this it appears to be a California emission motor, but I can’t find the motor production date. If it’s numbers matching, I’ll keep the color original.

    Thanks in advance for the help.

  46. Hello. My grandfather purchased an engine for his beetle but the guy that sold it to him wasn’t sure what year or if it was out of a beetle for sure. The engine has 2937315 and wr underneath that stamped onto the block. Any help would be appreciated!
    Thank you

  47. Hi, I have an oval rear window Beetle with a chassis number of 1-0990474. I have been told it is a 1956 build. Can anyone tell me if this is right and know how to find its actual build date?
    Thanks
    Ken

  48. Just try to find out more of the engine I have on my dune buggy….all I have is the #007659 stamped below the gen.pedestal….

  49. Want to also find out please. My vw beetles engine no is 8FF1036602. What year model and engine type and capacity would it be please

  50. Hello this is my number. 1582050747 is there anyway to find out what factory a 78 convertible was manufactured at ?
    Which country?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Angelia, The Karmann factory produced all the Beetle Cabriolet models, so your vehicle would have rolled off the Osnabrück production line.

  51. I have a beetle and the dash VIN # is 1352215402 and the one on the front of the vehicle is 1342509403. I am unable to locate the engine ID I looked under the 1-4-3-2 and there is nothing there, is there another location for the ID number?

    1. The different #’s on the dash & front badge could be that someone has either put a different front aprin or has changed the dash. That’s not good. The engine # should be under the generator stand. Right in the middle where the two halves of the engine block go together.

  52. Hey there I just want to make sure I have this right…

    111 2693 829
    1971 Std. Beetle (Engine should be a 1200 34hp)

    On my engine I see: D1240624, which I can’t seem to place. On one site it tells me it’s an engine from 1972, another says its an Aftermarket part, but it doesn’t have the re-manufactured symbol. Are there any other resources I can check to figure out what kind of engine is in my bug before I start buying parts?

    Thanks in advanced this is a super helpful guide!

  53. I have a older VW frame found in my back yard. I have a chassis 10 digit number needing help to see what it is and if it has and value
    *1112366290* is the chassis number. Any info would help thanks

  54. Can you help me identify if it’s 1300 or 1500? 1974 beetle (brazil) and the engine number is BH 732 948. Thanks

  55. where can I find the engine number on a beetle engine manufactured in Mexico. There does not seem to be any number on the engine case below the generator pedestal

  56. Where can I find the engine number on a Beetle engine produced in Mexico . There does not seem to be a number on the engine case below the generator pedestal

  57. Can anyone help identify what I have?? Chassis under backseat says 2848383. I believe the engine numbers are AMO22522. Fingers crossed!

    1. The pan is a 1960 built between Dec 1959 & Jan 1960….you should have a badge in the trunk behind the spare tire. If that # matches the # under the back seat the body & pan are original numbers matching. I don’t think the motor is original though.

  58. have the opportunity to purchase a used VW engine and was wondering what year and type it is. the engine ser.# is B248956

  59. HI I have a 1974 vw cabrio RHD chassis no 1542013900
    I think it has a replacement engine could you tell me if it is a
    1300 or a 1600 the engine number is UG384824.
    THANKS PETE.

  60. Hi, i recently bought a 68 bug,that they turned into a baja. It had no motor, bought a motor from a friend. I purchased a new clutch, and it didn’t fit. My engine code is FO289597. Could you please help me fiqure out what motor and year, so i can get the proper clutch. the clutch assembly i purchased is a Sachs KF193-01. thank you for any help Carl Volinski

  61. I have the opportunity to purchase a used VW engine and was wondering what year and type it is. the engine ser.# is B248956

  62. This information and everyone’s comments are great. I found some additional answers here; https://urightbrothers.blogspot.com/2012/08/volkswagen-vehicle-identification.html
    but I still can’t find one little bit of information about one of my beetles. Stamped in the bodywork (not a tag) is “MEXICO”, so she is likely made in Mexico. Is there anyway to find out where? The front tag has sideways 06 for Pastel White paint then 47-4-0964 so she was born (made) November 16th or 23rd, 1971 (1122332### VIN) but I can’t find any info on the production code (0964).
    Does anyone out there know?

  63. Got a dune bugby. Not sure what year the motor is. I can see 7 #a good. But there is another one I think is a 9,8 or 6. Then 0674697.Any help with this is appreciated.

  64. I have a aircooled engine, the only numbers on it are on top of the casings. T R 059414. Can you help me to find out its origin, model and its cc it is a single port. The engine is forward facing of the wheels is it simply a case of flipping the differential back over to make it rear again or was it factory made this way, its a trike, no body work at all

  65. Hi I have a beetle with the following chassis number 1112233818 think it’s possibly a 1971 but unsure any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Yes your car is a 1971. The first # indicates that it’s a type 1 (beetle) the second # 1 indicates the 70’s models. The third # 1 is which of the years in the 70’s your car was built. 110 would be 1970, 111 a 1971, & 112 would be 1972 and so on.

  66. Hi I have a 1970 beetle with chassis no 1102921596 and an engine no of BD05311 – twin port. it states 1599 cc on v5.
    would this be the original engine or has it been changed at some point? any nfo would be helpful.

    1. Your car was built between April & May of 1970.
      The engine code you have is not familiar to me. It should be a B6###### I’m not saying your motor isn’t original. I can’t find any info on a BDO engine code. I hope this helps.

  67. Hi I have a 1970 beetle with chassis no 1102921596 and an engine no of BD058311 – twin port. it states 1599 cc on v5.
    would this be the original engine or has it been changed at some point? any nfo would be helpful.

  68. I’m trying to find out what model engine I have it’s on a motorcycle trike in the man I bought it from doesn’t know for sure. The number on the Block is 8552379. I’ve tried to research this myself but I’ve not had any luck any help would be appreciated

  69. I just purchased a 1965 beetle with 28000 original miles . The engine code is an AE******. Only 6 digits after the AE, and 6 volt. This seems to be inconsistent with the great info you have here? Any thoughts on that? The original owner says they never had the engine out since they bought it new. Thanks.

  70. I have a 1970 bug. The engine has no number where it is supposed to be, just the letter “H”. Also have an opportunity to purchase an extra engine AK 138319. Can you tell me what the AK actually stands for? I believe its a 1973. Thanks

  71. Hi
    I have a vw maxi taxi with the chassis number 5089732 and engine number 7205777 but i can’t find a vin number. Can you help me, what year and what size engine? Also where to find vin?
    Thanks

  72. Hi I’m trying to find more information on my 1972 type 3 fastback. The chassis number is 3112192920. I’m mostly trying to find what the original car color is because I want to repaint it the color

  73. Good day…I have a question I am just interested if any body can help me Please..
    My 130cc Beetle Chassis number is 1122296710 is 1972..
    I have been told that it is was Imported in 1979..
    How can I find out where it came from.?
    The Reg number does not matter just where it came from.
    Would be great to know I just hope you will help me Please.
    Many Thanks ect…

  74. I have bought a 1964 beetle convertible.
    The previous owner told me the engine was replaced with a newer larger engine.
    The only numbers on the generator stand are 033828. No letters in front of this number.
    The car has been upgraded and is now a 12 volt system.
    How do I find the engine size and number?
    Thanks,
    Bob

  75. I bought a 1975 Beetle for my wife, The engine leaks oil and has very little compression, The engine needs to be redone but i am unable to identify engine or size of the engine. The Engine number is SFB 4505295. Maybe someone who know these engine might help me to identify this .

  76. I’m looking to buy a vw dune buggy model 113 where is the VIN number located? they have a title for it but I need to see if it matches the buggy

  77. Hi my engine number starts with DS 6…. the car is a beetle 1961, can you lease tell me what year the engine is?
    Thank you very much

  78. What year is the vin number produce and were was it made?
    1769614
    Very hard to find info on this old girl.
    any info on the call out of this vin would be greatly appreciated!
    1 = vw
    7= ?
    ect Thank you

  79. Hi
    I just bought an old engine and am having trouble figuring out what block I have. It was in a 74 super but I have no history. Its dual port with a doghouse shroud. The block is stamped with the vw symbol followed by B6120849. Any help identifying this would be greatly appreciated.

  80. Good afternoon ,

    I purchased a 1927 Bugatti replica with a VW motor in it. The seller told me it came out of a 1963 Beetle. Well I ordered new carb, exhaust and chrome kit based on that but nothing kits. The only number I can find is in the generator tower and the numbers shows 6507380 do that tell you anything ?

    Thanks for your help. Dave

  81. Engine # is H5377124 and chassis # is 113301103. Can you determine the year of the motor, so I know what parts to order

  82. HI I have a beetle with chassis no 1767618. I want to know rather this chassis beetle is oval window or square window (large rear window)?

  83. Hi, I just bought a dune buggy, I’m trying to find out as much as I can about the vw engine that’s in it, it says
    Volkswagenwerk AG
    Made in Germany
    TYP 2H. Motor-Nr H062241X
    Typzeichen 10433
    Hubraum cm3 1493
    44 ps bei 4000 U/min
    If anyone could help me out I would really appreciate it . thank you

  84. I have a 69 bug with an AH engine. Everywhere I looked it says it should be duel port but it looks like a single port engine.

  85. DOES ANY ONE KNOWS WHERE THE ENGINE UF075012 WERE BUILT AND WHAT YEAR IS IT? I CAN’T FIND NO INFORMATION NO WHERE. THIS ENGINE IS IN MY 1969 BEETLE BUT I WAS TOLD IT WAS REPLACE A WHILE BACK BEFORE I GOT IT.

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