The M-plate is one of the identification plates found on VW busses. Short for Mehraustattung (optional extras in German), it contains production codes with information about equipment, manufacturing date, destination, specs and more.

Find it

Model years 68-76

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Before model year 1977: the M-plate is located on the metal partition behind the driver's seat (passenger's seat for RHD vehicles).

Model years 77-79

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Model year 1977 and after: the M-plate is located under the dashboard, on top of the metal fresh air pipe.

Decode it

M-plate decoder

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Use the automatic decoder to find out more about the original configuration, equipment and extras for a Type 2 bus. Simply choose the model year and fill in the M-plate fields.

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M-plate submissions 3666

  • 22084699 1972 USA via Chicago
    May 20, 2024
  • 72093094 1977 Unknown (EG)
    May 18, 2024
  • 32230756 1973 Germany via Düsseldorf
    May 16, 2024
  • 82057037 1978 Unknown (138)
    May 13, 2024
  • 9102763 1969 USA via New York
    May 5, 2024
  • 22154367 1972 Europe
    May 5, 2024
  • 02112391 1970 USA via Grand Rapids
    May 5, 2024