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 3693

  • 82094734 1978 Germany via Kiel
  • 82106209 1978 France
    July 20, 2024
  • 82102886 1978 United Kingdom via Ramsgate
    July 12, 2024
  • 9226140 1969 Thailand
    July 12, 2024
  • 82102935 1978 USA via Jacksonville, Honolulu
    July 12, 2024
  • 32054812 1973 Deutschland via Hamburg
    July 7, 2024
  • 9217247 1969 France
    June 29, 2024