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

image/svg+xml CC CCC CCC M01 M01 M01 M01 M01 PPPPII DD D M02 M02 M02 M02 UUUU TTTT AA E XX X

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 3607

  • 82012676 1978 Germany via Ludwigsburg-Nord
    March 3, 2024
  • 22149519 1972 USA via Portland
    March 3, 2024
  • 8104581 1968 USA via San Francisco
    March 3, 2024
  • 9201985 1969 USA
    Feb. 29, 2024
  • 12040227 1971 Not specified
    Feb. 29, 2024
  • 12136381 1971 USA via Los Angeles
    Feb. 23, 2024
  • 12234942 1971 USA
    Feb. 23, 2024