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 2252

  • 42117943 1974 USA via Boston
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  • 12012473 1971 Unknown (U11)
    today
  • 02223702 1970 Germany via M√ľnchen
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  • 12226473 1971 USA via San Francisco
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  • 32043122 1973 USA via Baltimore
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  • 22239245 1972 Unknown (U0)
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  • 02223701 1970 Not specified
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