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 3133

  • 82103700 1978 Gro├čbritannien via Ramsgate
  • 02184788 1970 USA via San Francisco
    June 27, 2022
  • 9234557 1969 USA via Washington D.C.
    June 26, 2022
  • 82028946 1978 USA via Houston/San Antonio
    June 26, 2022
  • 82096260 1978 USA via Grand Rapids
    June 26, 2022
  • 32028631 1973 United Kingdom via Ramsgate
    June 26, 2022
  • 82049479 1978 USA via Houston/San Antonio
    June 25, 2022