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 3257

  • 52045308 1975 Germany via Hamburg
    Dec. 5, 2022
  • 32233102 1973 USA
    Dec. 3, 2022
  • 12113102 1971 Italien via Bologna
    Nov. 28, 2022
  • 9033465 1969 France
    Nov. 28, 2022
  • 82095591 1978 Not specified
    Nov. 27, 2022
  • 8187020 1968 USA via San Francisco
    Nov. 23, 2022
  • 9154791 1969 USA via San Francisco
    Nov. 21, 2022