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 2948

  • 12047897 1971 USA via Los Angeles
    yesterday
  • 82059142 1978 USA via San Francisco
    yesterday
  • 8167854 1968 USA via New York
    Nov. 28, 2021
  • 62015676 1976 USA via Houston/San Antonio
    Nov. 24, 2021
  • 22174148 1972 USA via Portland
    Nov. 23, 2021
  • 92117406 1979 Not specified
    Nov. 18, 2021
  • 9006409 1969 USA via Boston
    Nov. 18, 2021