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 3683

  • 72133373 1977 USA
  • 22059903 1972 Not specified
    June 18, 2024
  • 02139176 1970 USA via Seattle
    June 17, 2024
  • 52080886 1975 USA via San Francisco
    June 6, 2024
  • 52080885 1975 USA via San Francisco
    June 6, 2024
  • 22230705 1972 Finland
    June 2, 2024
  • 9107409 1969 Not specified
    June 1, 2024