Deciphering Chassis & VIN Numbers
Deciphering Chassis & VIN Numbers - thru 1979
On earlier VW's, the chassis and VIN numbers are the same. The first two numbers indicate the body style (i.e. 21=standard Bus, 22 & 24 = Microbus, 23=Kombi, 26=pickup). The third digit denotes the model year (i.e. 7= 1967). The remaining digits are the actual sequantial chassis number. On most Busses, this number is found on a plate attached to the panel behind the drivers seat.
Deciphering Chassis & VIN Numbers - from 1980
What the numbers mean...
The actual examples shown here relate to Vanagons, but the same lettering/numbering system is used on all Volkswagens from 1980.
W Country of Origin [W Germany]
V Manufacturer [Volkswagen]
2 Vehicle Type [ 1 Pickup | 2 Van ]
Z Vehicle Series [U Single Cab | V Double Cab | W Panel Van | X Kombi | Y Vanagon | Z Camper]
B Engine Type [ A Aircooled | B Watercooled 4 Cylinder Gasoline | G Diesel ]
0 Restraint System [ 0 Seat Belts ]
25 Model [ 24 Pickup or Crew Cab | 25 Bus, Camper, all enclosed models ]
F Model Year [A '80 | B '81 | C '82 | D '83 | E '84 | F '85 | G '86 | H '87 | J '88 | K '89 | L '90 | M '91]
H Assembly Plant [ G Gratz | H Hanover | M Mexico | P Brazil ]
123456 Sequential Production Number