Beetle Year Identification and Chassis Number Table


What year is it?

 

 

VW Chassis & Engine Numbers

Year Production Dates Model Chassis Number Engine Size Engine Numbers
From Thru From Thru
 
1954 1/54-12/54 Bug Convertible 575 415 781 883 1200(36) 695 282 945 525
1955 1/55-7/55 Bug Convertible 781 884 929 745 1200(36) 945 526 1 120 614
1956 8/55-7/56 Bug Convertible 929 746 1 394 118 1200(36) 1 120 615 1 678 208
1957 8/56-7/57 Bug Convertible 1 394 119 1 600 439 1200(36) 1 678 209 1 937 449
1958 8/57-7/58 Bug Convertible 1 600 440 1 774 680 1200(36) 1 937 450 2 156 321
1959 8/58-7/59 Bug Convertible 1 774 681 2 528 667 1200(36) 2 156 322 3 072 319
1960 8/59-7/60 Bug Convertible 2 528 668 3 192 506 1200(36) 3 072 320 3 912 903
1961 8/60-7/61 Bug Convertible 3 192 507 4 010 994 1200(40) 3 912 904 3 924 022
1962 8/61-7/62 Bug Convertible 4 010 995 4 846 835 1200(40) 3 924 023 3 942 914
1963 8/62-7/63 Bug Convertible 4 846 836 5 677 118 1200(40) 3 942 915 3 959 303
1964 8/63-7/64 Bug Convertible 5 667 119 6 502 399 1200(40) 3 959 304 3 972 440
1965 8/64-7/65 Bug Convertible 155 000 001 155 999 000 1200(40) 3 972 441 4 050 000
1966 8/65-7/66 Bug Convertible 156 000 001 156 1021 300 1300 F 000 0001 F 094 0716
1967 8/66-7/67 Bug Convertible 157 000 007 057 999 000 1500 H 0 204 001 H 0 874 199
1968 8/67-7/68 Bug Convertible 158 000 001 158 1016 100 1500 H 5 000 001 H 5 414 585
1969 8/68-7/69 Bug Convertible 159 000 001 159 1200 000 1500 H 5 414 586 H 5 900 000
1970 8/69-7/70 Bug Convertible 150 2000 001 150 3100 000 1600 B 6 000 001 B 6 600 000
1971 8/70-7/71 Super Beetle Convertible 151 2000 001 151 3200 000 1600 AE 0 000 001 AE 0 558 000
1972 8/71-7/72 Super Beetle Convertible 152 2000 001
152 2000 001
152 3200 000
152 3200 000
1600 AE 0 558 001
AH 0 000 001
AE 0 917 263
AH 0 005 900
1973 8/72-7/73 Super Beetle Convertible 153 2000 001
153 2212 118
153 2212 118
153 2212 118
153 2212 117
153 3200 000
153 3200 000
153 3200 000
1600 AE 0 917 264
AK 0 000 001
AH 0 033 404
AH 0 005 901
AE 1 000 000
AK 0 239 364
AH 0 101 888
AH 0 114 418
1974 8/73-7/74 Super Beetle Convertible 154 2000 001
154 2000 001
154 2000 001
154 2999 000
154 2999 000
154 2999 000
1600 AK 0 239 365
AH 0 101 889
AH 0 114 419
AK 0 239 493
AH 0 500 000
AH 0 500 000
1975 8/74-7/75 Super Beetle Convertible 155 2000 001
155 2000 001
155 2600 000
155 2600 000
1600 AJ 0 000 001
AJ 0 000 001
AJ 0 059 664
AJ 0 012 405
1976 8/75-7/76 Super Beetle Convertible 156 2000 001
156 2000 001
156 2200 000
156 2200 000
1600 AJ 0 059 665
AJ 0 012 406
AJ 0 095 935
AJ 0 012 504
1977 8/76-7/77 Super Beetle Convertible 157 2000 001 157 2200 000 1600 AJ 0 095 936 AJ 0 119 687
1978 8/77-7/78 Super Beetle Convertible 158 2000 001 158 2050 000 1600 AJ 0 009 688 AJ 0 132 850
1979 8/78-12/79 Super Beetle Convertible 159 2000 001 159 2043 634 1600 AJ 0 132 851 AJ 0 149 558
1980 1/80-1/10/80 Super Beetle Convertible 159 2043 635

 

 

It's not easy to tell one year from another. External changes throughout the years have been relatively minor. The only positive way to tell the year is by chassis number. Volkswagen began a chassis numbering sequence that ran consecutively from the 1940's through 1964.

Beginning in 1965, Volkswagen incorporated the year and model in the chassis number.

The first two digits identify the model as a Beetle (11) or a Karman Gaia (14). The third digit is the last digit of the year, for example 5 would indicate 1965 and 2 would indicate 1972. The last six to seven digits are the chassis serial number.

So, if the first three digits of your chassis number is 118, then it would mean that it's a 1968 Beetle. Get it?

The location of the chassis number:

  • Stamped on the frame tunnel under the rear seat

  • On the ID plate behind the spare tire on all except Super Beetles.

  • On the ID plate next to the front hood lock on Super Beetles

  • On all cars since January 1, 1969, at the top edge of the instrumental panel.

The engine number is stamped on the base of the generator/alternator stand. The letter preceding the numbers help identify the engine size and horsepower.

Below are some tables which shows all changes which has occurred from 1961 through 1977. But remember, the presence of one or more of these changes does not identify a particular model year. Parts are very easily changed between years which is one of the great things about the Volkswagen in general.           
Year Chassis Numbers Description
1961 3 192 507
to
4 010 994
  1. Sun visor and grab handles provided for passenger's side
  2. Increased horsepower; from 36 to 40
  3. Automatic choke introduced
  4. Transmission synchronized in all forward speeds
  5. Increased trunk space due to the flatter style gas tank
  6. Transparent "Quick Check" brake fluid reservoir
  7. Pump-type windshield washer
  8. Non-repeat starter switch
1962 4 010 995
to
4 846 835
  1. Spring-loaded hood
  2. Larger taillights
  3. Sliding covers on the outlets
  4. Compressed air windshield washer
  5. Seat belt mounting points added
  6. Gas gauge; formerly reserve fuel tap
1963 4 846 836
to
5 677 118
  1. Leatherette headliner introduced
  2. Wolfsburg hood crest dropped
  3. Foam insulated floor
  4. Fresh air heating
  5. Nylon window guides
1964 5 677 119
to
6 502 399
  1. Crank operated sliding steel sunroof replaces the fabric sunroof
  2. Horn actuated by two thumb buttons
  3. Larger license plate light
  4. Aerated vinyl material replaces nonporous leatherette seat upholstery
1965 115 000 001
to
115 979 200
  1. Windows enlarged; slimmer door and windshield posts.
  2. Heat control levers mounted on tunnel; heater efficiency improved.
  3. Rear seatback converts to platform
  4. Push-button catch on engine lid
  5. Thinner, deeply contoured front seats; increased rear seat knee room
  6. Swivel mounted sun visors
1966 116 000 001
to
116 1 021 298
  1. Increased horsepower (from 40 to 50) and displacement (from 1200cc to 1300cc), number 1300 on engine lid
  2. Ventilating wheel slots; flat hub caps
  3. Headlight dimmer switch mounted on turn signal
  4. Center-dash defroster outlet
  5. Semi-circular horn ring
1967 117 000 001
to
117 844 892
  1. Increased horsepower (from 50 to 53) and displacement (from 1300cc to 1500cc)
  2. Single-unit headlights with chrome rim; fender indented
  3. Dual brake system; front and rear operate independently
  4. Back-up lights
  5. Parking light incorporated into front turn signals
  6. Locking buttons on door
  7. 12 Volt electrical system (36 amp battery)
  8. VOLKSWAGEN nameplate on engine lid
1968 118 000
to
118 1 016 098
  1. One piece bumpers; bows and overrides eliminated (bumper height raised)
  2. Head restraints combined with front seat backrests
  3. Optional automatic stick shift introduced
  4. External gas filler; spring loaded flap
  5. Front hood air intake louver; push button front hood catch
  6. Fresh air ventilating system
  7. Collapsible steering column
  8. Exhaust emission control system
  9. Flattened door handles with built in trigger release
  10. Back-up light, brake light and rear turn signal in single housing
  11. Certification sticker on door post that vehicle meets federal safety standards
1969 119 00 001
to
119 1 93 704
  1. Rear window defogger and defroster; electric heating wires on inner surface of glass
  2. Double-jointed (IRS) rear axle for improved ride and handling
  3. Warning lights in speedometer identified by letters or symbols
  4. Ignition lock is combined with a locking device for the steering wheel
  5. Gas tank filler neck flap has lock which has a release under the right side of the dash panel
  6. Front hood release is located in the glove compartment
  7. Day/night rear view mirror
  8. Warm air outlets at base of the doors moved rearward; remote control knobs on door columns
1970 11 0 2000001
to
11 0 3096945
  1. Air intake slots on engine lid
  2. Increased horsepower (from 53 to 57) and displacement (from 1500cc to 1600cc)
  3. Enlarged front turn signals (combined with side marker lights)
  4. Reflectors mounted on rear bumper
  5. Tenths of a mile indicator on odometer (also appears on late '69 models)
  6. Head restraints reduced in size
  7. Buzzer sounds when door is opened and key is left in the ignition
  8. Remote control knobs for warm air outlets discontinued
  9. Lock in glove compartment door
  10. Side reflectors built into taillight housing

  
Year Description
1971 Beetle
  1. Increased horsepower, from 57 to 60
  2. Flow-through ventilation and exhaust ports behind rear side windows
  3. Headlights automatically go off and parking lights stay on when ignition is turned off
  4. Larger taillights
1971 Super Beetle
  1. In addition to major improvements built into the 1971 Beetle, the Super Beetle features fan powered flow-through ventilation
  2. Nearly double the trunk space of the Beetle. Spare tire positioned horizontally under trunk floor
  3. New coil spring front suspension giving the car a wider front track and tighter turning circle
  4. Carpeted floors
  5. Rubber bumper inserts
1971 Chassis Number: 1112 000 001 -
1412 000 001 -
1972 Beetle and Super Beetle
  1. Larger rear window
  2. Four sets of louvers on rear hood (all models)
  3. Enlarged outer door handle finger recesses and trigger
  4. Lid over rear luggage area
  5. New safety steering wheel
  6. Rubber body mounts to reduce noise
  7. Windshield wiper switch on steering column
  8. Lower compression ratio
  9. Pistons have recessed crowns
  10. Modified chokes on carburetor
  11. Modified muffler and preheated pipe for faster preheating
  12. Preheated air controlled by temperature and engine vacuum
  13. Special system on automatic stick shifts to reduce nitrogen oxides
1972 Chassis Number: 1122 000 001 -
1422 000 001 -
1973 Beetle and Super Beetle
  1. Energy absorbing bumpers
  2. Safety interlock seat belts
  3. Modified exhaust gas recirculation
  4. TDC sensor flywheel
  5. Negative steering roll radius (113 only)
  6. New cylinder head alloy
1973 Chassis Number: 1132 000 001 -
1432 000 001 -
1974 Beetle and Super Beetle
  1. New windshield wiper arms
  2. Redesigned dash
  3. Improved transmission mounts
  4. Parking lock on automatic stick shift
  5. Reinforced side guard doors
  6. Exhaust gas recirculation modifications
  7. Larger taillights
  8. Curved windshield
  9. Improved fresh air ventilation
1974 Chassis Number: 1142 000 001 -
1442 000 001 -
1975 Beetle and Super Beetle
  1. Electronic fuel injection with FUEL INJECTION insigne on rear deck lid
  2. Single tailpipe
  3. Increased horsepower; 48 hp up from 46 (SAE net)
  4. Clutch pedal pressure eased
  5. Larger exhaust valve stems for better heat transfer
  6. New heat exchangers for greater heater output
  7. Installation of battery ground cable with diagnosis contact for more accurate computer analysis readings
  8. Odometer triggers red warning light EGR in speedometer to notify driver of service requirements
  9. California models with catalytic converter require lead free gasoline; fuel filler neck has smaller opening for nozzle
  10. Maintenance intervals extended to 15,000 miles
1975 Chassis Number: 1152 000 001 -
1352 000 001 -
1976 and 1977 Beetle and Super Beetle
  1. New speedometer with outer scale in mile per hour and inner scale in kilometers per hour (on most 1976 models)
  2. Redesigned front seats with improved back adjustment, for added comfort and body support
  3. 2-Speed fresh air blower
  4. All trim components chrome plated
  5. Automatic stick shift option
  6. Standard rear window defogger
  7. Standard sports style wheel rims and full carpeting
  8. high altitude over 4,000 ft. above sea level
1976 Chassis Number: 1162 000 001 -
1977 Chassis Number: 1172 000 001 -

Chassis Number andngine Number/Letters

Year Chassis Number Engine Number Displacement Horse Power
1961
1962
1963
1964
3,192,507 - 4,010,994
4,010,995 - 4,846,835
4,846,836 - 5,677,118
5,677,119 - 6,502,399
5,000,001 - 8,309,892 1200 40
1965 115 000 001 -
145 000 001 -
D 1200 40
1966 116 000 001 -
146 000 001 -
F 1300 50
1967 117 000 001 -
147 000 001 -
H 1500 53
1968 118 000 001 -
148 000 001 -
H 1500 53
1969 119 000 001 -
149 000 001 -
H 1500 53
1970 1102 000 001 -
1402 000 001 -
B 1600 57
1971 1112 000 001 -
1412 000 001 -
AE 1600 60
1972 1122 000 001 -
1422 000 001 -
AE 1600 57
1973 1132 000 001 -
1432 000 001 -
AH 1600 46
1974 1142 000 001 -
1442 000 001 -
AH 1600 46

Here's the chassis numbers for 1975 thru 1979. I don't know what the engine letter/number is for these years. The horse power rating are from other sources (i.e.: peers, magazine articles, books, et cetera).

Year Chassis Number Engine Number Displacement Horse Power
1975 1152 000 001 -
1352 000 001 -
Unknown by me 1600 48
1975 1152 000 001 - Unknown by me 1600 48
1976 1162 000 001 -
Unknown by me 1600 48
1977 1172 000 001 -
Unknown by me 1600 48
1978 (*) 1582 000 001 -
Unknown by me 1600 48
1979 (*) 1592 000 001 -
Unknown by me 1600 48
 


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