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Type 1 Engine & Body Serial Numbers


Beetle, Karmann Ghia, Super Beetle Series, 1955- 1979

    Many times it is necessary to find the accurate year of your Type 1. This is not so difficult as you might imagine. A chart can be useful for mixing and matching but the chassis serial number is easier to discern.

    For example, the white 1968 Bug that Mark just bought had a serial number on the tunnel, towards the back seat. Randy simply looked at the number, which started off with 118... and stated to the seller's amazement that it was a 1968. Basically, the serial number leading number (8, in this case) shows that it was type 1 (the 11) and was an "8".

    We might post a better explanation in the future, but for now, this will do it.  Home Page What's new Cars/Parts for SALE technical articles, Q&A, information archive Our original site!
VW Type 1, 1955- 1979
Year Body Serial # (& up) Engine Serial # (& up)*
1955 1781885 1-0945527
1956 1020746 1-1120615
1957 1394119 1-4595946
1958 1600440 1-937450
1959 2226206 2-721-313
1960 2528668 3-072-320
1961 3192507 5-000-001
1962 4010995 5-958-948
1963 4846836 6-935-204
1964 5677119 7-893-119
1965 115000001 8-796-623
1966 116000001 F-0-000-001
1967 117000001 H-0-204-001
1968 118000001 H-0-204-001
1969 119000001 H-5-414-586
1970 1102000001 B-6-000-001
1971 1112000001 AE-0-005-901
1972 1122000000 AE-0-558-001 (USA)
AE-0-000-001 (ca)
1973 1132000001
1132000001
1132212117
AH-0-005-901 (ca)
AE-0-917-264 (USA)
AK-0-000-001 (USA)
1974 1142000001 AK-0-239-365 (USA)
AH-0-101-889 (CA)
1975 1152000001 AJ-0-000-001
1976 1162000001 AJ-0-012-406
1977 1172000001 AJ-0-095-936
1978 1182000001 AJ-0-119-688
1979 1592000001 AJ-0-200-000
1980 The Living Legacy begins...




*The engine serial number is on the generator stand mounting flange