M-Codes

A partire dall'Ottobre 1958, Volkswagen applicò ai veicoli Tipo2 una piastrina denominata "M-Plate". Questa piastra metallica fissata nell'abitacolo (più precisamente nella cabina di guida) riporta dei gruppi di numeri che descrivono le caratteristiche uniche del bus (come tipo di carrozzeria, numero di telaio, anno/mese di fabbricazione, colori interni/esterni di origine, ecc.). Uno degli aspetti più interessanti di queste targhette sono i codici di 3 cifre (codici Mehrausstattung, "M-Codes") che indicano le opzioni speciali e gli accessori che sono stati installati sul veicolo dalla fabbrica Volkswagen.


Solitamente la targhetta metallica in questione la potete trovare applicata dietro ad uno dei sedili in cabina, (indipendentemente se il veicolo ha il passaggio in cabina o meno) fissata con 2 piccole viti o rivetti. Decifrando i numeri presenti sulla targhetta metallica si può sapere molto sulle origini del veicolo, sulla sua destinazione e sulle sue dotazioni.

E' interessante l'uso degli "M-Codes" per poter tracciare la storia del vostro veicolo ma purtroppo la Volkswagen non è sempre stata affidabile al 100%; la documentazione stessa resa disponibile da Volkswagen non è così completa ed esaustiva ed alcuni codici rimangono tutt'oggi una sorta di mistero.

Qui di seguito trovate una lista abbastanza completa di tali codici M-Codes che potrà esservi d'aiuto per individuare le dotazioni e gli optionals presenti sul vostro veicolo, originariamente installati dalla casa costruttrice.

"Split window" T1 VW Bus (1950 - 1967)

  • M004 - Dust-free air intake for pickup trucks
  • M010 - Dust filters for the engine compartment
  • M013 - Wood trim and middle and rear seats, in the cargo area
  • M015 - Windshield washers
  • M015 - Three seat bench seat in cargo area (Australia)
  • M016 - Pickup truck with a "double cab", before Nov 1958
  • M017 - Tail lights and brake lights combined
  • M019 - Headlight flasher (Emergency vehicles with 200w generator)
  • M020 - Speedometer in miles-per-hour, instead of kilometers-per-hour
  • M021 - Doors lockable, outside and inside
  • M023 - LHD Panel Van with side cargo doors on left side (until 1959)
  • M024 - Sealed-beam headlights & red tail lights (Canada & USA)
  • M024 - Sealed-beam headlights, side turn signal lights, backup lights
  • M025 - Six pop-out side windows, and USA-spec bumpers
  • M025 - Seat belt mounting sockets installed
  • M026 - Activated charcoal exhaust filter (Canada, USA, Japan)
  • M027 - Fog lights
  • M027 - Windshield washers (Australia)
  • M028 - Ambulance model, without stretchers
  • M029 - Tow hooks, front and rear
  • M030 - Headlight flasher & license plate lamp (Austria)
  • M030 - Type 21 or 23 bus painted in primer
  • M031 - Type 22 or 24 bus painted in primer
  • M032 - Locking gas cap
  • M032 - Brake turn signals (Italy, Australia)
  • M033 - Rear flashing hazard lamps (Italy, Australia)
  • M033 - LHD Kombi with cargo doors on left side (until 1959)
  • M034 - Side flashing hazard lamps and modified emergency brake lever
  • M035 - Pickup truck with re-inforced sides
  • M035 - Side turn signal lights
  • M036 - Parking light warning lamp, side turn signals, modified emergency brake lever (Italy)
  • M037 - No flashing hazard lights (Italy, France)
  • M040 - Speedometer with fuel gauge
  • M043 - Complies with Swiss Government regulations
  • M046 - Side turn signal lights (Italy, Denmark, Norway)
  • M047 - Backup lights
  • M051 - Setup for twin power generators
  • M052 - Rear cargo hatch with no window
  • M053 - Rear cargo hatch with window (thru February 1955)
  • M054 - Full width dashboard (thru February 1955)
  • M055 - Dual Ceiling Ventilation fan (thru February 1955), different from M121
  • M056 - Steering wheel/ignition switch lock
  • M057 - Walk-thru front seats (thru February 1955)
  • M057 - Wood slats for pickup truck bed included, but not installed
  • M059 - Thermostatically-controlled carburetor preheat solenoid unit
  • M060 - Eberspächer gasoline heater (Ambulance and pickup trucks)
  • M062 - Side mirror mounted on passenger side
  • M062 - LHD Microbus with cargo doors on left side (until 1959)
  • M064 - Pickup truck with no tail gate and no side gates
  • M065 - Information plate indicating the "axle weight limit"
  • M066 - Rubber floor mat in cargo area
  • M069 - Same as M103, but for Kombi with sliding cargo door on left side
  • M070 - Frame and canvas tarp cover ("tilt" and "bows") for pickup truck bed
  • M071 - Second storage locker under pickup truck bed
  • M072 - Vinyl headliner for Microbus and Deluxe (standard Kombi from October 1963)
  • M074 - Mud flaps at the rear
  • M075 - Mud flaps, front and rear
  • M077 - 88 amp-hours battery for arctic climates
  • M077 - Double cab pickup truck painted in primer
  • M078 - Single cab pickup truck painted in primer
  • M080 - Walk-thru front seats in LHD vehicle (Panel Van and Kombi)
  • M081 - Walk-thru front seats in LHD vehicle (Deluxe and Microbus)
  • M082 - Walk-thru front seats
  • M083 - Walk-thru front seats
  • M087 - LHD Kombi with sliding sunroof and cargo doors on left side (until 1959)
  • M088 - LHD pickup truck with storage locker under bed, on left side (until 1959)
  • M089 - Windshield with laminated safety glass
  • M090 - Windshield with laminated safety glass (export markets)
  • M091 - Whitewall tires
  • M092 - Lower rear end gear ratio for mountain driving (export markets)
  • M093 - "Behr" ceiling ventilation fan (until 1955)
  • M094 - Locking engine lid
  • M095 - Radio ("Wolfsburg" brand)
  • M096 - Radio ("Braunschweig" brand)
  • M097 - Radio ("Emden" brand)
  • M097 - Rear bumper (until 1955)
  • M099 - Tubeless Mud and Snow tires
  • M100 - No front "VW" emblem
  • M101 - Mud and Snow tires, but no front "VW" emblem (type 21F firetruck)
  • M102 - Rear window defroster
  • M103 - Heavy duty shock absorbers
  • M105 - Heavy duty front transmission mounts
  • M105/I - "Telefunken" brand radio in Deluxe or Microbus (European market)
  • M105/II - "Telefunken" brand radio in Deluxe or Microbus (export market)
  • M106 - Heavy duty shock absorbers
  • M107 - Bumper overriders
  • M108 - Westfalia Camper Conversion (SO42 model)
  • M112 - High altitude carburetor jets (up to engine# 3 580 000) also with M155 option
  • M113 - "Safari" (opening) windshield window panes (export markets)
  • M114 - Six pop-out side windows (export market)
  • M115 - Pickup truck with special lower cargo floor area
  • M116 - No side vents in cargo area (Panel Van)
  • M118 - Pickup truck with no tail gate and no side gates
  • M119 - Eberspächer gasoline heater (Panel Van, Microbus, Deluxe and Kombi)
  • M121 - Fresh air ceiling fan (ambulance fan)
  • M123 - Special radio supression equipment (export markets)
  • M124 - Headlights with yellow bulbs (France)
  • M125 - Michelin-X steel belted radial tires (export market)
  • M127 - Rear cargo hatch with no window (Kombi, Microbus, Panel Van)
  • M129 - 34hp engine
  • M130 - Deluxe bus with no sliding sunroof and no skylight windows
  • M132 - "Safari" (opening) windshield with laminated safety glass panes (export market)
  • M137 - Braking system has dual master cylinders (export market)
  • M137 - Kombi setup as fire personnel carrier (type 23F Kombi)
  • M139 - Sealed-beam headlights and all red tail lights (export markets)
  • M140 - Fire Truck setup for Germany (type 21F firetruck)
  • M141 - Heater vents in cargo area
  • M142 - Laminated safety glass in side windows; Kombi, Microbus (export markets)
  • M142 - Sliding cargo door on left and right side
  • M143 - Laminated safety glass in side windows; Deluxe bus (export markets)
  • M144 - Laminated safety glass in side windows; Ambulance (export markets)
  • M145 - Safety door locks on sliding side cargo doors
  • M146 - Same as M013, but for 7 seat bus with cargo doors on the right side
  • M149 - Chrome trim painted over
  • M150 - Ambulance setup for Germany (from 1959, includes windshield washer)
  • M151 - Ambulance with Eberspächer gasoline heater and ambulance ceiling fan
  • M152 - Rear cargo hatch with extension (ambulance)
  • M155 - Air cleaner with Cyclone air filter (export market)
  • M156 - Second rear view mirror (until 1956)
  • M156 - Large capacity oil-bath air cleaner
  • M157 - Pollution control equipment on engine, to control emissions
  • M160 - "Bosch" siren and blue light on roof
  • M161 - Panel Van with Sliding cargo door on one side
  • M162 - Panel Van with sliding cargo doors on both sides
  • M163 - Microbus with Sliding side cargo door
  • M163 - Same as M161 but with sealed-beam headlights (for export markets)
  • M164 - Deluxe bus with sliding side cargo door (1960 on)
  • M164 - Front flashing hazard lights
  • M165 - Same as M161, but with front flashing hazard lights
  • M168 - 6-volt, 88 amp-hour battery (up to chassis 216 190 000)
  • M169 - Kombi with sliding side cargo door
  • M171 - Tires with "heavy load" rating
  • M172 - Brake fluid reservoir is visible (Benelux countries)
  • M173 - Engine setup for arctic climates (with engine compartment insulation)
  • M175 - Bumper overriders, except pickup trucks (export markets)
  • M176 - Bumper overriders, for pickup trucks (export markets)
  • M177 - Rear seat, but no middle seat
  • M178 - 1200cc engine with RPM limiter device installed
  • M180 - Rear seat, but no middle seat
  • M181 - Chrome hubcaps
  • M183 - Walk-thru front seats in RHD vehicle (Panel Van and Kombi)
  • M184 - Walk-thru front seats in RHD vehicle (Samba and Microbus)
  • M186 - Seat belts on middle and rear seat in cargo area (export markets)
  • M187 - Asymetrical headlights on LHD vehicle
  • M188 - Asymetrical headlights on RHD vehicle
  • M191 - Protective panels ("Belly Plates") on underside of subfloor
  • M192 - Plain body shell, ready for camper conversion
  • M193 - Semaphore red side turn signal indicators
  • M194 - Larger side view mirrors
  • M195 - Adjustable front bench seat (until 1963)
  • M196 - Asymetrical headlights for left hand traffic countries
  • M199 - Swiveling driver's seat (Panel Van, Camper conversion)
  • M199 - Seat belt mounting sockets installed
  • M199 - Flip seat (Westfalia camper conversions)
  • M200 - Pickup truck with wider pickup bed
  • M201 - Pickup truck with extended wooden bed
  • M202 - 1200cc motor (from Jan 10, 1964 until Jan 10, 1965)
  • M203 - Eberspächer gasoline heater (Double Cab Pickup Truck)
  • M207 - Frame and canvas tarp cover ("tilt" and "bows") for Double Cab pickup truck bed
  • M208 - Towing package
  • M209 - Seating for 9 people (hinged cargo doors on both sides)
  • M210 - Panel Van with cargo doors on both sides, but no dividing partition
  • M211 - Seating for 9 people (sliding cargo doors on both sides)
  • M215 - 1500cc motor and 1-ton rating (standard from Oct 1964, except Deluxe & Microbus)
  • M216 - 1500cc motor (until Oct 1964)
  • M220 - Limited-slip differential
  • M221 - High roof panel van with side sales flap door
  • M222 - High roof panel van
  • M223 - Westfalia Pickup truck with special lower floor, without wood slats in bed
  • M224 - Westfalia Pickup truck with special lower floor, with wood slats in bed
  • M225 - VW Dealership breakdown-service emergency vehicle
  • M240 - L-code motor with dished pistons and lower compression, for low octane gas
  • M246 - Eberspächer gasoline heater
  • M303 - Complies with Italian government regulations
  • M360 - M164 and M178 option packages (USA export)
  • M361 - Special package consisting of codes M168, M181, M192 and M199
  • M362 - North American package (M020, M024, M025, M090, M176, M620) for pickup trucks
  • M367 - Special package consisting of codes M020, M024, M090, M142, M175, M361
  • M368 - Special options package (South Africa)
  • M369 - Special package consisting of codes M020, M024, M113, M132, M142, M175, M361
  • M396 - Complies with United Kingdom government regulations (RHD, amber turn signal lights)
  • M415 - Pickup truck with longer bed
  • M425 - Seat belts insalled in mounting sockets
  • M430 - North American package (M020, M024, M025, M090, M175, M620) for Kombi, Microbus, Panel Van
  • M502 - Patterned hardboard interior side paneling (Kombi and Panel Van)
  • M503 - Patterned hardboard headliner (Kombi and Panel Van)
  • M504 - Patterned hardboard bulkhead paneling (non walk-thru front seats)
  • M505 - Patterned hardboard bulkhead paneling (walk-thru front seats)
  • M510 - Hardboard partition with window, separating cab from cargo area
  • M513 - Protective skid plates, under transmission area
  • M515 - Articulated chassis
  • M515 - Pickup truck with wider bed
  • M520 - Sliding side cargo door on left and right side
  • M525 - Seat belts installed in mounting sockets (USA market)
  • M527 - Larger rear tailgate
  • M529 - Hardboard partition with sliding window, separating cab from cargo area
  • M530 - Side running board automatically slides out when cargo doors are opened
  • M531 - Stiffer rear suspension for heavy loads
  • M535 - Tachometer installed
  • M539 - Side running board automatically slides out when cargo doors are opened
  • M543 - No seats in cargo area (Deluxe and Microbus)
  • M546 - Flashing hazard lights mounted on roof at the rear
  • M616 - Backup lights
  • M620 - 12-volt electrical system (standard from Aug. 1966)
  • M621 - 12-volt hazard warning lights (except Ambulance)
  • M623 - 12-volt electrical system, setup for short-wave radio installation
  • M718 - Red Cross Emergency Vehicle lighting
  • M729 - Michelin-X tubeless steel belted radial tires


"Bay window" T2 VW Bus (1968 - 1979)

  • M010 - Additional dust protection in engine compartment (211-274)
  • M013 - Interior trim panels and middle and rear bench seats (231, 235)
  • M019 - No headlight flasher; to chassis 219 300 000 (211-274)
  • M020 - Speedometer in miles-per-hour instead of kilometers-per-hour (211-274)
  • M024 - Sealed-beam headlights, side turn signals and backup lights; from chassis 210 2000 001) (211-268), for export but not to USA or Canada
  • M024 - Sealed-beam headlights; to chassis 219 300 000) (211-268), for export but not to USA or Canada
  • M026 - Activated carbon canister to control emissions, for California only, (211-274)
  • M029 - Towing hooks, front and rear; to chassis 211 2300 000 (211-268)
  • M030 - Headlight flasher and simultaneous license lamp for LHD models, Austria only (211-271)
  • M032 - Locking gas cap; to chassis 211 2300 000 (211-274)
  • M034 - Side turn signals and modified emergency brake lever, for Italy (211-274)
  • M037 - No flashing hazard lights, for France and Italy only (211-274)
  • M046 - Side turn signal lights on LHD vehicle; chassis 219 060 789 to 219 300 000 with rear view mirror, Denmark only (211-271)
  • M047 - Backup lights; to chassis 211 2300 000 (211-268)
  • M050 - Warning light for brake dual master cylinder (211-274)
  • M053 - Cloth interior, instead of vinyl (221-228, 241, 244)
  • M054 - Locking glove box door (221-228, 241, 244)
  • M055 - Steering wheel lock; to chassis 219 300 000 (211-274)
  • M062 - Convex side view mirror on right side and short stem on interor rear view mirror to chassis 219 300 000, Sweden only (211-271)
  • M062 - Sun visor with no mirror, on passenger's side; from chassis 211 2000 001 Sweden only (221-225, 241)
  • M070 - Frame and canvas tarp cover ("tilt" and "bows") for pickup truck bed (261, 264)
  • M071 - Additional drop-side gate on pickup truck bed (261, 264)
  • M074 - Rear mud flaps (211-268)
  • M089 - Windshield with laminated safety glass (211-268)
  • M092 - Lower rear end gearing for mountain driving (211-274)
  • M102 - Rear window defroster (211-268)
  • M103 - Heavy duty shock absorbers (211-274)
  • M119 - Eberspächer gasoline heater (211-244)
  • M121 - Fresh air ceiling fan (ambulance fan) (211-274)
  • M123 - Special radio supression equipment; for export markets (211-274)
  • M124 - Headlights with yellow bulbs, and safety-framed rear-view mirror; France (211-274)
  • M127 - Rear cargo hatch with no window (211-235)
  • M130 - No steel sliding sunroof panel (241, 244)
  • M140 - Fire engine equipment model (231, 235)
  • M145 - Safety locks on rear hatch and sliding cargo door (211, 215)
  • M146 - Interior trim panels, middle and rear bench seats (231, 235)
  • M150 - Ambulance equipped to "DIN 75 080" specifications (271)
  • M151 - Eberspächer gasoline heater (271, 274)
  • M155 - Air cleaner with Cyclone air filter, for export markets (211-274)
  • M156 - Large capacity oil-bath air cleaner (211-274)
  • M157 - Pollution control equipment on engine, to control emissions; USA only, engine# B 5 000 000 to B 5 230 000, and engine# AE 0 000 001 to AE 0 529 815 (211-274)
  • M160 - "Bosch" siren and blue light on roof (271, 274)
  • M187 - Asymetrical headlights on LHD vehicle (211-274)
  • M194 - Side view mirrors on left and right sides (211-268)
  • M201 - Pickup truck with extended wooden bed (261, 264)
  • M203 - Eberspächer gasoline heater (265, 268)
  • M207 - Frame and canvas tarp cover ("tilt" and "bows") for Double Cab pickup truck bed (265, 268)
  • M208 - Equipped with a towing package (211-274)
  • M220 - Limited-slip differential (211-274)
  • M221 - Windows in passenger area can be opened; from chassis 212 2000 001 (211, 215, 231, 235, 261, 265)
  • M222 - Windows in passenger area can not be opened; to chassis 212 2000 001 (231, 235)
  • M240 - Motor with dished pistons and lower compression, for low octane gas (211-274)
  • M248 - Lock on ignition switch but not steering wheel; from chassis 210 2000 001 (211-274)
  • M251 - 1700cc motor (66hp) instead of 1600cc motor (50hp); USA only (211-241, 271)
  • M252 - 1300cc motor (44hp) instead of 1600cc motor (50hp); Italy only (211-274)
  • M258 - Headrests on front seats for driver and passenger (211-274)
  • M500 - Front bench seat with bulkhead panel behind seats (i.e., non walk-thru model) (211-244)
  • M501 - Middle bench seat for 2 passengers (211-244)
  • M502 - Patterned hardboard interior side paneling (211, 231)
  • M503 - Patterned hardboard headliner (211-216, 231, 234)
  • M504 - Fresh air fan in cargo area (211-216, 231-235, 265, 268)
  • M506 - LHD models with brake servo and dual master-cylinders (211-271)
  • M507 - "Wind wing" swiveling quarter windows in cab doors, left and right (211-235, 261-274)
  • M508 - Window in sliding cargo door, and in passenger area, opposite sliding cargo door, can be opened; from chassis 212 2000 001 (221-244)
  • M508 - Windows in passenger area, opposite side with sliding cargo door, can be opened; to chassis 212 2300 001 (221-244)
  • M508 - Double cab pickup; Windows in passenger area, including passenger compartment door, can be opened; from chassis 212 2000 001 (265-268)
  • M509 - Larger oil-bath air cleaner, engine compartment has extra dust proofing, and air vent in engine compartment has dust screen (261-268)
  • M510 - Bulkhead model with hardboard partition with window, separating cab from cargo area (211-216)
  • M511 - LHD vehicle with padded dashboard (211-271)
  • M513 - Protective skid plates, under transmission area (211-274)
  • M514 - Heater with "re-circulating air" feature (211-244, 271, 274)
  • M515 - High roof Panel Van with taller side sliding cargo door to match (211)
  • M516 - High roof Panel Van with plastic roof panel (211, 214)
  • M518 - Camper conversion with fiberglas "pop-top" roof (231, 234)
  • M519 - Air vents (211, 214)
  • M520 - Sliding cargo door on left and right side (221-244)
  • M521 - Chrome trim package, sun visor with mirror (to chassis 219 300 000) or without sun visor (from chassis 210 2000 001) (221-228)
  • M524 - Dual master-cylinders, sealed-beam headlights, backup lights, turn signal lights, LHD from chassis 219 000 001. Without hazard flashing lights from chassis 210 2000 001, ignition lock with warning buzzer (211-265) USA and Canada. From chassis 212 2000 001, (211-241) USA and Canada
  • M525 - Seat belts installed in mounting sockets (USA and Canada)
  • M527 - Exhaust emissions control device, Japan and Sweden only, from engine# AD 0 000 001 (211-274)
  • M527 - Exhaust emissions control device (in conjunction with M156 & M240) Japan only, from engine# C 0 000 001 to C 0 100 000 (211-274)
  • M528 - Convex side view mirror on right side, LHD vehicles (211-265)
  • M529 - Bulkhead front seat with hardboard partition with sliding window, separating cab from cargo area (221-244)
  • M530 - Side running board automatically slides out when side cargo door is opened (211-244)
  • M531 - Heavy-duty rear torsion bars and rear suspension (221-228, 241, 244)
  • M533 - Alarm system to deter theft and break-ins (221, 225, 244)
  • M535 - Tachometer installed (211-274)
  • M537 - Transistor light instead of ceiling dome light (221-228, 241, 244)
  • M601 - Special package: (padded dashboard, dual master cylinder) to chassis 218 220 000 (271)
  • M601 - Special package for LHD vehicles: (M047, M102, padded dashboard, dual master cylinders, hazard warning lights) to chassic 218 220 000 (211-268)
  • M602 - Special package for LHD vehicles: (padded dashboard, dual master cylinders, hazard warning lights) to chassic 218 220 000 (211-268)
  • M652 - Intermittant windshield wipers (211-274)
  • M623 - Setup for short-wave radio installation, for German Armed Forces (211-274)
  • M659 - Front fog lamps with Halogen bulbs (211-274)
  • M663 - RHD vehicle with headrest on driver's seat only, Japan only (214-274)

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