Big Dog Garage

VW Beetle (a.k.a. "Bug") Type 1 (1948-1979)

Model Year   Starting Chassis Serial No. (VIN)   Starting Engine Serial No.

1948         72 743                               1-100 788

1949         91 921                               1-122 649

1950         138 554                              1-169 913

1951         220 133                              1-265 600

1952         313 829                              1-379 470

1953         428 156                              1-519 136

1954         575 415                              1-0695282

1955         781 885                              1-0945527

1956         1 020 746                            1-1120615

1957         1 394 119                            1-4595946

1958         1 600 440                            1-937450

1959         2 226 206                            2-721-313

1960         2 528 668                            3-072-320

1961         3 192 507                            5-000-001

1962         4 010 995                            5-958-948

1963         4 846 836                            6-935-204

1964         5 677 119                            7-893-119

1965         115 000 001                          8-796-623

1966         116 000 001                          F-0-000-001

1967         117 000 001                          H-0-204-001

1968         118 000 001                          H-0-204-001

1969         119 000 001                          H-5-414-586

1970         110 2000 001                         B-6-000-001

1971         111 2000 001                         AE-0-005-901

1972         112 2000 000                         AE-0-558-001 (USA)
                                                                AE-0-000-001 (Calif.)

1973         113 2000 001                         AH-0-005-901 (Calif.)
                 113 2000 001                         AE-0-917-264 (USA)
                 113 2212 117                         AK-0-000-001 (USA)

1974         114 2000 001                         AK-0-239-365 (USA)
                                                               AH-0-101-889 (Calif.)

1975         115 2000 001                         AJ-0-000-001

1976         116 2000 001                         AJ-0-012-406

1977         117 2000 001                         AJ-0-095-936

1978         118 2000 001                         AJ-0-119-688

1979         159 2000 001                         AJ-0-200-000

ENGINE ID CODES

“CODE” below, denotes the engine serial number “prefix.”

TYPE 1

CODE            YEAR       ENGINE        REMARKS
 
     4                1960          1200             40 HP

     5                   61           1200             40 HP

     6                   62           1200             40 HP

     7                   63           1200             40 HP

     8                   64           1200             40 HP

     9                   65           1200             40 HP

    FO                 66           1300          8mm Oil-Pump Studs

 HO/TO             67           1500          8mm Oil-Pump Studs

   H5               68-69         1500          8mm Oil-Pump Studs

   B6                  70           1600          Dual Relief, Single-Port

   AE               71-72        1600          Dual Relief, Dual-Port

   AH               73-74        1600          8mm Head Studs w/Case Savers

   AJ                   75          1600          Fuel Injected, w/o Fuel Pump Mount

   Replacement Cases

All cases service parts only – sold only over the counter, not supplied in new cars.  All are dual relief and have 10mm oil passages.

   F1                                 13/1600

   F2                                 13/1600

   DO                                                     40-HP part when last digit is “X”

   DI                                                      Sometimes a 40-HP part

  AB                 66-79         1600           Built since ’73 in Mexico, Brazil, Germany

  AD                                   1600

  AK                 67-74       15/1600

  AM                                   1600

  AS                       Sometimes listed as Super Beetle original case, ’73 on

 

TYPE 2
 
CODE            YEAR       ENGINE         REMARK
SEARLY BUS*

Numerals        61-63       1200           See Type 1, 40-HP listings

   O                    64          1500           Based on 1200, no cam bearings

   H                    65          1500

  HO                66-67       1500           No Crossmember holes

  B5                 68-69       1600           8mm oil-pump stud, single-relief

  B5                   70          1600           Dual Relief

  AE                  71          1600           W/Crossmember holes

LATE BUS**

  CB               72-73        1700         Dual Carb, Manual Transmission

  CD                  73          1700         Dual Carb, Automatic Transmission

  AW              73-74        1800         Dual Carb, Manual or Automatic Transmission

  AW                 75          1800         Fuel Injected

  ED                  75          2000

  GD              76-79         2000       ’79 has Vanagon Heads

  GE                  79         2000        California only, Vanagon Heads

VANAGON

  CV               80-83       2000        Unique case and heads

* All Early Bus engines are similar to Type 1 & are single-carbureted.

** Late Bus engines are Type 4 style and are either dual carbureted or Fuel Injected.  Late Bus engines w/ carburetors have the fuel pump hole in the lower right-front case half. Fuel injected versions do not. The dipstick and oil fill hole are on the right, rear case half.

TYPE 3

CODE            YEAR       ENGINE         REMARKS

   O                 63-65         1500           Based on 1200. No cam bearings

  TO                66-67         1500           6mm Oil Pump Studs

  UO                68-69         1600           Fuel Injected. ’69 has crossmember holes

  UO                   70           1600           Crossmember holes. Dual Relief

  U5                 71-73         1600          Crossmember holes. 7.7:1 Compression

   X                     72            1600         7.3:1 Compression

Type 3 cases have no dipstick or oil pressure sending unit holes. Can be added by machine shop.

 

TYPE 4

CODE            YEAR       ENGINE        REMARKS

   W                   71           1700

  EA                72-74        1700

  EB                  73           1700          California only

  EC                  73           1700

 

914

CODE            YEAR       ENGINE        REMARKS

  W                 70-71        1700          8.2:1 Compression, D-Jetronic

 EA                72-73         1700          8.2:1 Compression, D-Jetronic

 EB                  73            1700          7.3:1 Compression, D-Jetronic

 EC                  74            1800        California only, 7.3:1 Compression, L-Jetronic

 AN                                  1800          8.6:1 Compression, D-Jetronic

 GA               73-74          2000       7.6:1 Compression, 3 Intake Studs, D-Jetronic

 GB                                  2000       8.0:1 Compression, 3 Intake Studs, D-Jetronic

 VO                                  1700          European only, magnesium,
                                        1800        some brought into U.S.                                  

                                        2000        core engines, hardens and cracks like Type    

                                                        1-3 case

 

Engines from VW of Brazil

GAS-Gasoline / Alcohol-ALC

BA - 1600 - BRASILIA (1976)

BD - 1600   BEETLE GAS

BG - 1600   GAS AND KOMBI KOMBI EXP

BJ - 1300   BEETLE GAS

BK - 1300   LAC BEETLE BRASILIA

BM - 1300   LAC GOL

BN - 1600   BRAZIL GAS

BV - 1600   GAS VARIANT

BX - 1600   LAC KOMBI KOMBI EXP

BY - 1300   GOL GAS

BZ - 1600   GAS VAN

UF - 1600   BEETLE GAS

UG - 1600   GAS VAN

UJ - 1600   LAC BEETLE

UK - 1600   LAC VAN

Motors above 90

UFA - 1600  BEETLE GAS

UJA - 1600  LAC BEETLE

UGA - 1600  GAS VAN CARAT

Exchange engines

These engines are normally marked with a VW recycle symbol and an X at the end.

Information from a 5/73 USA service bulletin issued 5/73:
Engines with the re-manufactured symbol, a letter, a number and ending with X, indicates a VW Exchange engine.  Before Oct., 1968 the X was not stamped onto the block.

From April of 1972 Shortblocks were sold with the VW remanufacture symbol followed by a letter. No numbers were used, you were to stamp in the old engine number.