Type 3 Models, Chassis and Engine Numbers

NOTCHBACK (Sedan)

311 LHD 312 RHD 313 LHD 314 RHD 315 LHD 316 RHD 317 LHD 318 RHD
    SUNROOF SUNROOF     SUNROOF SUNROOF
1500 / 1500 S to July 1965 1500 N / 1500 A August ’63 - July ‘66
  1600 A / L from August 1966

FASTBACK

311 LHD 312 RHD 313 LHD 314 RHD
    SUNROOF SUNROOF
1600 TL from August 1965
1600 T from August 1968

VARIANT (Squareback)

361 LHD 362 RHD 363 LHD 364 RHD 365 LHD 366 RHD 367 LHD 368 RHD
    SUNROOF SUNROOF     SUNROOF SUNROOF
1500 / 1500 S to July 1965 1500 N / 1500 August ’63 - July ‘66
1600 / 1600 L from August 1965 1600 A from August 1966

 

Chassis and Engine Numbers

Month

Year

Chassis

Number

1500 cc

45hp DIN

1500 cc

(M249)

1500 'S'

54hp DIN

Twin carb.

1500 cc

52hp DIN

T.C. (M240)

 
Apr 1961 000 001 000 001  

The 'R' or 'N' code
 letter is stamped 
separately on the 
crankcase near the 
engine serial number, 
not as part of the number 
as in the other coded engines

 
Dec. 1961 011 041 013 012    
Aug. 1962 066 740 065 746    
Dec. 1962 138 774 145 557    
Aug. 1963 221 975 255 340 255 340 R 255 340

N 255 340

 
Dec. 1963 321 076 406 183 406 183 R 406 183 N 406 183  
July 1964 483 592 633 330 633 330 R 633 330 N 633 330  
Aug. 1964 315 000 001 633 331 633 331 R 633 331 N 633 331  
Dec.1964 315 105 296 816 281 816 281 R 816 281 N 816 281  
July 1965 315 220 883 1 100 000 1 100 000 R 1 100 000 N 1 100 000  
     

1500 cc

41hp DIN

(M240)

1600 cc

54hp DIN

Twin carb.

1600 cc

50hp DIN

T. C. (M240)

1600 cc

54hp DIN

Fuel Inject.

Aug. 1965 316 000 001

K 0 000 001

M 0 000 001 T 0 000 001 P 0 000 001  
Dec. 1965 316 140 226 K 0 020 000   T 0 126 399    
July 1966 316 316 238 K 0 060 000   T 0 260 000    
Aug.1966 317 000 001 K 0 060 001   T 0 260 001    
Dec.1966 317 134 254 K 0 076 495   T 0 380 413    
July 1967 317 500 000 K 0 098 700   T 0 476 124    
Aug.1967 318 000 001 K 0 098 701   T 0 476 125   U 0 000 001
Dec. 1967 318 103 144 K 0 105 421 M 0 001 257 T 0 517 550 P 0 002 900 U 0 063 005
July 1968 318 235 387 K 0 120 744 M 0 002 444 T 0 574 185 P 0 004 320 U 0 093 651
Aug.1968 319 000 001 K 0 120 745 M 0 002 445 T 0 574 186   U 0 093 652
Dec. 1968 319 108 899 K 0 131 969 M 0 002 879 T 0 616 933   U 0 154 029
July 1969 319 264 032 K 0 150 000 M 0 003 544 T 0 690 000   U 0 231 100
Aug.1969 310 2000 001 K 0 150 001 M 0 003 545 T 0 690 001   U 0 231 101
Dec. 1969 310 2111 451 K 0 157 478 M 0 003 808 T 0 728 613   U 0 268 080
July 1970 *310 2500 000 K 0 173 002 M 0 004 016 T 0 805 013   U 0 366 020
Aug.1970 311 2000 001 K 0 173 003 M 0 004 017 T 0 805 014   U 0 366 021
Dec. 1970 311 2108 457 K 0 180 600 M 0 004 163 T 0 854 350 CAN/USA/ Cal. U 0 412 693
July 1971 *311 2500 000 K 0 198 000 M 0 004 266 T 0 933 000

Fuel Inj.

U 0 502 000
Aug. 1971 312 2000 001 K 0 198 001 M 0 004 267 T 0 933 001

X 0 000 001 Cal.
U 5 000 001 US/Can

U 0 502 001
Dec. 1971 312 2066 941 K 0 200 870 M 0 004 378 T 0 974 878

X 0 001 624 Cal.
U 5 018 596 US/Can

 
Mar. 1972           U 0 504 538
July 1972 *312 2500 000          
Dec. 1972 #313 2060 000          
July 1973            


Chassis numbers for Variant (Squareback) from Aug 64 start 36 not 31
Chassis numbers for Type 3 Karmann Ghia from Aug 64 start 34 not 31
Chassis numbers for Type 3 Panel Vans from Aug 64 start 35 not 31

* Numbers for July from 1966 are rounded up to the next half million!

# Estimated figure

Model year goes from previous August to next July ; ie 1970 model is Aug ‘69 to July ‘70.

Grateful thanks are due to VW for the details which are from the Type 3 Parts Book

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