Sample of dating letters
Some other VW models took a while to sell, and may have considerably later registrations than their manufacture date.
Contact VW at Milton Keynes 0800 711 811 for a confirmation letter for DVLA.
Mine (1974-model) is in the bottom left-hand corner of the plate; week 43, day 5 (Friday).
The following vehicles were made before the end of Dec 1972, and qualify for historic vehicle class with free road tax (at the moment!
If your VW is pre-70 model year (pre-Aug 69), you will not find the production plate, and you will have to contact one of the addresses above, or estimate it from a comparison of chassis numbers. The factory paint code figures for this should be 07 (Brilliant Orange) and 06 (Pastel white) but I see no certain indication of that.
I think some numbers on the plate are the factory extras fitted.
If you find any inconsistencies, please let Dave Hall know the details.
There may be a rational explanation, but it may be a 'wrong-un'.
It has the chassis / VIN number engraved, and the details of load etc.
It also has the production codes on it, as found on the production plate.
Even the water-cooled VWs have this production plate; this bar-code version is fixed behind the grill on Chris' Polo CX, but the numbers are also engraved on the chassis plate on the front panel by the bonnet (hood) latch, or the right-side front inner wing.
Between 1925 and the cessation of cycle production during the Second World War, letters prefixed or suffixed the running frame number although no indication is given of the starting point of the numbers.
They seem to reflect only the number of machines produced whilst each letter was in use. (Info from the Nottinghamshire Archives) A new numbering system was introduced in 1955, though this ran concurrently with the old one for two years. Reynolds 531) frames, and involved the placing of a character at the beginning of the serial number.