Aircooled Engine sizes – how can you tell?

Author: Kate McCarthy Bedward of  York Classic VWs

Today I had a question, which was answered by Jez Dyke of Dubtricks (VW restoration experts) in Harrogate.  I wanted to know if there was a way to tell what size aircooled engine you have by looking at it.  Basically, unless it has been modified you can tell by looking at the code that is on the engine – just under the alternator.  There will be a letter followed by some digits.  Our 1969 VW Beetle has a D and then some numbers, I was told that a D meant it was a 1200 engine – which is what we had been told it was when we bought it.  Below I have done a table so you can check your own.

Anybody please feel free to comment if you have anything to add to this…

Code Size Model Year Notes
A 1200

Type 1

up to 7/65

(1192cc 30hp)

B

1600

Type 2

8/67 – 7/70

Type 1

8/68 – 7/70

(USA)

C

1600

Type 2

8/67 – 7/70

(M240)

D

1200

Type 2

from 5/59

(1192cc 34hp)

Type 1

from 8/65

(1192cc 34hp)

E

1300

Type 1

8/65 – 7/70

F

1300

Type 1

8/65 – 7/70

G

1500

Type 2

up to 7/65

H

1500

Type 2

8/65 – 7/68

Type 1

8/65 – 7/70

Type 181

8/69 – 2/71

K

1500

Type 3

8/65 – 10/73

L

1500

Type 2

from 11/65

Type 1

8/66 – 7/70

(M240)

M

1500

Type 3

8/65 – 7/73

N

1500

Type 3

8/65 – 7/73

(M240)

P

1600

Type 3

8/65 – 7/73

(M240)

R

1500

Type 3

8/63 – 7/65

(1500S)

T

1600

Type 3

8/65 – 7/73

U

1600

Type 3

from 8/65

(fuel injection)

UO

1600

Type 3

8/67 – 7/73

AB

1300

Type 1

8/70 – 7/73

AC

1300

Type 1

8/70 – 7/75

(M240)

AD

1600

Type 1

8/70 – 7/73

Type 2

8/70 – 7/73

AE

1600

Type 1

8/70 – 7/71

(USA)

AF

1600

Type 1

8/70 – 1/80

(M240)

Type 2

8/70 – 7/79

(M240)

Type 181

1/74 – 1/82

(M240)

AG

1600

Type 181

8/70 – 7/76

AH

1600

Type 1

8/71 – 1/76

(USA)

AJ

1600

Type 1

8/74 – 12/80

(USA & Japan fuel injection)

AK

1600

Type 1

8/72 – 7/73

(USA)

AL

1600

Type 181

3/73 – 7/79

AR

1300

Type 1

8/73 – 7/75

AS

1600

Type 1

8/73 – 7/80

Type 2

8/73 – 7/79

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About VeeDubKate

I am the owner of this blog, I am passionate (some would say obsessed) with classic VWs (Volkswagens). I run the website classicvolks.com - a growing resource for VW owners and enthusiasts, from VW hire, to restoration, to events and shows to technical information and a forum to share knowledge and fun. Most weekends throughout show season you are likely to find me at a VW show, or indeed running one. I run Field of Dreams Aircooled VW show at York Racecourse, just minutes from the city centre and I co-organise Dubs int' Dales in the Yorkshire Dales, along with Dubtricks. Classic Volks the brand is growing daily and I am constantly adding to the website, the latest addition being the classified adverts and the shop page where I am now selling Classic Volks branded t-shirts, these are available in a variety of sizes and colours.
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