Aircooled Engine sizes – how can you tell?

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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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