Parts (illustrated)

Rev - Nov 11, 2017

By Jan Zumwalt (EAA #66327)

See Also

Parts Type 1-2
Parts Type 914-4
Parts Type 914-6
Case Identification

VW Porsche 356 (359 pages 9.5 mb) VW_part_catalog_356_1950_1959.pdf
VW Porsche 356 (384 pages 9.5 mb) VW_part_catalog_356_1960_1965.pdf
VW Porsche 914 (593 pages 15 mb)  VW_part_catalog_911-1_1965-1969.pdf
VW Porsche 914 (328 pages 9 mb)    VW_part_catalog_914_1976.pdf
VW type 1 & 2 (83 pages 5 mb)          VW_part_catalog_T1-T2.pdf

Part Number Format

The following diagram shows the “Anatomy of a VW Part Number”:

Nearly all VW parts follow this format. VW part numbers (usually) are composed of nine (9) digits. These numbers contain hyphens to separate 3 digit number groups.

Digit 1, 2, 3

The first 2, and sometimes 3, digits relate to the VW Type, Model and/or Version of vehicle that the part first appeared on. (parts made for one vehicle were often used on later models)

TYPE 1 Model Numbers:

11 = Standard Beetle
13 = Super Beetle
14 = Ghia
15 = Beetle or Super Cabriolet/Convertible
18 = Thing

TYPE 2 Model Numbers:

21 = Van
22 = Microbus
23 = Kombi
24 = Panel Van/Samba
26 = Pickup
27 = Ambulance

TYPE 3 Model Numbers:

311 = Fastback
315 = Notchback
361 = Squareback

Digit 4

The 4th digit in the nine digit series corresponds to a Main Group Part Category. The Main Group Part Categories are as follows:

1 = Engine
2 = Fuel, Exhaust and Heating System
3 = Transmission
4 = Front End
5 = Rear Axle
6 = Wheels and Brakes
7 = Bumpers, Levers, Pedals
8 = Body
9 = Electrical

Digit 5, 6

The 5th and 6th digits indicate the Part SubGroup (an itemized listing of Part SubGroups is not available at this time).

Digit 7, 8, 9

Digits 7, 8, & 9 combined are an arbitrarily assigned Component Number. Digit #9 can also be an indication of what SIDE the part is for, if the part is side specific. Even is RIGHT side, odd is LEFT side.

Letter Combinations

9 digit VW Part numbers are sometimes followed by letter combinations (a Modification Code) that indicate options or modifications for that part (i.e. parts that come in different colors or sizes). For example, a certain part # may be superceded by a newer (better) version of that part, so it ends in a suffix “A” for the improved part. further improvements result in a “B”, “C”, etc. All these parts fit the designated application, but the suffix tells you what “generation” the part is.


Part number 113-301-263C: Was first used in a Type 1 (in this case, Beetle Sedan and Convertible). The “301” designates this as a transmission part. The “263” is the component number, and the “C” (in this case) means it’s a 4th generation improvement of this part (“A” would have been the first improvement). This particular part is a rear transmission mount for 1973 1/2 and newer Beetles and Super Beetles.

Part number 111-109-301: Is a 36HP cam follower (lifter and pushrod were one piece in 36 HP engines), while 113-109-301D is the pushrod for a 40hp engine, and 311-109-301A is the pushrod for 1966-1979 Beetle engines. The 311 designation is used because the 1300/1500/1600 engine was FIRST used in the Type 3 model VWs, even though it ended up being most recognized as a part that could be used in Beetles.