Crayon Markings

Crayon Markings--What Do They Mean?

Tim Mossman’s L339 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle is outstanding. With all original paint, there were some revelations to come that, once unraveled, have proven to be much more than “interesting”.

In the beginning…Tim’s ’67 came from the paint booth, making its way along the assembly line at Wolfsburg. Somewhere there, a workman—someone with knowledge of the destinations of these cars–took a black crayon and began marking on the trunk floor. Now, almost 47 years later, Tim notices the markings and messages 1967beeetle.com about them. “What do these markings mean?”

Eric copied to me and I copied to researching friend, Louis Harris in Dallas, Texas. Lou has done much digging through the annals of VW History for me over the years. He’s a computer person. He’s just the one that I needed! Indeed, within hours, Lou had answers.

The crayon markings are known as “M Codes”. Take a look at the crayon markings inside Tim’s trunk.

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Crayon Markings

Beginning at the top (area nearest the wiring cover)

  • 2.137 -2 indicates USA equipment. -137 indicates dual circuit brakes (first delivered in 1967 to the USA) and drum brakes—from Chassis 117-000-001 up to 117-999-000
  • 20 M indicates speedometer in miles
  • 27.47 -27 indicates retractable seat belts from Chassis 117-000-001 up to 117-999-000 for USA and Canada. -47 indicates reverse lamps
  • The numeral 8 to the right of 27.47 remains unknown.
  • 89.6M -89 indicates laminated windshield glass. -6M appears to indicate type of suspension (?)

Although some markings are not clearly identified, thanks to Tim and the previous owners of Tim’s car who preserved these markings, we have yet another glimpse into some of the daily assignments at Wolfsburg.

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Crayon Markings

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Crayon Markings

Some of you are going to begin looking into your cars for similar markings. Let the readers at 1967beetle.com know what you find. Your comments will be valuable to all of us for history’s sake and for practicality.

Many thanks to Everett Barnes of www.thesamba.com for his careful attention to detail and conservation of myriad technical aspects of Volkswagens. Learn more about M Codes.

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Jay Salser

I’ve been driving and working on VWs for over 37 years. In fact, I raised my family in these cars. Now, I’m 75 years old and enjoy VWs as a hobby. The ’67 Beetle always has been my favorite year.

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Jay Salser

about 12 months ago

When reading the codes in this article, please omit the final entry (2.137 -2, again, indication of USA equipment. -137 possibly indicates chrome bumpers, hub caps, tail pipes, front flashing indicators, hood and door handles; additionally with moldings and passenger sun visor up to Chassis 117-999-000.) I had made some notations to see if there was an alternate to 2.137 and forgot to delete those notations. I apologize if this has confused anyone. jay

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Eric Shoemaker

about 12 months ago

ADMIN NOTE: No problem, Jay. I've made the edit.

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Clyde R. LaGue

about 12 months ago

Big Thank You for the article on Tim Mossmans L339. I recently purchased a L282 67 from the original owner delivered in San Diego. The car is very original, matching #s, origianl motor and was well maintained for its 46 years. It has had a re-spray on the exterior but the interior, trunk and engine compartment are original. Upon removing the old falling apart trunk liner found markings similar to Tim’s and thought some mechanic along the way had placed the markings in the trunk. I had no idea the mechanic was on the manufacturing line in Germany. Was thinking these got go and I would remove them at some point – I will definitely be leaving them now after reading your article. Eric Thank You For Your Site – Very Helpful – Keep up the Great Work. Clyde R. LaGue

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Jay Salser

about 12 months ago

Hello, Clyde...Thank you for commenting! Most of us in the Vintage Car World have seen the markings. The Big Car guys try to duplicate these markings once they have restored their cars. I think that we in the Volkswagen Community are behind the times. We've a lot of catching up to do. I am glad that you have saved the markings on your car. History is very important with vintage vehicles! Stay tuned to 1967Beetle.com! jay

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Marius Strom

about 12 months ago

Thanks, this is awesome. I've also noticed grease pen/crayon markings (in red) on the door panel inner skin on Felix the Beetle, and darned if it doesn't look like the same handwriting. Anyone else noticed those?

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Jay Salser

about 12 months ago

Hello, Marius...I expect that a lot of us will be examining our cars more closely. After lunch today, I stopped by a body shop to say hello to the owner. I sold him a '67 Beetle Sedan sometime ago--he's working on it in his spare time. He walked me to the back of the shop where he had the hood raised on the Bug. "Look at what I discovered today," he said. He had read the post on 1967Beetle.com. He told me that he will be taking photos of the markings. While I was there, I poked around further and discovered yet more crayon marks. The person who made these marks didn't put a period between sets of numbers--he used an X. Served the same purpose. It's all interesting, isn't it. If only we could journey back in time............. Happy Motoring, Marius! jay

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Eric Shoemaker

about 12 months ago

Thanks, Marius! Jay gets all the credit, of course.

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Jody Sauvageau

about 12 months ago

The "M" codes referred to factory-fitted optional equipment on our VW's, but why the letter M? In German, the word "extra" translates as mehr, hence the "M" code. That is your German lesson for the day. As for M codes on my 67, mine has a code of M350 which covers all of the USA equipment that is listed separately on Tim Mossman's car. I wonder at what point M350 superseded the individual numbers. I also have M93 for hinged quarter windows.

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Jay Salser

about 12 months ago

Ha! I knew it! That...this little exercise was going to draw you guys out of the "woodwork". Thanks, Jody, for coming to the rescue! jay

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Tim

about 12 months ago

This is so cool! I dig it!

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Tim

about 12 months ago

Thank-you Jay for writing this up!

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Jay Salser

about 12 months ago

This article, like so many others, is meant to draw VW people into the discussion. There is so much knowledge scattered across the VW Community--it needs to be brought together for our common knowledge. 1967Beetle.com accomplishes this goal! Thank you, Tom, for posing the question that started the discussion. jay

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Jay Salser

about 12 months ago

Tim...I misspelled you name as "Tom". Sorry about that! jay

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Tim

about 12 months ago

No worries Jay!

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Mike Buettell

about 12 months ago

Great work Jay! I too have some mysterious crayon markings on my car. However, I suspect they originated from my granddaughter rather than the factory.

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Jay Salser

about 12 months ago

Hello, Mike... I had to chuckle over the "strange markings on your Beetle"! But, of course, you are going to leave them, aren't you? They should furnish a subsequent owner with some head-scratching as he attempts to learn their values from the M-Code Charts! Think about it! Have a great weekend! jay

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Eric Shoemaker

about 12 months ago

Great work, Jay!

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Jay Salser

about 12 months ago

Eric has added a pair of photos (see article above) from a black Beetle with a marking also on the trunk floor. This comes to us from one of our readers, Jody Sauvageau. Jody challenged us to guess what the marking meant. I admit that I was stumped and had to ask. Jody believes that the marking is VOA--Volkswagen of America--designating the vehicle as destined for USA consumption. That sounds good to me. Do any of you out there have a different feeling about this marking? jay

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Andy ezra

about 12 months ago

Hmmmmm! I'm stumped. This is a great article.

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Roland

about 12 months ago

In segment 2- "markings"- One of the responders, Jody, correctly mentions that "M" stands for "mehr" (rhymes with "rare") in German. Since I worked at Volkswagenwerk in the early '80's (offices, not the production line) and this abbreviation was commonplace, the actual full word is "Mehrausstattung"- additional equipment. Great to see such a well-preserved '67! My '77 std. Beetle bahama blue metallic (dormant project) also has some crayon markings, these in the front wheelwell. Roland

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