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Mysterious Rain Shield Markings

July 13, 2010 | Research & Identification
By Barry Lee Brisco

Here is a 356 mystery for you: when facing the rear of the car, decklid closed, visible at the upper left corner (rarely on the right) of the rain shield below the decklid grill, you may see some letters stamped into the metal (three instances so far of a letter and a number together on late B cars, see photo below right, and one instance of 3 letters). They are completely separate from the 3 digit VIN numbers stamped on the upper right corner of the rain shield. What do they signify? At this time, no one seems to know, but they were surely placed there for some reason.

Jim Kellogg has done some research on this and collected about thirty examples. He has only found them on late A and T5 B (1960 and 1961) coupes, but not on T6 cars. However, two T6 B coupe owners have reported to me that their original decklids have them.

Interestingly, it seems that 1959 Convertible Ds, built by Drauz, do not have these stamped letters, and so far no Karmann-built cars have shown them. So it seems to only occur on Reutter-built bodies, but not on all cars made by Reutter. Some cars don't have the letters, but it is possible they may be covered by multiple layers of paint.

The list below shows data I have collected or that has been sent to me. The earliest car is a 58 T2 coupe, the latest is a late 61 (production year) T6 coupe. So far the only cabriolets reported with the letters are 59 model year cars, no early A or B cabriolets. Overall, "EE", "H", "Y", "K" and "KE" are the most common letters, than "KI", "G", "S", and "W".

If your car shows stamped letters on the rain shield, please email me at
barry.brisco@356registry.com the following information:
  • Letters or numbers shown
  • 356 model
  • VIN
  • Production year or build date if known

Let's see if we can determine a pattern, and infer the meaning.

Stamped Letters

Model

VIN

Production Year
or Build Date

KE

356A Coupe

103134

04/17/58

ST

356A Coupe

103230

   /   /58

KU

356A Coupe

103392

   /   /58

KK

356A Coupe

103992

   /   /58

H

356A Coupe

104001

   /   /58

KI

356A Coupe

104539

   /   /58

W

356A Coupe

104614

   /   /58

W

356A Coupe

104735

09/   /58

S

356A Coupe

104859

12/09/58

KI

356A Coupe

104886

09/   /58

EE

356A Coupe

105239

10/16/58

H

356A Coupe

105327

10/24/58

E

356A Coupe

105460

11/  /58

EE

356A Coupe

105553

11/20/58

K

356A Coupe

105635

11/21/58

K I I

356A Coupe

105651

12/   /58

W

356A Coupe

105660

11/   /58

ST

356A Coupe

105816

12/   /58?

EE

356A Coupe

105937

12/   /58?

KE

356A Coupe

106152

01/   /59?

S

356A Coupe

106171

01/22/59

G

356A Coupe

106297

07/04/59

KI

356A Coupe

106371

02/   /59

K

356A Coupe

106399

02/   /59

H

356A Coupe

106503

02/06/59

S

356A Coupe

106732

03/   /59

Y

356A Coupe

107700

03/   /59

K

356A Coupe

106743

03/   /59

G

356A Coupe

107835

05/06/59

G

356A Coupe

108260

04/18/59

ST

356A Coupe

108438

07/17/59

KE

356A Coupe

108552

   /   /59

KE

356A Coupe

108552

   /   /59

H

356A Coupe

108707

   /   /59

CT

356A Coupe

108829

   /   /59

D

356A Cabriolet

150861

   /   /59

D

356A Cabriolet

151063

09/24/58

Y

356A Cabriolet

151489

11/29/58

Y

356A Cabriolet

151511

11/29/58

B

356A Cabriolet

151728

   /   /59?

B

356A Cabriolet

151894

   /   /59?

EA

356A Cabriolet

151896

   /   /59?

Y

356A Cabriolet

152170

   /   /59

EA

356A Cabriolet

152088

   /   /59

LA

356A Cabriolet

152270

03/07/59

Y

356A Cabriolet

152463

   /   /59

S1

356B Coupe

111366

   /   /60

K

356B Coupe

111489

   /   /60

G2

356B Coupe

111711

   /   /60

E

356B Coupe

111951

   /   /60

SI

356B Coupe

112231

   /   /60

H3

356B Coupe

112800

   /   /60

G1

356B Coupe

113570

   /   /60

S2

356B Coupe

113759

   /   /60

G1

356B Coupe

114023

   /   /61

B

356B Coupe

114681

   /   /61

H?

356B Coupe

115448

   /   /61

B

356B Coupe

116320

   /   /61

S2

356B Coupe (T6)

118042

10/12/61

J

356B Coupe (T6)

121339

02/08/62

2 Comments

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Alex Ford
December 17, 2012 at 3:58 AM
This is fascinating; date coding? parts bin coding? particular build line or builder? Sub-Contractor Code? The type of car should be added, as a normal or and S, for example for further examination. - Alex Ford PS: I will look for a code on my 60 to add to this.
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Alex Ford
December 17, 2012 at 3:58 AM
This is fascinating; date coding? parts bin coding? particular build line or builder? Sub-Contractor Code? The type of car should be added, as a normal or and S, for example for further examination. - Alex Ford PS: I will look for a code on my 60 to add to this.