Originally published in Vol. 31, No. 5, 356 Registry Magazine
This article provides information on original 356 parts that were stamped with a manufacturing date or a date code and used in 356 production. It is not intended to give information on parts that contained the last 3 digits of the chassis number [available here], nor to say which parts were used on each model.
The one and only focus of this article is those parts that actually contain a date or date code on them. It is not meant to be the final word on the subject. A concerted effort was made to get pictures of parts where the provenance of the part was known. Date-code systems are noted by manufacturer. Since there were a handful of 356s shipped in 1966, I provide date codes through that year where possible.
[Editor] Due to the lengthy tables and photos presented in the article, it is only available as a PDF file. Download it here. Thanks to Gordon Maltby for making this article available.