By Barry Lee Brisco
The 356 Fahrgestell Nr or "chassis number", also known (incorrectly) as the VIN*, can be found in three places on the car in its complete five or six digit form (partial numbers are found in other locations not described here). Photos of these three locations in a 1959 356A coupe are shown below. This is a Reutter-built car: 356s built by other coachbuilders may be different (see end of this article for more information).
Below: on the trunk floor just behind the spare tire strap loop (remove the spare tire and the rubber trunk mat to see it)
Click to see photos of the trunk floor number in a 1955 356 and in a 1962 T6 car.
Below: next to "Fahrgestell Nr" in the upper right corner of the large aluminum plaque that is riveted to the trunk floor between the front right fender inner wall and the side of the gas tank. More information about the smaller "MODELL" plaque. These were only used in some 1959, 1960, and maybe 1961 cars.
Below: on the Karosserie (coa...