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M-Code Option code that denoted something that installed on a VW.  Can refer to standard equipment for an export market, such as a speedometer in MPH for the USA.

M-Code plate Plate on Buses indicating factory options, among other pieces of data.  See How to read your M-code and Chassis plates

Maggiolino In Italy, a common nickname for the Beetle sedan.

Maggiolone In Italy, a common nickname for the Super Beetle sedan.

Mahle German manufacturer of cast alloy wheels, oil filters, pistons/cylinder

Mangel Aftermarket chrome wheel

Matador See Tempo Matador

Matching Numbers Term refers to correct matching numbers for both the engine and VIN.  Indicates the original engine is there, desirable to stock enthusiasts.

McPherson Strut Suspension on models such as the Super Beetle that uses a gas shock and coil spring mounted to a lower control arm for independent front suspension.

Media Blast To strip paint off of a car.  Similar to sandblasting but using alternate media, such as walnut shells or glass beads.

Meyers Manx The original VW-based "dune buggy". Bruce Meyers created the first version of in the 1960s. After building a few early models with space frames and other expensive features, he decided to go with a simple but strong fiberglass body bolted to a shortened VW chassis.  He called it the "Manx" because of the cropped, tail-less appearance of rear of the car, resembling a Manx cat. 
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Meyers Manx SR The Meyers Manx SR (Street Roadster) was a companion to the original Meyers Manx Dune Buggy.  Designed to be used on the streeet vs. off-road, it was constructed of a custom 13-piece fiberglass body along with many metal components on the same shorted VW Beetle floorpan.  Estimates are that around 400 kits were sold.

Microbus See Standard.

Model Number VW factory number used to identify a model of VW.  Usually 3 digits where the first digit indicate the over model such as Beetle or Bus, the second digit indicates the sub model such as Kombi or Deluxe, and the third digit indicates a variation such as left hand drive (LHD) or right hand drive (RHD).

Modification Singular term used to describe a change made to a VW to make it non-stock.  Example: Lowering

Mordacci Beginning in 1951, the first unofficial Beetle importer for Italy.  Mordacci Company from Padova.

Mosaik Kit Later version of the Westfalia Campingbox

MOT Ministry Of Transportation.  Usually used when referring to the MOT Test, a yearly test required in England for vehicles of a certain age.

Motometer Aftermarket accessory maker, usually associated with gauges.
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Moulding Chrome or aluminum trim that often runs the length of a VW, used for both protective and appearance purposes. 

Mox Nix Sticks Term used in the 1950's by US servicemen in Germany referring to semaphores that were usually not self canceling. Consequently the semaphores were frequently sticking out with the driver having no intent of turning. Mox Nix is slang for Es macht nichts or, in English, "It doesn't matter".

MPG Miles per Gallon - The distance traveled on one gallon of gas - often used as a measure of fuel economy

MPH Miles per hour - The ratio of the distance traveled (in miles) to the time spent traveling (in hours)

Mudflaps Accessory made of rubber and with steel mounting brackets that prevented mud or water from splashing up on the VW body.
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Mulholland Look Fiberglass body kit popular in the 1980s.  Featured include wide fenders and a rear wing, among others.

Mustache bar Rear frame and engine mounting piece for a Bay Window Bus or Vanagon

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