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coad Fri Dec 24, 2004 1:41 pm

Q: How Can I find Out When My Karmann Ghia Was Built, What the Original Color Was? What Options it Came With? Or Where it Was Originally Sold?
A: All this information is available from the Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen in Germany, the keepers of Volkswagen’s official records.

If you request your Volkswagen’s “Birth Certificate” and pay the fee of $15 or 15 Euros they will send you a detailed information sheet listing you as the owner and providing as much information as they have available on your car.

Sample Birth Certificate:

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/181016.jpg

Warning: Some birth certificates contain a wealth of information including detailed options lists, interior colors, and original engine numbers, but some do not. It is luck of the draw on how much information yours will have. However, the build-date is often important when ordering parts, and the certificate is suitable for framing, so either way it is probably worth $15 to own the certificate.

Q: How Do I Order the Birth Certificate?
A: 3 Ways: Email, fax or letter. They only take credit card payments, and the request should take the following form:

Sample Request
Quote:
Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen
Frau Neefe
Dieselstrasse 35
Brieffach 1003
38446 Wolfsburg
GERMANY

Dear Frau Neefe:

I would like to request that the Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen research data on an old Volkswagen vehicle from the vehicle database and to draw up a vehicle identity certificate with the recorded data.

The Vehicle Identification Numbers of the vehicle is as follows:

xxxxxx

The car is a 1951 deluxe beetle sunroof.

I understand the price for each certificate is 15 Euro. I understand you
take MasterCard and Visa. Accordingly, please charge my Visa card for the appropriate amount. My card number is xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (expires xx/xx)

Please send the certificate to:


INSERT ADDRESS

Kindest Regards,

This information can be:

1. mailed to the address in the letter.

2. Sent by fax to: 011 49 5361 52010

3. Or sent by email using the “Contact” form on their website:

http://automuseum.volkswagen.de/

Direct link
http://automuseum.volkswagen.de/en/certificates-and-data-sheets.html

(Note: they DO NOT acknowledge receipt of your request or respond to your email. However, they are very efficient, and you will usually receive your certificate in 2 to 3 weeks)

reverie Sat Dec 25, 2004 11:54 pm

Good info.. but confusing on one detail:

Is it 15 Dollars or 15 Euro?

coad Sun Dec 26, 2004 7:43 am

reverie wrote: Good info.. but confusing on one detail:

Is it 15 Dollars or 15 Euro?

They are a bit confusing on that as well. Apparently 15 of either Dollars or Euros will get you a birth certificate, they don't care.

However, that might change with the declining dollar. That's why it might be best to just give them a credit card.

dpeters60ghia Sun Dec 26, 2004 3:36 pm

They will ONLY take a credit card... PERIOD.

I have tried alternate means a couple of times ( including a certified cheque / money order for 15 Euros).
This was, politely, denied...and a credit card # was requested.

I haven't mailed them my CC# yet...their on-line email form is not
secure...and I don't know about you...

But I don't want my credit card information open and freely accessible on the internet.

- Doug

garyrowland Sun Dec 26, 2004 6:34 pm

I sent $15 cash (US) about 10 months ago and they took that

Lee. Tue Dec 28, 2004 9:02 pm

...

Ghiaddict Wed Dec 29, 2004 5:34 am

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YellowSplittie Mon Jan 24, 2005 8:42 am

I requested certificates this morning and received the following email (price is now 25 euro/dollars):

Dear Sir or Madam,

We are pleased to research data of your Volkswagen and to draw up a birth certificate with the recorded data regarding original engine, colour, date of manufacture, port of destination...

The price for this service is 25 euros/dollars which you have to pay „cash with order“, please. Our terms of payment are by cash or via Visa/Mastercard – card number and expiry date.

Please do not forget to inform us about the chassis number of your vehicle, the name of the vehicles‘ owner and the complete address where we should send the certificate to.

We need 4 to 5 weeks for the research.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Christine Neefe
AutoMuseum Wolfsburg

YellowSplittie Thu Mar 03, 2005 1:54 pm

I ordered certificates for my three VWs in late January and I see my CC was just charged for $99.45! OUCH! :shock: I guess the museum went with the 25 Euros and not the 25 dollars. I just hope these certificates don't arrive with 'no information found' on them. :?

1964 Ghia Tue May 17, 2005 3:40 am

I got "Lucy's" birth certificate today.
:D
It confirms she's the original colour & has the original 41yr old motor.
Wow!

Only took 2 1/2 months to get here. I think the price was cheap. They only charged the VISA about ~$25 Australian. (That's probably $15 Euro)

1964 Ghia Tue May 17, 2005 3:47 am

oh yer.

Lots of info.
paint colour
chassis No
engine No
RHD
extras installed
date of factory build
city of destination

etc etc.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND GETTING THE BIRTH CERT. FOR YOUR VW

will-g Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:47 pm

Hello-

I am curious as to if anyone has gotten a "birth certificate" for a 1956 ghia, i know they are availible for the later years but i just wanted to know if anyone has gotten one for a first year,
Will

westcoast-paul Thu Apr 27, 2006 3:42 pm

received mine for the 60 vert and sent my option list to be added to the list. :)

german m (option) list:
http://www.karmann-ghia-archiv.de/Tech__Archiv/M-Ausstattungen/m-ausstattungen.htm

willycars Sat Apr 29, 2006 3:07 pm

How did you pay for yours on the 60 Ghia?

westcoast-paul Mon May 01, 2006 12:27 pm

physically mailed a note with my printed visa number and authorization for the specific amount.

baco99 Mon May 08, 2006 6:00 am

How is this process different from the one listed on their web site.
http://automuseum.volkswagen.de/urkunden.html

They are asking for 35 Euro, not 15.

will-g Mon May 08, 2006 6:08 am

baco99 wrote: How is this process different from the one listed on their web site.
http://automuseum.volkswagen.de/urkunden.html

They are asking for 35 Euro, not 15.

I just went up to 35 Euro on the 1st of May :? i heard that it was going up so i ordered all on mine (3 or 4) in early April, was charged right away and have yet to see one....

baco99 Tue May 09, 2006 6:17 am

will-g wrote: baco99 wrote: How is this process different from the one listed on their web site.
http://automuseum.volkswagen.de/urkunden.html

They are asking for 35 Euro, not 15.

I just went up to 35 Euro on the 1st of May :? i heard that it was going up so i ordered all on mine (3 or 4) in early April, was charged right away and have yet to see one....

Just my luck! I find this site on May 2.
:x

garyrowland Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:46 am

Hot VW's magazine just ran a 2 page article by Rich Kimball on this topic in the Aug. 06 issue, page 70 + 71 very updated!

Hippy Joe Fri Jun 30, 2006 7:36 am

I received mine in about two and a half months. I was charged multiple times (~$45 total) so watch for that. I emailed through the website and stated "English Please" on they wrote back in english. Price was a little high but worth every penny.



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