Restored BOSCH Distributors For Sale

BOSCH DISTRIBUTOR

Vintage Werks endeavors to maintain an inventory of early Bosch cast iron distributors of the kind used on Volkswagen and Porsche vehicles from the 1950’s and early 1960’s.  Through our research we have compiled performance specifications and information concerning vehicle models and chassis numbers for which each distributor was used.  We can provide assistance in selecting the correct distributor for your vehicle whether it be a concors restoration, daily driver or basket case project. 

Each of our distributors is curved using a Sun model distributor tester to assure its performance characteristics are within factory specifications. A graph is provided to you at the time of purchase which shows the curve for the specific distributor shipped to you.

Our distributors are sold complete with cap, rotor, points and condenser installed so they are ready to bolt in your engine and drive.  Unless otherwise indicated no core exchange is required.  They come standard with black distributor caps and are priced accordingly. For nominal additional charge, you may have your choice of a red or brown cap.

About the Bosch builder’s badges: these are of variable quality. While we do our best to locate core distributors with presentable badges, 50 years of use and abuse often has taken its toll leaving the badges marred, faded or discolored. While we can make some improvement in their appearance, we cannot remove all evidence of damage. If this is of particular concern to you as for a concours restoration, please let us know.

About Bosch date codes: Bosch stamped each of their distributors with a date code indicating the month and year of manufacture. We identify each of our restored distributors by its date code allowing you to select a distributor that matches or nearly matches the manufacture date of your air-cooled car.  Contact us for a list of available manufacture dates for any of the distributor models shown below.

Warrantee: We stand behind our work.  If within 90 days of purchase you are dissatisfied with your distributor, you may return it for refund, exchange or repair. You will not be charged for labor or parts to fix any defect of workmanship on our part. You must remember, these distributors are on the order of 50 years old, and while they have survived and been rebuilt, they are not new, so we cannot guarantee their performance beyond what we can reasonably control.

Please contact us for availability of distributors currently in stock and their pricing. We also can provide you the available date codes of those distributors. 

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BOSCH Distributor Inventory

BOSCH Distributor 0 231 129 010

The 010, famous as a period performance upgrade, was actually a Bosch factory replacement for the VJR 4 BR 25, a distributor introduced in May, 1959 for the bastard 40hp engine for the 1959-1960 transporter. The unit, a mechanical advance distributor, has the same advance progression as its predecessor, providing approximately 10 degrees advance at 1400 rpm as measured at the distributor, 20 degrees at 2800 rpm at the crankshaft.

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019 Distributor

BOSCH Distributor 0 231 129 019

The 019, also known as a performance upgrade like the 010, was likewise a Bosch factory replacement for the VJ 4 BR 8, the distributor used on 36 hp powered transporters from July 1954 to May 1959. The 019 is a mechanical advance distributor and shares the same advance curve with its predecessor, providing approximately 8.5 degrees advance at 1600 rpm measured at the distributor, 17 degrees at 3200 rpm at the crankshaft.

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019 Distributor

BOSCH Distributor 0 231 129 019 Screamer Kit

  The metallic blue verstion of the 019 was sold in a kit with blue coil and special plug wires as a performance upgrade known as a Screamer Kit.  It retained the same advance curve as the standard version of the 019 shown above.

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022 Distributor

BOSCH Distributor 0 231 129 022

   The 022 was introduced in November 1963 as a mechanical advance replacement for the VJ/VJR 4 BR 18, for the Porsche 356C and 356SC marques and continued in use through the 1966 model Porsche 912 cars.  The distributor maintained the same advance progression as its predecessor with approximately 15 degrees advance at 1400 rpm as measured at the distributor, 30 degrees at 2800 rpm at the crankshaft.

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4 BR 8 Distributor

BOSCH Distributor VJ/VJR 4 BR 8

The VJ/VJR 4 BR 8 is the mechanical advance distributor introduced in August 1954 for the VW transporter equipped with the revised 36 hp engine with 6.6:1 compression beginning with chassis No. 20-095 422 and continuing in use through May 1959 with chassis No. 20-469 447.  The unit, a mechanical advance distributor, provides approximately 8.5 degrees advance at 1600 rpm as measured at the distributor, 17 degrees at 3200 rpm at the crankshaft.

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4 BR 25

BOSCH Distributor VJ/VJR 4 BR 25

The VJR 4 BR 25 was introduced in May 1959 for the experimental bastard 40hp engine used on the VW transporter for the 1960 model year beginning with chassis No. 20-469 448.  The unit, strictly mechanical advance, provided a somewhat quicker advance circuit and greater total advance than the BR 8 which it replaced yielding approximately 10 degrees advance at 1400 rpm as measured at the distributor, 20 degrees at 2800 rpm at the crankshaft.

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VE4BRS 383

BOSCH Distributor VE 4 BRS 383

The VE 4 BRS 383 was brought into use on the Volkswagen beetle during or shortly following the war, replacing an even earlier model, the VEK 4 BS 343.  It continued in use through production of 25hp equipped beetles ending with chassis No. 1-0 575 414 in December 1953.  Likewise, VW placed it on early transporter models again through 25hp production ending with chassis No. 20-069 408 in December 1953. Porsche also used the 383 on early 356 pre-A models through 1955 and it was used on industrial engines from both manufacturers during the same peroid. The unit relies on mechanical advance only providing approximately 15 degrees total advance at 1500 rpm as measured at the distributor, 30 degrees at 3000 rpm at the crankshaft.

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BR 9 Distributor

BOSCH Distributor VJ 4 BR 9

The VJ 4 BR 9 was developed as a replacement for the BRS 383 specifically for Porsche beginning with 356-A production in 1956 and continued in use through 1957 when it was replaced by the later BR 18. The BR 9, like its predecessor, is strictly mechanical advance yielding approximately 15 degrees total advance at 1500 rpm as measured at the distributor, 30 degrees at 3000 rpm at the crankshaft.

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4 BR 18 Distributor

BOSCH Distributor VJ/VJR 4 BR 18

The VJ/VJR 4 BR 18 is the mechanical advance distributor put in the Porsche 356A models beginning in 1958 and continuing in use through 356B and early 356C and SC models into November 1963.  The unit provided a total of approximately 15 degrees advance at 1400 rpm as measured at the distributor, 30 degrees at 2800 rpm at the crankshaft.

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VJU 4 BR 2 Distributor

BOSCH Distributor VJU 4 BR 2

The VJU 4 BR 2 was the first dual advance (vacuum and mechanical) distributor to be used on the VW beetle. It was put on the first 1192cc engines produced in December 1953 beginning with chassis No. 1-0 575 415. It was used for less than two months ending sometime in January 1954 (chassis number unknown) when it was replaced by the VJU 4 BR 3. The unit provides approximately 12 degrees total advance through the combined mechanical and vacuum circuits at 1500 rpm as measured at the distributor, 24 degrees at 3000 rpm at the crankshaft.

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VJU 4 BR3

BOSCH Distributor VJU 4 BR 3

The VJU 4 BR 3, another dual advance distributor, replaced the VJU 4 BR 2 on VW beetle production sometime in January 1954 (chassis number unknown).  It is service too was shortlived continuing in use only through July 1954 with chassis No. 1-0 702 741 when the 1192cc engine compression was increased from 6.1:1 to 6.6:1 and the VJU 4 BR 8 was introduced.  Both the BR 2 and the BR 3 produced a greater amount of engine noise which may be ther reason they were each successfully replaced by later desigsn. The BR 3 relies on both mechanical and vacuum circuits to deliver a total advance of approximately 12 degrees at 1600 rpm as measured at the distributor, 24 degrees at 3200 rpm at the crankshaft.

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VJU 4 BR 8

BOSCH Distributor VJU 4 BR 8

With revisions to the 1192cc beetle engine in July 1954, VW introduced the Bosch VJU 4 BR 8 distributor which is the one commonly associated with the 36hp powered beetles beginning with chassis No. 1-0 702 742 and continuing through the end of the decade.  This distributor replaced the earlier BR 2 and BR 3 units also utilizing dual advance (mechanical and vacuum) to achieve the desired performance curve but with less total advance and with slightly different static timing than its predecessors.  The BR 8 provides approximately 8.5 degrees total advance at 1600 rpm as measured at the distributor, 17 degrees at 3200 rpm at the crankshaft.

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