VW Billet Distributor

VW Type I (air cooled) Billet distributor requires an MSD 6 or 7-series ignition.

PART# 8485

Suggested Retail: $317.95
Your Price:$285.95
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Using technology gained from building distributors for off-road and NASCAR racers, MSD offers this Billet Distributor for the popular Type 1 engine. A maintenance-free magnetic pickup is responsible for triggering the MSD Ignition. This pickup is accurate to within 1° at any rpm so you won’t have to worry about points float or “burbles” at top end speeds. The pickup is triggered by a precision reluctor that is attached to a hardened steel shaft. For increased stability, a sealed ball bearing is used to guide the shaft. Since every engine application is different, the MSD Billet distributor features an easy-to-adjust mechanical advance assembly. By simply changing the advance springs and stop bushing you can tune in 24 different advance curves.


  • Designed as a performance upgrade for VW Type I air cooled engines
  • Supplied with bolt down distributor cap and rotor
  • Must be used with an MSD Ignition Control
  • Advance weight pins are staked and tig welded to the plate•  Nylon pads ensure smooth operation of the advance weights
  •  Mechanical advance assembly can be locked out for crank trigger systems
  • Advance plate and weights are fine blanked from chrome moly steel and QPQ coated for friction reduction
  • Polished steel shaft is QPQ coated and guided by a sealed ball bearing
  • CNC machined billet aluminum housing and Dupont Rynite base
  • Easy-to-adjust mechanical advance with supplied springs and stop bushings
  • Maintenance-free magnetic pickup and precision reluctor create stable trigger signals throughout the rpm range
  • No CARB Exemption Order Number


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This part is legal for use on Uncontrolled (Non-Emissions Controlled) Vehicles or Racing Vehicles.

The following vehicles are considered Uncontrolled (Non-Emissions Controlled) Vehicles:

  • 1965 and older U.S. manufactured California Certified vehicles
  • 1967 and older U.S. manufactured Federally Certified vehicles
  • 1967 and older Foreign manufactured vehicle

Racing Vehicles are vehicles that are used exclusively for racing or other forms of competition that are not registered and that may never be used on the street.

WARNING FOR 8485: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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