009 Electronic Ignition Distributor
Aircooled VW Performance Distributors & Ignition Systems
From the factory, most air cooled Volkswagens were fitted with an all vacuum advance distributor.
There were many variations of these made over the years, each intended to work with the various standard carburettors Volkswagen fitted, and to meet ever changing emissions regulations in different territories.
Matching the right distributor to the right carburettor on the right engine all these years later can be difficult, which explains why so many of these cars have been fitted with the all centrifugal advance 009 distributor. It’ll work with most VWs, regardless of the carburettor setup.
Both are available with as traditional points (to keep it stock), electronic ignition (for better performance and reliability), or High Energy (for serious tuning and racing).
Which one is best for you depends on the vehicle and its intended use.