Is your car registered as a -- year VW? '65 and older is link/king pin front suspension (shocks will have horizontal bosses), '66 and newer is ball joint (shock top will have a vertical stud).
Here's what a ball joint beam looks like. Disregard the writing- it's for something else. Sorry, don't have time to find a pic of a k/l pin beam.
You're better off making a visual check of what you have in the front as opposed to using the VIN # and checking the date of the chassis. My car is on a 1960 chassis but Vintage Speedsters built the car and converted the front suspension to ball joint and the rear to a swing axle.