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Standard Beetle Sedan (Type 1) Model Information
Year
Production Date
Model
Engine
Engine Codes
Chassis Numbers
Remarks
1945 Jan 45 - Dec 45 All 1200 077683 - 079093 052000 - 053814 Narrow bumper with overiders
1946 Jan 46 - Dec 46 All 1200 079093 - 090732 053815 - 063796 Rim width increased to 5.0 inches
1947

Jan 47 - Dec 47

All 1200 090732 - 0100788 063796 - 072743 Spare tire gets lock and chain
1948 Jan 48 - Dec 48 All 1200 0100789 - 0122649 072744 - 091921 Choke cable no longer spring loaded
1949
Jan 49 - Dec 49
All
1200
122650 - 169913
091922 - 138554
30HP, Split window
1950
Jan 50 - Dec 50
All
1200
169914 - 265999
138555 - 220133
Sound muffler put in heater ducts
1951
Jan 51 - Dec 51
All
1200
266000 - 379470
220134 - 313829
Wolfsburg crest added to front hood
1952
Jan 52 - Dec 52
All
1200
379471 - 519136
10313830 - 10428156
Tire size changed to 5.6 x15
1953
Jan 53 - Dec 53
All
1200
519137 - 700697
10428157 - 10579682
Oval window started
1954
Jan 54 - Dec 54
All
1200
700698 - 946526
10579683 - 10781884
36HP, 28 PCI carburetor
1955
Jan 55 - Dec 55
All
1200
946527 - 1277347
10781885 - 101060929
Twin tail pipe muffler added
1956
Jan 56 - Dec 56
All
1200
1277348 - 1678209
1060930 - 1394119
Bumper overriders added
1957
Jan 57 - Dec 57
All
1200
1678210 - 2156321
1394120 - 1774680
Brake pedal leverage increased
1958
Jan 58 - Dec 58
All
1200
2156322 - 2721313
1774681 - 2226206
Rectangular rear window starts
1959
Jan 59 - Sep 59
All
1200
2721314 - 3424453
2226207 - 2801613
Anti-sway bar added
1960
Oct 59 - Jul 60
All
1200
3424454 - 3912903
2801614 - 3192506
Padded sun visor instead of plastic
1961
Aug 60 - Jul 61
All
1200
3927803 - 3924023
3192507 - 4020589
40HP, 7 to 1 compression ratio
1961 Aug 60 - Jul 61 All 1300 5000000 - 5958948 3192507 - 4020589 Front hood seal becomes one piece
1962
Aug 61 - Jul 62
All
1200
3924023 - 3942914
4010995 - 4846835
Fresh air heating started
1962 Aug 61 - Jul 62 All 1300 5958948 - 6935203 4010995 - 4846835 Window regulators are not fitted with springs
1963
Aug 62 - Jul 63
All
1200
3942915 - 3959303
4846836 - 5677119
Leatherette head lining started
1963 Aug 62 - Jul 63 All 1300 6935204 - 7893118 4846836 - 5677118 "Gulf Blue" introduced
1964
Aug 63 - Jul 64
All
1200
3959304 - 3972440
5677119 - 6502399
Metal sunroof added as option
1964 Aug 63 - Jul 64 All 1300 7893119 - 8796622 5677119 - 6502399 Undercoated with wax-based seal
1965
Aug 64 - Jul 65
All
1200
3972441 - 3546988
115000001 - 115999200
12 Volt, New pushbutton engine hood latch
1965 Aug 64 - Jul 65 All 1300 8796623 - 9725086 115000001 - 115999200 Fuel filler cap seal changed to rubber
1966
Aug 66 - Jul 66
All
1200
D0120751 - 095049
116000000 - 1161021298
50HP, "1300" added to rear deck
1966 Aug 66 - Jul 66 All 1300 F0955582 - 940716 116000000 - 1161021298 Rubber collar fitted on fuel pump
1966 Aug 66 - Jul 66 All 1500 H0000000 - 576613
116000000 - 1161021298 Slotted wheels introduced
1967
Aug 66 - Jul 67
All
1200
D0095050 - 0234014
1170000001 - 117844902
53HP, Back-up lights added
1967 Aug 66 - Jul 67 All Cont 1300 E0006001 - 0014000 1170000001 - 117844902 door hinges have reservoir
1967 Aug 66 - Jul 67 All 1300 F0940717 - 1237506 1170000001 - 117844902 trunk handle made out of aluminum
1967 Aug 66 - Jul 67 All Cont 1500 L0000001 - 0019355 1170000001 - 117844902 Saxomat clutch discontinued
1967 Aug 66 - Jul 67 All 1500 H0204001 - 0874199 1170000001 - 117844902 horn grills discontinued
1968
Aug 67 - Jul 68
All
1500
H5000001 - H5414585
118000001 - 1181016100
Automatic Stick Shift now available
1969
Aug 68 - Jul 69
All
1500
H5414586 - H5900000
119000001 - 1191200000
Double jointed rear axles added
1970
Aug 69 - Jul 70
All
1600
B6000001 - B6600000
1102000001 - 1103100000
Reduced transmission noise
1971
Aug 70 - Jul 71
All
1600
AE0000001 - AE0558000
1112000001 - 1113200000
60HP, New dual port heads
1972
Aug 71 - Jul 72
Cont
1600
AE0558001 - AE0917263
1122000001 - 1123200000
Exhaust reburner (EGR) added
1972
Aug 71 - Jul 72
Cal
1600
AH0000001 - AH005900
1122000001 - 1123200000
Special "Baja Bug" introduced
1973
Aug 72 - Oct 72
M/T
1600
AE0917264 - AE1000000
1132000001 - 1133200000
58HP, Alternator replaces generator
1973
Aug 72 - Jul 73
M/T Cont
1600
AK0000001 - AK0239364
1132212118 - 1133200000
Huge round taillights start
1973
Aug 72 - Jul 73
M/T Cal
1600
AH0033404 - AH0101888
1132212118 - 1133200000
New heavy duty braced doors introduced
1973
Aug 72 - Jul 73
A/T
1600
AH0005901 - AH0114418
1132000001 - 1133200000
"Sports Bug" introduced
1974
Aug 73 - Jul 74
M/T Cont
1600
AK0239365 - AK0239493
1142000001 - 1142999000
Seat belt ignition interlock added
1974
Aug 73 - Jul 74
M/T Cal
1600
AH0101889 - AH500000
1142000001 - 1142999000
Smaller front seat headrests
1974
Aug 73 - Jul 74
A/T
1600
AH0114419 - AH500000
1142000001 - 1142999000
New quieter muffler added
1975
Aug 74 - Jul 75
M/T
1600
AJ0000001 - AJ0059664
1152000001 - 1152600000
Fuel injection replaces carburetor
1975
Aug 74 - Jul 75
A/T
1600
AJ0000001 - AJ0012405
1152000001 - 1152600000
Clutch pedal pressure eased
1976
Aug 75 - Jul 76
M/T
1600
AJ0059665 - A0095935
1162000001 - 1162200000
Automatic Stick Shift discontinued
1976
Aug 75 - Jul 76
A/T
1600
AJ0012406 - AJ0023504
1162000001 - 1162200000
Redesigned front seats
1977
Aug 76 - Jul 77
All
1600
AJ0095936 - AJ0119687
1172000001 - 1172200000
Redesigned door panels
1978
Aug 77 - Jul 78
All
1600
AJ0119688 - AJ0132850
1182000001 - 1182050000
Last year for Beetle in the USA
Note: M/T=Manual Transmission A/T=Automatic Transmission Cal=California Only Cont=Continental USA
 
Standard Beetle Convertible (Type 1) Model Information
Year
Production Date
Model
Engine
Engine Codes
Chassis Numbers
Remarks
1965
Aug 64 - Jul 65
All
1200
3972441 - 3546988
115000001 - 115999200
12Volt, Heater efficiency improved
1965 Aug 64 - Jul 65 All 1300 8796623 - 9725086 115000001 - 115999200 Fuel filler cap seal changed to rubber
1966
Aug 66 - Jul 66
All
1200
D0120751 - 095049
116000000 - 1161021298
50HP, "1300" added to rear deck
1966 Aug 66 - Jul 66 All 1300 F0955582 - 940716 116000000 - 1161021298 Rubber collar fitted on fuel pump
1966 Aug 66 - Jul 66 All 1500 H0000000 - 576613
116000000 - 1161021298 Flatter hubcaps introduced
1967
Aug 66 - Jul 67
All
1200
D0095050 - 0234014
1170000001 - 117844902
53HP, Back-up lights added
1967 Aug 66 - Jul 67 All Cont 1300 E0006001 - 0014000 1170000001 - 117844902 door hinges have reservoir
1967 Aug 66 - Jul 67 All 1300 F0940717 - 1237506 1170000001 - 117844902 trunk handle made out of aluminum
1967 Aug 66 - Jul 67 All Cont 1500 L0000001 - 0019355 1170000001 - 117844902 Saxomat clutch discontinued
1967 Aug 66 - Jul 67 All 1500 H0204001 - 0874199 1170000001 - 117844902 horn grills discontinued
1968
Aug 67 - Jul 68
All
1500
H5000001 - H5414585
158000001 - 1581016100
Wheels changed from five to four lug
1969
Aug 68 - Jul 69
All
1500
H5414586 - H5900000
159000001 - 1591200000
New day/night rear-view mirror introduced
1970
Aug 69 - Jul 70
All
1600
B6000001 - B6600000
1502000001 - 1503100000
Air intake slots added to engine lid
Note: M/T=Manual Transmission A/T=Automatic Transmission Cal=California Only Cont=Continental USA
 
Super Beetle Convertible (Type 1) Model Information
Year
Production Date
Model
Engine
Engine Codes
Chassis Numbers
Remarks
1971
Aug 70 - Jul 71
All
1600
AE0000001 - AE0558000
1512000001 - 1513200000
60HP, Tail lights changed again
1972
Aug 71 - Jul 72
Cont
1600
AE0558001 - AE0917263
1522000001 - 1523200000
New improved distributor
1972
Aug 73 - Jul 74
Cal
1600
AH0000001 - AH005900
1522000001 - 1523200000
Tires size changed to 6.00x15 late 1972
1973
Aug 72 - Jul 73
M/T
1600
AE0917264 - AE1000000
1532000001 - 1532212117
58HP, Porsche-style pressure plate added
1973
Aug 72 - Jul 73
M/T Cont
1600
AK0000001 - AK0239364
1532212118 - 1533200000
Alternator replaces generator
1973
Aug 72 - Jul 73
M/T Cal
1600
AH0033404 - AH0101888
1532212118 - 1533200000
New larger front turn signals
1973
Aug 73 - Jul 74
A/T
1600
AH0005901 - AH0114418
1532000001 - 1533200000
Oil drain plug removed from oil strainer cover
1974
Aug 73 - Jul 74
M/T Cont
1600
AK0239365 - AK0239493
1542000001 - 1542999000
Warning light for hand brake added
1974
Aug 73 - Jul 74
M/T Cal
1600
AH0101889 - AH500000
1542000001 - 1542999000
Alternator has an integral regulator, late 1974
1974
Aug 73 - Jul 74
A/T
1600
AH0114419 - AH500000
1542000001 - 1542999000
Distributor vacuum is now centrifically activated
1975
Aug 74 - Jul 75
M/T
1600
AJ0000001 - AJ0059664
1552000001 - 1552600000
New heat exchangers for greater output
1975
Aug 74 - Jul 75
A/T
1600
AJ0000001 - AJ0012405
1552000001 - 1552600000
Improved larger exhaust valve stems
1976
Aug 75 - Jul 76
M/T
1600
AJ0059665 - A0095935
1562000001 - 1562200000
Metallic paint and full carpeting
1976
Aug 75 - Jul 76
A/T
1600
AJ0012406 - AJ0023504
1562000001 - 1562200000
All trim components are chrome-plated
1977
Aug 76 - Jul 77
All
1600
AJ0095936 - AJ0119687
1572000001 - 1572200000
Redesigned pedal pads
1978
Aug 77 - Jul 78
All
1600
AJ0119688 - AJ0132850
1582000001 - 1582050000
"Champagne II Edition" introduced
1979
Aug 78 - Dec 79
All
1600
AJ0132851 - AJ0149558
1592000001 - 1592043634
Intermittent wipers now standard equipment
Note: M/T=Manual Transmission A/T=Automatic Transmission Cal=California Only Cont=Continental USA
 
Super Beetle Sedan (Type 1) Model Information
Year
Production Date
Model
Engine
Engine Codes
Chassis Numbers
Remarks
1971
Aug 70 - Jul 71
All
1600
AE0000001 - AE0558000
1112000001 - 1113200000
60HP, First year of the Super Beetle
1972
Aug 73 - Jul 74
Cont
1600
AE0558001 - AE0917263
1122000001 - 1123200000
Synchronizer rings were modified
1972
Aug 73 - Jul 74
Cal
1600
AH0000001 - AH005900
1122000001 - 1123200000
Air intake slots on rear hood increased
1973
Aug 73 - Jul 74
M/T
1600
AE0917264 - AE1000000
1332000001 - 1332212117
58HP,Alternator replaces generator
1973
Aug 73 - Jul 74
M/T Cont
1600
AK0000001 - AK0239364
1332000001 - 1332212117
Redesigned fresh air system
1973
Aug 73 - Jul 74
M/T Cal
1600
AH0033404 - AH0101888
1332000001 - 1332212117
Curved windshield for Super Beetle
1973
Aug 73 - Jul 74
A/T
1600
AH0005901 - AH0114418
1332000001 - 1333200000
Big dash for Super Beetle
1974
Aug 73 - Jul 74
M/T Cont
1600
AK0239365 - AK0239493
1342000001 - 1342999000
New cylinder head alloy
1974
Aug 73 - Jul 74
M/T Cal
1600
AH0101889 - AH500000
1342000001 - 1342999000
"Love Bug" and "Sun Bug" introduced
1974
Aug 73 - Jul 74
A/T
1600
AH0114419 - AH500000
1342000001 - 1342999000
Steering wheel made more elastic
1975
Aug 74 - Jul 75
M/T
1600
AJ0000001 - AJ0059664
1352000001 - 1352600000
Single tailpipe returns
1975
Aug 74 - Jul 75
A/T
1600
AJ0000001 - AJ0012405
1352000001 - 1352600000
Last year for the Super Beetle sedan
Note: M/T=Manual Transmission A/T=Automatic Transmission Cal=California Only Cont=Continental USA

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