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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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