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Old 4th April 2014, 09:44   #1111
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This is a beetle from Central Travancore which has been a non runner due to a very bizarre cause for more than 2 decades. It is an US spec beetle(Note the tail lamps) and an LHDone.It has good originality because the owner has not allowed anyone to tamper with it.
Yes, its an Alleppy car, Thanks for the info

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come - on, stop this suspense

Tell us what do you mean by " walled up "

Dr. This car is inside a BIG house surrounded by a wall on all 4 sides and the house too is situated at a place where taking this car out becomes impossible. time may come for this car to see the light of the day, but we might have to wait for it.
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The chances of this car coming out as a ''car'' in the near future is very remote .Unless someone buys out all the surrounding properties with the buildings.
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hello!
does anyone know of a Vin or engine number decoding site i could use for a petrol mk1 golf?
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Try www.samba.com I am sure they would have the link to help decode the Vin number.

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Try www.samba.com I am sure they would have the link to help decode the Vin number.

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Thanks for the swift reply
this site seems to be in arabic.
I've done some searches, I'll be looking for the "EG" engine code, hope i'm lucky
found these links incase anyone needs them for decoding:
http://www.mk1vw.info/vin.php
http://www.clubgti.com/showthread.ph...bers-Explained
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Apologies, the correct site is http://www.thesamba.com/vw/

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Thanks for the swift reply
this site seems to be in arabic.
I've done some searches, I'll be looking for the "EG" engine code, hope i'm lucky
found these links incase anyone needs them for decoding:
http://www.mk1vw.info/vin.php
http://www.clubgti.com/showthread.ph...bers-Explained
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1962-1967 Volkswagen beetles had different tail light lenses for different countries, here is one which has not been seen before.
anyone has any idea which country it is?
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1962-1967 Volkswagen beetles had different tail light lenses for different countries, here is one which has not been seen before.
anyone has any idea which country it is?
Very interesting!
The indentation on the bottom reflector is very similar to the 50/50 amber/red design used in Australia and Italy in 1960-61.

Notable differences are that the lens in your pic does not have a 50/50 colour scheme, neither does it have the circular fluting in the amber portion, but rather the fluting pattern is similar to the regular 62-67 lenses.

Typically VW would bother making a new variant of an existing design only in response to some change in legislation. Wonder what prompted them to make these?

Perhaps the lenses in your post were later replacements for the 50/50 lenses, or even an intermediate model used before the switchover to the 62-67 variety. Or as you mention they could have been designed for an entirely different country.

The 50/50 lenses were smaller in size than the regular 62-67 variety (not interchangeable), so if you can measure the dimensions of the lenses you posted, it might shed some more light.

Very interesting find, indeed!

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Typically VW would bother making a new variant of an existing design only in response to some change in legislation. Wonder what prompted them to make these?
Don't rule out the possibility of change in vendor/supplier. The process continues today.
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Don't rule out the possibility of change in vendor/supplier. The process continues today.
The Lens shown by ajay99 is for beetle cars in FINLAND.
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Sweden too perhaps.
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Got this information regarding the evolution of the beetle gauges in its various production phases.Will be of use to enthusiasts and restorers

1945
The Speedometer still maintained its pre-war face even though the war was over.
A Fuel Gauge was not available. On the Volkswagen there was a reserve supply of fuel in the Fuel Tank, which held about 1 gallon of fuel to get you to the nearest fuel station. The Reserve Tap was located in front of the passenger seat, which is a bit of a reach for the driver while driving. When the car began to sputter, the driver would downshift and reach over to turn the Reserve Tap from the left to the right. After a few ‘coughs’ from the Beetle, the driver would resume driving until the nearest fuel station was found.

The Reserve Tap has 3 switch points. Left is “Off” (Z) which is when you are not in usage of the Reserve Tank. Straight up is “On” (A) which is when refueling so that you would get fuel into the Reserve Tank for your next sputterfest. Right is “Res” (R) for the gallon of fuel when you had no more in the regular portion of the tank.

1949
Speedometer Gauge went in a Clockwise pattern from right to left starting with 0 in the northeast point of the Speedometer and went up to 120 Kilometers. The Deluxe Beetle’s Speedometer featured a chrome ring and was a slightly smaller diameter than the Standard Beetle. 1949 had 2 face designs for the Speedometer, an early year and a later year. The early year Speedometer face had the VW logo at the top section and the later year did not feature the Logo and even had a new needle.

The Fuel Tank was also upgraded from an 8 gallon tank to a 10 gallon tank. Because of the larger tank, the Reserve Tap was moved from the front passenger area to the middle of the front firewall. This change made it easier for the driver to reach the tap.
An accessory option starting this year was a Fuel Gauge. The phrase should be used lightly, as it was a metal ruler marked off in liters (up to 40). It was used by inserting into the Fuel Tank to see how much Fuel was left.

1950
U.S. exported Beetles had their Speedometers marked in miles instead of kilometers.
1952
The ‘Zwitter’ Beetle got an updated Speedometer, which still went from 0-80mph but the positioning changed from the early 1952 (This was a Split Year for Volkswagen) that started with 0 in the northeast point of the Speedometer and went clockwise to 80 in the northwest point. The late 1952 started with 0mph in the lower southwest point and the needle went clockwise still from left to right up to 80mph in the southeast point. This is referred to the “Upside Down” design of the Speedometer for Volkswagen since the face, if compared to the previous version, is practically upside down. Also the trim ring was changed around the Speedometer on Deluxe Models only.

The Semaphore indicator light was moved to the lower point of the Speedometer into 2 indicator arrows for the indication of a Left or Right turn.
1954
The Beetles Speedometer got a MAJOR overhaul during this year. Just Kidding! One change was that the directional arrows on the Gauge became connected instead of a separate Left Indicator or a Right Indicator. Because of the new 36HP Motor, the shift points on the Speedometer were adjusted to reflect the slightly different running gears. 2nd Gear went from 14mph to the 15mph point. 3rd Gear went from 28mph to the 30mph point. And 4th Gear went from 43mph to the 45mph point.

1955
An accessory option starting this year was a VDO Electric Fuel Gauge in February 1955. It was installed to the left of the Speedometer in the dash. The face of the gauge read ‘Tank’ and the needle pointed to either RES, ½ or VOLL.

1956
In 1956, a new Fuel Tank was introduced at an offset for more room in the trunk for luggage and the Reserve Tap for fuel got a redesign. The sediment bowl was taken out and the tap got new positions. Straight up is still “On” (A) at a 12:00 position. “Off” (Z) moved from the Left 9:00 position to a ‘2:00’ position to the right side. “Reserve” (R) went from the 3:00 position to a 4:00 position.
A redesigned VDO Fuel Gauge accessory option was introduced to replace the 1955.

1958
Since the dash got a redesign this year, the Speedometer got a new Beauty Ring that was similar to the old style, but slightly modified for the new dash layout.
A new Electrical VDO Fuel Gauge was an accessory option that replaced the old style. This one looks like the stock mechanical 1962 version and read RES, 2/4 and 4/4. It was located to the right of the Steering Wheel and came with the grille. This accessory cost $19.95 back in 1958. You could also get the 3 in 1 Fuel, Oil Temperature and Ammeter Gauge cluster for $30.95 and included the right side grille as well. There were even aftermarket versions of both accessories, since 1957-1958 saw an increase in availability of aftermarket accessories.

1960
The Reserve Tap for fuel got a redesign in 1960. It operated the same as before, but lacked its tendency to stick open or closed after a long period of time.
1961
A year later the Fuel Tank got a new ‘flat’ design with the fuel filler neck being relocated to the right side of the car.
The Speedometer went from a max of 80mph up to 90mph.

1962
This was a great year for the Beetle; although the American public thought the Beetle was giving into modern gimmicks with its introduction of a standard Fuel Gauge. The Reserve Tap got the old heave hoe and the dash featured a mechanical Fuel Gauge to the right of the Steering Wheel (left if you have a Right Hand Drive Beetle) that fit in with the rest of the dash molding. This gauge now showed the driver how much fuel was in the tank without having to guess or use an accessory Fuel Gauge or Measuring Stick when the Volkswagen began to sputter. The Fuel Tank got a redesign with similar attributes of the 1961 version, but more streamlined and with a Sending Unit in the center of the tank.

1966
In 1966, Standard Beetle 1200A Models were finally fitted with a 90mph Speedometer.
1968
The Fuel Tank for 1968 had 3 designs. The first design changed the filler neck to the Passenger Side of the car so that fuel could be filled without opening the trunk and possibly spilling inside the car. The First Design featured an Oval shaped intake pipe with a breather pipe that ran across the tank to the right side and traveled back to the filler neck. The second edition tank had an internal breather tube and a new filler neck hose with a metal spring protector that replaced the early 1968 version. This was a Sedan change only. The Third Design saw a change of the fuel pipe that went from an Oval inlet to a round version. The Breather Tube also saw a change, converting to 2 short hoses placed on a steel elbow section. So in all, 1968 had an Early, Mid and Late Edition Beetle.
In 1968, the Speedometer and Fuel Gauge also saw some change, being fused together into 1 complete unit. The Electronic Fuel Gauge now was in the top center section of the Speedometer, which still featured its same pre-1968 style. This was a 1968-only Speedometer. 2 versions of this particular Speedometer were made to accommodate the Manual or Autostick Transmission. They look exactly similar except for the Autostick had an ATF (Oil) Warning indicator right above the 20mph mark. The Generator Cooling Light was still green and the Oil Pressure light was red. A new molding ring was also on the 1968 models due to the new padded dash.

1969
The face of the Speedometer was changed this year. The numbers were now vertically placed instead of radially. The oil light went from green to red. The ATF warning light moved from the 20mph mark to the 85mph mark. The High Beam light was now located to the 20mph mark and the new rear window defogger indicator was positioned at the 15mph mark. Also the addition of a 1/10 mile indicator was added to the odometer.
The Fuel Gauge received a plastic vibrator, since the previous metal version would interfere with radio frequencies.

1972
The Fuel Gauge portion of the Speedometer now featured a red mark painted to accentuate the Reserve Level and to basically show the driver to either get to the nearest fuel station or to start pushing. The Speedometer also got a slight upgrade to reach 100mph, although that speed would only be achieved going down a very large hill!


1973
In 1973, the Super Beetle Speedometer was installed by pushing it into the dash. The bezel around the Speedometer on the Custom Models was now black, and the Super Beetle bezel was just taken out all together. Manual Beetles had 4 warning lights and the Autostick had 5.
1975
An EGR light was placed in the Speedometers for the Super Beetle in 1975 and with every 15,000 miles driven it would light up to remind the driver to have the emission system checked during routine maintenance.

1976
The last change to the Beetle Speedometer/Fuel Gauge was that now the Speedometer was marked not only in mph, but in Kilometers. This was for the Deluxe Sedan and Super Beetle Convertible

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This mornings Times of India Mumbai . Promoting the Bandra Festival due next week

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Came across this Beetle choptop at a Chandigarh event.

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If you look closely the front windscreen is the smaller one, meaning this car was likely to have been an oval window, or even the small chance of it being a split window.
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Came across this Beetle choptop at a Chandigarh event.



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If you look closely the front windscreen is the smaller one, meaning this car was likely to have been an oval window, or even the small chance of it being a split window.

And. Behind that is a Herald . Just CH plates ?
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