OK class, open your John Muir ( How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive ) to chapter XVI. Old John gives a blow by blow description of Type numbers and model numbers. Type 1 was the designation originally given to the Beetle when the project for a People's car was conceived in the '30's. So it evolved like this:
Type 1 - Standard Bug sedan, Super Beetle, Ghia, Thing, Convertible Type 2- Transporter, Camper, Kombi, Station Wagen, commercial van derivatives Type 3- Fastback, Squareback(Varient), Sedan Type 4 - Two door and four door sedans and Station Wagon (411 ) From here it goes on and becomes much more complicated. In the parts numbers you find nine digit codes 000-000-000. The first three numbers designate the model for which the part is intended. 111 is the original standard bug sedan, 113 is the deluxe sedan, 115 is the sunroof model rag top style, 117 is the sliding metal sunroof type, 141 is the Karmann-Ghia convertible, 143 the coupe, 151 the beetle convertible, 181 the Thing. Thus the great German web site to record everything about the Beetle Convertible is " Typ 15.com" . There are further complications to this. Prior to 1971 convertibles were model 1500. When they went to the Super Beetle for convertible production the 1972 was designated model 1302 ( my 72 bug) but after that models were designated as 1303's. It reminds you of the old saying- And little bugs have lesser bug upon their backs to bite 'em, and so on and so on ad bloody infinitim. MY 72 BUG Dan in Goderich
I'd rather have a partial bottle in front of me than a partial frontal lobotomy.