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posted on September 12th, 2012 at 08:41 PM



Good article Joel.

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posted on November 6th, 2012 at 08:11 PM



Great read Joel ,thanks for the info .cheers TC:ninja:



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posted on March 26th, 2013 at 12:59 PM



Cheers mate i purchased a 1970 bug for my mum and i have no idea what it is here is a pic
http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/551177_10150944031744617_122164...
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posted on June 16th, 2013 at 12:44 PM



4 bolt wheels and no crescent air intake.
My guess would be a 69-70?




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posted on September 4th, 2014 at 11:25 PM



a wealth of information...helped me figure out what to look for.
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posted on November 20th, 2014 at 05:25 PM



Im new to this, I've just purchased this Beetle off eBay. Can you guys confirm if its a superbug?
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/271648242802?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=...
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posted on November 20th, 2014 at 05:36 PM



Yes, it's definitely a Superbug S (or 1302 in some countries).

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posted on November 20th, 2014 at 07:09 PM



Thats for the fast response, you're the best!
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posted on November 20th, 2014 at 07:16 PM



Welcome & nice score

Start asking questions




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posted on November 24th, 2014 at 01:27 PM



Thank you very much for this article!

I always thought my bug was just a bug but now I know it is in fact a super bug

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posted on January 5th, 2015 at 12:01 PM



Very informative article :)
I have had a 72 super and now a 74 L super I have replaced the floor pans on both bugs and i just brought any beetle pan halfs and unpicked the seat runner spot welds and swaped the runners with the super runners they are usually still in good condition compared to the floor. I haven't has any dealings with the 75 seat mounts though they are completely different.
That thermo engine lid vent I have never come across one of them in my travells but I will be keeping a look out for them from now on.


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posted on January 5th, 2015 at 08:44 PM



Thanks Gary, those 3 point runner seats are a PITA.
the bushings on the back legs fall apart and they rattle around.
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posted on March 15th, 2016 at 09:09 AM



Thanks for the breakdown.

I had just finished reading the Club VW breakdown of Aussie versions, which was the first time I was aware of the two models running side by side. I had always just thought that the superbug was the successor to the dub. I did however know that the superbug had the Macpherson strut front, and I found this to be the best descriptor when it did come up in conversation, but that was about it.
http://www.clubvw.org.au/austvw001 


It was the picture of the last Mexican one that rolled of the production line (and last type 1 ever), which had the standard bonnet that sparked my curiosity to start investigating.

After reading your write up here, it more clearly paints the picture of how things traveled. I grew up in a 1970 1500 bug (which still resides in the families backyard amongst the chooks), and I've just came to realise that it was the last of the 1500 beetles before they created the two separate models and downgraded the engine on the standard.

I recall ma going on about it being a 1500, but never really understood the significance of it until reading this thread.
It had front disks too (as you've illustrated).

It has all been really interesting and informative so thanks for putting it together.

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What you may be able to answer, is I think some superbugs had a grill in the front valance, yet your picture earlier illustrates one that does not.

So where was the air intake for the heater vents for those models that didn't have louvers in the front valance??
Where is the air intake on the superbugs given it's not at the top of the bonnet like in the earlier and standard models?
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posted on November 26th, 2016 at 07:00 AM



Great story, thanks. Do we know if L had a meaning ? People have asked me.
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posted on November 26th, 2016 at 02:23 PM



Do we know exactly when high back buckets came in? I have a 8/71 super with high backs and have seen others with low backs.



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posted on November 26th, 2016 at 03:28 PM



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Do we know exactly when high back buckets came in? I have a 8/71 super with high backs and have seen others with low backs.


They are interchangeable. Over the years many owners have swapped parts. High backs weren't until '72.




I read it on samba, so it must be correct.

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posted on November 26th, 2016 at 04:17 PM



ADR 22 for Head Restraints applied from 1 Jan. 1972.
Some cars may have had them before that.
eg. The "1972 model" type 3 had them -- it supposedly dates from Aug. 1971.




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posted on December 7th, 2016 at 01:02 PM



Took me a while to find where I posted this.
Thanks guys. Might keep my eye out for some low backs when the time comes. I have a new interior now but want to change maybe to red instead of white /blue.




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posted on December 7th, 2016 at 01:20 PM



Quote:
Originally posted by cabidas
What you may be able to answer, is I think some superbugs had a grill in the front valance, yet your picture earlier illustrates one that does not.

So where was the air intake for the heater vents for those models that didn't have louvers in the front valance??
Where is the air intake on the superbugs given it's not at the top of the bonnet like in the earlier and standard models?


US Market Super Beetles had a grille in the front valance for the Air Conditioning that was an option (dealer fit I think). The A/C condenser was installed behind the valance. Australian Supers never had those vents, but some have had the US front valance added.

Flat screen 71-72 Super Beetles (1302 in Europe or S in Australia) had the air intake in the bonnet the same as a standard Beetle. Curved screen Super Beetles 73 onwards (1303 in Europe or L in Australia) had a small grille between the windscreen and bonnet. Pic:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/pressphotos/bug_metal_sunroof.jpg

Hpe this helps. :)




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