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Robert Emslie January 9, 2017 Last Call 15 Comments


I know that many of you have been clamoring for a succinct and easy to use guide to Volkswagen tail lamp eras and it turns out that Hella has the answer. You’re welcome.

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  • Alff

    One used to be able to get a full education of the Beetle’s evolution simply by flipping through the pages of a JCWhitney catalogue.

    • JayP

      I got my Super in 1986 found an old JCWhitney catalog in a stack of old mags from 1970. Used it to order floor mats.

      From then on I got a JCW Catalog every week of my life.

  • 0A5599

    All those tail lamps protrude from the fender. When did they go to Hella flush?

    • Rover 1

      COTD. (or maybe even the week?)

  • Joe Brandt

    Just a FYI this info is wrong, elephant foot was 73 and up.

    • iBran

      Looks like it’s based on production year, not model year.

      • Exactly.

      • tonyola

        But if that were the case, the 1968 taillight should really be labelled as 1967.

    • Batshitbox

      Would that be European spec or export?

      • I’d say “Model Year” is US spec, and “Production Year” is the German way of telling generations.

        Both ways have their flaws:
        “PY 1972” won’t distinguish whether it was built before (MY ’72) or after the summer break (MY’73).
        “MY 1973” won’t distinguish whether it’s actually produced in August 1972 or June 1973.

      • Joe Brandt

        Year wise they were the same overall shape, US spec had 3 elements and European had two.

        • Cool, didn’t know that.

    • linkpin

      Lots of incorrect info, actually. The lights labelled as ’58 actually started in MY 1956 in the US, and there were a couple of variations between ’49 and ’56 (heart taillights for example). Additionally, they omit the ’71-’72 lights, which were a larger version of the ’68-’70 lights.

      • Also, on my ’71 the turn signal was red. No amber on mine

        • duurtlang

          This is a German ad though, so it having amber turn signals is a given. Red turn signals haven’t been legal for a very long time as far as I know. The only exceptions I’ve seen are grey market imports from the US.