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1974 1200L Herringbone

Country and/or Category: Europe, UK, Volkssparwagen Edition | VIN range: not known | S-code(s): S717 (Inland) S719 (Export) |
Extras/Options M-code(s): Z 06 (M040, M102, M167, M206, M282, M610) M 032, M 042, M 046, M 047, M 106, M 173, M 228, M 289, M 616, M 976.

S717 (Inland)

Paint and Upholstery: 

L32K  (39, 59, G5, H7, H8) Phoenixrot / (B5) Schwarz
L61H  (M2) Lofotengrün / (B3) Bambus

(Both colours were, on Beetle saloons in 1974, unique SEB paint colours with Marinogelb  and Lofotengrün  becoming standard paint colours for the Beetle saloon in 1975 / 76 and Phoenix red  in 1976)

Technical Data: 

1200cc typ. 111 unbadged 

Factory Fitted Optional Equipment:

Special upholstery from the then new Passat L having a unique herringbone patterned cloth facing insert to the leatherette, front door trims with pockets on both sides and “Golfball” gearshift knob.
M 173 155 SR 15 radial tyres
M 184 Automatic seat belts
M 227 Seats with integrated headrest
M228 Padded dashboard
M 976 4½J x15 (ET41) (Lemmerz “GT”) sports wheels
M pack Z 06 comprising of:
M 040  Speedometer with fuel gauge
M 102  Heated Rear Window
M 167  Passenger handhold and coat hook (roof edge)
M 206  Rear view mirror, inner, anti-dazzle
M 282  Passenger’s Sun visor
M610 12 volt system for VW 1200 mit 34PS-Motor

S719 (Export)

Paint and Upholstery: 

L20A  (08, 09, E6, D8) Marinogelb / (B4) Juniper
L32K  (39, 59, G5, H7, H8) Phoenixrot / (B5) Schwarz
L61H  (M2) Lofotengrün / (B3) Bambus

(all three colours were, on Beetle saloons in 1974, unique SEB paint colours with Marinogelb  and Lofotengrün  becoming standard paint colours for the Beetle saloon in 1975 / 76 and Phoenix red  in 1976)

Only the Marinogelb and Phoenixrot versions were marketed in the UK

Technical Data: 

1200cc typ. 111 unbadged
1200cc typ. 112 unbadged

Factory Fitted Optional Equipment:

Special upholstery from the then new Passat L having a unique herringbone patterned cloth facing insert to the leatherette, front door trims with pockets on both sides and “Golfball” gearshift knob.
M 976 4½J x15 (ET41) (Lemmerz “GT”) sports wheels
M pack Z 06 comprising of:
M 040  Speedometer with fuel gauge
M 102  Heated Rear Window
M 167  Passenger handhold and coat hook (roof edge)
M 206  Rear view mirror, inner, anti-dazzle
M 282  Passenger’s Sun visor
M 610 12 volt system for VW 1200 mit 34PS-Motor

A variety of other M options over and above the basic Herringbone package were factory fitted according to the market the cars were sold in.

These included:
M 032 Lockable filler flap
M 042 Sealed tyres for Export markets
M 046 Side mounted indicators
M 047 Twin reversing lights
M 106 Heavy duty shock absorbers
M 173 155 SR 15 radial tyres
M 184 Automatic seat belts
M 228  Padded Dashboard
M 286 (cannot be identified)
M 289 Shear bolt for steering column tube fixing
M 616 – Back-up light in the brake/indicator light

Context: 

S717 Sonderaktion*1200 L Fischgrät* (Inland) and S719 Sonderaktion *1200 L Fischgrät* (Export) were two of four models included in the “Volkssparwagen”  Edition of 1974.

This Edition was based on the 1974 model 1200 with L pack – effectively the same as a 1974 1300 Beetle with full headlining but fitted with a 1200cc  engine and unvented, unbadged, engine lid. On some markets this was referred to informally as a 1200L model.

12,000 examples of the S717 1200L Herringbone were produced for the German home (Inland) market  (3,200 in Phönixrot and 4,800 in Lofotengrün)

The Herringbone was produced by Volkswagen AG at Wolfsburg (Germany) and D’leteren at Brussels (Belgium).

Sales Literature:

A newspaper style promotional publication, press advertisements and dealer promotional material were published for the Edition in Germany for the home (inland) market.

Further reading on this website:
Introduction to the “Volkssparwagen” Group of Editions. 

Pictures courtesy Jan Walter and Volks Repairs. UK car pictures courtesy Ian Gibbs.


This page last modified: 2020-01-26