Paint and Upholstery: L20A (08, 09, E6, D8) Marinogelb /(B5) Schwarz L32K (39, 59, G5, H7, H8) Phoenixrot / (B4) Juniper L61H (M2) Lofotengrün / (B3) Bambus (all three colours were, 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 1200cc typ. 112 unbadged
Factory Fitted Optional Equipment: Special upholstery having a unique herringbone patterned cloth facing insert to the leatherette, M 976 4½J x15 (ET41) (Lemmerz “GT”) sports wheels and M pack Z 06.
Z 06 included:
M 102 Heated Rear Window
The Herringbone 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.
A variation of other M options over and above the basic Herringbone package were factory fitted according to the market the cars were sold in.
M 032 Lockable filler flap
M 040 Speedometer with fuel gauge
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 228 Padded Dashboard
M 282 Sun visor (passenger’s side)
M 286 (cannot be identified
M 289 Shear bolt for steering column tube fixing
M 603 De Luxe fittings
M 610 12 volt system
M 616 Back-up light in the brake/indicator light
M 976 4½J x15 (ET41) (Lemmerz “GT”) sports wheels.
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.
Only the Marinogelb and Phoenixrot versions were marketed in the UK and as the ‘1200 Super’.
Some examples are understood to have been fitted with the Golf sourced ‘golfball’ gear shift knob.
The Herringbone was produced by Volkswagen AG at Wolfsburg (Germany) and D’leteren at Brussels (Belgium).
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.