Paint and Upholstery: L96N (Y5 ) Vipergrün-metallic / 17T (32) Bambus (USA , Canada) L97B (X5 ) Ancona-metallic / 56U (33) Dunkelblau (USA, Canada) L98C (U5, W4) Hellas-metallic / 46V (65) Nussbraun (Canada) (Vipergrün and Ancona-metallic were both paint colours were Karmann palette not used on normal series Beetle saloon models. Hellas-metallic was standard 1974 model year paint colours for the 1303 range on the German “inland” and some other “export” markets but not on the normal model range for North America in 1975).
Technical Data: 1600cc typ.1303/133 (“Super Beetle”) badged “Volkswagen”
Factory Fitted Optional Equipment: Special velvet cord faced upholstery and loop pile carpeting (58T Blau, 43U Braun and 84U Beige) and door trim (56U Dunkelblau, 17T Bambus and 46V Nussbraun) coordinated to the paint colour), inertia reel seat belts, wood veneer dashboard trim, vinyl padded Petri AG steering wheel with alu-silver trim detailing, special gearshift knob, M 444 5½J x15 (ET34) (Lemmerz “GT”) sports wheels , M560 Steel sliding roof and North American conformity package options M108, M110.
The La Grande Bug was one of the Lux trimmed group of SEBs.
Importer/Dealer Fitted Optional Equipment: La Grande Bug plaque on the glove box lid and on some cars a KAMEI tunnel console.
Context: The La Grande Bug appears in VW listings as one of the S736 Sonderaktion *Sonnenkäfer* models (logically on account of the steel sunroof being part of the Edition package) and renamed on importation in North America. It was marketed in to both Canada and the USA and promoted by different brochures in the two markets respectively.
A total of 13,273 La Grande Bugs were produced by Volkswagen AG at Emden (Germany).
Further reading on this website:
“Retrospectively Speaking” editorial column RS 002.