‘Marathon Beetles’ were produced to celebrate the Beetles world record production figure on the 17 February, 1972 of 15,007,034 – that car (a 1302 Super Beetle) subsequently named the ‘World Champion’. ‘Marathon Beetles’ were offered as 1300cc Standard model and as a 1302 Super with special Marathon Metallic (metallic silver/blue, L96M) paint and unique silver and black sports wheels (Lemmerz made, part no. 000 071 475B – called ‘Baja’ wheel in US). Each wheel with silver wheel nut caps and hexagonal VW aluminium hub covers. Black Leatherette seats.
Also included was a commemorative folder ‘History in the making’, a small certificate, keyring and souvenir gold coloured medallion with the inscription ‘Der Weltmeister 1972, Wolfsburg, Germany’ and a side view of the Marathon. Over 6000 produced – #6857 seen on one medallion.
In the Republic of Ireland the Marathon was offered as a 1200 only. Produced also in Australia as the ’15 Millionth’ and in Portugal in Marina Blue.
See also Baja Champion SE
Marina Blue Portugese Weltmeisters pictures courtesy José Amador