The Silver Bug celebrated the worldwide production of the 20 millionth Beetle on 15 May, 1981 in Puebla, Mexico. The Silver Bug came with the 1200/34hp engine, L97A Diamantsilber-metallic/Diamond Silver Metallic paintwork, silver wheel trims, black side stripes, 20m badge on engine cover, black and white tartan seat upholstery with matching door and side panels, padded dashboard, MW/VHF radio, heated rear window and commemorative key fob and gear shift knob. The louvred engine cover was discontinued after 30 July, 1981.
2,000 initially produced and a further 1,700 in a second edition from February 1982.
Silver Bug Netherlands ad courtesy Wiebren Huizinga. Brochure courtesy Bram Collier.