1973 Sports Bug

Country and/or Category: Canada, North America, Rallye Edition, USA | VIN range: 133 2199 639 - 133 3200 000 | S-code(s): S714 |
Extras/Options M-code(s): Z 05 - M032, M172, M976, M097

Paint and Upholstery: L13M Saturngelb/Saturn Yellow (26) and L96M Marathonblau-metallic/Marathon Blue Metallic (87) paintwork, Black (12) upholstery (cloth).
Technical Data: 1600cc typ.133 badged “VOLKSWAGEN”.
Factory Fitted Optional Equipment: Lemmerz 5 1/2×15 sport rims, 175/70 radial tires, indy-type steering wheel, racing bucket seats front, full carpeting, rear window defogger.

Context: This 1303 S Super Beetle, came with L13M  Saturngelb/Saturn Yellow  and L96M  Marathonblau-metallic/Marathon Blue Metallic paintwork, optional distinctive red and black ‘waist’ stripes, matt black trim (also Vent Grill trim used to cover vents below rear window for stripe continuity), door handles, wipers and bumpers (these also body colour ‘trimmed’ with tape) and Lemmerz GT Sport wheels. Sales brochures showed black headlamp surrounds but cars were fitted with the standard chrome. The interior featured Recaro sourced sports bucket seats and Petri AG ‘leather’ sports steering wheel.

Dealer fitted options included the ‘short throw’ Formula Vee range shifter, a stereo radio and fog lamps. Engine was standard 1600 with black flare-tip exhaust pipes. 20,000 sold in North America. The Sports Bug Stripe Kit was also available from Dealers.

VWoA also requested Karmann to produce a few hundred Karmann Ghias in Saturn Yellow to match the Sports Bug for the US, however they were not approved by Volkswagen Wolfsburg. They were produced as Sedan and Convertibles. Package code M002 (US market only) with Options M261 (dual outside mirrors on Convertible) and M976 (Lemmerz GT Sports wheels).

Further reading on this website:

The individual profiles for 1973 Yellow-Black Racer, 1973 Sportkäfer ‘Drei Kafer auf Extra-tour’.

“Retrospectively Speaking” editorial column RS 004

Header photograph courtesy Blaine Braziel. Karmann Ghia Sport info and photo courtesy Pammie Mattes.

This page last modified: 2018-06-08