Monday, January 21, 2008

"How many Volkswagen models are there?," 1965

I ran across this VW factory photo in a 1966 copy of the Swiss graphic design magazine Graphis.



The cars shown are 1965 models, though I didn't know you could still buy a Beetle with a canvas sunroof in 1965. Maybe it's what you got if you ordered a sunroof on the non-export version.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

fold back sun roof on T1 in '65 was standard model I think. Odd to think you would buy the cheapest model and then fit an expensive option like a sun roof but there you go.

Thaddeus said...

The VW ads (and Euro graphic design) from that era are just great. I was reminded of this watching a re-run of Mad Men where the NY ad guys are all looking at the VW "Lemon" ad and trying to figure out what in the world VW was up to.

Gizmo said...

I believe that the Progressive Refinements state that the Ragtop was replaced by the steel-sliding sunroof in model year 1963. I would like to see if there is a picture of a 64 or 65 ragtop anywhere.

Boo Long said...

The metal sliding roof replaced the fabric one on the Deluxe model in August 1963 ('64 model) but the domestic 1200 'Standard' model (never seen outside Europe) continued with the fabric one for some years after.