Welcome!

VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 1966 Details

The VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 1966 is simply equipped and was the cheapest Volkswagen Beetle. Today the Standard Beetles are very rare compared to the deluxe Beetles.

The 1200A Beetle was produced between 1965 and 1966. The 1200 A Beetle is also called European Standard Model.

There are differences between a 1965 1200A and a 1966 1200A model. For example they have different wheels, hubcaps and front axle. But the special Standard Beetle only features are the same.

Below are detailed pictures of my ruby red VW 1200 A Standard Beetle build in December 1965.

VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 front side VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 front side
VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 backside VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 backside
VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 side view VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 side view
VW 1200a Bug aluminum L93 wiper arms and steel grey L328 hood emblem. VW 1200a Bug aluminum L93 wiper arms and steel grey L328 hood emblem.
VW 1200a side view mirror and mounting screw in steel grey. VW 1200a side view mirror and mounting screw in steel grey.
The Volkswagen Standard Beetle has only one horn grill painted in body color. The bumper is painted in steel grey. The bumper bracket is black L41 or aluminum L93. The Volkswagen Standard Beetle has only one horn grill painted in body color. The bumper is painted in steel grey. The bumper bracket is black L41 or aluminum L93.
VW Standard Bug vent window is painted in body color. The outer door window seal is with chrome and not black. VW Standard Bug vent window is painted in body color. The outer door window seal is with chrome and not black.
VW Standard Bug front indicator light is painted in body color. VW Standard Bug front indicator light is painted in body color.
VW 1200A hubcaps are steel grey L328. The wheels are pearl white L87 and black L41. VW 1200A hubcaps are steel grey L328. The wheels are pearl white L87 and black L41.
Volkswagen Beetle 1200A with 1200 hood emblem Volkswagen Beetle 1200A with 1200 hood emblem
VW Standard 1200 A Beetle dashboard with Petri three spoke wheel in silver beige L466, rear view mirror with black arm and wiper switch with single speed. VW Standard 1200 A Beetle dashboard with Petri three spoke wheel in silver beige L466, rear view mirror with black arm and wiper switch with single speed.
The VW 1200A Standard has no door contact switch for the dome light. The VW 88 emergency switch under the dashboard is not original but necessary. My Beetle has a 1965 T1 Split Bus indicator switch with high beam function which was installed for the first owner. The VW 1200A Standard has no door contact switch for the dome light. The VW 88 emergency switch under the dashboard is not original but necessary. My Beetle has a 1965 T1 Split Bus indicator switch with high beam function which was installed for the first owner.
VW 1200 A seat frame, gear lever and hand brake are painted in grey black L43. My Standard Beetle has art leather seats from Volkswagen Werk for +30 DM (Deutsche Mark). VW 1200 A seat frame, gear lever and hand brake are painted in grey black L43. My Standard Beetle has art leather seats from Volkswagen Werk for +30 DM (Deutsche Mark).
VW Standard Beetle has a fuel tap reserve switch. The floor mat before the gear lever is simply. There is no floor mat between gear lever and hand brake. This Beetle has Saxomat and so the shift lever is different and the clutch pedal is missing. The brake pedal with two pedal pads was installed for the first owner. VW Standard Beetle has a fuel tap reserve switch. The floor mat before the gear lever is simply. There is no floor mat between gear lever and hand brake. This Beetle has Saxomat and so the shift lever is different and the clutch pedal is missing. The brake pedal with two pedal pads was installed for the first owner.
VW Standard Bug luggage area cardboard. The rear seat cover bar is grey black L43. VW Standard Bug luggage area cardboard. The rear seat cover bar is grey black L43.
VW Standard Beetle trunk VW Standard Beetle trunk

9 thoughts on “VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 1966 Details”

  • Yoshi Nishida

    Hi, This is Yoshi emailing from Japan.

    I'm really enjoying looking at your nice website.
    I think that we have some contacts and also some deal with you before... I especially like your standard model that you sent me some photos before...

    So, if I have a good chance to own a standard model I like '66 model with ragtop that is same year with me. So, a question, how difficult to find a nice '66 standard model in Germany?

    Actually I found a nice '66 standard model in really nice original condition on the web before like 4 years ago... But regrettably I missed this opportunity...

    Anyway, thanks for your nice website and good contact with me in advance,

    Best wishes,

    Yoshi

    Reply
  • Mihai

    i have a 1200 standard police 1959 semaphore beetle. nice to see the standard details , even though yours is "a bit " newer than mine. i can't wait to get her done and benefit from the wonderful cable brake setup :)

    have a nice day

    Reply
  • Jim

    Excellent site, very informative.
    I have a 1956 Standard. I started working on it in 2002, hope to have it on the road summer of 2014
    I learned more about the Standard VW in one hour looking at your photos and notes than I have found over the past twelve years.

    Reply
    • classiccult

      Hello Jim, thanks for your feedback and good luck for the final resto. Lutz

      Reply
      • Claus Hansen
        Claus Hansen April 3, 2014 at 01:54

        Hi ClassicCult (Lutz)
        Thank you for sharing such a detailed and informative level of your project - beautiful result I must say! It really comes in handy now while restoring my 1966 standard 1300 - despite the small differences :-)
        However I have a question for you in regards to the color codes for some of the black parts, as I have just send off my Bug for the paint shop and they now ask for all black color codes.
        I understand that the rims are painted with Black L41 and the interior parts like rear seat cover bar, seat frame, gear level and hand brake is painted with Grey Black L43. But my question is in regards to the color code for the fuel tank, the D-shaped lids behind the spare tire and some of the other small black parts (lids, hinges etc.).
        I cannot seem to find information anywhere if they are glossy or matte black - can you provide me with this color code?
        Thank you in advance!
        Best regards,
        Claus Hansen

        Reply
  • Algert

    Hi Lutz, Great informative site.
    Wondering how you did the carpets?

    Did you bought a complete carpet set or did you fabricated it yourself?

    Reply
    • classiccult

      Hello Algert,

      thanks for your email.

      The carpet and headliner in my 1965 are from monsterbacke.

      I have ordered the “like original” carpet. That is of course best quality. For Standard VW I did not order the carpet behind the rear seats, because there is no carpet. The carpet and headliner are fitting superb.

      You can see the products of Monsterbacke at VW shows like maikaefertreffen in Hannover Germany or online at http://www.decohaus.de

      The carpet and headliner in my 1959 Export VW Beetle are from himmelservice.de. Also very good.

      For my next VW, I would buy again from monsterbacke.

      Best regards,
      Lutz

      Reply
Leave a Reply