The VW Standard Beetle 1200A had more or less no chrome. The bumpers, hubcaps, handles, outside mirror and hood emblem badge was painted in VW L328 steel grey metallic.

Unfortunate, most of the leading suppliers of car paint products do not have VW L328 in the system. Not available, because the VW L328 steel grey was only used for Standard beetles and Volkswagen sold not many Standards. The Standard Beetle main color, like ruby red, pearl white, fontana grey and sea blue is easy to get at all painters.

I painted all VW L328 steel grey metallic parts for my VW 1200A twice, because I did not know where to get the correct color. The information here will help you to avoid double work.

original VW Käfer 1200A 1965 1966 stahl graue Radkappe und NOS VW 1967 Standard Türgriff original VW Käfer 1200A 1965 1966 stahl graue Radkappe und NOS VW 1967 Standard Türgriff
Close up picture of a VW 1200A hubcap in steel grey. As you can see (click to enlarge), Volkswagen painted the door handle in much higher quality. The inside of the hubcap is rough and irregularly painted. Close up picture of a VW 1200A hubcap in steel grey. As you can see (click to enlarge), Volkswagen painted the door handle in much higher quality. The inside of the hubcap is rough and irregularly painted.
NOS VW 1200 Standard Beetle 1967 door handle # 111837205D in L328 steel grey. A 1965 1966 1200A has different door handles but they are in the same color. NOS VW 1200 Standard Beetle 1967 door handle # 111837205D in L328 steel grey. A 1965 1966 1200A has different door handles but they are in the same color.
Unrestored VW 1200A 1965 1966 Hubcap in L328 steel grey. The hupcap was mounted on my 1200A Standard when I bought the beetle. I had to cut out the middle of one hubcap to get the hubcap under an electronic paint reader. Unfortunate it was not possible to get the original color code with an electronic paint reader, because the hubcap inside is irregularly painted. Unrestored VW 1200A 1965 1966 Hubcap in L328 steel grey. The hupcap was mounted on my 1200A Standard when I bought the beetle. I had to cut out the middle of one hubcap to get the hubcap under an electronic paint reader. Unfortunate it was not possible to get the original color code with an electronic paint reader, because the hubcap inside is irregularly painted.
These unrestored handles in steel grey L328 were mounted on my two 1965 1200A VWs. The picture was taken before sandblasting and without knowing, that it can be difficult to get L328 today. These unrestored handles in steel grey L328 were mounted on my two 1965 1200A VWs. The picture was taken before sandblasting and without knowing, that it can be difficult to get L328 today.
My ruby red 1200A. WOW. I had to repaint all steel grey parts after a while, because I was not happy with the color. My ruby red 1200A. WOW. I had to repaint all steel grey parts after a while, because I was not happy with the color.

What went wrong?

The sandblaster removed the original color of all my handles. The inside of the hubcaps was useless to get the steel grey color mix code. At this time I even was not sure if the inside of the hubcap has the correct steel grey color. I had nothing else to compare. I had not the NOS VW 1967 Standard Beetle steel grey door handle which I have today. My color supplier had the idea to search for the mix code in the “old papers” for 30 EUR. Great! I did that but made a small mistake. I ordered “VW L328 steel grey” and not “VW L328 steel grey metallic”. At the end, my 1200A parts in steel grey looked like this.

VW L328 Standox Basislack Formula. I found out that Standox has VW L 328 steel grey metallic and so I ordered that. VW L328 Standox Basislack Formula. I found out that Standox has VW L 328 steel grey metallic and so I ordered that.
VW L328 Standox Basislack and Clear Satin Gloss VW L328 Standox Basislack and Clear Satin Gloss
VW 1200A Standard Beetle Hubcaps, Handles, Bumpers, Mirror, Hood Badge painted in Standox VW L328 Basislack and Clear Satin Gloss. VW 1200A Standard Beetle Hubcaps, Handles, Bumpers, Mirror, Hood Badge painted in Standox VW L328 Basislack and Clear Satin Gloss.
VW Standard Beetle steel grey bumper button bolts VW Standard Beetle steel grey bumper button bolts
VW 1200A Beetle Hood Emblem painted with Standox L328 and a nos vw steel grey door handle VW 1200A Beetle Hood Emblem painted with Standox L328 and a nos vw steel grey door handle
VW Beetle 1200A Hood Emblem Badge painted in L328 Standox steel grey, compared to a nos vw steel grey door handle VW Beetle 1200A Hood Emblem Badge painted in L328 Standox steel grey, compared to a nos vw steel grey door handle
VW 1200A Bumper painted in Standox steel grey L328, compared to a new old stock door handle VW 1200A Bumper painted in Standox steel grey L328, compared to a new old stock door handle
VW 1200A Bumper painted in Standox steel grey L328, compared to a new old stock door handle VW 1200A Bumper painted in Standox steel grey L328, compared to a new old stock door handle
VW 1200 A Bug Hubcap painted L328 steel grey, compared to a nos 1967 Volkswagen Standard Beetle door handle VW 1200 A Bug Hubcap painted L328 steel grey, compared to a nos 1967 Volkswagen Standard Beetle door handle
VW 1200A 1965 1966 Hubcap painted L328 steel grey, compared to a nos Standard Beetle door handle VW 1200A 1965 1966 Hubcap painted L328 steel grey, compared to a nos Standard Beetle door handle
original VW 1200A 1965 Ruby Red Ragtop Beetle original VW 1200A 1965 Ruby Red Ragtop Beetle