1972 Anniversary Beetle

Country and/or Category: 20 Millionth Volkswagen Edition, Europe, Republic of Ireland | VIN range: not known | S-code(s): not known |
Extras/Options M-code(s): M401 or M402, Z** ( M047, M102, M121, M228, M652) M206, M227.

Paint and Upholstery: 

L10B (08) Texasgelb/Texas Yellow (Corbel/IIF code 8927), Black (50) interior (basket weave pattern leatherette)

(Texasgelb was a standard colour for 1972 model Beetles ) 

Technical Data: 

1200cc typ. 114 unbadged

1300cc typ. 114 badged “VW 1300” 

[M401 or M402 CKD (completely knocked-down) production.]

Factory Fitted Optional Equipment: 

An additional package (Zusatzpaket) comprising of:

M 047  Twin reversing lights

M 102 Heated Rear Window 

M 121 Fresh air fan in dashboard

M 228  Padded Dashboard

M 652 Interval relay for windscreen wipers

Over and above the standard Jubiläums-Käfer package of mainland Europe the Anniversary Beetle also included factory options:

M 206  Rear view mirror, inner, anti-dazzle

M 227 Higher front seat backrest (integral head restraints)


This Irish Edition is particularly interesting because it has it’s hereditary in the two 20 Million celebration Editions of mainland Europe from the Autumn of 1971. However because of the time lag in the CKD process they were assembled in February 1972 coincidental with the production in Wolfsburg of the 15 007 0034th Beetle overtaking Ford’s Model T world record. As a result it was marketed as celebratory of that milestone marked elsewhere by the “Champion” Group of Editions.  Even though, slightly confusingly, the “Champion” group also  included another uniquely Irish Edition in the form of the “World Champion Beetle”

Just 300 Anniversary Beetles are understood to have been assembled locally in Ireland by MDL at their Naas Road, Dublin, factory. Compliant with the “CKD” import regulations MDL sourced their paint locally from “Corbel Paints” of Irish Industrial Finishes. As with all other Irish built Beetles, they also received the “Shamrock” etched glass, supplied by Triplex in Tipperary. 

Sales Literature:

Non produced

Further reading on this website:

Introduction to the 20 Millionth Group of Editions.

The individual profiles for The Spéciale 20 Millions and Jubiläums-Käfer.

Information kindly provided by Trevor Brady.


This page last modified: 2019-11-06