1983 Aubergine Beetle

Country and/or Category: Europe | VIN range: not known | S-code(s): S707, W18 |
Extras/Options M-code(s): M183, M184, M218, M258, R39 (optional radio), W18

Paint and Upholstery:

LG4U Aubergine Metallic / KK4(13) Aubergine cloth upholstery facings / 5ML (13) Aubergine upholstery leatherette, door cards etc.,

Accent to the paintwork was provided by:
3ZM (83) Silber decor stripe set underneath the chrome waist line trim AKL 433 S14 25
3ZM (83) Silber decor stripe to the lower body sides  AKL 433 S53 14
Wheels were finished in G4U Aubergine Metallic paintwork fitted with chrome hubcaps and chrome trim rings 111 601 155

Technical Data:

1200cc typ. 111* unbadged

Factory Fitted Optional Equipment:

MW/VHF Braunschweig’ radio


S707 Sonderaktion *VW 1200 Mit Aussenlackrung ‘Aubergine-metallic’, Innenausstattung ‘Aubergine” was officially marketed in Germany, Austria and Italy where is was called the ‘Maggiolino Fioriserie’

A total of 3,300 Aubergine-Käfer were produced by Volkswagen de México, S.A. de C.V., Puebla, Mexico,  for export to Europe.

*(The standard factory specification of the Aubergine-Käfer was consistent with the contemporary Mexican “1200L” export model officially manufactured for sale in Germany between 1979 and 1985. The model differed in small detail ways from the preceding German manufactured 1200L Käfer for the home (inland). The changes included the addition of an electric screen wash system, heated rear window and head restraints as standard equipment.)

Sales Literature:

An A3 sheet folded to make a four page A4 sized full colour brochure was printed for the Aubergine-Käfer in slightly different versions for each of the three recipient markets.

Further reading on this website:

Brochure courtesy KdF-WAGEN.de. Some information provided by Gebrueder Behling and Tim Sewe. UK Aubergine courtesy Mexican Bug Register. Print ad courtesy Alexander V. Rothkirch.

This page last modified: 2021-05-08