1974 City Beetle

Country and/or Category: Europe, Käfer der Kaufer Edition | VIN range: 134 2000 001 - 134 2356 316 | S-code(s): S764, W11 |
Extras/Options M-code(s): W11, Z05 (M047, M102,M162, M206) M094, M097, M173, M184, M227, M976

Paint and Upholstery:

L31M (G6) Ibizarot / (26) Rot,
L95M (X7) Ontario-metallic / (28) Blau
L99M (W9) Ischia-metallic / (27) Grün.

(Ibizarot, Ontario-metallic and Ischia-metallic were all unique SEB paint colours).
Accent to the paintwork was provided by a satin black rallye stripe to the lower body sides carrying the lettering “1303 / City”.

Technical Data:

1300cc typ. 133 badged “VW 1303”

Factory Fitted Optional Equipment:

Special broad woven striped upholstery coordinated to the paint colour, loop pile carpeting (77V Grauschwarz),  vinyl padded Petri AG steering wheel with alu-silver trim detailing
M 094  engine hood lock
M 097 Blaupunkt  VW-Radio ‘Emden’ (KW, MW, LW)
M 173 155 SR 15 radial tyres and
M 184 Automatic seat belts
M 976 4½J x15 (Lemmerz “GT”) sports wheels
M pack Z 05 which comprised of:.
M 047 Twin reversing lights
M 102 Heated Rear Window
M 162 Rubber Bumper Trims
M 206 Rear view mirror, inner, anti-dazzle

As one of the Lux trimmed group of SEBs the City Beetle was also equipped with a range of specification variations depending on recipient markets.

These included:
M 227 Higher front seat backrest

In Germany a ‘Parkscheibe‘ was included in the sun visor — a small card with a dial for personally timed parking in controlled zones


S764 Sonderaktion *City-Bug* was one of three models in the “Käfer der Käufer” Edition presented at IAA’73 (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung), Frankfurt in September 1973.

The prototype naming was changed to The City Beetle for series production.

At the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show launch the City Beetle was priced at DM 7440 just DM450 more than the standard German market 1303 on which it was based.

The City Beetle was produced by Volkswagen AG at Wolfsburg (Germany).

Sales Literature:

A large format, newspaper style, brochure with colour photos illustrating the Jeans, City & Big Beetle.

Further reading on this website:
Introduction to the “Käfer der Käufer” Group of Editions.

“Retrospectively Speaking” editorial columns RS 002 and RS 003.

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