It’s not known who the gentlemen are. However, the factory was owned by the Japanese Nissan company at the time and VW CKD assembly of Beetles, Golfs, Passats’, and Transporters was being halted. Apart from the Nissan take-over, another issue is that from 01 July 1967 ADR 27A came into force (Australian Design Rule 27A) which imposed tight exhaust emission controls on new cars. We believe these last Australian-built Beetles (and Transporters) sneaked in after 01 July because the build date was determined to be when the CKD crate was packed in Germany which was before 01 July 1976.
15 JULY 1976 – Last off production line – Australia – 260,055.
1976 – JAKARTA – Production record. Indonesia – 10,000.
DECEMBER 1976 – EMDEN – Production record. Beetle – 19,000,000.