tail lights on 72 beetle

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tail lights on 72 beetle

Post by Heilig » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:24 pm

my question is..i am going to look at a 1972 beetle , but the photo has the elephant foot tail lights? i thought those tail lights were on 73-79? anyone know

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Re: tail lights on 72 beetle

Post by mountainkowboy » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:45 pm

72 was the last year for the classic VW taillights. The elephant foot started in 73.....if it was manufactured after 9/72 it would be considered a 73 though
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Re: tail lights on 72 beetle

Post by Heilig » Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:44 am

Thank you! I didn't think they had those tail lights!

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Re: tail lights on 72 beetle

Post by Marc » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:28 am

They didn't in `72; the `73 model year began August 1 1972. The VIN of a `73 starts with 113 (133 if it's a Super). If the one you're looking at is a `72 onto which someone has installed `73 fenders it'll have a 112 VIN (standard or Super)
The `73 rear fenders are one-year-only. Their rear bumper brackets are ¾" longer too, and nobody sells the correct ones any more so you have to use `68-`72 brackets pulled as far rearward as possible to clear the "hippier" `73 fenders. The early round taillights were made by a different subcontractor than most and are not 100% compatible, the lenses are subtly different.

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Re: tail lights on 72 beetle

Post by sideshow » Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:39 am

Remember they were new centuries ago, and the fenders unbolt. Repair and modification tend to happen.
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