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Old 04-09-2013, 10:30 PM   #1
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Default Whats the difference between a 1957 and a 1958?

Hi, I'm hoping someone may know lots n lots about early bugs and can help me out with a few questions.

Firstly if a 1957 Karmann Convertable Bug is made in October 57, is it likely that the car would be made to 1958 spec. and would it be likely registered in 58 in the UK?

If so is it s 57 bug, or a 58!?

Also can anyone tell me the differences between a 57 and a 58 cabrio?

I've looked here: http://www.vw-resource.com/years.html but not found much help. I'm yet to find a copy or someone with a copy of "The Beetle - the chronicles of a peoples car" or "VW Beetle, a comprehensive Illustrated history" by Keith Seume."

If they contain this information I need I'm more than happy to buy a copy but don't want to go to the expense without it.

I recently bought "Volkswagen Beetle Model by Model - Laurence Meredith" at VW Action but thats not much help either.

If its a 57 or a 58 I need to find the exact spec and equipment etc for it.

Anyone any idea's? Cheers, Al
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A VW manufactured in October 1957 will be a '1958 model'.

I believe they went from August to August ????

I have the books you mentioned, but not to hand I'm afraid.

Maybe drop Rich Oakley a PM.
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A VW manufactured in October 1957 will be a '1958 model'. I believe they went from August to August ????
Thanks Brian, can anyone confirm this?

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Will do, thanks again. He Sold me the door cards funnily enough.
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You called?

VW model years (from Aug 55) were Aug-Jul as Brian quite rightly pointed out, so an Oct 57 car is a 1958 model.

A 57 model would be from the Oval-era, a 58 model was the first 'big window' year. Millions of differences on both saloon and cabrio.

Ask me all you need to know, my memory brain can help.
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I was about to say, the windows are a different shape.....
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I was about to say, the windows are a different shape.....
yeah I'd found out about that one from a friend and backed up by the Laurence Meredith mentioned above, Kinda sad, but makes things more affordable at least!

Thanks Rich thats very kind I'll be in contact via PM if thats ok.

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yeah I'd found out about that one from a friend and backed up by the Laurence Meredith mentioned above, Kinda sad, but makes things more affordable at least!

Thanks Rich thats very kind I'll be in contact via PM if thats ok.

It's not sad at all.

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