a day goes by without at least one phone call requesting information
for correct paint colors and interior combinations for a particular
Bug or Bus. As a result, the following color charts were born. To
ensure 100% accuracy, all of the information contained within these
charts was derived from VW factory literature. We have only supplied
information that was contained within this literature; no guesswork
was performed, just the facts. With this in mind, you may notice
in our charts some omissions or blank fields. This indicates that
this particular piece of information is not present in our VW factory
information. We hope you enjoy this facet of our web site and welcome
any comments or suggestions you may have.
few words about years.
While reading the charts, you will find that many colors are dated
8/1/** but the year you are searching on is actually one year later.
All Bugs prior to 1955 were built according to the calendar year,
this simply means for example that if the car was built at any date
in 1954 then that car is a 1954 model. On August 1, 1955 VW introduced
the 1956 Model Year. From this day forward VW started next years
production on this date. Example, if a Bug chassis number is 1 673411
then this car was built in October 1957 and is a 1958 model. Buses,
on the other hand, vary depending on the particular year of production.
To find out what year your particular vehicle is, please e-mail
your chassis number.
additional information than what is contained within our charts?
We have exhausted our means in assembling this database and do not
have more information than is listed. For this reason, we are only
able to provide answers to questions pertaining to the information
listed on the charts. In addition, we ask that all questions regarding
these matters to be composed via e-mail.
what sources did you obtain your information?
of the information was obtained from VW factory literature. The
particular source is given at the bottom of the chart that you view.
Please follow this link to view these sources.
color your chart shows looks a little different than what my car
The colors shown are to give you a general idea of what your car
looked like when new. Monitor settings, lighting and video cards
all affect the way in which you interpret these colors. For a more
accurate version, simply use the color-code and have the paint mixed
accordingly. Most of these paints can still be mixed by code via
an authorized "Glasurit" brand paint dealer. For information
on locating your nearest authorized Glasurit paint dealer, call
Glasurit now has a web site that contains detailed information about
colors that are available (most are). You will need to search their
database find the availability of your particular code. Click on
"Color Net" after the site loads and type "VW"
in the "Manufacturer's name" field and select a paint
line. There are several different paint lines which contain VW paint
mixing formulas, "18", "20", "22"
and "55" are a few examples. Click-on the below link for
Glasurit's home page.
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