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Model-year 1976 (South Africa)

The South-African Jeans beetle is the third special edition produced by Volkswagen Of South Africa. This Jeans beetle appeared on the market at the end of the year 1975 and is based on the model 1976. It was available in 4 colors with the logo Jeans affixed on the flanks and on the engine cover. Chrome elements are replaced by elements painted in black. Rear lights are "elephants feet" with a supports that adapt to the flat fenders. Other particularity of South-African Jeans beetle: it is a right-hand driving !



 

Bodywork
4 colors are available for the South-African Jeans.

Tangerine Sunburst yellow
Denim blue Bamboo

I look for photos to complete the bodywork chapter

Equipment
South African's Jeans beetles are equipped of: a sport steering wheel, a cigar lighters, a central tunnel tray. the padded dashboard receives a tachometer, a voltmeter and a oil pressure gauge. 


Wheels:
Jeans are equipped with Lemmertz Rostyle wheels with trim. Tires are 155 SR 15 radial


Interior:

Upholstery is in jeans cloth and the floor is covered of carpet. The headliner is a white long model



Mechanical:

Chassis:
Front axle with torsion bars.  
Brakes: Dual-circuit brake, 4 drums. 
wheelbase: 2400 mm. 

Engine: 1600

Bore (mm): 85,5

Stroke (mm): 69
Effective capacity (cm3): 1584
Compression ratio: 7,5
Maximum power: 44 hp 
Maximum torque: 106 Nm at 2800 rpm
Carburator: Solex 34 PICT

I don't have any information about chassis and engine numbers for the South-African production.

 

Electricity: 12 volts

thanks to: John Lemon (photos Tangerine Jeans before restauration)
Chris Van Den Heever and Tobias Muller (Tangerine after restauration)
Jason Pedersen (owner of the Sunburst Yellow Jeans) 
Johan Wagner of VW South Africa Museum.
http://www.vw.co.za/ourworld/autopavilion/

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