Tim Mossman’s L339 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle is outstanding. With all original paint, there were some revelations to come that, once unraveled, have proven to be much more than “interesting”.
In the beginning…Tim’s ’67 came from the paint booth, making its way along the assembly line at Wolfsburg. Somewhere there, a workman—someone with knowledge of the destinations of these cars–took a black crayon and began marking on the trunk floor. Now, almost 47 years later, Tim notices the markings and messages 1967beeetle.com about them. “What do these markings mean?”
Eric copied to me and I copied to researching friend, Louis Harris in Dallas, Texas. Lou has done much digging through the annals of VW History for me over the years. He’s a computer person. He’s just the one that I needed! Indeed, within hours, Lou had answers.
The crayon markings are known as “M Codes”. Take a look at the crayon markings inside Tim’s trunk.
Beginning at the top (area nearest the wiring cover)
- 2.137 -2 indicates USA equipment. -137 indicates dual circuit brakes (first delivered in 1967 to the USA) and drum brakes—from Chassis 117-000-001 up to 117-999-000
- 20 M indicates speedometer in miles
- 27.47 -27 indicates retractable seat belts from Chassis 117-000-001 up to 117-999-000 for USA and Canada. -47 indicates reverse lamps
- The numeral 8 to the right of 27.47 remains unknown.
- 89.6M -89 indicates laminated windshield glass. -6M appears to indicate type of suspension (?)
Although some markings are not clearly identified, thanks to Tim and the previous owners of Tim’s car who preserved these markings, we have yet another glimpse into some of the daily assignments at Wolfsburg.
Some of you are going to begin looking into your cars for similar markings. Let the readers at 1967beetle.com know what you find. Your comments will be valuable to all of us for history’s sake and for practicality.