Correct Fender Beading Color Combinations

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Correct Fender Beading Color Combinations

Digging in the archives here at 1967beetle.com, we wanted to put this article in the spotlight once again.

Let’s talk about fender beading in regards to the ’67 Beetle. Over years of wear and tear, the correct fender beading is often times replaced with the common black version. However, you may not be aware that 1967 was a very innovative year for Volkswagen. A deluxe ’67 Beetle would originally be fitted with fender beading to match the body paint color. In the event you’re looking to bring your ’67 Beetle back to its former glory, I’ve provided the correct color combinations, as well as a chart illustrating the information. You can download below.

Body color – Fender beading color                                                    

L41 Black – Black  – 
Black
L282 Lotus White  –  Savanna Beige
L456 Ruby Red – Ruby Red
L518 Java Green – Java Green
L620 Savanna Beige – Savanna Beige
L633 VW Blue – VW Blue
L639 Zenith Blue – Zenith Blue
L19K Yukon Yellow – Yukon Yellow
L54 Poppy Red – Poppy Red

Note: Colored fender beading was only installed onto deluxe and convertible models, standard models (hardtop and sunroof) were equipped with black fender beading, regardless of the exterior paint scheme.

Color chart. Click to enlarge and download

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Correct Fender Beading Color Combinations

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Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I founded and curate 1967beetle.com. I also co-founded Lane Russell with my wife Amanda. I drive a '67 Beetle daily, and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

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Mark Morelock

about 2 years ago

You taught me something about the beading Eric. I didn't know there was a difference between the standard and deluxe beading. My Lotus White did come with Savanna Beige. I saw a 67 Air Cleaner on The Samba this morning for $10. Looks to be in good shape, just needs restoring. Thanks for the clarification on the beading. Mark

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

Mark, Thanks for reading. Oh? Email me and I'll take a look.

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Anthony Jason Warren

about 2 years ago

Forgive my ignorance on the subject (relatively new '67 owner) but what is the difference in 'deluxe" and "standard"? Thanks again for an informative article!!

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

No problem! I'll let Jay chime in.

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Jody Sauvageau

about 2 years ago

Here is a good synopsis: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/dic/s.php#standard_beetle

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Anthony Jason Warren

about 2 years ago

I see the small descript for a bus but....not for a Beetle. Thanks for your time anyway!

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Anthony Jason Warren

about 2 years ago

Found it on another website. I guess all US Beetles are "Deluxe". .....The Standard Beetle was a “stripped down” model of the Beetle without almost any body or window chrome trim. In fact, the door handles, hood handles and front turn signal housings were painted, usually in grey. These were sold primarily in Europe, but available in other markets such as Canada. The Deluxe Beetle is what was primarily sold in the United States with the familiar body and window chrome moldings, door and hood handles and chromed front turn signal housings.

Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

Great info!

Jay Salser

about 2 years ago

Hello, again, Anthony...After some talk amongst ourselves, I believe that the consensus is that 1967 Beetles which came from the factory directly for USA consumption were "Deluxe" models. However, Standard models have come into the USA via private importation from Canada and Europe, mainly, but also from other sources not directly destined for USA consumption. These generally are pretty scarce these days--although one will turn up now and then. Nowadays when a person in the USA speaks of a "Standard" Beetle, he usually means that the car is not a SuperBeetle. jay

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

Jay, No talk of Super Beetles around here!

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Kevin morton

about 2 years ago

Eventually I'll get the zenith blue beading. I know I better not wait too long. What's harder to get? Fender beading or running board mats? Hmmm....

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

Both, actually! Zenith Blue fender beading is next to impossible.

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Charlie

about 2 years ago

I am looking for L633 VW Blue beading and I am also having a difficult time.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

Yes, NOS might be the only way.

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Digger89L Canada

about 2 months ago

All this 'information', but the most important word is missing: 'source'. Is there a source for the colour matched fender beading?? (yes, I spelled colour with a 'u' ...I'm Canadian, eh!)

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 months ago

A source might be taking a trip to Germany, and digging in all the long and forgotten places VW once made these great cars. Honestly, some pops up now and then on the web, but it's few and far between. What color do you need?

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Digger89L Canada

about 2 months ago

My bug is painted Bahama Blue (L519), and I'd like to keep it that colour, AND have matching fender beads. I know its not a '67 colour, but .........

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 months ago

That one is going to be tough to find...

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Kevin

about 2 months ago

Excellent information! It has always been a bit Of a mystery to me what the correct color combination should be. On my sea blue 66 sedan I use the black beading.

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sdguero

about 2 months ago

My standard savannah beige wants ti be deluxe with some savannah beige beading...

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 months ago

I have some, but let me see how much. It's the subtle details that make the car look fantastic.

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Thierry

about 2 months ago

Hi Eric on my zenith blue 1300 deluxe, all of the fender beadings was beige, the running board to . I kept all of the beading but not in good condition to replace them

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 months ago

Hey, back. A bit odd as I've seen Zenith Blue running boards. Any chance your car had work done prior?

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Thierry

about 2 months ago

never restored all in beige ....but nothing wrote on the Wolfsburg certificat

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Sam Glenn

about 2 months ago

I've found recently that you have to dye the beading to get the correct color now that the original is not offered anymore, unless you're fortunate to findNOS. Wolfsburg West offers info on products used to dye the beading. I recently had repairs done to my Lotus White 67. Rather than dye the new beading, I had an upholsterer cover my original with a material that's not Savannah Beige, but close. I'll try to get some pics. The dyeing process is simply painting the bead.

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Ryan

about 2 months ago

A buddy of mine in Germany recently sourced some beige fender bead and running board mats for me. The mats were NOS but the fender beading was not, so I purchased 2 sets to have one as a spare. I'll look for the link to the website...it's German...

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Sam Glenn

about 2 months ago

Ryan, that's great info. Although I did what I mentioned in my previous post, I would love to find the correct beading without having to paint/dye.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 months ago

We may actually offer the correct fender beading in the future. We're looking into it.

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Ryan

about 2 months ago

I tried to post a link but the site won't let me. Probably thinks it's spam?

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 months ago

Try again..

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Ryan

about 2 months ago

Still didn't work...

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 months ago

Email me. I'll post. :)

Kevin Morrison

about 2 months ago

And while we are talking about obscure color combinations: Does anyone out there know if the front windshield heater tubes (made with paper and aluminum) were painted with the body at the factory or added at a later date. Some sedans have black uncolored look and others have the same color as body. I suspect the later because it looks as though it would be impossible to correctly fit the hoses in the space between the fender well and body.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 months ago

Paper!

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 months ago

Update from Ryan. Eric,

"Here's the link to the German website that sells colored fender bead. It appears they don't ship to the USA. My two sets, along with my NOS running board mats were delivered to me via a friend in Berlin so I have no experience in dealing directly with this webstore. Good luck! -Ryan"

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Digger89L Canada

about 2 months ago

Yes...good info to have. But ....still no Bahama Blue. sigh

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