Along with the many other interesting things about the 1967 Volkswagen Beetle are the Head Light Rings Engraved with Hella SB-12. The SB-12s first were used by Volkswagen on Type 3s—the FastBacks and SquareBacks which came to US Dealerships.
Then for reasons unknown to us today, Volkswagen decided to install these special Head Light Rings on early ’67 Beetles—only those manufactured from August–October of 1966. The validation of this information has taken many years of checking the VINs of original, unrestored ‘67s which had SB-12s installed.
If you want to check to see when your ‘67 Beetle was manufactured, go here.
You also will be able to check your Engine H0 Case Serial Number to see how close it is to your VIN.
In today’s world, you will find SB-12s installed on a lot of ‘67 Bugs no matter what month the car was manufactured. Unless you are a purest, it really doesn’t matter if they came with the car, or not. They are very cool to have installed and finding a good set these days is getting harder all the time.
As we all are aware, Volkswagen made a lot of Beetles. However, the ’67 Beetle is the milestone year sought by collectors. It has been said that you either love or hate ‘67s. It really depends on how many of those one-year-only parts are already on the car when you acquire it and how many you have to chase down.
The bottom line is–if you have SB-12s on your ‘67 and it is an early ’67, great. If you have them installed on a later ‘67, enjoy them, because they are not easy to find these days and that is one of the first things folks look for when they are checking out a ‘67.
The SB-12 Head Light Rings pictured in this article are of some of my special ‘67 items–a Hella Box of NOS SB-12s and one of the SB-12s I unwrapped for this article.
I would like to thank my good friend and mentor, Bill, who is an expert on the 1967 Beetle.
Richard R. Marcoux
Editor’s Note: Richard Marcoux owns two Unaltered 1967 Beetles—a Convertible and a SunRoof Edition Sedan. Along with Richard’s expertise, these cars have proven themselves invaluable to the 1967 Beetle Community, providing an open window on how a 1967 Beetle Convertible and a SunRoof Sedan would have appeared as they exited the factory doors–the Sedan from Wolfsburg and the Convertible from Osnabruck, Germany.
Thank you, Richard, for opening that prized box of NOS Hella SB-12 Head Light Rings!