Ignition Points

DistributorPointsJNow and then in the World of Volkswagen Parts, a New Old Stock (NOS) Part will surface.

Recently, I purchased some 113-905-205K Distributor cores in order to try to resurrect them for selling. This Distributor is pertinent to Beetle years 1966-1967. The seller generously included a set of NOS Ignition Points with the cores.

It’s always exciting to look at Volkswagen history. And, here was a bit of it in my not-so-sweaty hands.

The Points are in their original German packaging. The box reads: “Original Ersatzteile”—meaning “Original Spare Parts”. (Read: Original Replacement Parts)

The box also is labeled as: “1 Satz Unterbrecher-Kontakte” followed by the Part Number: 111-998-059. This translates into English as “1 Set of Contact Breakers”

A further description on the side of the box reads: “unerbittlich im Werk” which indicates that the contents are an “Uncompromised (or quality) Product”

Inside the box are the two-piece breaker points. As well, there is a tiny “bubble pack” of grease for lubricating the Cam of the Distributor.

The backside of the Grease Pack has illustrated instructions (in German and in English) for how to utilize the Grease.

For the 113-905-205K 1967 Beetle Distributor, the Ignition Points are a two-piece part.

A further inspection of the contents reveals a small rectangle of paper. One authority believes that this paper had moisture absorbent properties which helped to preserve the Points against oxidation until the box was opened and the Points were put into service.

Later, Ignition Points began to be shipped in sealed packs with a transparent plastic front for viewing the contents without opening the package.

The BIG question: Shall I put these NOS Points into service? I’m not going to tell!


My thanks to David Brown for the cores and instructional information about Ignition Points. As always, my wife Neva finds inventive ways of photographing for these articles.

Posted by Jay Salser

My wife, Neva, and I have been driving and working on VWs since 1976. In fact, we raised our family in these cars. Now, we are retired and enjoy VWs as a hobby. The ’67 Beetle always has been our favorite year. We own a '67 Beetle and a '68 Karmann Ghia.

  1. Richard A. (Dick) Diaz December 1, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I say hang onto them! Seems like the ones purchased today work well enough Jay, but you have something special there! Talk about a “Time Capsule”! Great and very interesting article!

    1. Let’s put it this way, Dick…they are not leaving my personal Inventory! LOL. jay

      1. But, but, but….. I thought I got a set?!??!?? I am calling management!

  2. You must have a whole garage full of VW parts!

    1. I do.. :) Then again, I’m a VW business.

  3. Hi, Todd…When someone calls and I don’t have the needed part–I feel bad. On the other hand…when I look at all of my parts, I also feel bad knowing how much space they take that might be useful for other activities! It’s a catch 22 situation. BTW–I hope that you will be able to get the front tires this weekend and have them mounted. You will enjoy the new ride because of the fresh rubber. Keep up the good work! jay

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