If you know the ’67 Beetle, you know the correct 12V Sapphire V is getting harder and harder to source; find one with the correct rubber safety knobs, and you’re on your way to being 100% period correct. Roy Gill, reader and follower of has a unit available at a very fair asking price.
Price: $200 + freight.
Contact: Roy Gill
Ps. When I was restoring my own ’67 Beetle, I paid $100 for the black safety knobs alone. This is a great deal!
I actually own a 1967 VW Beetle and it has the Saphire V AM radio, which is part of the original equipment. The radio is in excellent condition. Here’s the kicker…I’m the original owner of the VW. Bought it in 1967 and have owned it ever since.
My 67 Bug has chrome plated plastic knobs on the radio. They are the originals to the car as I bought my Bug in 1968 from the original owner and it is still in the car albeit not working. I plan to have it repaired once I locate a good repair person.
Just purchased a 67 and the radio has plastic knobs and all indications are it’s original. From what I can tell from The Samba the Car was manufactured in early October of 66. I’m guessing the early 67’s had plastic and they at some point switched to rubber? Curious about that.
All ‘67 Beetles came with the plastic knobs. The black knobs are considered “safety knobs” which were a dealership add on at the time of purchase.
Ah- Thanks, Eric!
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