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'64 Vw Bug, Lewiston, N.Y.

On Leap Day we showed you an old camper whiling away the years in Lewiston. This 1964 VW Beetle has been residing right next to it for quite some time now, with no evidence that it’s moved (or that it can, other than the fact that it has plates on it). I’m no VW expert, but I can let you in on a little secret as to how to differentiate the model years on these old Bugs which, let’s face it, from a block away all look the same.

Are you ready? Look at the registration sticker! (Unless of course it has none, or one from before any vehicle info appeared on the sticker — then, get out the reference books, you’re on your own!)

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Joseph Coppola

    My 1974 “Bug” was one of the best cars I ever owned, I had it for 11 years, (although 3 of those years it was in storage while I was deployed overseas) it never let me down.

  • Max

    Those early bugs had very limited design differentiation that would give you clues as to their vintage. There were subtle hints: the 58’s had a larger rear window and front turn signal housing moved the top of the fenders from the sides and the 62’s had larger taillights. Beyond that, there was no change until the new bumpers and built-in headrests in ’68. In college, I had a ’60 that would still be running if the floorpan hadn’t been consumed by road salt. Fun, inexpensive, simple and dependable transportation.

  • Joseph Coppola

    Oh yeah Max. The dreaded floor pan! InVA & SC it was ocean salt vs road salt that eat ours up. I replaced my floor pans with 2 custom cut, U.S Navy submarine grade, 1/8″ thick CRESS pans that I bribed a civilian shipyard worker from Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. to fabricate for me from left over shop scrap. Got ’em welded to the frame. Better than the original. Never under estimate the creativity of the American Navy submarine sailor!