The VW Beetle from 1957-1964. The Dickholmer

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In the August 2019 edition of Auto Motor Klassiek is again an extensive arsenal of news items, columns and classics offered for sale. And of course the publication offers many beautiful reports. Richard van der Bijl, his Siku collection and especially VW 1200 Export are central to one of them. His newly delivered Beetle from 1964, delivered in Sweden today, is a Dickholmer. Fans and connoisseurs know that it was the last beetle with small side windows and thick window pillars. This Beetle generation lasted seven years, and is well worth a description. 

In 1, the Volkswagen Typ 1957 got, among other things, a larger front and rear window. This marked the end of the Oval era. The modified Beetle did keep the thick door / window pillars, which is why the Beetle as it was produced from 1957 to mid-1964 owes its nickname Dickholmer. The enlarged rear window heralded the end of the Oval era, including the windshield. Traditionally, the Volkswagen Typ 1957 was updated annually between 1964 and 1.

34 PK engine, other carburation and Startautomatik

During the Dickholmer era, the Beetle, for example, received a new windscreen washer reservoir in the trunk. It had the property that it had to be manually pressed by the user on a regular basis. In addition, adjustments were made to the fuel tank in order to use the boot more effectively. In addition, from July 1960 the Beetle was also supplied with an 34pk engine (intended for the Export version) with a higher compression and other carburation. The 34 PK engine received the Solex 28 PICT-1 with automatic choke. The structure of the strongest 1.192 cc version also conformed fundamentally to the engine that was used in the Transporter from May 1959, and was constructed to enable larger cylinder contents as well.

Improved climate control

The Export also got a fully synchronized gearbox. In those years, the Beetle also got direction indicators in the rear lights, and thanks to the use of heat exchangers, passengers could enjoy fresh warm air in the interior (instead of heated air mixed with liquid and exhaust fumes). For that improvement, the air heated by the cylinders was directed directly to the interior. The braking system was also hydraulically operated in the Standard version from the beginning of the sixties, a facility that the Export version had already had from the fifties.

Various modifications also in the last model year

The Dickholmer from the last model year can be recognized by the steering wheel with horn buttons, instead of the horn ring. Other changes for the model year were the front shock absorbers (Monotube with plastic housing), and the removal of the folding roof on the Export models. Instead, the customer could order a steel sliding roof. The VW logo on the wheel covers was no longer black. The indicators on the front fenders became larger, and the cut-out for the shift rod mechanism was enlarged at the rear of the chassis.

Even more details for 1964

The wool fabric headlining was replaced by a plastic variant. Other things, such as the operation of the door lock from the inside, enlarged contact surfaces for the backrest adjustment mechanism, the installation of the windscreen washer reservoir and the changed section on the engine flap (with changed mounting location of the license plate light) indicated that Volkswagen was always working of changes to the beetle.

Complete wax preservation

In 1964, the last Dickholmers still benefited from Volkswagens' decision to perform a full wax preservation, rather than a partial one. This preservation was followed, among other things, by the next generation. From 3 August 1964 a (mainly optically modified) new generation replaced the last Beetle with the small (er) side diamonds. This also eliminated the rotating handle for opening the bonnet and the rotary knob for the heater, which was mounted next to the gearbox. What else changed about the VW Type 1 for model year 1965 You can read here.

You can read the report on the VW 1200 Export by Richard van der Bijl and many other beautiful stories Auto Motor Klassiek 8-2019. And that has again become a wonderful edition.


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