VW Bay Window Model History
Early "Bays" 1968>72
1968 Saw the "Bay window" model replace the "Split screen". It was a radical rethink with changes such as ball joint front suspension rather than king and link pin, IRS rear end instead of reduction boxes and swing-arms, a one piece windscreen, and wind down cab windows. Engines were fitted with a "back bar" to stabilise the engine. In fact just about every body panel and mechanical part was changed.
1969 The front axle is changed, fuel tank is now hidden behind a bulk head, door handles are changed.
1970 Minor changes took place such as the fuse box, otherwise an uneventful year.
1971 1971>72 saw the introduction of front disc brakes and new rear brake system. Also the introduction of the small 5 stud wheels with flat hubcaps.
1972 Bodywork changes included flared front and rear wheel arches, tall rear lights, with reverse lights as an optional extra. This year also saw the introduction of the 1.7L flat Type 4 style engine with twin carbs. There were some vehicles with early style arches and disc brakes. A few of the late "72 vehicles have high front indicators and "73 on front panels but still have the wrap around style front and rear bumpers.
Late "Bays" 1973>79
1973 Sees a huge model revamp. The "wrap around" style bumpers were replaced with the square style. The front indicators were moved up to the new grille. Changes were also made to the front arches and cab floor, accelerator linkage, steering box and so many other improvements such as the 1800cc engine. Front brakes were again upgraded.
1974 The main changes were improved gear linkage; the indicators and wash wipe switches were upgraded, along with the sliding door and lock.
1975 The only big change was the cab doors are a "one year only" style.
1976 Sees more changes to the cab doors / hinges. The accelerator linkage and pedal are also revamped.
1977 Saw no notable changes.
1978 The main change was in August 1978 when the 2000cc engines had new cylinder heads and the heat exchangers were remodelled.
1979 Sadly saw the end of "Baywindow" production in Germany.
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