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Model year 1974  "JEANS" (special edition S761)

Jeans beetle is presented to the public in September 1973, but the first models leave the factory in August. It's officially designated by the factory as "S761 Jeans" ( S for Sondermodelle, meaning special model or, more precisely special edition) but will be referenced in the VW lists as the "Jeans Bug". It's constructed on the model 111 and 112 of the model year 1974 (111: Type 1 - model 1200/1200 L - left-hand driving; 112: Type 1 - model 1200/1200 L - right-hand driving). Jeans will receive the color "Tunis Gelb" and the elements usually chromium-plated on the basic beetle, will be painted here in black. A black stripe is affixed on the flanks of the car with Jeans logo. Another logo is on the engine hood. 

 

Bodywork
The S761 edition will only be proposed in one color. 

VW paint code : L16M Tunis Gelb

Front and rear bumpers, headlights trim, bonnet, boot and door lock, front blinkers, external mirror,  exhaust tailpipes and the rear hood lock are painted in black. The trim strips and  window frame are elements in anodized black aluminium. Note that running board don't have trim strips, that the bumpers are underlined with a silver stripe and the lock of the rear hood is a push button.


 


 


 

 

Interior :

Seats covered with blue jeans cloth with yellow sewings. Doors panels are also in blue color. Grey carpet with 4 rubber floor mates. At the roof: 2 white sunvisors and the headliner is a short model. it is also in white color.

Seats with integrated headrestraints (M227 option) were available in some countries.

Equipments:

The S761 edition received various equipments. Equipments are: 12 volts system, Lemmertz GT sports wheels, passenger sun visor, fuel gauge in the speedometer, "sport" gear lever, reverse light and the  Blaupunkt "Wolfsburg" radio. We can note some differences of equipment according to the countries of delivery.  

Blaupunkt "Wolfsburg" radio "sport" gear lever

 

Excerpt of a birth certificate delivered by VW for a S761 Jeans beetle from October 73, delivery in France.

M040: fuel gauge in the speedometer
M095: "Wolfsburg"
radio
M173: 155 SR 15 radial tyres
M282:
passenger sun visor
M610:
12 volts system
M976:
Lemmertz GT sports wheels 4J X 15
S761: Special Edition Jeans.

Wheels:

4J X 15 Lemmertz "GT" wheels.

 

Model 1974  "JEANS 74" (special edition S714 and S716)

Further versions were lauched in 1974: the "S714 Jeans 74" (model 111) is destined to the german market and the "S716 Jeans 74", destined to the export (on models 111 and 112). Few differences between these new editions and the S761 edition. We can note the introduction of new color/uphostery combinations and some equipments, as the wheels, heated rear window or gear lever.

Bodywork
3 colors for the second production:

VW paint code: L32K Phnix Rot VW paint code: L20A Marino Gelb  VW paint code: L11C Brillant Gelb

Interior:

On the S714/S716 model, colors of the upholstery are associated to the different bodywork colors:

Jeans S714/S716 Phoenix Rot L32K: Black jeans cloth with orange sewings. Black door panel with pocket. Grey carpet with 4 rubber floor mates. At the roof: 2 white sunvisors and the headliner is a short model. it is also in white color.

Jeans S714/S716 Marino Gelb L20A: Blue jeans cloth with yellow sewings. Blue door panel with pocket. Grey carpet with 4 rubber floor mates. At the roof: 2 white sunvisors and the headliner is a short model. it is also in white color.

Jeans S714/S716 Brillant Gelb L11C: Green jeans cloth with yellow sewings. Green door panel with pocket. Grey carpet with 4 rubber floor mates. At the roof: 2 white sunvisors and the headliner is a short model. it is also in white color.

 

Seats with integrated headrestraints (M227 option) and the padded dashboard (M228 option) were available in some countries. Here, these equipments on a S714 Jeans beetle.

Equipments:

S714 et S716 Jeans were equipped with heated rear window whose switch is located under the control panel, above the carry-fuse. They also received H4 Halogen headlights. Inside, the speed gear lever receives a golf ball in manner of pommel and the doors panels have pocket. Rear view mirror with day/night position (M206 option). 
As on the Jeans S761, We can note some differences of equipment according to the countries of delivery.  

 

Excerpt of a birth certificate delivered by VW for a S716 Jeans beetle from february 74, delivery in Belgium.

M040: fuel gauge in the speedometer
M102: heated rear window
M167:
passenger handful with coat hooks
M206: rear view mirror, inner, anti-dazzle.
M227:
Seats with integrated headrest
M248: Ignition starter switch without steering lock
M282: passenger sun visor
M610: 12 volts system
M716: Special edition Jeans 74

Wheels:

4J X 15 Lemmertz "GT" wheels for the German market Jeans beetle (S714 edition) 


Lemmertz wheel (4J X 15), named commonly "Champions", that equip the S716 edition.
 

some rims didn't have the center painted in black.

 

Mechanical : identical on the S761, S714 and S716 models.

 Chassis:

Front axle with torsion bars.  

Brakes: Dual-circuit brake, 4 drums. 

wheelbase: 2400 mm. 

Chassis numbers: month per month to know the approximate date of construction of your Jeans beetle
August 1973
chassis : 114 2 000 000-> 114 2 135 126
September 1973
chassis : 114 2 135 127 -> 114 2 175 197
October 1973
chassis : 114 2 175 198 -> 114 2 264 932
November 1973
chassis : 114 2 264 933 -> 114 2 356 316
December 1973
chassis : 114 2 356 317 -> 114 2 423 795
January 1974
chassis : 114 2 423 796 -> 114 2 489 587
February 1974
chassis : 114 2 489 588 -> 114 2 565 673
March 1974
chassis : 114 2 565 674 -> 114 2 646 530
April 1974
chassis : 114 2 646 531 -> 114 2 663 304
May 1974
chassis : 114 2 663 305 -> 114 2 772 768
June 1974
chassis : 114 2 772 769 -> 114 2 818 414
July 1974
chassis : 114 2 818 415 -> 114 2 818 457

Engine: 1200  / identification letter: D

Bore (mm): 77   

Stroke (mm): 64

Effective capacity (cm3): 1192

Compression ratio: 7,0

Maximum power: 34 hp at 3600 rpm

Maximum torque: 84 Nm at 2000 rpm

Engine numbers:

D 1115874  (1st August 1973) -  D 1284226 (31 july 1974)

 

Electricity: 12 volts system, with alternator.

 

 

Brochures: (S761)

Brochure for 1974 jeans. Measurements: 92 x cm 46 cm (in English, 1973.) 
the other face of the prospectus is dedicated to the 1303 "Big"

Brochures: (S716)

Launch of the second edition of Jeans beetles (S716 export). This brochure indicates the new available colors, the Phoenix Red model with black interior and the Marino Yellow model with blue interior (Belgium, March 1974)

Ads:

The french advertisement (extracted of the Paris-Match magazine, 1973.)

 

The advertisement for the Jeans and the Big beetle (Belgium, 1973.)

 

Advertisement for Jeans beetle, the 1303 Big and the 1200L (Holland, February 1974)

 

The advertisement for the Jeans and the Big beetle (Italia, 1973)

Articles of press:

 German magazine GuteFarht, October 1973.

 

Article on the Jeans and the Big beetle. Holland, October 1973.

 


 

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