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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:21 pm    Post subject: Distributors and Dealers books Reply with quote

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I collect these books whenever I can find them cheap at shows.

Here is my listing:
Italic font style (bottom left in photo)
11.57
Undated (says 7/58 in back but is pre-1958)

Normal font style (left column)
I/59
III/59
II/60
IV/60
I/61
II/61
IV/61
I/62

I, II, III, and IV are believed to indicate quarters, e.g. I/62 is the first quarter of 1962.

Left to right style (center column)
5-62
8-62
1-63
7-63
8-64
11-64
10-15-65
8-10-66

Upright style (right column)
3-67
11-67
11-68
4-70
4-80

I would be interested to know the dates of books other VW people own.

Other books (not pictured above):
4-57
II/59
IV/58
1-64
1-65
5-65
2-67
7-68
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just picked up an 11/60 Distributors & Dealers booklet with plain typeface on the cover for my '61 sunroof bug. I'm having fun using Google Map's satellite view to zoom in on old dealership locations.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Upright style

8-67
and
4-73
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My List based upon your template:

Italic font style (bottom left in photo)
None

Normal font style (left column)
I/62

Left to right style (center column)
5-65

Upright style (right column)
8-99 blue/white cover
4-99 blue/white cover
10-98 blue/white cover
8-97 Red Convertible and 2 ladies
8-96 White cover
2-95 White cover
1-94 Retailers Directory
2-90 Silver cover
4-70 White with N. and Central America map

Interesting that some were updated within months of each other. Hmmn? Also interesting that we will collect just about anything!!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, good progress so far. Smile

I forgot to state that
"I, II, III, and IV are believed to indicate quarters, e.g. I/1962 is the first quarter of 1962."
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you look closely, two of them that are the same date stamp in '62 or '63 have different covers. one with a hood badge, one without.

unfortunately all my dealers and distributors booklets are out on loan right now.

they are really good for identifying license plate frames.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In 1995 I used some of my older booklets on a cross country trip. They were very helpful in locating some 'out of business' dealerships in some fairly off-the-beaten path towns.....The result was a nice find of the occasional license plate frame or old dealer promotional items (key chains, dealer badges, coffee mugs, etc.)

Boy, are we weird or what! Shocked (ok, I'm weird!)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Italic font style
April 1956 Distributors and Dealers in Canada and the USA
3.56 VW-Dienst map of dealers and service Europe (German)
VW map of dealers and service Europe. (Multi-language)
Normal font style
10/65
6/66
8/66
Upright style
3-68
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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7.58
II/59
I/60
II/60
IV/60
I/61
III/61
IV/61

5-62
8-62
1-63
6-64
8-64
11-64
1-65
5-65
8-10-66
11-10-66
3-67

11-68
3-69
6-69
11-69
10-70
10-71
4-72
4/74
12/75
2/78

spares:
5-62
8-62
6-64
1-65
6-69

the spares are available for trade for dates which are not in my set.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's some from the other side of the world:
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Top left: Wolkswagen Owners Guide to Dealers in South and South West Africa, July 1965.
Bottom left: Owners Guide for Volkswagen Service in South and South West Africa, May 1962.
Top right: Repair Price Manual for the Republic of South Africa including South West Africa, December 1962.
Bottom right: Africa Volkswagen Service, (undated, around 1964).

I also have a VW road map of West Germany and Berlin with a list of German VW dealers, dated 1.10.1964.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you happen to have VW dealer/distributor lists for 1969 through 1972? I am trying to identify dealers in Wheeling, West Virgina for those years. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the November 1, 1967 book:
Wheeling, West Virginia
Imported Cars, Inc.
808 National Road

From the March 30, 1970 book:
Wheeling, West Virginia
Bill Cruse Volkswagen, Inc.
P.O. Box 1330
National Road East
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EverettB wrote:
From the November 1, 1967 book:
Wheeling, West Virginia
Imported Cars, Inc.
808 National Road

From the March 30, 1970 book:
Wheeling, West Virginia
Bill Cruse Volkswagen, Inc.
P.O. Box 1330
National Road East

Everett, have you considered updating the dealers page with later (post-'67) info? I find it is really helpful to look through my later ones to determine what era dealership plate frames are from.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lind wrote:
EverettB wrote:
From the November 1, 1967 book:
Wheeling, West Virginia
Imported Cars, Inc.
808 National Road

From the March 30, 1970 book:
Wheeling, West Virginia
Bill Cruse Volkswagen, Inc.
P.O. Box 1330
National Road East

Everett, have you considered updating the dealers page with later (post-'67) info? I find it is really helpful to look through my later ones to determine what era dealership plate frames are from.


I have thought about it but the number of "new" dealers in later books is astronomical so we haven't decided to commit the time yet.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The orginal owner of my 61 bought the bug new in Germany while in the military. After buying the car she took the car on a road trip to Italy, heres a dealer map i found in the glovebox of the car after cleaning it out...

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thewills wrote:
Do you happen to have VW dealer/distributor lists for 1969 through 1972? I am trying to identify dealers in Wheeling, West Virgina for those years. Thanks.

I have a 4/72 book and it lists the same one that Everett listed for 3/70, Bill Cruse Volkswagen, Inc.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey guys! My husband and I have recently found a dealer frame from Jay Thomas Decatur Alabama. We are trying to figure out the time frame it was located in Decatur as we live extremely close and my bus came from a Decatur dealer. We do not have any of those booklets with the dealers names and it is not listed in the Dealers area. Could someone please take a look in their booklets and let us know when they were in Decatur, AL? We would greatly appreciate it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

splittybusgirl wrote:
Jay Thomas Decatur Alabama. We are trying to figure out the time frame it was located in Decatur as we live extremely close and my bus came from a Decatur dealer. We do not have any of those booklets with the dealers names and it is not listed in the Dealers area. Could someone please take a look in their booklets and let us know when they were in Decatur, AL?

I have a listing in my 4-70 and my 4-71 book but not my 1980 book.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay thank you for looking. We were extremely happy when we found it, since we live so close to Decatur, AL. Thanks again!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:05 am    Post subject: Oldest? Reply with quote

Good Morning, Everett, Lind & Co.

Just wondering what is the oldest dated Dealer/Distributor book for the USA and/or Canada that you have in your collections? And on a related note, do you have a sense of when VW started publishing these little booklets? Thanks.

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