Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:04 am Post subject: 1954 'Canadian' Standard Beetle
Hi There from Down Under,
Our club - Volkswagen Club of Victoria - Australia, is interested in establishing a good link with your club as I am sure we could share our common Volkswagen passion. Other than sharing our club name(Victoria is my home state of Australia), there are many stories and opportunities to link members of each club with the owners of the various Volkswagen models, thus enjoying a wider VW community.
Our club is interested in Vintage Beetles as a theme for 2016 and wondered if you could help? Is there anyone who could help me with a story on the 'Canadian' Standard Beetle which was recently advertised on the Samba (attached), the owner as yet could not help me. I have contacted Hayley and she confirmed that most early imports in Canada were Standards not Deluxe models. This is the reverse in Australia where we only saw Deluxe models, Standards only made it to Australia as private imports. There is more information about Australian VWs in my article posted on our club website (below).
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Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:29 am Post subject:
I don't know if there's any record of how many were sold or remain in Canada, but there are certainly a decent number of them around here. My own '57 was a Standard but I added the cloth sunroof when I restored her many years ago.
Although the model is commonly called a "Standard", it was properly referred to as a "Canadian Custom". (http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=567560)
My car still has the wingnuts and clamps holding the front seats down, three spoke steering wheel, painted metal interior and so on. Although the door trim shouldn't have the chrome component, the originals just aren't available. I tried to keep the low key look (no window or running board chrome, painted vent window frames and uprights) during the resto custom.
The original engine and transaxle are stashed away in a parts shed "just in case".
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Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:17 am Post subject: 1954 'Canadian' Standard Beetle
This really helps me build a story about this car. Does anyone have any more photos of this car? It sounds like it is now a rare car to find, I have not found a standard in Australia of this vintage either. There was also a bare bones Beetle sold in the 1960s in Australia as cheaper alternative.
Volkswagen Australia released it in August 1962, the 1200 Standard Sedan. Although it was similar to our Deluxe Beetle it had no steering damper. It had a cut down interior with a lot of missing items - washers, interior light, glovebox lid, horn ring, fuel gauge, and only one sunvisor. The trim was very basic with a minimal roof lining. The car's exterior had no chrome trim, and looked down graded with the hubcaps and bumpers (with no over-riders) were painted grey. There are almost none of these left either.
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Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:05 am Post subject:
Ya, 'standards' or Canadian customs were the basic stripped down version. Black knobs, less fancy steering wheels, seats and so forth. I have a 1970 Canadian standard, with a more basic interior as other 1970 models, but the big difference being it still has swing axle rer suspension (other North American models of the time had IRS) and a 1200cc motor, this 1970 model would have sold for under 2000 Canadian wen new. _________________ Andrew Hawthorne
Welcome to the "other" Victoria VW site! from time to time someone will register and post here thinking we are at the other end of the world haha
Canadian customs are sweet, I almost converted my 55 deluxe ragtop to one when building since a bunch of the headliner teeth were missing.
The boys here summed up the details nicely....one thing I think is cool is that unlike euro standards that had limited colour choices our customs came in all the deluxe paint schemes as well. Too bad we didn't get special colours like the Aussie market VWs!!!
Ragtop customs are super rare because as you can imagine someone buying a standard car chances are they would be bargain shopping not likely to spring for a sunroof option for extra coin!
welcome to the vvwc aussiechris! lots of good people and cool cars here, post as often as you can!
i dont have anything to add that the others haven't already stated. but i do love the old standards (canadian customs)...something about the kind of primal, base model, minimalist setup that draws me to them...
and for anyone that hasnt seen the add of the car in the original post...it's a real beauty!
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