The 412 was launched in 1972 to replace the 411 which had a bad reputation because of a lot of problems. The 412 was nearly a complete rebuild of the 411. New body, it meant many parts changed, even the roof was maked straighter not that curved as on 411.
The 412 had, in Europe, 4 different engines. Two 1.7 litres and two 1.8 litres with carburator or fuel injection. In US also with EGR on the 1.7 injection engine. As options there was just a few things, like air conditioning, servo assisted brakes, tinted windows, some different wheels and automatic gears. The estate was delivered as a 3 door and the sedan or coupe as a 2 or 4 door.
Some parts of the 411/412 were used in the VW/Porsche 914 like the engines and some more parts. The 411/412 range have nothing to do with the old beetle and bus, when they arrived it was completely new ideas and a desperate attempt from VW to get some more buyers since their old models didnt do to well...... and this ended as a flop and gave birth to a radical change and then the Golf, Passat and Polo were born.
|1795cc||H4 OHV||93mm x 66mm|
|1679cc||H4 OHV||90mm x 66mm|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Worm||Independent/Coil Springs||Independent/Coil Springs|
|Description||Auctioneer||Date||Hammer Price||Hammer Price
|64||Volkswagen Type 2 Camper Van||H&H Sales Limited||22 Jul 2009||-||£9900.00|
|401||1972 Volkswagen ‘Beetle’ Saloon||Bonhams||22 Jun 2007||£10250.00||£11788.00|
|404||1973 Volkswagen 412 LE Variant Estate automatic||Coys||1 Dec 2005||£1000.00||-|
|115||Volkswagen Beetle Convertible (1975)||Coys||5 Dec 2002||-||£5881.00|
|330||Volkswagen Karmann Ghia (1964)||Greens||2 Oct 1999||Not sold|
|1177||Volkswagen SP2 Sports (1973)||Sothebys||6 Dec 1993||Not sold|
Group Test - Year-Round Classics - Keep on running
|Publication||Classics Monthly November 2011|
|Group Test - Year-Round Classics - Keep on running - If you want a dependable year-round classic to beat the autumn chill, here are three of the best. Volvo 122, Austin 1800, VW 412.|