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searching parts for a 1952 split cabriolet

#1 Post by Michael Matthijs » Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:05 am

Hello,

I am looking for some parts and extra info.

Need to know what kind of glasses were used in the headlights.
Bosch? Curved or straight letters?

shifter lever knob? colour? Picture anyone?

And I still need an original steering wheel with 3 spoke.

Gr,
Michael

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Re: searching parts for a 1952 split cabriolet

#2 Post by Alan Hall » Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:03 pm

Regarding the shift lever knob, pretty sure it would have been ivory color and would have been the VW knob of that era. Photo attached is what I believe is the correct knob.
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Re: searching parts for a 1952 split cabriolet

#3 Post by Jan Kolm » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:46 am

Please go here for a discussion on headlight lenses: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=33980

Both Bosch and Hella were used in 1952. This thread talks mostly about U.S./Canada-market clear lenses, used from 1953-on, but these is some discussion and photos on early fluted lenses.
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Re: searching parts for a 1952 split cabriolet

#4 Post by James Davies » Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:19 pm

Hi Michael,

Alan's photo show's the '52 shift knob. It's the VW one. These were used on Porsche a bit longer than they were used on VWs. Porsche used them from 1950 through ~April/May 1953. After that they used the 1953+ VW shift knob through mid-'54, when they designed their own knobs. All these pre-mid-1954 knobs were ivory.

1952 Porsches would have had Bosch headlights with adjusting screws at top and the side and with the fluted lenses. I don't have a good photo of the lenses, but they have the Bosch logo and the Bosch name in blackletter, and very little else. Pretty much all period photos of 1952 cars show these lenses, Europe or USA.

In 1950-51 Porsche used fluted Hella headlights for all markets. By 1952 they had switched to Bosch, though Marchal seemed to be spec'ed by the French importer. By late 1952, USA-delivery cars got Hella sealed beam headlights and the rest of the world got Bosch (except for France which continued with Marchal through at least 1954).

Tell us more about your car, and feel free to share photos. We're always happy to learn about another pre-A being saved.

James

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Re: searching parts for a 1952 split cabriolet

#5 Post by Spencer Harris » Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:29 am

James Davies wrote: 1952 Porsches would have had Bosch headlights with adjusting screws at top and the side and with the fluted lenses. I don't have a good photo of the lenses, but they have the Bosch logo and the Bosch name in blackletter, and very little else. Pretty much all period photos of 1952 cars show these lenses, Europe or USA. James
These are a European pair for my Nürnberg delivery '53 cabriolet. As James describes: On the face of the lenses the Bosch logo with Bosch in letters. In very small font below: Germany and Import D'Allemagne with three squiggles ^^^. At 5 o'clock a circle A and 1208. Adjustment screws at 12 and 9 o'clock with the Bosch logo and script on top of the bezel. I found these on Samba where there are a handful of European traders who specialize in early VW & Porsche headlights and fog lights.
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