Several Last Edition Beetle owners have lent us some of their original documentation for the cars, which we've scanned for your viewing pleasure.
Thanks are due to Fred Wall, Jim McLachlan and Johnathan Ide for their contributions.
This is the Beetle sales brochure for the 1978 model year. Interestingly, it shows all the other colours offered, but omits the Diamond Silver used on the numbered cars
This is the service history for number 45, owned for many years from new by Fred Wall.
This is interesting. It's the only proof we've ever seen that the Last Edition Beetles had their plaque numbers pre-allocated by chassis. Sadly, that didn't stop the dealers doing their own thing.
To our enduring frustration, most of the LEB plaques were not attached to the cars before they were sold. Instead, they were provided to dealers late, and then needed to be forwarded. Needless to say, this allocation was something of a shambles, with many owners never receiving them. Here's an example of a covering letter from conscientious dealer William Arnold Ltd to a lucky customer.