VW Radio Information and Repair
Rich Langenwalter - [email protected]


  • Early Tone knobs came with “early” Sapphire I radios in 1960 and '61.  The early Sapphire I radios had Ivory knobs and push buttons.
  • Tone knobs came with late Sapphire I models, Sapphire II, III, IV, V and VI models (1962/1967).  The earlier knobs were metal construction followed by chromed plastic.
  • Ivory knob were exclusively used through 1962.  1963/65 appear to be transition years with both Ivory and Gray knobs available.  
  • Gray knob are as described above.
  • Chrome plastic knobs were found on Sapphire III (AM) and Sapphire IV (AM/FM) radios as well as some early Sapphire V (1967).
  • Rubber knobs were found on the 1967 Sapphire V (AM) and Sapphire VI (AM/FM) radios.  They were advertised as a safety feature to lessen damage when impacting the dash…


Top to bottom:
  • ‘60/61 “Early” Sapphire I Type I (Bug).
  • ‘62/65 Sapphire I and II Type I (Bug).
  • ’62 & later Sapphire I - VI Bus and Ghia “bezel” for the 3-hole dash.  Part # 2092236 is on back side.
  • ‘66/67 Sapphire III & VI Type I (Bug).
  • ‘67 Sapphire V – VI Bus and Ghia.

Early Sapphire I Bug Faceplate:

  • The “early” Sapphire I radios (made in ‘60/61 with vertical push buttons) used the Bug faceplate.  It installs in the Bug’s approximate 1 ¾ by 7 inch dash opening found between ‘58 and ‘67.   This faceplate is larger (taller) than later versions and uses four screws to clamp to the dash (doesn’t use the front mounting plate found in later models). 

1962/65 Sapphire I and II Type I (Bug) Faceplate:

  • Type I Bugs used this faceplate (part# 2092234) from 1962 through 1965.  This faceplate has a fine grained texture in the recessed background which is similar to ~320 grit sandpaper.  An 1/8” foam rubber gasket seals the radio’s dial to minimize air (gas fume) circulation. 

Type I Bug Instalation Parts:

  • Bug radios install using front and rear mounting plates.  The face and front mounting plates “sandwich” the dash using the radio’s two mounting screws located on the volume and tuning posts.  The installation is designed to slope the radio down slightly to make room for the wiper motor.  Notice the front plate’s thicker edge located on top of the plate.  The face plate is also made to this angle.  The rear strap supports the back of the radio and connects to the wiper motor mount.

3 Hole Dash Bezel in Oval, Bus and Ghia:

  • The 3-hole “bezel” is used to install all ‘62/’67 Sapphire radios in the 3-hole dash openings found in Ovals, Buses and Ghias.  The part number 2092236 is found on the back side.  I’m not sure how long the 3-hole configuration is found in Busses orGhias but think it is ’66 and ’65 respectively.  If anyone has information on the transition dates, please let me know…

Dimensions for the 3 Hole Dash Opening:

  • These are the dimensions of the 3-hole dash opening found in Ovals, Buses and Ghias.  I'm not sure how long this configuration is found in Busses orGhias but think it is ’66 and ’65 respectively. 
    If anyone has information on the transition dates, please let me know…

    '58 and later Bugs have a rectangular 1-3/4" X 7-1/16" dash opening.

1966/67 Type I (Bug) Faceplate:

  • The ‘66/67 Bug face plate changed with coarser leather texture and black paint.  The size is the same as the previous ‘62/65 version.  There is no part number on this casting.

1966/67 Bus & Ghia Faceplate:

  • The 1967 faceplate is similar to the ‘66/67 Bug except it doesn’t have the right/left trim “ears”.  It’s my understanding in ’66 Ghias and in ’67 Buses went to the 1 ¾ by 7” dash opening found in Bugs.  This faceplate used in the ‘66/67 Buses and Ghias since there isn’t need for the trim extensions…again I would like help with the origin of this faceplate, if anyone knows.