New reproductions – here we show the differences
Vent windows, quarterlights, smokers windows – regardless these are the small opening windows at the leading edge of the front doors. They’re great for ventilation, don’t make that wind buffeting noise that is common on modern cars.
First up is the use of chrome latch handles, as used by deluxe and standard buses, . You’ll probably have a matching chrome latch plate in the Bus if its deluxe or standard, kombi and commercial had black handles and plates. Original on the left – New on the right;
Here is an interesting detail to the locking or engaging tip, the new tip looks like a Beetle lock rather than the original looking tip without a nub, it is worth noting replacement handles are available too – although these appear to be the same casting as Beetles as well (same manufacturer?). Original on the left – New on the right;
And this is a close up of the tip and the angle of the engaging section, would the new item on the right be more difficult to engage initially and would it force the window to shut much tighter than the original given the height of the tip? Original on the left – New on the right;
The rivets look secure and machine applied, so this should be a strong point of the window, all too often the handle breaks off meaning these rivets will need doing drilling out and re-applying, and in case it was not obvious Original on the left – New on the right;
Looking at the top metal frame there are slight differences, this may affect how the top part of the frame sits against the vertical seal – may be lead to a whistle noise? Original on the left – New on the right;
Wolfsburgwest part number 211898606A.