BBT News

YES… we’re still in one piece, alive, breathing and working round the clock to get all your orders out the door on time!!
For those of you that haven’t got a clue what we’re talking about..?

Here in Belgium and the bigger part of West-Europe we’ve been in a super-heat-wave.
Whilst I’m writing this letter we’ve already had 6 days in a row with temps higher than 30° C (86° F) and reaching up to 37° (89.6° F).

For us Belgians that’s hot!! And whilst we suffer from the heat we have to ensure we maintain our commitment to quality service!
As such you find this week’s news and products in the picture below..



Shifter boot for Sport-O-Matic or “Auto stick” as they’ve been called in USA.
We made our own tooling from a perfect NOS example.
Sometimes we’re just happy we’re so picky …. When we see the final result of what we made.

0701-2 Shifter boot Sport-o-matic ( Auto stick) – Beetle, KG 08/67-07/74 – BBT



In our silver weld through range we add this week the single cab pickup truck longitudinal beam set.
This set contains out of 6 pcs (complete for both sides) includes the standup member against bulk head, the little corners and the long beams under the loading bed themselves.

0890-598 Longitude beam set under loadingbed pick-up – Bus -07/67 BBT



This set is what hold your divider panels that close up the fuel tank area from your single cab pickup truck.
This set contains 4 pcs, three pieces directly under the loading bed, and the one central upright profile that holds your divider panels in the middle.
Divider panels themselves can be found under BBT # 0890-775 & -776

0890-778 Divider panel structure between treasure chest / fueltank pick-up – Bus 03/55-07/67 BBT


Finally our front seats for late split window bus are available.
1963 to 1967 in the 1/3 & 2/3 configuration.

If somebody can help us on the 1/3 seat for the right side (passenger) as a model we’re glad to make that one as well…
Brand new frames and springs made 100% exactly as original seats….

For early splittie bus we do sell the full width front bench under BBT # 3400-200

 3400-205 Front seat frame driver 1/3 bottom and back – Bus 08/62-07/67



 3400-210 Front seat frame passenger 2/3 bottom and back – Bus 08/62-07/67




These pick up drop or side gate latches fit single & double cab for both the Split- and Bay window bus.
Casted and forged like original, this is a perfect reproduction part. Hold, open and lock your side gates
just like they were new and original!

Add these to your restauration and everybody will think you still
have the originals … Yup, that’s how good they are!

0168-001 Latch – drop gates pick up – Front left -07/79


0168-002 Latch – drop gates pick up – Front right  -07/79


Perhaps when you replace the latches it may also be time to replace the latch-catches (or receivers) for
the pick-up side gates SC & DC, split and bay window.

Made to high standard and thoroughly tested prior
to production!
They fit like the originals do and their finish looks the part too!!

0168-003 Latch catch/receiver – drop gates pick up – Front left/right  -07/79



0168-013 Latch catch Rear left/right  -07/79 pick up


That’s it for this week – we hope you stay safe and sound and that you manage to squeeze some time in with your beloved Air-cooled cars!
Feel free to share some pics to our Social Channels!

As usual if you can’t find what you’re looking for or need a particular part you can call us on +32 (0)3 633 22 22 or email

Always at your fully service, also during heatwaves, trying to keep off boiling….:)

Happy weekend…

Container loading….

BBT Ray and Tim loaded a container for Japan.

BBT fenders and a lot of other new BBT quality parts soon available in Japan.

Some old German city views….

How the streets looked in the fifties and sixties in Germany?

Packed with Volkswagens…:)

Enjoy and happy Sunday!

Thanks to Hubert for the picture credit!