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Air Cooled VW 1958-1964 Beetle Front Header Synthetic Bow 151871189D

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Part #: 301-846
VW Part #: 151-871-189-D
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  • Standard Beetle 1958-1964
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1958-1964 Beetle Front Header Synthetic Bow 151871189D

VW Beetle 1958-1964 Convertible Top Front Header Bow. This bow is constructed of durable synthetic material.

Product Facts: Volkswagen Convertible Top Frame Wood Bows or Synthetic Bows?


We offer wood bows, also known as tackstrips, for the VW Beetle and Karmann Ghia. These bows are essentials in installing a Volkswagen convertible top.  Original chassis clips are used to assure quality and correct fit of each bow.  Each bow is test fitted to the proper chassis section, thus assuring minimal 'fuss' when installing your top bows.

Our wood Volkswagen convertible top bows are made with the highest grade, kiln-dried hardwoods. This wood helps insure that these bows for your Classic VW Convertible are durable and flawless.

Real wood bows will accept stapling without the risk of chipping and cracking. They were the choice at the factory and will give your Vintage Convertible the correct look, feel and “smell”.

Only the best industrial grade cascamite marine glues is used in our wood bows to assure long term functionality over the elements and time.

In addition, modern industrial vacuum pressing for lamination is used  wherever feasible (such as in the highly curved rear top bows and window inserts) where structural integrity would be compromised with 'home workshop' methods and materials.

Synthetic Convertible Top Bows

Synthetic bows are made in predesigned precision molds. The cost of manufacturing is greatly reduced and provides a very economical alternative to wood bows. Durable synthetic bows are made of reinforced urethane and will last a lifetime. Synthetic bows are harder than wood bows and more time is need when stapling or screwing top fabrics to bow and can at times chip when the staple is driven into the bow.

Synthetic Bows offer perfect fit for your VW's Convertible Top Frame repair or restoration with minimal tweaking and adjustments needed.

Also known under these part numbers: (For reference only)

  • 151-189D
  • 151-871-189-D
  • 151189D
  • 686420273233
  • CodeD

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Convertible Top Tech Tips

Beetle and Karmann Ghia Convertible Top Technical Tips

When replacing your Volkswagen Convertible Top, it’s a good time to replace the following items as needed: Side Tension Cables, Rear Tension Cable, Side Window Frame to Top Seals, Header Seals, Rear Window Seal, Top Pad, and Headliner. Even if your tension wires aren’t broken, we strongly suggest replacing them to prevent breakage during or shortly after installation. Remember to check your Wood Bows.

Karmann Ghia Note: The convertible top for 1967-1969 will also fit your 1969-1974 Karmann Ghia. The difference is that the 1967-1969 has a plastic window. If your glass window is missing you may not want to incur the expense of a replacement. A good alternative would be the 1967-1969 plastic window top.

Air Cooled VW Convertible Window Restoration Tip

Tech Note for VW Bug & Karmann Ghia If you have a 1/2” gap or more near the center of your windshield where it meets the top, then your header bow is probably warped and needs replacement.

Tech Note for VW Bug Only If your rear window no longer fits tightly inside its frame, check to see if the window insert has deteriorated and needs replacement.

Dimensions - 41 3/8 inches by 1 inches
Bow, Above Rear Window, Wood or Synthetic.
convertible top frame
Cabriolet Top Cover with Half Moon Plastic Window, Canvas.
Cabriolet Top Cover with Half Moon Plastic Window, Canvas.

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