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All 356's had a jack which lifted the car by way of a jacking point under the rocker panel on either side of the car. The rectangular "peg" on the jack fit into a receiver, and both wheels on that side would be lifted off the ground.

Vigot-Bilstein jack (left photo, below) - was used together with the Hazet 772 lug wrench included in the tool kit. Turning the 19mm bolt head at the top of the jack either direction caused the peg to move up and down the body of the jack.

Click on these thumbnails for details of the 1950-55 Vigot/Bilstein:

Above: unrestored jack from 1952 "America" Roadster. Click here for the story (photo: The Schiemer Archive)

IMG_1171.JPG (45819 bytes) IMG_1168.JPG (89225 bytes) IMG_1166.JPG (47127 bytes) IMG_1167.JPG (66371 bytes)  IMG_1169.JPG (80715 bytes)  Hazet 772/2 - used for operating this jack

Cranking the lifting assembly with the supplied rod moved the peg up the shaft of the jack. Levering between two castings would release the jack. Had a rubber buffer on top to prevent damage to bodywork if it got too close. Base was painted blue, peg casting was painted black, and smaller parts were plated(?). Four main varieties as described in the table and pictures below. the peg that goes into the jack receiver is at a 112 degree angle from the shaft - watch out for VW jacks which look similar, but are at a 90 degree angle. Other minor varieties exist within these 4 main types, but I don't have much information on them yet.

Thanks to Don Marks of Gearhead Co. for providing me with valuable information about these jacks.

year (approx.) length of shaft shaft finish base lifting peg reference
1955 18 3/8" shiny marked "Bilstein Vigot DRP 520996 UA" hollow sides, sharp transition A
1956/57 20 3/8" (rarely 18 3/8") shiny some marked as above, others simply "Bilstein" hollow sides, curved transition B
1957-62 20 3/8" shiny or Parkerized (changed in late T6B era) marked "Bilstein" hollow sides, divided by reinforcement C
1962-65 20 3/8" Parkerized marked "Bilstein" hollow sides on end only D

Type "A", as seen in the owner's manual photo:
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Pre-A (left), type "C" (middle), and type "D" (right):

Type "A", left and "B", right.

Unused, unrestored type "D" jack:
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Restoration tip: Ken Daugherty of 356 Werkstatt in Louisville, KY informs me that 1959-1965 Volkswagen Sea Blue, code L360, is a perfect match for the base of these jacks. Thanks Ken!

Jack Handles

Used the Hazet 772/2 lugwrench as described above.

1956-1962 jack handle:
Some controversy - was it the same as a VW jack handle, or was there a longer one for the 356? The earliest A jack handle may have been larger diameter also.

1963 jack handle/lugwrench:

1964-65 jack handle/lugwrench:


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