1980: Weber Grill History

 

1980 B code lid vent

1980 B code lid vent

The 1980 Weber Charcoal grill is identified by lid vent with the modern embossed or “raised” WEBER logo. Date code “B”.  The turn tab on the lid vent is large and matches the large turn tabs on the bowl vents or “daisy wheels”. 78bluebowl2This style of lid vent is very similar to those made today. Blueberry2_zpsa7c51d823The ash catcher is the rolled edge twist on style with the optional hold down clips. The wheels are the modern style with plastic whitewalls. modern-wheels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in 1980

First change of course is the date code from A (1979) over to B (1980).

The next change is the addition of the ash pan clips used to hold the twist ash catchers down to prevent them from being pushed upward and blowing away in high winds. These are the same style clips seen today on the modern One Touch Silver/Original Kettle models.

greenmbh801980 is also the final year that weber made the charcoal grills with metal bowl handles as towards the end of the year (Fall of 1980) the bowl handles were changed over to a double riveted teak style to match the lid handle.

 

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Colors / Sizes / Models of Weber charcoal grills available in 1980

The 80000 Series – 26.75″ Kettle

  • Jet Black
  • Red†
  • Chocolate†

The 70000 Series – 22.5″ Kettle

  • Jet Black
  • Red
  • Chocolate
  • Dark Blue
  • Dark Green

The 30000 Series –18.5″ Kettle

  • Jet Black
  • Red
  • Chocolate
  • Dark Blue†
  • Dark Green†

 

 

† Size in particular color was discontinued at the end of 1980.