In the old days people simply could give Hofner a phone call and they easily made custom changes.
In 1967 they produced for a short time a model without a control panel (similar to the 459 violin guitar), models without headstock logo or with a longscale neck have been reported as well. a lefthand version of the 'shorty'-bass guitar, so it is impossible for me to cover all model variations roaming on the market.
Early electric versions of Hofner models can be roughly dated by some of the components used.
The company became involved in production for the Germany army in World War II producing wooden crates and soles for boots.
This violin-shaped model is commonly referred to as the "Beatle bass." The Höfner company was founded by luthier Karl Höfner in the city of Schönbach in 1887, at a time when the city, later to become part of the Czech Republic, was populated by Germans.
He soon became the largest manufacturer of string instruments in the country.
Please be aware that many people altered their instrument, sometimes to adapt it to their belongings, sometimes simply to 'pimp' it according to the ideals of the particular time.
Not less important is the fact that neither the year of purchase needs to be necessarily the year of the production nor does the pot-code* guarantee that the instrument was built in exactly the same month or year!