1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible 2017-11-10T11:46:26+00:00

Project Description

OVERVIEW

A simple twist of the key is all that is needing to fire up the quiet and smooth, 1,600-cc flat-4 mounted way in the back of this 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle. The light clutch takes more finesse than actual effort to engage and simply glide the shift lever into first gear and you’re on your way. And with the top down, there’s no better way to experience “the people’s car”.

The sparse cabin is surprisingly airy and comfortable, with no shortage of leg room up front. Of the few features that are present, their controls are simple and straightforward, easy to use without being tedious or distracting. The dash is simple, verging on crude, but that’s all part of the charm when you’re driving a Beetle. Everything works because there’s nothing that can go wrong.

Acceleration can be described as adequate, and with a moderate tailwind, you could almost call it brisk. Zero to 60 takes… a while, but once up to speed, the little Beetle cruises along with relatively little effort. Handling is playful, with the soft suspension soaking up bumps while minimizing body roll in corners. It quickly becomes apparent that the Beetle is much more of a boulevard cruiser than a road trip machine, and it’s on those slower city streets where the car feels at home. It’s also where you’re likely to get the most attention, with no shortage of thumbs up, peace signs, and the occasional cellphone photo. It’s a car that’s as fun to look at as it is to drive and it’ll leave smiles on the faces of everyone you pass.

OVERVIEW

A simple twist of the key is all that is needing to fire up the quiet and smooth, 1,600-cc flat-4 mounted way in the back of this 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle. The light clutch takes more finesse than actual effort to engage and simply glide the shift lever into first gear and you’re on your way. And with the top down, there’s no better way to experience “the people’s car”.

The sparse cabin is surprisingly airy and comfortable, with no shortage of leg room up front. Of the few features that are present, their controls are simple and straightforward, easy to use without being tedious or distracting. The dash is simple, verging on crude, but that’s all part of the charm when you’re driving a Beetle. Everything works because there’s nothing that can go wrong.

Acceleration can be described as adequate, and with a moderate tailwind, you could almost call it brisk. Zero to 60 takes… a while, but once up to speed, the little Beetle cruises along with relatively little effort. Handling is playful, with the soft suspension soaking up bumps while minimizing body roll in corners. It quickly becomes apparent that the Beetle is much more of a boulevard cruiser than a road trip machine, and it’s on those slower city streets where the car feels at home. It’s also where you’re likely to get the most attention, with no shortage of thumbs up, peace signs, and the occasional cellphone photo. It’s a car that’s as fun to look at as it is to drive and it’ll leave smiles on the faces of everyone you pass.

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A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

The Volkswagen Beetle is arguably the most iconic car ever built, which makes sense since it was conceived from the beginning to be “the people’s car”, making it affordable and reliable transportation for just about anyone. But just because it comes from utilitarian roots doesn’t mean it can’t also have plenty of style and character. Those classic, rounded looks are every bit as practical as they are charming, having been designed to maximize interior volume and storage while minimizing the Beetle’s footprint.

It’s not just the swoopy styling and practicality that made the VW Beetle such a long-lasting design. With upwards of 21-million Beetles sold around the world over the span of 65 years in production, you can find a plethora of Beetles in just about any country on Earth. Although sales stopped in the US in 1979, production continued in Germany, as well as Brazil and South America into the ‘80s with a plant in Mexico dragging out production until 2003 with a flame that just couldn’t be extinguished.

As you might expect of a vehicle with a 65-year production run, there are countless iterations and improvements along the way, including both coupe and convertible variations, and engines increasing from a 1,100-cc flat-4 up to a 1,600-cc flat-4 by the 1970s. Of course, these cars were also assembled in 19 plants in 15 countries spread out all around the globe with many regional variations for individual markets.

It’s because of that global market and huge number of vehicles produced, not to mention the countless pop-culture references, that the Beetle is cemented in history as one of the great automotive icons.

A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

The Volkswagen Beetle is arguably the most iconic car ever built, which makes sense since it was conceived from the beginning to be “the people’s car”, making it affordable and reliable transportation for just about anyone. But just because it comes from utilitarian roots doesn’t mean it can’t also have plenty of style and character. Those classic, rounded looks are every bit as practical as they are charming, having been designed to maximize interior volume and storage while minimizing the Beetle’s footprint.

It’s not just the swoopy styling and practicality that made the VW Beetle such a long-lasting design. With upwards of 21-million Beetles sold around the world over the span of 65 years in production, you can find a plethora of Beetles in just about any country on Earth. Although sales stopped in the US in 1979, production continued in Germany, as well as Brazil and South America into the ‘80s with a plant in Mexico dragging out production until 2003 with a flame that just couldn’t be extinguished.

As you might expect of a vehicle with a 65-year production run, there are countless iterations and improvements along the way, including both coupe and convertible variations, and engines increasing from a 1,100-cc flat-4 up to a 1,600-cc flat-4 by the 1970s. Of course, these cars were also assembled in 19 plants in 15 countries spread out all around the globe with many regional variations for individual markets.

It’s because of that global market and huge number of vehicles produced, not to mention the countless pop-culture references, that the Beetle is cemented in history as one of the great automotive icons.

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