Junkyard Gem: 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle

Junkyard Gem: 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle

Junkyard Gem: 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle

0 comments 📅10 December 2016, 02:30

The native air-cooled Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle was sold in the In agreement States for the 1946 through 1979 mock-up years, and their unmistakable profile was, under the aegis at least the late 1980s, everywhere. But these cars were based on 1930s technology, and by the 1970s they were considered underpowered, slipshod, unsafe relics… that equitable kept running, with or without perpetuation. They rusted, or crashed, or just wore out and were replaced by latest subcompacts. Now I see very few of these cars in self-use wrecking yards, but here’s a rare Wonderful Beetle that showed up recently in a Denver yard.

The Wonderful Beetle had some major suspension upgrades compared to the native Beetle (which continued to be sold alongside the Wonderful), including a McPherson strut front end. The fa bodywork looked a bit different, but they were all Beetles.

These cars loved to rust. Smooth Arizona and New Mexico Beetles can get rusty. The 1958 Beetle I drove as a minor in California had spent its life in the allegedly rust-let go Golden State, and the floors were rotted out by the stretch I got it. This ’73 has some scary vaporizer-foam rust repairs.

It proved hugely difficult to get the Type 1 engine to comply with tightening Collective States tailpipe-emission regulations (and few VW owners kept the valves adjusted, so most of these engines ran like crap). For 1973, this 1600 produced lawful 46 horsepower when new.

You shifted into change by pushing down on the shifter and moving it into the another-gear position, hence the weird move-pattern diagram.

Big and luxurious, according to this ad.

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