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Air-cooled VW History Article

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VW Type 1 Beetle (1938-2003), VW Beetle history, VW Beetle changes from 1949 to 1979, VW conflict with Tatra, Post-war production and boom, VW Diesel Beetle, VW Beetle 1967, VW Beetle variants, Super Beetle history, VW Beetle Cabriolet, VW Beetle end of production, Beetle in other countries, VW...

VW Beetle History Article

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The history of the Beetle started in 1934 when in the Hall of Berlin Adolf Hitler announced that the car had not to be an exclusive privilege of the rich. To Ferdinand Porsche, defined by him as "the most famous designer of all time", he entrusted the assignment to construct the Volkswagen (the...

VW Beetle changes from 1949 to 1979 Article

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1949, Chassis numbers 91 922 - 138 554, Exterior, License plate indentation on rear decklid dropped, Grooved bumper with flared guards introduced, Hubcaps featured small VW logo, Interior, Inside pull cable release for front hood; eliminating lock on old style, L-shaped twist handle, Deluxe...

VW conflict with Tatra Article

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Much of the Beetle's design was inspired by the advanced Tatra cars of Hans Ledwinka, particularly the T97. This car also had a streamlined body and a rear-mounted 4 cylinder horizontally-opposed air-cooled engine. The Tatra V570, a prototype for a smaller car, also shows quite a resemblance to the...

VW Diesel Beetle Article

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In 1951, Volkswagen prototyped a 1.3 litre diesel engine, given project number 508. Volkswagen made only 2 air-cooled boxer diesel engines that were not turbocharged, and installed one engine in a Type 1 and another in a Type 2. It even provided vital strength data for Porsches own 1.3/1.5...

VW Beetle variants Article

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While production of the standard Beetle continued, a Type 1 variant called the, Super Beetle, produced from model year 1971 to 1979 (1302s from 1971 to 1972, and 1303s from 1973 onwards), offered MacPherson strut front suspension, better turning radius (despite having a 20 mm (3/4 in) longer...

Super Beetle History Article

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1968, the Volkswagen Beetle was selling over one million units per year in the USA. Heinz Nordhoff, the chairman of Volkswagen AG, was seriously ill but even then knew that the future of the company could not rely on the mighty Beetle forever. The Type 3 Notchback, Fastback and Squareback were not...

VW Beetle end of production Article

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Though extremely successful in the 1960s, the Beetle was faced with stiff competition from more modern designs. The Japanese had refined rear-wheel-drive, water-cooled, front-engine small cars to where they sold well in the North American market, and Americans introduced their own similarly sized...

Beetle in other countries Article

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Other countries produced Beetles from CKD (complete knockdown kits): Ireland, Thailand, Indonesia, South Africa, Australia, Yugoslavia and Nigeria have assembled Beetles under license from VW. Beetles produced in Mexico and Brazil had several differences:, The Brazilian production starts in 1950...

Beetle drag racing Article

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VW Beetle dragster (left) and t1 split screen bus wheelie (right), The Beetle is widely used in drag racing; its rearward (RR) weight distribution keeps the weight over the rear wheels maximizing grip off the starting line. The car's weight is reduced for a full competition drag beetle, further...