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1946-1953 VOLKSWAGEN Beetle (split-screen) specifications


Adolf Hitler had the idea for the ‘Volkswagen’ (People’s Car) and Ferdinand Porsche designed it, for the purposes of getting Nazi Germany mobile. Who would have thought that from such a troubled birth, the Beetle would go on to conquer the world? After the war, the British army restarted production and gradually the car started to grow more refined, finding itself exported globally. The original split-rear window models were built until 1953 and featured an 1131cc rear-mounted air-cooled engine of just 25bhp. A simple, charming and ruggedly-reliable motoring legend.

Production

  • Price at launch:
    £690
  • Price (excellent)
    £10,500
  • Price (good):
    £9,000
  • Price (average):
    £6,000
  • Price (project):
    £4,000

Performance

  • Top speed:
    62.0mph
  • Power:
    24.0bhp
  • Torque:
    49.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    37.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    Flat 4
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, torsion bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, torsion bar
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    worm and roller
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4070mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2400mm
  • Width:
    1540mm
  • Height:
    1500mm
  • Weight:
    749kgs

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