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1968-1978 VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1200/1500 specifications

1968-1978 VOLKSWAGEN Beetle 1200/1500 specifications Classic and Performance Car

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The Beetle moved even further away from its pre-war origins in 1968 when more safety-conscious features were incorporated. Sloping headlamps were dispensed with in favour of upright ones and thicker bumpers fitted. Mechanical changes included – at last – 12-volt electrics and dual-circuit brakes, plus a fuel tank that didn’t have to be filled by via the front boot. There was less focus on the antiquated Beetle once VW’s new range of water-cooled cars but it lingered on, with minor improvements, until 1978. Building continued in Mexico until 2003.

Production

  • Price at launch:
    £697
  • Price (excellent)
    £4,250
  • Price (good):
    £3,000
  • Price (average):
    £1,650
  • Price (project):
    £650

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    21.9secs
  • Top speed:
    81.0mph
  • Power:
    53.0bhp
  • Torque:
    78.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    27.0mpg

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:
    4026mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2400mm
  • Width:
    1550mm
  • Height:
    1500mm
  • Weight:
    820kgs

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