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VW Beetle 1302

VW Käfer
EngineBoxer four-cylinder
Displacement, bore * stroke
Compression ratio7,5 : 1
Engine controlohv
Mixture preparationSimple downdraught carburettor, automatic starter, oil bath air filter
CoolingBlower, thermostatically controlled
LubricationPressure circulation without filter, 2,5 litres
TransmissionManual four-speed, semi-automatic
Turning circle9.600 mm
Wheelbase2.420 mm
Suspension frontWishbone, McPherson, stabiliser
Suspension rearOblique link arm, torsion bar springs, hydraulic dampers
SteeringWorm, roll, hydraulic steering damper
Brakes f/r
Wheels5.60-15 (4"), 155 SR 15 (4") (surcharge)
Length4.080 mm
Width1.585 mm
Height1.500 mm
Tank capacity42 litres
Kerb weight870/920* kg + driver
Top speed
Years of manufacture1970-72
Electric system12 V/ 36 Ah/ 30 A

This is actually the most successful Beetle, if one doesn't fundamentally reject it's construction. It had finally reached the level corresponding to the state of technology. That which came afterwards, was more simply price-raising make-up.

One successful idea was, together with the long overdue conversion of the rear axle to a trailing arm, also to change the front area. This basically meant, more luggage space for the still not large but acceptable boot.

After all, there was still space behind the rear seats for bits of luggage. The dashboard remained the same and thanks to the safety belts, in the event of a collision the danger of one's head hitting the windscreen was a thing of the past. The old virtues were upheld and new ones were added.

For those who weren't satisfied with the performance of the 1300, the 1600 could be chosen. For even more power, one went to the tuners. The new suspension could handle the increase easily. Unfortunately, it still did have one disadvantage, the relatively high fuel consumption. The successor, the 1303, was however no better. Indeed, for this, the prices were increased.

There is however one hidden treasure. At this time, VW stopped changing the brake fluid on a regular cycle, but checked the water content in the fluid on an annual basis. The customer was given the feeling, that only that which was necessary, was being done.

Quote: 'Drive 15 minutes to Tabuk, and you'll meet Sadat El-Fahkiry and his VW-Service.' The person who said that, was standing next to the open window and dressed suitably for the region. That was what the advertising for the global service in the users manual looked like. At that time, it did not consist mainly of warning tips for dummies.

If anyone should ask, how many dials and buttons were necessary in a car, whose engine could hardly reach 4000 RPM, they should have a look at the dashboard that was installed up to 1972. Only the abandoning of the pneumatic windscreen-washer, in favour of one with a pump, was a genuine step forward. Don't even ask about a rear-windscreen wiper, the Beetle never had one.

What it did have however, was, e.g., a very effective handbrake. The radio was indeed, pretty basic. The optional Grundig model 'Emden' did not even have VHF. Only the convertible had a make-up mirror built into the sun blind on the passenger side. The rear-view mirror as a day/night mirror was an optional extra. The metal sliding roof on the other hand was a really worthwhile extra.

Right up to the end, the heating remained a weak spot. Although at least now, it was possible to add fresh air, indeed, if one wanted the support of a fan, it cost extra. The luggage compartment up front would have been more usable if the spare wheel didn't take up so much space. As standard equipment there were a few tools and a fan-belt for the generator or the cooling fan.

Only for convertible fans: The electric opening- or closing the roof, was of course not to be had for love or money. On the contrary, when the top was down, it protruded to the rear and had to be covered with the accompanying roof-cover and fastened down with press-studs and catches. Thereby, one also had to take care to avoid abrasion points.

What a commendable user handbook! It still contained tips on how one could help oneself. It explained how the seats could be removed, how to change a wheel, how to tension or change the fan belt, how to adjust the headlights, how to replace a fuse or a light bulb and how to clean the fuel-filter or the spark plugs. Hopefully not too many laymen attempted the latter, because if a mistake was made, a juicy cylinder head repair was on the cards.

Even the care of the battery was entrusted to the owner, even though it only meant topping it up it with distilled water. Unfortunately, today's multi-grade oil was not yet the standard, so that at least twice a year the engine oil had to be changed. By the way, at that time, VW fundamentally recommended not using any lubricant additives.

This is a picture with a double meaning. First of all, it tells us of the enormous part, that the factory in Wolfsburg played as far as the production record of 15 million units that the Beetle had compared with that of the Model-T-Ford. The white 1300 also shows the progress made with the 1302. Just have a look at the distinctly negative camber of the rear wheels, which probably came from the lifting when it was leaving the production line. A wheel position like this was not possible with the 1302/1303 series. 04/15