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VW Käfer

VW Käfer
EngineFour-cylinder horizontally opposed
Displacement, bore*stroke1192 cm³ (77,0 mm * 64,0 mm)
Compression ratio7,0 : 1
Engine controlOhv
Mixture preparationSingle carburetors
Power25 kW (34 HP) at 3600 rpm
TransmissionManual four speed
Front suspensionCrank arms, hydraulic dampers
Rear suspensionSwing axle, hydraulic dampers
SteeringWorm and roll
BrakesDrums, hydraulic, one-circuit
Wheelbase2.400 mm
Length4.070 mm
Tank capacity40 liter
Kerb weight760 kg + driver
Maximum speed115 km/h
ManufactureSince 1963

This time we have limited ourselves with the image on the inner values. Are in this case the of the convertible, because with the top down there is more natural light. Let's start at the steering wheel, that through the last model development has just lost its lower half-ring. It is then dished according to the most recent results of accident research to prevent an impact on the center. By the way, the owner of the Standard Model still struggles with an old-fashioned three-spoke steering wheel without dishing. But they find then always in the middle the horn button.

Even the turn signal lever is better designed in the Export model, however, does not permits the operation of the beam. Obviously, driving a car is yet still a lot more peaceful at that time. In fact, the two plain gauges have all what you really need to drive a car. The speedometer goes up to 140 km/h, what the engine with 25 kW (34 hp) can hardly exploit. The engine in the Standard needs for its 22 kW (30 hp) only 120 km/h as end indicator.

The air-cooled engine usually will be never too hot unless the fan belt breaks, as indicated by the control lamp for the at the same time no longer revolving generator. Bottom right beside is the oil pressure warning light, with just 2.5 liters of fuel on board very important. However, one needs barely refill in the Beetle with oil change intervals of 2,500 km. Stay next to the blinker light in the center below just the for the beam top.

Who saves when buying, must suffer and demonstrates that it is also to manage without a fuel gauge. Just when jerking of the engine out of fuel short time go underground and set the fuel tap above the gas pedal on reserve. Then within the next 50 km drive to a petrol station. Much less accident-prone and more comfortable you may feel in the Export version. Here you always know about the petrol level. However, this is still no electric, but a mechanical system with float and cable connection.

Do you still want to learn more about driving in the Beetle anno 1963? Then now we look at the two buttons above, by the way not yet provided with a very soft, injury avoiding material. The left turns on with two tension strokes side light and dipped beam. The right is apparently simple, however he actuates mainly the windscreen wiper and only with its inner button the additional water jets.

However, this does not work like in today's car models, namely with an electric pump. The is still quite expensive in 1963 and incompatible with the competitive price even of the Export Beetle. Instead, there is a container filled with water and 2.5 bar compressed air. Later one even brings the spare wheel to 3 bar and is guaranteed by a sophisticated valve, that the pressure does not fall below 2 bar. Because the container is fixed to the wheel, it can be even shaken after the filling of antifreeze. Yes, at that time there were still gas stations with service personnel and the front hood had already to be opened for refueling.

The dashboard is functional and also looks good. The Standard version must get along albeit without chrome trim. Almost unmatched, the operation of the radio, but you have to be content with a loud speaker in speedometer area. By the way, the rack directly above the feet originates of the even then very extensive range of accessories. Remarkably still seems that this is one of the last cars without a steering wheel lock. 03/10               Top of page               Index
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