1957-1978 BEE­TLE 1200

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Volkswagen At 80 -

WHY WE LOVE IT It’s ba­sic, but still im­mense fun to drive There’s some­thing very ap­peal­ing about a Bee­tle in ba­sic trim, with an 1192cc flat-four en­gine bark­ing away at the back. True, it won’t get you any­where fast but a well set-up one will give you end­less driv­ing en­joy­ment and at­tract warm smiles from driv­ers who ap­pre­ci­ate the Bee­tle’s his­toric charm. You can find ear­lier Bee­tles about at a price or later ver­sions with 1300, 1500 and 1600 en­gines, but to stick to the true pi­o­neer­ing spirit, a 1200 does just fine. You can even find 21st-cen­tury Bee­tles for sale – not VW’s more re­cent restyled ef­fort on a Golf floor­pan – as pro­duc­tion con­tin­ued in Mex­ico un­til 2003.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

EN­GINE 1192cc/flat-4/OHV POWER 40bhp@3900rpm TORQUE 65lb ft@2400rpm TOP SPEED 70mph 0-60MPH 29sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 25-28mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual

BUY­ING TIPS

Body­work and chas­sis are prone to rot with the run­ning boards at­tract­ing damp and grime due to their prox­im­ity to the road.

En­gines are ba­sic and re­quire reg­u­lar main­te­nance to keep them run­ning well. Ac­cess is great and parts avail­abil­ity is good.

With strong club and trade sup­port, find­ing some­one to give you an in­formed opin­ion on a Bee­tle is not dif­fi­cult and can save you fu­ture grief.

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