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1960 Volkswagen Beetle Driving Impressions

Posted April 17, 2012 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Note: I write up driving impressions of virtually every car I photograph, within a couple of days of the drive, so everything is fresh in my memory. Occasionally, because of the constraints of format (i.e., buyer's guide), the prepared text doesn't run. Now, thanks to the joys of the blogosphere, it can.

Sit inside, and the door sills come up to your shoulders; for what is ostensibly a small car, it's got plenty of room. The warm colors - terracotta and cream - help brighten things up considerably. The seats put you in place, but offer no additional lateral support. The single standard gauge, the speedometer, is slightly unnerving - it's big and legible, but shouldn't there be something else to look at? - though the clear red shift indicator markings double as a tachometer. The only other gauge in the cabin is the optional electric six-volt gas gauge.

The engine sound, top down, is slightly muffled by the roof stack; opening the roof also renders the rearview mirror pointless, unless you want to spy on your backseat passengers. Drivers who are wide of foot may note that they're inadvertently heel-and-toeing whether they want to or not: The narrowness of the gas pedal, and its proximity to the brake, mean that you'd better either wear smaller shoes or hack off a couple of toes.

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Re: 1960 Volkswagen Beetle Driving Impressions

04/17/2012 10:47 PM

My Bettle was like a flying carpet I had to refuel once a week . with gas at .99 cents a gallon I did a lot of driving around the country. Back then you could get lost in the easy of driving this sweet little ride. I was hit from behind knocking off both value covers and I still drove it home then to the salvage yard for replacements. Three hours added 11/2 quart of oil later I was back on the road humming along like nothing even happened.

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Re: 1960 Volkswagen Beetle Driving Impressions

04/18/2012 11:03 AM

What an amazingly simple engine by today's standards.

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09/14/2012 12:55 AM

Does it have that valve under the seat for switching between petrol tanks? We had a new 1962 VW for about two weeks. Seems dad's zeal for the thing was trumped in short order by the number of kids (4), wives (1) and drivers (1) the car would not accommodate even in his wildest dreams.

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