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How SuperBeetles.com got it's start

About

It all started in 1999 when I bought a '75 Harvest Gold Volkswagen Super Beetle La Grande. I was so enamored with this Volkswagen that I started SuperBeetles.com and dedicated it to the 1302 and 1303 Super Beetle. I attended VW events all over southern Ontario and the Northern US States in my La Grande Bug. I quickly found that Volkswagen enthusiasts are very passionate about their VWs and are some of the nicest "Volks Folks" that you're ever likely to meet. I made a connection with Ryan Price from VW Trends and became a contributing editor for the magazine, covering events, doing features and writing tech articles for publication. These experiences inspired me to create AllAirCooled.com, my second Vintage VW website to honor all of the other air-cooled Volkswagens and to help keep the VW spirit alive.

Contact

We'd love to hear from you! Whether it's about having your Super Beetle featured, questions or comments that you'd like to share, please reach out to us. If you are having a Volkswagen event and would like to have it posted in the event listings, send us the Event Name, Date, Location, Information about the show, along with event contact info and the event website if available. We're also looking for Volkswagen events to showcase at SuperBeetles.com. If you're putting on a VW event or attending one and would like to have it posted on the website, we're here to help. Interested in having your air-cooled banner at SuperBeetles.com? Please send all inquiries to

FAQ

Q. How can you tell a Super Beetle from a Standard Beetle?
A. The easiest way to tell is to open the trunk (in the front) and check to see if the spare tire is laying flat in a recess in the floor. Another way is to look behind the front wheel, if you see a large vertical spring then that VW is a Super Beetle. The spring is part of the MacPherson strut suspension system that is used on all Super Beetles.

Q. Do all Super Beetles have a curved front windshield?
A. No. The 1971-1972 Super Beetles (AKA the 1302) used the same flat front glass as the Standard Beetle. The curved front windshield was first introduced with the 1973 Super Beetle (AKA the 1303). This glass was used in both the Super Beetle Sedan and Convertible until the end of production in 1979. This new style glass was used to comply with US safety standards with regards to the distance from the occupants to the front glass.

Q. Is the motor in the Super Beetle different from the Standard Beetle?
A. Yes and No. Since 1970 both Standard Beetle and Super Beetle (since 1971) use the same 1600 ccm (actual 1584 ccm) engine in North America. In Europe the "A", "S" or "LS" in 1302S, 1303S, and 1302LS indicates that the car is equipped with a 1600 ccm engine, disc brakes in front, and other trim items. While the versions without the "A", "S" or "LS" came with a 1300 ccm (actual 1285 ccm) engine and drum brakes front and rear.

Q. Which Super Beetle uses the full size dashboard?
A. The full size (or curved) dashboard was used in the 1973 and up Super Beetle, in both sedan and convertible models. Before that all Beetles used a flat dashboard that had been basically the same since 1958. The new dash board was going to be used to house future airbags and to modernize the look of the vehicle.

Q. What was the first year for the Super Beetle Convertible?
A. 1971 was the first year for the convertible Super Beetle. From that year until 1979 all convertible Beetles would be of the Super Beetle variety.

Q. Why did Volkswagen come out with the Super Beetle?
A. The principal reasons for the development of the Super Beetle was to increase the utility of the vehicle by providing the customer with a larger luggage compartment and greater comfort. By providing more luggage space, better handling, greater overall utility and comfort, the Super Beetle gave Volkswagen customers more choice in the model range and greater choice in the market segment.

Q. When was the last Super Beetle made?
A. The last Super Beetle Sedan was made in 1975, although the Standard Sedan continued for a few more years. 1979 was the last year for the Super Beetle convertible. Production ran until mid January 1980 to fill orders for the last Super Beetle convertibles ever made.

Q. Was the Super Beetle ever made in Mexico?
A. No. Mexico only produced the Standard Beetle (known as the Sedan in Mexico), of which production ended July 31, 2003 with the Ultima Edition. Super Beetles were produced in Germany, Australia and Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Note that the "1600S Beetle" that was produced in South Africa from 1975 to 1978 used a curved windshield, full size dashboard, but used the traditional torsion bar suspension with the spare tire in the upright position. This car uses elements from both the Standard 1200 model and 1303 Super Beetle in its construction, and is NOT a Super Beetle.

Q. What are the differences between the 1302L 1302S, 1302LS. 1303A, 1303L, 1303S, 1303LS models that were sold in Europe?
A. The letters denote trim levels with different engine sizes, front disc brakes and different optional equipment.

Super Beetle Model Designations

1302 Super Beetle - 1285ccm dual port engine, strut front suspension and standard equipment. (1971-72 model)

1302L Super Beetle - 1285 ccm dual port engine, strut front suspension and luxury equipment. (1971-72 model)

1302 S Super Beetle - 1584 ccm dual port engine, strut front suspension, front disc brakes and standard equipment. (1971-72 model)

1302 LS Super Beetle - 1584 ccm dual port engine, strut front suspension, front disc brakes and luxury equipment. (1971-72 model)

1303 Super Beetle - 1285 ccm dual port engine, strut front suspension, curved windshield, new dashboard and standard equipment. (1973-1979 model)

1303 A Super Beetle - 1285 ccm dual port engine, strut front suspension, curved windshield, new dashboard. An economy model with basic equipment. (1974 only model)

1303 L Super Beetle - 1285 ccm dual port engine, strut front suspension, curved windshield, new dashboard and luxury equipment. (1973-79 model)

1303 S Super Beetle - 1584 ccm dual port engine, strut front suspension, curved windshield, new dashboard, front disc brakes and standard equipment. (1973-79 model)

1303 LS Super Beetle - 1584 ccm dual port engine, strut front suspension, curved windshield, new dashboard, front disc brakes and luxury equipment. (1973-79 model)