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Volkswagen Beetle 1302 and 1303 (1970 - 1975)

Last updated 29 April 2015

 
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Proper brakes for the first time, the best performance yet
Padded dashboard and larger lights less visually appealing
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Introduction

As far as Europe was concerned, these were the final Beetles. And in many ways, they were the best. Although to the casual observer, the 1970 Beetle looked the same as previous models, the 1302 and 1303 ‘Super’ Beetles were the most radical reworks of the car during its long life.

MacPherson strut front suspension was adopted, which allowed more front boot space and improved handling. The struts also allowed front disc brakes to be fitted. The 1303, from 1972, had a more safety-conscious padded dashboard and wraparound windscreen, plus larger tail lights.

Engines were the usual air-cooled units of 1285cc and 44bhp, and 1584cc and 50bhp. Collectors don't view these cars with the same passion as they do the earlier ones, but those attitudes are changing over time. It was in this form that the Beetle remained in production in Mexico until 2003.

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