Volkswagen 1600L

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Description: Right off the bat, let me make something absolutely clear: this is only freaky if you're a hard-core air-cooled VW geek. Many of you won't even realize what the big deal is, but if you're a hard-core Beetle person, lay down a dropcloth since your mind is gonna be blown.

Right off the bat, let me make something absolutely clear: this is only freaky if you're a hard-core air-cooled VW geek. Many of you won't even realize what the big deal is, but if you're a hard-core Beetle person, lay down a dropcloth since your mind is gonna be blown .

Well, at least mildly blown. Since only really fierce hardcore gearheads will be shunning their families to check out cars on the web on Thanksgiving, it seems like a good time to get a little more geeky.

So, some background: as any VW enthusiast knows, the most dramatic change in the original air-cooled Beetle's life was the addition of the Super Beetle in 1971. The changes may seem relatively minor when you compare them to most other cars, but for a car like the Beetle, which only introduced evolutionary changes gradually, they were revolutionary.

First, the front suspension setup was changed from torsion bars to a McPherson strut setup. This allowed the room in the front trunk to be more than doubled, which was pretty damn nice. The front bodywork became a bit more bulbous and wider as well. Then, in '73, VW's engineers went totally bonkers, giving the Beetle a real-car-like curved windshield and a real dashboard that was thicker than a wallet, finally. This was actually to accomodate the early airbags which never came.

For most of the Beetle-having-and-building world, these two main variants defined Beetledom. In the US we called them the Standard (or just Bug, Beetle, Type I, Sedan, whatever), and Super Beetle for the fancy one. The rest of the world called the Supers the 1302 (for the flat-windshield '71-'72s) and the 1303 (for the curved window, made up until 1980 for the convertibles). We were all happy and content with our two Beetles.



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