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Sales Brochure - Volkswagen 1973 Beetle

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all Volkswagen years:   1949 1965 1966 1967 1968 1970 1972 [1973] 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1991 1994 1995 1998 1999 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
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all Volkswagen Beetle years:   1949 1968 1970 [1973] 1974 1998 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

US version
1949-1973 identification

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The 1970 Beetle: chassis numbers: 11 0 2000001 - 11 0 309645 (1) Air intake slots on engine lid. (2) Increased horsepower (from 53 to 57) and displacement (from 1500 cc to 1600 cc). (3) Enlarged front turn signals (combined with side marker lights). (4) Reflectors mounted on rear bumper. (5) Side reflectors built into taillight housing. (6) Tenths of mile indicator on odometer (also appears on late '69 models). (7) Head restraints reduced in size. (8) Buzzer sounds when door is opened and key is left in ignition. (9) Remote control knobs for warm air outlets discontinued. (10) Lock in glove compartment door.
The 1969 Beetle: chassis numbers: 119 000 001 - 119 1 093 704 (1) Rear window defogger and defroster; electric heating wires on inner surface of glass. (2) Double-jointed rear axle for improved ride and handling. (3) Warning lights in speedometer identify by letters or symbols. (4) Ignition lock is combined with a locking device for the steering wheel. (5) Gas tank filler neck flap has lock which has a release under the right side of the dash panel. (6) Front hood release is located in the glove compartment. (7) Day/night rear view mirror. (8) Warm air outlets at base of the doors moved rearward; remote control knobs on door columns
The 1968 Beetle: chassis numbers: 118 000 000 - 118 1 016 098 (1)One-piece bumpers: bows and overriders eliminated (bumper height raised). (2) Head restraints combined with front seat backrests. (3) Automatic Stick Shift (optional) introduced. (4) External gas tank filler; spring-loaded flap. (5) Front hood air intake louver; push-button front hood catch. (6) Fresh air ventilating system. (7) Collapsible steering column. (8) Exhaust emission control system. (9) Flattened door handles with built in trigger release. (10) Backup-up/brake lights and rear turn signals in single housing. (11) Certification sticker on door post that vehicle meets federal safety standards.
The 1967 Beetle: chassis numbers: 117 000 001 - 117 844 892 (1) Increased horsepower (from 50 to 53) and displacement (from 1300 cc to 1500 cc). (2) Single-unit headlights with chrome rim; fender indented. (3) Dual brake system; front/rear operate independently. (4) Back-up lights. (5) Parking light incorporated into front turn signals. (6) Locking buttons on doors. (7) 12-volt electrical system (36-amp battery). (8) Volkswagen nameplate on engine lid.
The 1966 Beetle: chassis numbers: 116 000 001 - 116 1 021 298 (1) Increased horsepower (from 40 to 50) and displacement (from 1200 to 1300 cc), number 1300 on engine lid. (2) Ventilating wheel slots; flat hub caps. (3) Emergency blinker switch. (4) Headlight dimmer switch mounted on turn signal. (5) Center-dash defroster outlet. (6) Semi-circular horn ring.
The 1965 Beetle: chassis numbers: 115 000 001 - 115 079 200 (1) Windows enlarged; slimmer door and windshield posts. (2) Heat control levers mounted on tunnel; heater efficiency improved. (3) Rear seatback converts to platform. (4) Push-button catch on engine lid. (5) Thinner, deeply contoured front seat; increased rear seat knee room. (6) Swivel mounted sun visors.

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