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Sales Brochure - Volkswagen 1973 Beetle

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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

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1949-1973 identification

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The 1958 Beetle: chassis numbers: 1 600 440 - 2 007 615 (1) Brake drums and shoes widened for faster, surer stops. (2) Rear window and windshield enlarged. (3) Front turn signal lights moved to top of fender. (4) Radio grille moved left, in front of driver. (5) Flat accelerator pedal replaces roller type.
The 1957 Beetle: chassis numbers: 1 246 619 - 1 600 439 (1) Tubeless tires replace tube-type tires. (2) Adjustable striker plates fitted to doors. (3) Front heater outlets moved back to withing five inches of door for better heat distribution.
The 1956 Beetle: chassis numbers: 929 746 - 1 246 618 (1) Chrome dual tail pipes added; formerly single tail pipe. (2) Taillight housing moved two inches higher. (3) Bumper overrider "bows" added. (4) Sunroof made of plastic fabric; formerly cloth. (5) Steering wheel diameter spoke (horizontal) moved lower, off-center. (6) Heater knob moved forward. (7) Adjustable front seat backs. (8) Redesigned gas tank yields larger luggage space.
The 1955 Beetle: chassis numbers: 722 935 - 929 745 (1) Flashing directional indicators mounted low on front fenders replaced the semaphore turn indicators.
The 1954 Beetle: chassis numbers: 575 415 - 722 934 (1) Starter now incorporated with ignition switch; formerly separate button on dashboard. (2) Increased horsepower (from 30 to 36) and displacement (from 1131 cc to 1192 cc). (3) Oil bath air cleaner introduced; formerly felt element filter. (4) Break-in driving requirement dropped for engine. (5) Automatic three-way courtesy light added. (6) Top window in tailight housing dropped.
The 1953 Beetle: chassis numbers: 426 157 - 575 414 (1) Oval, one-piece rear window replaces split window. (2) Lock button added to vent window handles. (3) Brake fluid reservoir relocated behind spare tire; formerly at master cylinder.

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