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Old 01-29-2005, 03:03 PM   #33
Steve M.
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Exclamation Faster than a speeding Microbus, more powerful than a dune buggy, it's. . .

The Super Beetle!



As a family car, the Type 3 was the Passat of its day, but the Type 113 - a.k.a. the Super Beetle - was the Jetta of its time. Bigger than the standard Beetle, the Super Beetle offered more interior room and cargo room. But while it still offered an aircooled engine, it replaced front torsion bar suspension with MacPherson struts to allow for more trunk space. The room gained was at the cost of the Bug's unique handling, and purists - don't you hate purists? - wouldn't go near the 113.

Pictured above is a 1973 model. Note the convex windshield. Super Beetles from 1971 and 1972 - I had a `72 - had flat windshields in the VW tradition, but all Super Beetles from 1973 on had wraparound windshields, giving them an unorthodox, un-Volkswagen look - and a dashboard sill!
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