|Series:||Haynes Enthusiast Guide Series|
The original air-cooled Beetle teeters between cult and classic status, but either way the following for these cars remains huge. Magazines, clubs, web forums, shows and unrivalled parts availability make buying and owning a classic Beetle more attractive than ever. The author traces the Beetle's continuous production run from 1945 to 2003, taking note of the more important specification changes over the years, including the popular Karmann Cabriolet. The process of buying a Beetle is explained, and the author gives a guide to its subsequent care. This book is the perfect companion for beginners and long-term enthusiasts alike.
Jonathan Harvey is a Volkswagen enthusiast and historian. He is also the author of VW Transporter for Haynes.
A Beetle history lesson: from the 'Strength through joy' car to the world's most popular car. The Split and Oval (1949-1957). Later six-volt Beetles (1958-1967). Vertical-headlamp models, including 1302/1303 (1968-1978). Mexican and Brazilian Beetles (1978-2003). The Beetle Cabriolet: KdF-Wagen Cabriolet, the Hebmuller Coupe, the Papler. Caring for you Beetle: a summary of maintenance procedures. Modifying: larger engines, lowered suspension, cosmetic changes, interior refurbishment. Customising: lowering, wheels, spoilers, chopping the top, 'Cal' and 'Rat' look. Who's who in the Beetle world.