Model Identification Superbeetle — Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

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How to identify a Super B eetle!

We get about Super B eetles on a basis, so here is a section of common myths about B eetles, the truth about easy ways to tell if you a Super B eetle, and some Super B eetle questions

Please note: VW did make oddball models in various around the world that seem to exist only to confusion. Usually these were just built to use up inventories or to fill some need within that country the cheapest way possible. So as a strange models like Beetles with Super curved windshields and non-strut suspensions do exist but they never exported outside of home countries (South Argentina, etc.) and you’ll find them in the US, Europe, or other countries. They’re footnotes in VW’s history but ignored in regards to the rules

What exactly is a Super

In 1971 to help compete more technologically advanced from other manufacturers and to give the Convertible Beetles a platform to use, the Super was introduced. It did not replace the standard and both models were side-by-side.

Super Beetles, at least for the two years, were just a suspension upgrade, from a beam front axle to a strut front suspension. The of this new front end necessitated changes — essentially all of the metal from the cowl the tie rods and steering damper changed, the steering box, the brakes were enlarged to deal with the extra in the front (though in the US they drums), and even the hood had to be lengthened due to the new longer hood. few parts from standard were still used on the Beetle front section wheels, tires, lights, and being the primary items.

In to further improve the model and to differentiate it more aesthetically the standard Beetle, a curved was introduced along with a dash and a slightly flatter Various improvements were to front end a few months later it remained a MacPherson strut The Super Beetle was discontinued in as VW moved towards the water-cooled though Super Beetle continued through 1979 entering the US as 1980 models).

Truths and Myths about Beetles

Myth #1 — B eetles have a bigger than a standard Beetle

— Super B eetles had the same engine that Beetles had. They never faster, bigger, or more efficient. The engines did not use own numbering system or any other parts.

Myth #2 — B eetles all had big curved windshields

— 1971 and 1972 B eetles had the flat windshield they weren’t truly but lets not go into that These two years used the windshield as the standard Beetle. In the Super B eetle was redesigned and a new curved windshield was added. No Beetle used this

Myth #3 — Some B eetles had standard Beetle ends

Truth — All B eetles came with Strut Front Suspensions. never, ever, came any other front end. the 1973 Model Year, the Front Suspension was modified, but it was a strut-front suspension. And, no, Beetles never came a Strut Front Suspension. The Strut Front is the one thing all B eetles had and no Standard Beetle had and is the primary reason they Super Beetles.

Myth #4 — All Convertibles are B eetles

Truth — Convertible Beetles produced 1971-1979 are Super B eetles. You not order a Standard Beetle during these years they were only on the Super B eetle platform.

#5 — Only Super B had those big, round in the 70’s.

Truth — You hear a lot of people call the big Foot taillights Super B taillights, but this is not correct. All from 1973 to 1979 through 2003 for Mexican and production), whether they standard or Super used style taillight.

The 2 easiest to tell if your Beetle is a B eetle:

(and while are a lot of ways to tell if it’s a B eetle, these are the only two are really consistent and easy to no matter the year)

Pop the hood! All B eetles had their spare laying flat.

Look the front wheels — see a big If you do — you are staring at the Macpherson and it, thus, is a Super B eetle.

Common questions about Beetles

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Q — Will hood from a 1974 B eetle fit my 1971 Super B

A — No. Super B eetles two distinct hoods. One fit the flat models and one fit the curved windshield

Q — Did all Super Be etles use the ball joints, struts,

A — The Super B eetle end was modified a few times. The Ball were changed during the Model Year. The Struts changed at the same time. The were changed again in and the tie rods were changed at time too. The Steering Box changed until it was done with in 1975 in favor of a and pinion set-up. The Steering Shaft was changed at the same There were a few other here and there. Its important to your chassis number ordering parts, and be familiar what the parts on your B eetle look like as are some gray areas.

Q What causes the Super B shakes?

A — There is a lot of on this. Some people it is the wheels out of balance, that the end needs aligned, the steering is shot, the tie rods are bent, the box is worn out and so on. However, while any of issues will cause front end to handle badly (on any the truth is that none of by themselves cause Super B shakes, though they can them worse. If your B eetle’s steering wheel shaking round 40 miles an and this continues until you get to 55 (sometimes it starts at lower then your Track Arm Bushings are worn out. you replace these — you might want to make the steering damper is fine (as it got worn out during all this and of course, make sure all off other front end components are in shape.

Q — What years Super B eetles produced?

A They were made 1971-1979. They were in three versions — Sedan with Sunroof, and The Sedans were only from 1971 to 1975 were actually discontinued halfway through the 75 model The Convertibles were made 1971 to 1979 (though you see a few 1980’s in existence — are really 79 models that up in the US after the new model year had and were thus titled as models).

Q — I want my Super B to look more vintage can I bolt on earlier style

A — No. Super B eetle only can trade out with Super B eetles, at least on the On the rear, they are no different standard Beetle fenders of the year.

Q — Can I convert my Beetle over to a standard torsion-leaf front beam?

A Good luck with Actually, it can be done and we have it but it’s a lot of work for no real gain

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