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1967-1969 Volkswagen Beetle

The popularity continued unabated the 1967-1969 Volkswagen Beetle, but VW tried an offshoot that a Beetle, the failure of the new model have been a warning for the company.

Steady improvements in 1967. The 1967 Volkswagen engine was upsized to 1493-cc (as on 3) and 53 horsepower (1200 and 1300 continue outside U.S.). new were dual-circuit brakes. lights, door lock and a 12-volt electrical system.

extensive round of changes for the 1968 Volkswagen Beetle. were raised and the overriders while larger taillights the tail, brake, and backup into a single unit.

A fresh-air ventilation system was that necessitated an air-intake on the cowl, and crash safety was with a collapsible steering An external fuel filler was a addition, as drivers no longer had to the trunklid to gain access to the gas

Engines took on emission thanks to U.S. exhaust And for the first time, those who manual transmissions were to the Automatic Stick Shift, was actually a semi-automatic; the clutch was eliminated, but the driver still had to the shift lever to choose the three forward gears.


Nineteen sixty-nine brought yet year of comparatively extensive The 1969 Volkswagen Beetle double-jointed rear axles, first appeared on the 1968 Stick Shifts, improving and stability. Rear windows on gained a defroster, a locking wheel and fuel door adopted, the trunk release was to the glovebox, and a day/night rearview was added.

A collapsible steering column and Automatic Stick Shift, eliminated the clutch pedal, 1968 Volkswagen Beetle

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experienced a major failure, with the Volkswagen 411, in the summer of 1968. With styling, a 98.5-inch wheelbase, and a version of the Type 3 engine, the 411 was offered as two- and four-door sedans and a Type 3-like wagon.

But the Volkswagen 411 was just blown-up Beetle, quite and rather overpriced. Buyers on both sides of the Atlantic, and doing so despite the substitution of injection in 1969, followed by desperately facelifted 412 models 1.8-liter engine. Volkswagen gave up in 1974.

Such fumbling led some to that Volkswagen was a one-car unwilling — or unable to go beyond the Beetle, let alone it. And indeed, by decade’s end, had a yardful of dead-end prototypes mostly advanced the state of the not the automotive art.

Yet there was no great panic in for the Beetle was still confounding the by selling better and better year. In the U.S. alone, had soared from nearly in 1960 to beyond 300,000 in In 1968, Americans bought a 400,000-plus Beetles — five percent of the entire market. Not bad for a basic design 50 years old.

The 1969 Beetle gained a rear defroster and locking steering This example shows the bumpers introduced for 1968.

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