Nowadays, probably, few people think about what the name Volkswagen in German means all the same. It turns out that it means “people’s car”. And although now little is connected with accessible folk Volkswagen cars, the first car brand was really created with the aim of offering an affordable vehicle to as many people as possible. But even fewer people know that the impetus for creating the first Volkswagen in April 1934 was given by Adolf Hitler himself. And the task was this: the car must be powerful enough to move at a speed of up to 100 km / h. along the new German autobahns, consuming no more than 7 liters / 100 km., two adults and three children could be accommodated in the cabin, repair of the units was not particularly difficult, and engine cooling had to be made air so that the water in the radiator did not freeze when the car standing in the winter on the street. The latter may seem strange, but at that time ethylene glycol was used only as an antifreeze in aircraft engines. So water was poured into the radiator.
And historically, the first-born of the brand – VW Beetle – became a popular car, not only for Germans, but almost for the whole world. Moreover, most likely the Germans themselves in 1962 did not have the opportunity to purchase such a pretty VW Beetle Cabriolet. At least this copy was brought completely new to San Antonio, Texas. Take a look at the bright monochromatic coloring of the convertible. For this type of body, it was used for only one year – that same 1962! And it was called beautifully – Pacific Blue. It is important to note that the car has never been painted – the color is preserved in the original from the factory.
A more or less clear story of the owners of this car can be traced only after the second. After all, the third was an unknown, but a true connoisseur of the VW brand itself from Phoenix. Until recently, this Beetle Cabriolet was generally owned by a VW car collector. Despite the lack of a complete and detailed history of the car, judging by its condition, it has been preserved more than well. Life-long living in the dry climate of the southwestern United States, as well as in California, did not provoke body corrosion. And indeed, almost all body elements look perfect. Small restoration marks are visible only on the Karmann badge. It is also unlikely that German owners could afford such accessories on their VW Beetle as a supercharger from Judson, an exhaust from Abarth or, in extreme cases, a Bosch Fanfare signal. Of the visible advantages of a complete set – Akkord German brand radio picnic format. Well, what – a car with a convertible body, and even with a rare optional green tent. Why not a picnic car ?! The folding gearshift lever as well as the non-standard steering wheel from EMPI also attract attention. Take a closer look inside the luggage compartment. Or rather, under the cap of the spare wheel. How do you like organizing the Hazet Tourist Toolbox? True, not bad? Moreover, such a kit is considered a rare find. And this is not to mention the unique Hella spotlight with halogen light and an additional mirror on the back of the case.
By the way, the supercharger was not in vain put on this VW Beetle Cabriolet. be that as it may, in Europe they are used to making much less powerful cars than in the USA. Just take a look at this motor. This is a simple boxer four air cooling with a volume of only 1.2 liters. (1192 cm³.). And the only Solex carburetor is preparing the fuel mixture (in fact, there’s nowhere else to stick to). All this technology allowed to achieve an exhaust of 45 hp. This small power is transmitted to the wheels through a conventional 4-speed manual gearbox. The brakes are hydraulically driven, but all-wheel drive has reliable drum mechanisms that can easily cope with low engine power. The suspension is also quite simple – an independent torsion bar is installed both in front and behind.
Given the age of the model, as well as the high probability of the non-original state, the so-called VW Birth Certificate is especially valuable. According to him, the engine here is completely original and all numbers correspond to those installed at the factory. And yet … an incredible number of instances have been created for the Beetle model. From any remaining one can recreate something similar. But the fact is that Beetle Cabriolet data was created and so little. And a significant number of these modifications were tuned up or corny clowned. and to find in our time such a well-preserved specimen, and even with such a set of equipment, is practically impossible.
|Engine type, number of cylinders||boxer air cooling, 4|
|The brakes||hydraulic drum front and rear|
|Suspension||independent torsion bar front and rear|