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Uploaded on Jan 17, 2012
The Volkswagen Type 1, better known as "The Beetle" and "The Bug," can arguably called the most universally loved automobile in history. "The people's car," as it was known in Germany when it was introduced in the late 1930s, was designed by none other than Dr. Ferdinand Porsche.
The Type 1's most distinctive design features were its cute-looking round silhouette and air-cooled 4-cylinder rear-mounted engine (rear engine/rear-wheel drive layout). This engine would be the predecessor found in a long line of Porsche cars, featuring a flat or Boxer layout. Perhaps most remarkable of all was its production volume and longevity: 21 million cars were produced from 1938 all the way up to 2003.
The Volkswagen 1200 was the official name of the model manufactured in the mid-1950s to the late 1960s powered by a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine. Of these, the 1966 model is of particular interest to many VW fans and car collectors. This was the last Beetle to use a 6-volt battery to power its electrical system and was nicknamed the "6-Volt" in some countries.
From 1967 on, the electrical system was updated to a 12-volt system, and the car featured upright headlights, making it look more modern. Among Beetle enthusiasts, there is a strong affinity for models 1966 and earlier with the antiquated 6-volt system and vintage look. The 1192 cc engine mounted in the 1200 first appeared in 1954. A 1285 cc version appeared in 1965 and a 1493 cc was offered in 1966. The engine did get a few improvements over the years, as horsepower was increased from the initial 34 HP to 53 HP in its late years.
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