April 4, 2024

1968 Volkswagen Beetle

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The Volkswagen Beetle – officially the Volkswagen Type 1 – is an economy car that was built by the German company Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003. It has a rear-engine design with a two-door body style and is intended for occupants (later, Beetles were restricted to four people in some countries.

The need for a people’s car (Volkswagen in German), its concept and its functional objectives were formulated by the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, who wanted a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced for his country’s new road network (Reichsautobahn). Members of the National Socialist party, with an additional dues surcharge, were promised the first production, but the Spanish Civil War Shifted most production resources to military vehicles to support the Nationalists a=under Francisco Franco.

1968 was a year of major changes. The most noticeable of which were the new larger, higher mounted C-section bumper. At the rear, new larger taillamps were adopted and were able to accommodate reversing lamps, which were previously separate bumper-mounted units. Beetles worldwide received the ’67 North American style vertical headlamp placement, but with replaceable-blub headlamps compliant with ECE regulations rather than the US sealed beams. Other improvements were a new outside gas filler with spring-loaded flap, eliminating the need to open the trunk to refuel. The fuel gauge was integrated with the speedometer and was now electrically actuated rather than cable-operated.

This Beetle came in for diagnostic testing to make sure everything is running smoothly. We will also be replacing the carburetor and upgrading to a new pointless distributor.