VW Beetle 1303
Those who remember the history of the VW Beetle, understand why connoisseurs gush over the 1303 model; it is the only classic car that could have been bought as a new car. The 1303 was, according to the contemporary car aficionado Claus Peter Becker in “Motor Klassik”, “the natural denizen of elegant neighbourhoods and the cool second car in exclusive residential areas.” The colour palette is in line with the current trend of the late seventies with a focus on metallic colours: in addition to the popular brazil brown, these include diamond white, hummingbird green, river blue, Indiana red, platinum and pearl metallic. If the graceful wife or daughter preferred pastels, she could select lemon yellow, Mars red, Florida blue or alpine white. Despite a basic price of DM 13,000 the Beetle cabriolet sold the most in the latter years of its production. According to ” auto motor und sport” 16/1977, “in fine society it is not a faux pas to be seen driving to the theater in this car.”
The open-top VW Beetle of the late seventies was the one of the very few cabriolets with four full-size seats. Whether the trunk of almost 400 liters volume, divided into the space behind the rear seats and the forward trunk, is, as Clauspeter Becker writes, sufficient for a multi-week vacation in Tuscany with the family depends on how spartan your holiday luggage is packed. The chassis is so good after all, that Porsche used the same suspension later for the 924 and 944 models, the steering rack bar corresponds to that of the VW Golf I and it is state-of- the-art in 1974.
All in all 30 years of development time and 300,000 built cabriolets made the 1303 the most sophisticated cabriolet in the world at that time: striking differences to its predecessors were the domed windscreen, the 1.6-liter engine, the new dashboard, standard front disc brakes, high-quality synthetic roof , large three-chamber taillights and many small details . On the 10th of January 1980 the last copy of the VW 1303 with the chassis number 152 044 140 was built by Karmann in Osnabrück and placed in a museum.
What better way to live the VW Beetle myth than behind the wheel of a VW 1303 Beetle Convertible on a quiet country road passing a sleepy village, visiting a Castle of King Ludwig or the Obersalzberg in Berchtesgaden. Check out our fantastic Beetle tours: Berchtesgaden Tour, Zugspitz Tour or King Ludwig Tour.
Technical data Model variants / production period: 1970 – 1972 Engine: Four-cylinder boxer, air-cooled Engine position: rear, longitudinal Drive: Rear-wheel Wheelbase (mm): 2,420 Length / width / height (mm) 4,080 / 1,585 / 1,500 Motorversionen Type: 1303 LS Displacement (cm3): 1,584 Output (kW / HP – at RPM): 37 / 50 / 4,000 Max. torque (Nm – at RPM): 106 / 2,800