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1956 Volkswagen Beetle Technical Specifications and Dimensions

These are standard specifications - not necessarily specifications for the vehicle(s) in the photo(s).

Features

Engine Location : Rear
Drive Type : Rear Wheel
Body / Chassis : Steel Body
Production Years for Series : 1938 - 1980
Coach Work : Karmann
Price : $1,490-$2,390
Weight : 1600 lbs | 725.748 kg

Performance

Top Speed : 125 km/h | 77.688 mph

Power

Opposed 4 | finned cylinders; cast iron cylinder liners
Displacement : 1192 cc | 72.7 cu in. | 1.2 L.
Power : 36 BHP (26.496 KW) @ 3700 RPM
Bore : 3.0 in | 77 mm.
Stroke : 2.5 in | 64 mm.
Compression : 6.6:1
Main Bearings : 4
Construction : Light Alloy block and head
Solex 28 PCI downdraft carburetor
Transmission:
4 Manual

Gear Ratios

1st Gear : 3.60:1
2nd Gear : 1.88:1
3rd Gear : 1.23:1
4th Gear : 0.82:1

Production Figures

Total Volkswagen Production for 1956 : 333,190
1956 Volkswagen Beetle

Dimensions

Sedan
Seating Capacity : 4
Doors : 2
Exterior
Length : 160.2 in | 4069 mm.
Width : 60.6 in | 1539 mm.
Height : 59.1 in | 1501 mm.
Wheelbase : 94.5 in | 2400 mm.
Front Track : 50.8 in | 1290 mm.
Rear Track : 49.2 in | 1250 mm.

Sunroof Sedan
Price : $1,570
Weight : 1695 lbs | 768.839 kg
Seating Capacity : 4
Doors : 2
Exterior
Length : 160.2 in | 4069 mm.
Width : 60.6 in | 1539 mm.
Height : 59.1 in | 1501 mm.
Wheelbase : 94.5 in | 2400 mm.
Front Track : 50.8 in | 1290 mm.
Rear Track : 49.2 in | 1250 mm.

Convertible Sedan
Price : $1,990
Weight : 1760 lbs | 798.323 kg
Seating Capacity : 4
Doors : 2
Exterior
Length : 160.2 in | 4069 mm.
Width : 60.6 in | 1539 mm.
Height : 59.1 in | 1501 mm.
Wheelbase : 94.5 in | 2400 mm.
Front Track : 50.8 in | 1290 mm.
Rear Track : 49.2 in | 1250 mm.

Karmann-Ghia Coupe
Coach Work : Karmann
Price : $2,390
Weight : 1725 lbs | 782.447 kg
Doors : 2
Exterior
Length : 160.2 in | 4069 mm.
Width : 60.6 in | 1539 mm.
Height : 59.1 in | 1501 mm.
Wheelbase : 94.5 in | 2400 mm.
Front Track : 50.8 in | 1290 mm.
Rear Track : 49.2 in | 1250 mm.

Handling

Suspension
Front : Kingpins with transverse torsion bars and upper/lower trailing arms

Rear : Swing axles with trailing arms and torsion bars

Steering
Worm and Nut

Tires / Wheels
Tires : 5.60x15

1956 Averages
Avg. Car Cost : $2,050
Avg. Household Income : $4,450
Avg. Home : $11,700
Avg. Gallon of Gas : $0.22

The 1956 Volkswagen Beetle measures 60.60 inches in width, The 1956 Volkswagen Beetle measures 160.20 inches in length, and has a wheelbase of 94.50 inches.

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