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1972 Volkswagen Beetle

Rooted in Germany's KdF-Wagen design concept, with the KdF representing Kraft durch Freude or Strength through Joy, the Beetle was conceived from the early experiments of Project 12 at the Porsche facility, where engineers settled on a rear-engine layout and a simple yet effective platform chassis. Many revisions followed with no less than 30 distinct prototypes by 1935. Eventually, the Series 38 design embodied the Beetle. The Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 was produced from 1938 through 2003, and in similar fashion and concept to the Ford Model T, it was an affordable people's car of durable construction and economical operation.

Throughout its long production run, careful updates were applied. North American sales continued through 1979 and derivative models including the Transporter, Karmann-Ghia, Type 181 'Thing' and the Karmann-built Cabriolet.

The Super Beetle of the early 1970s (introduced in 1971) brought modern MacPherson strut-type front suspension, a slightly redesigned front end, a bigger trunk, and myriad detail refinements. The Super Beetle Cabriolet would continue in North America through 1979 with fuel injection adding additional horsepower to the venerable air-cooled 4-cylinder Volkswagen engine plus more compliance with tougher vehicle-emission standards.

Volkswagen promoted the Volkswagen Super Beetle by stating that it had 89 improvements, including a boost in horsepower to 60 BHP. New flow-through vent ports were placed behind the side windows, and chrome trim could be found around its side windows. Turning radius was smaller, and the front tread dimension grew wider.

For 1972, changes to the Beetle was minor. The rear window grew larger, and a hinged parcel shelf covered the luggage well. Improving safety, an energy-absorbing steering wheel and inertia-reel seatbelts were installed.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017
1972 Volkswagen Beetle vehicle information

Super Beetle

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1972 Volkswagen Beetle vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

Chassis Num: 1522014367

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Super Beetle
 
Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 1522014367 

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1972 Volkswagen Models

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Volkswagen Monthly Sales Volume

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31,725
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35,702
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31,309
March 2019
37,092
February 2019
25,706
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23,074
December 2018
32,047
November 2018
26,789
October 2018
29,000
September 2018
30,555
August 2018
32,255
July 2018
30,520
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