A Bevy of Beetles
7/11/2012 11:24:00 PM
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My car is in the middle of this, a 1970 VW Beetle in "blackout trim" with anything that would have been in chrome on the outside painted a glossy black. While many VW Beetles during their heyday could be considered spartan by most, this European Spec version was even more so. It lacked the dashboard padding of similar 1970 Beetles and the steering wheel was devoid of any chrome, being basic black without a horn ring, just a black button in the middle.
While you could order all sorts of aftermarket options to gussy-up a Beetle, from roof mounted luggage carriers to fancy trims and circular tool caddies that would fit in the middle of the spare tire, mine had one option that was more practical. The oil dipstick had a temperature sensor that would let me know if I exceeded the range for safe operation.
There's also a few American flags in the picture, and one placed near the wing window of my car. That's because this VW car show was held September 16, 2001 which was the first weekend after the 9-11 attacks and the car club sponsoring the event gave everyone an American flag. Most displayed that flag somewhere on their cars.
My Beetle had a 1.6 litre engine, good for 57 horsepower and a top speed of 82 mph. It wasn't going to beat anyone in at a dragstrip, but it would cruise all day at top speed without fail, and was one of the few imported cars in its day that could travel on Interstate highways non stop. I tested that theory out in December of 2001 when I drove it to Corpus Christi, Texas and back. How many nearly 32 year old cars could make that claim?