Trans g
Transmission
3 Speed Automatic
Paint g
Exterior
Red
Wheel g
VIN
1512282793
Key g
Stock #
263

Description

1971 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Semi Auto

Car History

The Volkswagen Beetle, officially the Volkswagen Type 1, or in parts of the English-speaking world the Bug, is a two-door, rear-engine economy car, intended for five that was manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003.

The need for a people's car (Volkswagen in German), its concept and its ...

1971 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Semi Auto

Car History

The Volkswagen Beetle, officially the Volkswagen Type 1, or in parts of the English-speaking world the Bug, is a two-door, rear-engine economy car, intended for five that was manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003.

The need for a people's car (Volkswagen in German), its concept and its functional objectives were formulated to be a cheap, simple car to be mass-produced.

We have a very rare 1971 Beetle here at Adventure Classics that is equipped with a rare semi-automatic transmission coupled with a stock engine that makes for a pleasant driving experience.

Ours is a one owner car still in the original owner's name car will need light restoration of mainly the outside paint as the inside is wonderful and it drives wonderful too. It has a gas heater with the top in wonderful condition, miles are actual, and the floor pans are all original.

Engine & Drivetrain

The Beetle's manual gearbox has always been admired for its pin sharp precision changes, but for those who wanted to give their left leg a rest, there was the option of the semi-auto.

Introduced in 1968 and made available on the 1300 and 1500, the semi-auto Beetle was inherently more stable with the double-jointed driveshaft type independent rear suspension instead of the conventional swing axle, it handled better than the manual Bug of that era.

The most obvious difference inside, of course, is the fact that there is no clutch pedal. The gear lever itself looks stock, but there's only four positions; three forward gears (L, 1 and 2) and reverse, arranged in the conventional H-pattern.

Because the torque converter is able to apply power over a wide rev range, only the top two gears are used for normal driving, with 'L' only being needed if starting on a slope or tackling tight parking maneuvers.

The engine can only be started in neutral and when cold it idles much faster than when warm, so before engaging gear the brakes have to be applied to prevent the car lurching forward.

As soon as the gear lever is moved, a solenoid in the top sends an electrical instruction to disengage the clutch. When a gear is selected, the accelerator is pressed and the torque converter takes up drive, with first being good from rest up to 55mph.

Position 2 takes you right up to motorway cruising speeds. If the oil temperature warning light glows, however, it's telling you to drop down a cog. You don't need to take it out of gear when at rest, although you do need to keep a foot on the brake to prevent 'creep'.

Our engine and drivetrain looks exactly in the factory stock condition as when it left the factory.

Interior

The interior looks stock too with the factory seats, door panels, and headliner. It is in wonderful condition and really looks nice with the good carpet, factory painted dash with gauges, a radio system, and a gas heater.

Exterior

The factory stock red exterior could use a light restoration of mainly the outside paint as the inside is wonderful and it drives wonderful too. It has a convertible top in wonderful condition, miles are actual, and the floor pans are all original.

It rides on the factory wheels and hubcaps with blackwall tires.

Conclusion

The very rare 1971 Beetle we have here at Adventure Classics is equipped with a rare semi-automatic transmission, factory stock engine and a great interior and top that will make the basis for a great restoration if you choose and a pleasant driving experience.

Call or email us at:

AdventureClassics@gmail.com

(727) 688-1148 OR (727) 580-9919

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