Wednesday, March 21, 2007

VW Beetle 1967

The Volkswagen Beetle underwent changes to the 1967 model, and while the car itself didn't get any bigger, many of its mechanical systems and components did. Some of the changes to the Beetle included a bigger engine for the second year in a row. Horsepower had been increased to 37 kW (50 hp) the previous year, and for 1967 it was increased even more, to 40 kW (53 hp).

The output of the electrical generator was increased from 180 to 360 watts, and upgraded from a 6-volt to a 12-volt system. The clutch disk also increased in size, and changes were made to the flywheel, braking system, and rear axles. New standard equipment included two-speed windshield wipers, back-up lights, a driver's armrest on the door, locking buttons on the doors, sealed-beam headlights, and an outside mirror on the driver's side.

The 1967 Beetle was available in a variety of colors, including Ruby Red, Avocado Green, Lotus White, Java Green, Zenith Blue and Savannah Beige. Interior upholstery was available in either cloth or leatherette. Standard features included swiveling sun visors, coat hooks, assist straps, an automatic windshield washer, an overhead light, a folding rear seat, and storage space under the front hood and in a 1 meter carpeted compartment behind the rear seat.

The price was $1,640, and it weighed only 770 kg (1700 lbs). Top speed was 130 km/h (82 mph), enough to match the 110 km/h (70 mph) top speed of American freeways.

No comments: