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Old 05-09-2014, 06:28 AM   #28501
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Remaining front suspension travel is also impressive.
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:40 AM   #28502
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Apparently he has no left arm either
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:46 AM   #28503
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Ah let me put on my air-cooled VW hat.

That is definitely a Euro-spec Beetle. You can identify it as a "Super Beetle" by the extra bulbousness of the luggage compartment lid as compared to a standard Beetle. This was due to the MacPherson strut front suspension that the Super Beetle got to replace the original Beetle's torsion bar front suspension.

The other clue is the "1303" script on the rear decklid where a U.S.-spec Beetle would have the Volkswagen script. The curved windscreen puts it as a 1973 or later even though the Super Beetle was introduced in 1971.

If this was a 1975 or later U.S. spec Beetle it would have been equipped with fuel injection and a single tailpipe (assuming it hadn't been modified) but the dual tailpipes on this one provide another clue that it's a carbureted Euro-spec model (again assuming it hasn't been modified from original).

I think the wheels peg it as a later '70s model again assuming not modified which is always a big assumption with Beetles, though one that looks this well-cared-for is pretty likely to be correct.

Except for the position of those front turn signals! Yeah I think Euro-spec Beetles had them incorporated in the front bumper because Euro-spec does not require side marker lights.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:02 AM   #28504
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Ah,that's right-- there is more to a "Super Beetle" than just the curved windshield...

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Old 05-09-2014, 08:12 AM   #28505
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Ah let me put on my air-cooled VW hat.


If this was a 1975 or later U.S. spec Beetle it would have been equipped with fuel injection and a single tailpipe (assuming it hadn't been modified) but the dual tailpipes on this one provide another clue that it's a carbureted Euro-spec model (again assuming it hasn't been modified from original).

I think the wheels peg it as a later '70s model again assuming not modified which is always a big assumption with Beetles, though one that looks this well-cared-for is pretty likely to be correct.

Except for the position of those front turn signals! Yeah I think Euro-spec Beetles had them incorporated in the front bumper because Euro-spec does not require side marker lights.
I am almost 100% positive Euro Spec Beetles went to turn signals in the bumper is '75. Good spot on the 1303 badge, I couldn't see that on my phone and wondered about that.

I miss my Beetles, sold my '73 Super last year, '63 the year before. Also, semi recently parted with a '71 Transporter and '64 Karmann Ghia convertible. One of these days I will get back into air cooled VW's.
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:02 PM   #28506
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If he fitted the bars the right way up he wont need to lean right over. And what is that thing on the over side of the head light
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:04 PM   #28507
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If he fitted the bars the right way up he wont need to lean right over. And what is that thing on the over side of the head light
The left handlebar?
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:05 PM   #28508
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That's the left side of the handlebar with the grip and clutch lever.
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:06 PM   #28509
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The left handlebar?
Looks like the bars are up side down and are not clip ons
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:09 PM   #28510
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Looks like the bars are up side down and are not clip ons
Looks like it, yup. The raised tubes fooled me!
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:11 PM   #28511
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For all you car tyre haters...........

Yeah, but look what riding that damned thing has done to him!!! He's only 43 years old, for crying out loud. I guess having your face stuck in the intake manifold and baking in the heat off that hog is just really hard on your body.

That just looks horrible. I have no idea why anyone would even attempt to ride such a machine.
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:43 PM   #28512
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Because it is built around a supercharged big block and a funnycar drag slick, that's why...
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Old 05-09-2014, 04:07 PM   #28513
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I'd ride it. Once. On a road with no corners.
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Old 05-09-2014, 04:39 PM   #28514
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I'd ride it on the Dragon. And nyah nyah the cops the whole way.



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Old 05-09-2014, 04:46 PM   #28515
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Because it is built around a supercharged big block and a funnycar drag slick, that's why...
This^^^ God forbid anyone spend 100's of hours building something like this just for the balls to the wall insanely screaming FUN of it all!!

Ditto for the dude on the Guzzi, he bought it, paid for it, let him enjoy in however he sees fit. I hate seeing this done to obsolete bikes, (old honda's, yamaha XS's, buells, Harley's, etc) but he looks like he's having fun on the dragon riding a motorcycle completely unsuited to it. Good for him, don't you guys have kids to chase off your lawn or something?
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