I spotted this antique WV Beetle yesterday in a shopping center in my city. The license plate revealed it to be a 1960 model. When in high school, I was an expert at identifying the year of any Beetle. There are many subtle clues.
This one has some parts missing and some rough edges, but the owner is doing a good job on keeping it together. Beetles this old had a 6-volt electrical system. Either the owner has converted it to 12 volts or is a master at procuring old parts.
Talk about a fun car to drive. The engine has a throaty rumble. They handle well and are comfortable. I used to rent classic Beetles in Mexico up until 2003 for my Yucatecan adventures. 2003 was the last year the classic model was made there.
With each picture, I'll list some clues to the model year.
Image #1: very small taillights, chrome bumper with metal overrider bars, narrow license plate light with sculpted "tongue" pointing up towards the back window, no vents on engine hatch.
Image #2: exquisite white dished steering wheel with Wolfsburg crest in the center with chrome horn extensions, metal dash with chrome bar, white knobs, white gearshift tip.
Image #3: Again the chrome bumper with metal overrider bar, oval "things" below and inwards of the headlights, glass headlight covers, narrow turn signal lights, and the crowning jewel, a Wolfsburg crest on the hood! Rare! Usually the crest is gone.
Image #4: closer view of the rare Wolfsburg crest, though I jerked the camera and made it sucky.