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old vee dubya

Old Volkswagen, WV, Beetle that I saw at Friendly Center in 2013. A beauty. Great shape. I only see missing runners under the doors. The steering wheel is especially classy, dished.

I used to be able to accurately identify the year of these VW’s. Now, I’m not so good. Wild guess would be 1959.

Clues of things that changed that can be used on this one to determine age:

— Wolfsberg crest on front and steering wheel.
— metal bumpers with overrider bars.
— glass covers over sealed-beam headlights (USA)
— flat, not curved, windshield.
— direction of wiper movement, L to R, or R to L
— rear-view mirror attached to door hinge.
— small taillights and license plate light
— pie tin hubcaps

There are many more clues than those. I used to have a book.

Other points of interest:

— On Beetle, the hood (bonnet) was the trunk (boot) and the trunk the hood because of motor in the back.

— this was a 6-volt car which made getting anything electrical tricky.

— it probably had no fuel gauge. When engine started to stumble due to lack of fuel, there was a foot lever under the dash in the front. Flip it to activate a small reserve tank of fuel.

Also attached, two pics of a white Beetle we rented in the Yucatan in 2003 for comparison. Only 44 years later than the blue one. Mexico continued to produce those WV’s longer than anywhere.

I loved driving them.

zoh laguna, campeche, vw beetle

2003, Yucatan, Zoh-Laguna, Campeche, Mexico.

Of all the guests staying at this cabaña hotel, there was only one car and it was ours. lol.

At bedtime, I saw a spider the size of a pancake crawling around outside. I didn’t tell Brian or he would have been up all night. I slept like a baby.

vee-dubya beetle

At times I have entertained myself with Volkswagen Beetle history. I saw this picture on the wall at an antique store yesterday. The split rear window indicates 1953 or older.

There are a lot of subtle clues that one can use to identify the year of a Beetle. I enjoy piecing that puzzle together.

Brian and I rented new ones all the way up through the 2000’s for our tours of the Yucatan in Mexico. Mexico had a much later run of Beetles than anywhere else in the world.

lovely old vw beetle

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beauty beetle

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cute little red vee dubya

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